First-lap rollover mars bizarre SuperUtes opener

The rollover pic: Fox Sports

Christopher Formosa rolled five corners into a bizarre Race 1 of the ECB SuperUtes Series season in Adelaide, with Luke van Herwaarde winning the shortened affair.

Formosa’s Ranger Racing Ford Ranger ended up on its lid five corners into the race after he ran out of road and snagged the tyre wall, having been stuck on the outside of Ben Walsh and perhaps also nudged also by Mick Sieders.

Formosa had just been one of five drivers to run as many cars wide at the head of the field as they approached Senna Chicane from the rolling start.

Ben Falk and Adam Dodd started the race from the front row due to the reversal of the grid after qualifying, and then went side-by-side with Adam Dodd, Formosa, and Cameron Crick on the run to the first corner.

Falk collected Formosa as he rolled and didn’t make it past the first lap, while pole-sitter Ryal Harris had to pit to have his Mazda BT-50’s tonneau removed after his tray was crushed.

Dean Canto was also into the lane having had the Ranger scrape across his driver’s side A-pillar, and did not reappear in the Team 18 Holden Colorado.

He was not injured, while Formsa was also seen standing outside of his car as medical and recovery crews attended to the mess.

The field trundled around under the Safety Car until the chequered flag was shown after four of the scheduled eight laps due to time certainty.

Van Herwaarde in a Sieders Racing Team Toyota Hilux headed Adam Dodd (Peters Motorsport BT-50), Crick (SRT Mitsubishi Triton), Craig Woods (Western Sydney Motorsport Hilux), and Craig Dontas (SRT Triton), with Harris (Peters) the last finisher in 10th.

Race 2 starts tomorrow at 1200 local time/1230 AEDT.

Results: Race 1

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 11 Sieders Racing Team Luke van Herwaarde Toyota Hilux 4 13:16.6105
2 95 West End Mazda Adam Dodd Mazda BT50 4 13:18.4164
3 7 Total Tools Team Triton Racing Cameron Crick Mitsubishi Triton 4 13:19.1474
4 64 Western Sydney Motorsport Craig Woods Toyota Hilux 4 13:19.7145
5 87 Mitsubishi Motors Team Triton Craig Dontas Mitsubishi Triton 4 13:21.2976
6 8 Fat Freddy’s Ben Walsh Toyota Hilux 4 13:23.0970
7 10 Sieders Racing Team Michael Sieders Toyota Hilux 4 13:23.8507
8 78 Mitsubishi Motors Team Triton Elliot Barbour Mitsubishi Triton 4 13:24.9439
9 22 Caltex Delo Racing Tom Alexander Isuzu D-MAX 4 13:26.1662
10 1 EFS 4×4 Racing Ryal Harris Mazda BT50 4 13:27.3106
DNF 18 ACDelco Racing Dean Canto Holden Colorado    
DNF 17 Tank World Benjamin Falk Holden Colorado    
DNF 49 Allgate Auto Doors Racing Christopher Formosa Ford Ranger    

The start pic: Matthew Paul Photography

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