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
|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|