Harris takes out first ever SuperUtes race

Ryal Harris pic: Matthew Paul Photography

Ryal Harris has enjoyed a comfortable win in the first ever race ECB SuperUtes Series race at the Adelaide 500.

Harris led all the way while Craig Woods made up for a slow start to take second, ahead of Tom Alexander.

All 10 cars took the rolling start and it was pole-sitter Harris who held the advantage through the opening corners.

Alexander passed Woods in the first run through Senna Chicane while behind them Ben Walsh spun after side-to-side contact with Toby Price unsettled the #8 Western Sydney Motorsport Toyota Hilux.

Harris skipped out to a 1.7s advantage in the Peters Motorsport Mazda BT-50 at the end of Lap 1 and while the margin fluctuated somewhat, he had an untroubled journey to the end.

The three-time V8 Ute Racing Series winner not only opened his SuperUtes account with a race win, by 2.3s, but also the fastest lap on the eighth and final tour of the Adelaide Parklands Circuit.

Woods (Western Sydney Hilux) outbraked Alexander (Ross Stone Racing Holden Colorado) at the end of Wakefield Street on Lap 3 and gradually opened up a 3.2s gap over the New Zealander on his way to a runner-up result.

Price (Sieders Racing Team Mitsubishi Triton) passed Aaron Cameron (Peters BT-50) on the final lap to take fourth.

Matt MacKelden (Sieders Hilux) came home sixth, while Walsh and Tomas Gasperak (Team 18 Holden Colorado) finished off the lead lap in seventh and eighth respectively, after all three came through pit lane during the race.

Christopher Formosa failed to finish after sliding his Ranger Racing Ford Ranger into the tyre wall at Turn 4, which stripped a wheel nut off the car and prompted him to pull off the race track.

Craig Dontas’ race was also cut short with a boost problem for his Sieders Triton.

Race 2 takes place tomorrow at 0915 local time/0945 AEDT.

Results: Race 1

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 58 EFS 4×4 Racing Ryal Harris Mazda BT50 8 14:24.5152
2 64 Western Sydney Motorsport Craig Woods Toyota Hilux 8 14:26.7855
3 22 SP Tools Tom Alexander Holden Colorado 8 14:30.0164
4 87 Team Mitsubishi Triton Toby Price Mitsubishi Triton 8 14:46.9394
5 95 Bushranger Racing Aaron Cameron Mazda BT50 8 15:02.6238
6 99 Kubota Tractors Australia Matthew MacKelden Toyota Hilux 8 16:28.6859
7 8 Car City Ben Walsh Toyota Hilux 7 14:45.9763
8 18 AC Delco Racing Tomas Gasperak Holden Colorado 7 15:21.5970
DNF 49 Allgate Christopher Formosa Ford Ranger 6 11:12.4491
DNF 50 Team Mitsubishi Triton Craig Dontas Mitsubishi Triton 4 16:01.2700

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