Harris dominates Bathurst SuperUtes opener
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
|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|