Dontas on pole after spectacular lose at The Chase

Daniel Herrero

Friday 5th October, 2018 - 8:11am

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Craig Dontas slides backwards through The Chase pic: Fox Sports

Craig Dontas has qualified on Armor All Pole for SuperUtes Round 6 after surviving a spin through The Chase.

With the track again wet after morning drizzle, Dontas lost the rear end of the #87 Sieders Racing Team Mitsubishi Triton on the way into the complex.

He completed almost a half-rotation before the car flicked the other way and came to rest facing the wrong direction on the outside of the left-hander.

Dontas had arrived at The Chase aftrer getting a tow from team-mate Mick Sieders (#45 Triton) down Conrod Straight.

The spin at the fastest corner at Mount Panorama left him last of the 12 still running in qualifying but he pulled off a 3:06.0967s on his second and final attempt to pip Ryall Harris (#58 Peters Motorsport Mazda BT-50) to pole.

Series leader Craig Woods (#64 Western Sydney Motorsport Toyota Hilux) will share the second row with pseudo team-mate Mick Sieders, immediately in front of Ben Walsh (#8 WSM Hilux) and Aaron Cameron (#95 Peters BT-50).

Cameron in fact ended his session parked on the inside run-off at The Esses, causing a yellow flag which may have even hampered Dontas on his pole lap.

The last two V8 Ute Racing Series winners Kim Jane (#1 Steve Wilson Racing Isuzu D-Max) and David Sieders (#34 Ranger Racing Ford Ranger) will start eighth and ninth, respectively.

The session became a two-lap dash for all but Tomas Gasperak, who stopped at The Cutting with smoke belching from the #18 Team 18 Holden Colorado due to an apparent engine problem.

None of the field had set a lap time at that point, leading officials to extend the session by five minutes to 25.

SuperUtes Race 1, of 6 laps distance, at 1335 local time/AEST.

Results: Armor All Qualifying

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 87 Team Mitsubishi Triton Craig Dontas Mitsubishi Triton 3:06.0967  
2 58 EFS 4×4 Racing Ryal Harris Mazda BT50 3:06.1669 0:00.0702
3 64 Western Sydney Motorsport Craig Woods Toyota Hilux 3:08.1081 0:02.0114
4 45 Total Tools/Team Mitsubishi Michael Sieders Mitsubishi Triton 3:09.9841 0:03.8874
5 8 Car City Ben Walsh Toyota Hilux 3:10.5966 0:04.4999
6 95 Bushranger Racing Aaron Cameron Mazda BT50 3:10.6085 0:04.5118
7 22 SP Tools Tom Alexander Holden Colorado 3:12.4293 0:06.3326
8 1 WIL-TOW Kim Jane Isuzu D-MAX 3:12.4609 0:06.3642
9 34 Allgate Auto Doors David Sieders Ford Ranger 3:12.6414 0:06.5447
10 99 Kubota Tractors Australia Matthew MacKelden Toyota Hilux 3:15.9091 0:09.8124
11 49 Allgate Auto Doors Christopher Formosa Ford Ranger 3:17.0871 0:10.9904
12 52 Western Sydney Motorsport Charlotte Poynting Toyota Hilux 3:22.3835 0:16.2868
  18 AC Delco Racing Tomas Gasperak Holden Colorado 3:06.0967 0:00.0702

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