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Russell scores V8 Utes round win on debut

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Sunday 25th October, 2015 - 2:45pm

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Aaren Russell his way to victory

Aaren Russell his way to victory

V8 Utes debutant Aaren Russell secured a round win with victory in the final race of the Castrol Gold Coast 600 weekend.

The Dunlop Series regular completed a lights-to-flag win in a much cleaner race compared to the previous two encounters on the Surfers Paradise street circuit.

Russell was unable to relax throughout the contest with George Miedecke keeping the pressure on the Matt Stone Racing driver.

In the end, he held on to take the win by 0.8s from Miedecke while Nathan Pretty fended off David Sieders for the final place on the podium.

“I’m so rapt, I came here to learn the track to push for an Enduro drive here in the future and I never thought I’d walk away with the Round and Race win,” said Russell.

Saturday winner Gerard McLeod had held third in the early stages of the race but slipped back to fifth at the flag.

Kim Jane secured sixth while title contender Adam Marjoram was forced to settle for seventh.

After being hit with a 10 place grid penalty, championship leader Ryal Harris produced a fighting drive to finish in 10th position.

Harris holds a 79 point lead over Miedecke, who has slotted into second, with Marjoram now 12 points further back in third.

The V8 Utes head to Sydney Olympic Park for a title decider from December 4-6.

Result: V8 Utes Racing Series Race 3, Surfers Paradise

1 Matt Stone Racing Aaren Russell Ford FG 11 15:44.9269
2 iSeek Racing / ees George Miedecke (NSW) Ford FG 11 15:45.7287
3 Burbank Racing Nathan Pretty (VIC) Holden  VE 11 15:51.7044
4 Mango Credit David Sieders (NSW) Holden  VE 11 15:52.0188
5 RYCO 24-7 Gerard McLeod (VIC) Holden  VE 11 15:54.3802
6 Bob Jane T-Marts/Altenzo Perf Kim Jane (VIC) Holden  VE 11 16:00.0019
7 Auto One / Erebus Motorsport Adam Marjoram (WA) Holden VE 11 16:02.0940
8 Just Car Insurance / Kitten Racing Craig Dontas (SA) Holden  VE 11 16:02.6634
9 JMG Racing Jeremy Gray (NSW) Ford FG 11 16:03.5379
10 Ticketsandtours.com.au Ryal Harris (QLD) Ford  FG 11 16:04.4504
11 Western General Body Works Danny Buzadzic (VIC) Ford FG 11 16:05.7155
12 Stratco Racing Rhys McNally (WA) Holden  VE 11 16:11.1848
13 Jesus Racing Andrew Fisher (NSW) Ford FG 11 16:14.0552
14 Team Kleen Racing / Kleen Group Adam Beechey (TAS) Holden  VE 11 16:17.5065
15 Multispares Racing Ryan Hansford (QLD) Ford FG 11 16:26.3706
16 Cetnaj Electrical Supplies Peter Burnitt (QLD) Ford FG 11 16:26.9769
17 Ward Demolition Racing Peter Ward (NZL) Holden  VE 11 16:29.1981
18 General Carrying Racing Matthew Nolan (QLD) Ford FG 11 16:46.7855
19 OAKLANDS BUILT Bruce Oaklands (NSW) Ford FG 11 16:59.8134
20 Australian Auto Wreckers George Karadimas (VIC) Holden  VE 11 17:04.6391
21 Slideways / Go Karting Australia Cam Wilson (QLD) Ford FG 10 16:46.4408
22 Rentco Racing Kris Walton (QLD) Ford FG  9 16:16.3379
DNF Peters Motorsport Mason Barbera (QLD) Ford FG  2  3:16.5391
DNF Shamick Racing Leigh Nicolaou (VIC) Holden  VE  1  1:51.0743

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