Woods wins SuperUtes Race 3 despite wall hits

Craig Woods lead Tom Alexander pic: Matthew Paul Photography

A brave start has set up a win for Craig Woods in ECB SuperUtes Race 3 on the Gold Coast despite multiple hits with the walls.

Woods made it a three-wide run down to the chicane at the front and took the lead into the left-hander, from Tom Alexander and Ryal Harris.

Alexander showed the nose at Turn 12 on the opening lap and clipped the inside wall, which put him into the rear of Woods and saw the #64 Western Sydney Motorsport Toyota Hilux hit the outside wall.

Both pressed on and Harris had a dive at Alexander’s #22 Ross Stone Racing Holden Colorado at Turn 11 on Lap 2, but couldn’t make the move and was instead nabbed by Luke van Herwaarde.

The top two cleared out midway through the eight-lapper as Harris and van Herwaarde continued to battle.

Alexander got a run on Woods down the Gold Coast Highway at the start of Lap 6 and while he filed back in behind in time for the Front Chicane, Woods straightlined it anyway.

Woods continued to make contact with the walls but put a second on Alexander and went on to take his second race win of 2018.

Van Herwaarde (#52 WSM Hilux) held off Harris (#58 Peters Motorsport Mazda BT-50) while Ben Walsh (#8 WSM Hilux) finished fifth.

Cameron Crick (#87 Sieders Racing Team Mitsubishi Triton) was an early retirement having climbed over the tyre wall at the Front Chicane on Lap 1.

Richard Mork (#94 Ranger Racing Ford Ranger) completed only the first lap having been turned around by Mick Sieders (#45 SRT Triton) at Breaker Street.

Harris takes the series lead to the eighth and final round at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 on November 23-25.

Results: Race 3 Updated*

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 64 Western Sydney Motorsport Craig Woods Toyota Hilux 8 12:42.8233
2 22 SP Tools Tom Alexander Holden Colorado 8 12:43.6818
3 52 Western Sydney Motorsport Luke van Herwaarde Toyota Hilux 8 12:45.2150
4 58 EFS 4×4 Racing Ryal Harris Mazda BT50 8 12:45.8457
5 8 Car City Ben Walsh Toyota Hilux 8 12:51.8781
6 49 Allgate Christopher Formosa Ford Ranger 8 13:00.2706
7 99 Kubota Tractors Australia Matthew MacKelden Toyota Hilux 8 13:00.9176
8 18 AC Delco Racing Tomas Gasperak Holden Colorado 8 13:05.4692
9 95 Bushranger Racing Aaron Cameron Mazda BT50 8 13:07.9981
10 45 Total Tools Michael Sieders Mitsubishi Triton 8 13:31.1274
DNF 94 Allgate Auto Doors Richard Mork Ford Ranger 1 2:04.8733
DNF 87 Team Mitsubishi Triton Cameron Crick Mitsubishi Triton    

* Post-race penalty for Car #45

Series points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Ryal Harris 1087
2 Craig Woods 1060
3 Aaron Cameron 935
4 Tom Alexander 934
5 Ben Walsh 922
6 Matthew MacKelden 822
7 Tomas Gasperak 714
8 Christopher Formosa 673
9 Craig Dontas 458
10 Michael Sieders 423
11 Steve Wilson 352
12 Elliot Barbour 321
13 Toby Price 295
14 Cameron Crick 233
15 Luke van Herwaarde 147
16 David Sieders 144
17 Charlotte Poynting 108
18 Kim Jane 94
19 Richard Mork 68

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