Harris fights through to win SuperUtes Race 3

Daniel Herrero

Sunday 8th July, 2018 - 1:54pm

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Ryal Harris

Ryal Harris has come from the third row of the grid to win the final race of Round 3 of the ECB SuperUtes Series in Townsville.

Harris was aggressive after an early Safety Car, when he made four positions in three laps to take over the lead and go on to a fifth race win of the season.

Craig Dontas and Craig Woods started from the front row but there was drama further back when Tom Alexander speared across the track and clouted the wall at the first corner.

The New Zealander had got a run on Ben Walsh but they made side-to-side contact which caused the Ross Stone Racing Holden Colorado to spin.

Tom Alexander pic: Fox Sports

Alexander appeared to not be seriously injured but the Safety Car was called to recover the car and reposition the wall.

Woods had control of the field when the race restarted on Lap 5, having nipped past Dontas out of Turn 2 just before the yellows were called.

Elliot Barbour quickly took second off Dontas in the other Sieders Racing Team Mitsubishi Triton, before Harris forced his way past both Dontas and Aaron Cameron at Turn 3.

Barbour passed Woods through Turn 10 on Lap 6, allowing Harris to also outbrake the Western Sydney Motorsport Toyota Hilux at the Turn 11 hairpin.

Harris then got a run on Barbour off Turn 2 and put his Peters Motorsport Mazda BT-50 down the inside at the other end of Charters Towers Road.

The three-time V8 Utes series winner pulled away in the nearly three laps which remained to win by more than two seconds.

Woods re-passed Barbour late in the piece to pinch the round win and extend his series lead.

Cameron recovered from an off at Turn 6 to finish fourth in the second Peters BT-50, ahead of Walsh (WSM Hilux) and Tomas Gasperak (Team 18 Holden Colorado).

Dontas faded in the latter half of the race on his way to seventh, from Matt MacKelden (SRT Hilux).

Christopher Formosa was a non-starter having bent the diff housing in the Ranger Racing Ford Ranger when he came unstuck at Turn 6 in Race 2.

Round 4 supports the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint at Queensland Raceway on July 20-22.

Results: Race 3

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 58 EFS 4×4 Racing Ryal Harris Mazda BT50 9 18:06.0920
2 64 Western Sydney Motorsport Craig Woods Toyota Hilux 9 18:08.5598
3 87 Team Mitsubishi Triton Elliot Barbour Mitsubishi Triton 9 18:08.7651
4 95 Bushranger Racing Aaron Cameron Mazda BT50 9 18:09.1635
5 8 Car City Ben Walsh Toyota Hilux 9 18:12.5880
6 18 AC Delco Racing Tomas Gasperak Holden Colorado 9 18:18.7165
7 45 Team Mitsubishi Triton Craig Dontas Mitsubishi Triton 9 18:20.6854
8 99 Kubota Tractors Australia Matthew MacKelden Toyota Hilux 9 18:26.3767
DNF 22 SP Tools Tom Alexander Holden Colorado    

Series points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Craig Woods 459
2 Ryal Harris 453
3 Aaron Cameron 395
4 Tomas Gasperak 394
5 Matthew MacKelden 388
6 Ben Walsh 351
7 Tom Alexander 347
8 Toby Price 295
9 Craig Dontas 290
10 Christopher Formosa 187
11 Elliot Barbour 145
12 Stephen Wilson 119

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