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 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
|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|