Dontas on pole after spectacular lose at The Chase
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
|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|