Dontas fastest in SuperUtes Practice 1
Craig Dontas has set the pace in a wet opening to Round 6 of the ECB SuperUtes Series at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
Ryal Harris was on top until well after the chequered flag, when Dontas laid down a 3:04.3385s in the #87 Sieders Racing Team Mitsubishi Triton.
Harris had started off with a 3:07.1930s on his first flyer, with the track wet and light rain still falling.
The ideal line dried slightly during the 20-minute session as Harris got down to a 3:05.4255s in the #58 Peters Motorsport Mazda BT-50.
Series leader Craig Woods improved with the clock at zero to briefly sit second in the #64 Western Sydney Motorsport Toyota Hilux before he was bumped by Dontas.
The top three were covered by 1.3099s while Mick Sieders ended up fourth in the #45 SRT Triton.
The returning V8 Utes Series winners in the field, Kim Jane (#1 Steve Wilson Racing Isuzu D-Max) and David Sieders (#34 Ranger Racing Ford Ranger), ended up eight and 10th respectively.
The latter was half a second faster than team-mate Cristopher Formosa in the original #49 Ranger.
Mick Sieders’ run into the escape road at Murray’s Corner was the most notable incident despite the tricky conditions.
SuperUtes Practice 2 starts at 1435 local time/AEST.
Results: Practice 1
|1||87||Team Mitsubishi Triton||Craig Dontas||Mitsubishi Triton||3:04.3385|
|2||58||EFS 4×4 Racing||Ryal Harris||Mazda BT50||3:05.4255||0:01.0870|
|3||64||Western Sydney Motorsport||Craig Woods||Toyota Hilux||3:05.6484||0:01.3099|
|4||45||Total Tools/Team Mitsubishi||Michael Sieders||Mitsubishi Triton||3:09.0613||0:04.7228|
|5||8||Car City||Ben Walsh||Toyota Hilux||3:09.3867||0:05.0482|
|6||95||Bushranger Racing||Aaron Cameron||Mazda BT50||3:10.8775||0:06.5390|
|7||99||Kubota Tractors Australia||Matthew MacKelden||Toyota Hilux||3:12.5139||0:08.1754|
|8||1||WIL-TOW||Kim Jane||Isuzu D-MAX||3:12.6346||0:08.2961|
|9||22||SP Tools||Tom Alexander||Holden Colorado||3:12.9421||0:08.6036|
|10||34||Allgate Auto Doors||David Sieders||Ford Ranger||3:16.9465||0:12.6080|
|11||49||Allgate Auto Doors||Christopher Formosa||Ford Ranger||3:17.4598||0:13.1213|
|12||18||AC Delco Racing||Tomas Gasperak||Holden Colorado||3:17.9668||0:13.6283|
|13||52||Western Sydney Motorsport||Charlotte Poynting||Toyota Hilux||3:23.0766||0:18.7381|