Harris continues march in SuperUtes

Ryal Harris leads Tom Alexander pic: Matthew Paul Photography

The Ryal Harris hot streak has rolled on with a lights-to-flag win in Race 1 of Round 7 of the ECB SuperUtes Series on the Gold Coast.

Harris, who swept the previous round at Bathurst to reclaim the series lead, led the field into the first corner and the #58 Peters Motorsport Mazda BT-50 was never headed.

Tom Alexander ran second for the duration and at one stage pegged the gap back from over a second to around five tenths, but never made a serious challenge in the #22 Ross Stone Racing Holden Colorado.

Craig Woods (#64 Western Sydney Motorsport Toyota Hilux) gained a position at the rolling start and kept third until the end of the eight-lapper, while Cameron Crick (#87 Sieders Racing Team Mitsubishi Triton) and Ben Walsh (#8 WSM Hilux) rounded out the top five.

Luke van Herwaarde ran fourth until he made a big lunge at Woods on Lap 3 which saw him glance the wall entering Breaker Street.

The #52 WSM Hilux, which still sported the scars of a crash in Armor All Qualifying the afternoon prior, finished sixth.

Aaron Cameron struggled with an apparent electrical issue in the #95 Peters BT-50 which hampered his ability to achieve full throttle and the new KZ2 karting champion finished seventh.

Mick Sieders, whose #45 SRT Triton was set to take to the track with parts borrowed from a Mitsubishi executive’s company car after a qualifying hit, was a non-starter in the end.

Kim Jane and the #1 Steve Wilson Racing Isuzu D-Max did not appear for the race.

Race 2 starts tomorrow at 0845 local time/0945 AEDT.

Results: Race 1

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 58 EFS 4×4 Racing Ryal Harris Mazda BT50 8 12:37.1911
2 22 SP Tools Tom Alexander Holden Colorado 8 12:38.3045
3 64 Western Sydney Motorsport Craig Woods Toyota Hilux 8 12:39.6977
4 87 Team Mitsubishi Triton Cameron Crick Mitsubishi Triton 8 12:42.3663
5 8 Car City Ben Walsh Toyota Hilux 8 12:48.1352
6 52 EFS 4X4 Racing Luke van Herwaarde Toyota Hilux 8 12:48.3146
7 95 Bushranger Racing Aaron Cameron Mazda BT50 8 12:57.1429
8 49 Allgate Christopher Formosa Ford Ranger 8 12:57.9062
9 99 Kubota Tractors Australia Matthew MacKelden Toyota Hilux 8 13:00.5055
10 94 Allgate Auto Doors Richard Mork Ford Ranger 8 13:19.5731
DNF 18 AC Delco Racing Tomas Gasperak Holden Colorado 2 8:39.3531

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