Harris dominates Bathurst SuperUtes opener

Ryal Harris leads a distant Craig Dontas

Ryal Harris has won SuperUtes Race 1 at Mount Panorama in convincing fashion after a brave Lap 1 move on Craig Dontas.

Harris took a 6.3320s win as Craig Dontas and Ben Walsh filled the minor placings in the six-lap affair.

Dontas had powered ahead up Mountain Straight after he and Harris ran side-by-side through Hell Corner from the rolling start.

Harris went to the outside of the Armor All Pole-sitter again at The Cutting, where the track was still wet off the racing line, and stayed there, allowing him to make the pass on exit after side-to-side contact.

The #58 Peters Motorsport Mazda BT-50 led by 2.2290s at the end of the opening lap and never looked back, while Dontas had a similarly lonely race to second in the #87 Sieders Racing Team Mitsubishi Triton.

Ben Walsh (#8 Western Sydney Motorsport Toyota Hilux) took third after drafting past Aaron Cameron (#95 Peters BT-50) down Conrod Straight on Lap 3.

Cameron ended up edging Tom Alexander (#22 Ross Stone Racing Holden Colorado) to fourth, while David Sieders (#34 Ranger Racing Ford Ranger) finished sixth after a scrap with Craig Woods and Kim Jane.

Woods, the series leader, started third in the #64 WSM Hilux but struggled for pace throughout and just held off Jane (#1 Steve Wilson Racing Isuzu D-Max) for seventh.

Mick Sieders got himself classified a finisher in 12th, a lap down, after pulling into pit lane at the end of the warm up lap.

He had qualified the #45 SRT Triton fourth on the grid.

Tomas Gasperak was a non-finisher with a technical issue after the #18 Team 18 Holden Colorado also failed in qualifying.

Race 2 starts tomorrow at 0855 local time/AEST.

Results: Race 1

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 58 EFS 4×4 Racing Ryal Harris Mazda BT50 6 16:59.4741
2 87 Team Mitsubishi Triton Craig Dontas Mitsubishi Triton 6 17:05.8061
3 8 Car City Ben Walsh Toyota Hilux 6 17:11.3273
4 95 Bushranger Racing Aaron Cameron Mazda BT50 6 17:15.6291
5 22 SP Tools Tom Alexander Holden Colorado 6 17:15.9671
6 34 Allgate Auto Doors David Sieders Ford Ranger 6 17:17.5594
7 64 Western Sydney Motorsport Craig Woods Toyota Hilux 6 17:21.0243
8 1 WIL-TOW Kim Jane Isuzu D-MAX 6 17:21.2417
9 99 Kubota Tractors Australia Matthew MacKelden Toyota Hilux 6 17:27.9250
10 49 Allgate Auto Doors Christopher Formosa Ford Ranger 6 17:47.0672
11 52 Western Sydney Motorsport Charlotte Poynting Toyota Hilux 6 18:22.5690
12 45 Total Tools/Team Mitsubishi Michael Sieders Mitsubishi Triton 5 17:36.7574
DNF 18 AC Delco Racing Tomas Gasperak Holden Colorado 4 13:00.7207

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