Dontas fastest in SuperUtes Practice 1

Craig Dontas pic: Matthew Paul Photography

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

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
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

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