SuperUtes round winner changes after timing glitch corrected

Daniel Herrero

Wednesday 25th July, 2018 - 3:29pm

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Craig Woods

Craig Woods has been reclassified as the SuperUtes round winner at Queensland Raceway after his wife discovered he had been incorrectly timed a lap down in Race 2.

The ECB SuperUtes Series leader was recorded as finishing ninth in the reverse grid race but his Penrith Toyota-backed Hilux has been elevated to fourth having now been restored to the lead lap.

A number of cars had been erratically changing positions on the timing screens during the races due to transponders not being detected at some sectors.

While the #64 Western Sydney Motorsport entry had been suffering from overheating during the 10-lap race, a review of timing and race footage confirmed Woods did indeed complete those 10 laps.

He explained to Speedcafe.com that his wife Clare found the error two days after the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint, which was supported by Round 4 of SuperUtes.

“She’s pregnant and her sleep patterns are a bit off and she was just going through something and she went, ‘Hold on a minute,’ and something stood out to her,” said Woods.

“She just investigated it a bit more and went, ‘That’s not right; they’ve got you down as a lap down in that race.’

Clare notified Supercars about the error and category manager Kurt Sakzewski has since confirmed the revision, which hands Woods a third round win and extends his series lead from five points to 10 over Ryal Harris.

“Car #64 was mistakenly shown as being one lap down and in ninth place. The correct finishing position for car #64 was fourth place,” Sakzewski told Supercars’ official website.

“As a result of the change in the finishing positions, the points allocation for the round have also been updated.

“We would like to congratulate Craig Woods for another round win.”

Woods went on the take out the final race of the weekend, in which stablemate Mick Sieders experienced a spectacular Lap 1 rollover, despite his starting position for that encounter also being adversely affected by the error.

“I’m laughing all the way to the bank,” he said of the final outcome.

The round trophies will be swapped over when SuperUtes races on the support category for the Rabble.Club Sandown 500 on September 14-16.

Results: Race 2 Updated

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 22 SP Tools Tom Alexander Holden Colorado 10 15:18.8993
2 58 EFS 4×4 Racing Ryal Harris Mazda BT50 10 15:20.7728
3 45 Team Mitsubishi Triton Michael Sieders Mitsubishi Triton 10 15:29.5532
4 64 Western Sydney Motorsport Craig Woods Toyota Hilux 10 15:30.7761
5 8 Car City Ben Walsh Toyota Hilux 10 15:32.2791
6 18 AC Delco Racing Tomas Gasperak Holden Colorado 10 15:33.0280
7 49 Allgate Christopher Formosa Ford Ranger 10 15:42.2972
8 3 Wilson Auto Steve Wilson Isuzu D-MAX 10 15:56.9543
9 87 Team Mitsubishi Triton Cameron Crick Mitsubishi Triton 10 16:01.0816
10 95 Bushranger Racing Aaron Cameron Mazda BT50 9 17:02.0430
DNF 99 Kubota Tractors Australia Matthew MacKelden Toyota Hilux

Series points (Top 10) Updated

Pos Driver Pts
1 Craig Woods 620
2 Ryal Harris 610
3 Aaron Cameron 532
4 Tomas Gasperak 519
5 Tom Alexander 497
6 Ben Walsh 481
7 Matthew MacKelden 442
8 Christopher Formosa 315
9 Toby Price 295
10 Craig Dontas 290

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