Ryal Harris needed a last-ditch effort to deny Tom Alexander Armor All Pole Position in the SuperUtes after it looked like his streak of dominance in Adelaide had been broken.
Harris, who held the quickest lap throughout each of Thursday’s two practice sessions, appeared to have put the cue in the rack eight minutes into the 20-minute session having set back-to-back-to-back fastest laps.
With the #1 Peters Motorsport Mazda BT-50 sitting in the pits, Alexander began to threaten to unseat Harris and eventually did so with a 1:44.5957s in the final three minutes in the Ross Stone Racing Isuzu D-Max.
Harris subsequently returned to the track with just enough time for one more flyer and while he was only personal best to the first two sectors, he made up enough ground to wrest pole back from the Kiwi by 0.1434s.
The time, 1:44.4523s, was less than half a tenth better than the previous SuperUtes benchmark around the Adelaide Parklands Circuit which Harris clocked in Practice 2 a day prior.
There will be four makes on the first two rows for the opening race of 2019 after Elliot Barbour qualified third in his Sieders Racing Team Mitsubishi Triton, albeit more than half a second away from Alexander, and Ben Walsh fourth in a Western Sydney Motorsport Toyota Hilux.
The seven SRT-prepared cars will in fact line up third through ninth with Mick Sieders (SRT Hilux) fifth from Craig Dontas (SRT Triton), Craig Woods (WSM Hilux), Luke van Herwaarde (SRT Hilux), and Cameron Crick (SRT Triton).
Dean Canto did not set a representative time in the Team 18 Holden Colorado after pulling into the pits early in the session and is due to start at the rear of the 13-car grid.
ECB SuperUtes Series Race 1 starts at 1340 local time/1410 AEDT.
Results: Armor All Qualifying
|1||1||EFS 4×4 Racing||Ryal Harris||Mazda BT50||1:44.4523|
|2||22||Caltex Delo Racing||Tom Alexander||Isuzu D-MAX||1:44.5957||0:00.1434|
|3||78||Mitsubishi Motors Team Triton||Elliot Barbour||Mitsubishi Triton||1:45.1759||0:00.7236|
|4||8||Fat Freddy’s||Ben Walsh||Toyota Hilux||1:45.2977||0:00.8454|
|5||10||Sieders Racing Team||Michael Sieders||Toyota Hilux||1:45.5275||0:01.0752|
|6||87||Mitsubishi Motors Team Triton||Craig Dontas||Mitsubishi Triton||1:45.6428||0:01.1905|
|7||64||Western Sydney Motorsport||Craig Woods||Toyota Hilux||1:46.1607||0:01.7084|
|8||11||Sieders Racing Team||Luke van Herwaarde||Toyota Hilux||1:46.4207||0:01.9684|
|9||7||Total Tools Team Triton Racing||Cameron Crick||Mitsubishi Triton||1:46.7322||0:02.2799|
|10||49||Allgate Auto Doors Racing||Christopher Formosa||Ford Ranger||1:47.2074||0:02.7551|
|11||95||West End Mazda||Adam Dodd||Mazda BT50||1:47.6599||0:03.2076|
|12||17||Tank World||Benjamin Falk||Holden Colorado||1:49.1900||0:04.7377|
|13||18||ACDelco Racing||Dean Canto||Holden Colorado||9:32.3645||7:47.9122|