Harris quickest in SuperUtes Practice 2

Ryal Harris

Ryal Harris was quickest in another rainy Practice 2 for the ECB SuperUtes Series at Bathurst after Craig Dontas’ late challenge fizzled due to a spin at The Chase.

Harris improved on almost every single lap in the #58 Peters Motorsport Mazda BT-50 and moved the mark to a 3:05.3750s after the chequered flag.

Practice 1 fast man Dontas was following on-track at the time and threatening to take over the mantle as he went fastest to each of the first two sectors.

However, he spun the #87 Sieders Racing Team Mitsubishi Triton at The Chase and remained second, 0.8604s off the pace.

Dontas nevertheless has the fastest combined time having been over a second faster in Practice 1, which was also weather-affected.

Series leader Craig Woods was third for the entire session in the #64 Western Sydney Motorsport Toyota Hilux at 1.4595s off than the fastest lap.

Harris’ team-mate Aaron Cameron was twice as far away in fourth in the #95 BT-50 while Ben Walsh (#8 Western Sydney Motorsport Toyota Hilux) rounded out the top five.

Last year’s V8 Utes Series winner Kim Jane (#1 Steve Wilson Racing Isuzu D-Max) was sixth and his predecessor David Sieders 10th in the debuting Ford Ranger (#34 Ranger Racing).

Matt MacKelden hits the wall pic: Fox Sports

Matt MacKelden backed into the wall on approach to The Dipper when he lost control halfway through the 20-minute session.

The #99 SRT Hilux first made rear-end contact with the wall before slapping the concrete side-on as it dropped down the hill.

MacKelden returned to the paddock and took no further part in practice.

Armor All Qualifying takes place tomorrow at 0725 local time/AEST.

Results: Combined Practice

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Sess. Fastest lap Split
1 87 Team Mitsubishi Triton Craig Dontas Mitsubishi Triton P1 3:04.3385  
2 58 EFS 4×4 Racing Ryal Harris Mazda BT50 P2 3:05.3750 0:01.0365
3 64 Western Sydney Motorsport Craig Woods Toyota Hilux P1 3:05.6484 0:01.3099
4 95 Bushranger Racing Aaron Cameron Mazda BT50 P2 3:08.3815 0:04.0430
5 45 Total Tools/Team Mitsubishi Michael Sieders Mitsubishi Triton P1 3:09.0613 0:04.7228
6 8 Car City Ben Walsh Toyota Hilux P2 3:09.0817 0:04.7432
7 1 WIL-TOW Kim Jane Isuzu D-MAX P2 3:10.7574 0:06.4189
8 22 SP Tools Tom Alexander Holden Colorado P2 3:10.8204 0:06.4819
9 99 Kubota Tractors Australia Matthew MacKelden Toyota Hilux P1 3:12.5139 0:08.1754
10 34 Allgate Auto Doors David Sieders Ford Ranger P2 3:13.8276 0:09.4891
11 18 AC Delco Racing Tomas Gasperak Holden Colorado P2 3:16.1955 0:11.8570
12 49 Allgate Auto Doors Christopher Formosa Ford Ranger P1 3:17.4598 0:13.1213
13 52 Western Sydney Motorsport Charlotte Poynting Toyota Hilux P2 3:22.2424 0:17.9039

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