Barbour claims second SuperUtes win at Sandown
Elliot Barbour has won the final ECB SuperUtes race of the weekend at the Rabble.Club Sandown 500 with a strong performance which saw him resist pressure in a lights to flag win.
With the grid based on combined results from the weekend’s first two races, Barbour started from pole alongside Craig Woods, holding top spot as the field headed into the opening turn.
Ryal Harris and Mick Sieders found each other at Turn 2, both cars picking up damage in the process as they dropped to the back of the field.
That squabble allowed the front four to skip away before the race settled into a pattern, with Barbour clear from Ben Walsh and Woods.
Sieders recovered from the opening lap kerfuffle to climb his way back up the order to third, resetting the lap record in the process.
Chris Formosa and Tomas Gasperak ended up off the road at Turn 1 after the former tried to make a move under brakes.
Driving into an ever diminishing wedge of road, he bounced over the inside kerb before tagging Gasperak to send the pair into the weeds.
In the closing stages Barbour found himself joined by Walsh and Sieders to make for a three way scrap for the lead in the final two laps.
None were able to progress further, Sieders only able to look inside Walsh but unable to make a move stick while Barbour was never truly troubled despite Walsh being locked on to his tailgate.
It left the New South Welshman to claim his second race of the weekend, and the round, in just his second appearance in the SuperUtes category.
The result also made for a sweep for the Sieders Racing Team-run Team Triton entries.
Walsh held on to second from Sieders with series leader Woods in fourth as Harris could only recover to sixth.
Round 6 supports the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 on October 4-7.
Results: Race 3 Updated*
|1||87||Team Mitsubishi Triton||Elliot Barbour||Mitsubishi Triton||10||15:10.6539|
|2||8||Car City||Ben Walsh||Toyota Hilux||10||15:11.2556|
|3||45||Total Tools/Team Mitsubishi Tr||Michael Sieders||Mitsubishi Triton||10||15:11.7613|
|4||64||Western Sydney Motorsport||Craig Woods||Toyota Hilux||10||15:16.1167|
|5||22||SP Tools||Tom Alexander||Holden Colorado||10||15:16.5337|
|6||58||EFS 4×4 Racing||Ryal Harris||Mazda BT50||10||15:21.7952|
|7||95||Bushranger Racing||Aaron Cameron||Mazda BT50||10||15:23.3698|
|8||99||Kubota Tractors Australia||Matthew MacKelden||Toyota Hilux||10||15:34.9549|
|9||18||AC Delco Racing||Tomas Gasperak||Holden Colorado||10||15:50.5032|
|10||3||Wilson Auto||Steve Wilson||Isuzu D-MAX||10||16:04.7835|
|11||49||Allgate||Christopher Formosa||Ford Ranger||10||15:56.1393|
Series points Updated
* Car #49 relegated to Pos 11 post-race