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Harris muscles through to victory in final SuperUtes encounter

Mat Coch

Sunday 3rd March, 2019 - 10:59am

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Ryal Harris

Ryal Harris has claimed the final ECB SuperUtes race of the weekend at the Superloop Adelaide 500 after seeing off a late charge from Tom Alexander.

Harris nabbed the lead at the end of the opening lap before opening a small but crucial gap in the early stages.

Alexander launched an attack in the closing laps only to fall just short of his target, taking second ahead of Elliot Barbour in third.

Alexander initially resisted the challenge from Harris as the field headed into the opening corner when the race got underway, holding the outside line and bouncing over the kerbs to take the advantage.

It proved short lived as Harris sent it up the inside at the final corner at the end of the opening lap, pushing the Alexnder’s Isuzu wide and dropping him to third behind Barbour.

Harris then quickly extended a 1.7 second advantage while Alexander and Barbour began battling for second.

Mick Sieders briefly challenged for third but that threat proved fleeting and dropped away form the podium battle.

Their battled allowed Harris to check out at the front of the race, extending a comfortable 3.4 second gap by half distance.

A better run through Turn 8 saw Alexander slip up the inside of Barbour’s Mitsubishi Triton at Turn 9, the pair running side by side into the Parklands section on Lap 4.

Further back, a three-way scrap developed between Ben Walsh, Sieders, and Cameron Crick.

Walsh found a way through into fourth at Turn 9 on the sixth tour, leaving Sieders to fall into the clutches of Crick as Craig Woods also bought into the battle .

The battle between Crick and Woods was resolved in favour of the latter leaving Crick open to attack from Luke van Herwaarde, a threat he resisted to the flag

Out front, Alexander finally broke free from Barbour and quickly reeled in race leader Harris, halving the deficit in a single lap.

Time however was against him, crossing the line nine tenths behind the race winner with Barbour three seconds further back.

Walsh claimed fourth from Sieders and Woods, while a five second penalty applied post race for Crick dropped him to eighth, promoting van Herwaarde to seventh.

Results: Race 3

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 1 EFS 4×4 Racing Ryal Harris Mazda BT50 8 14:06.7807
2 22 Caltex Delo Racing Tom Alexander Isuzu D-MAX 8 14:07.6957
3 78 Mitsubishi Motors Team Triton Elliot Barbour Mitsubishi Triton 8 14:10.8707
4 8 Fat Freddy’s Ben Walsh Toyota Hilux 8 14:13.3541
5 10 Sieders Racing Team Michael Sieders Toyota Hilux 8 14:16.6170
6 64 Western Sydney Motorsport Craig Woods Toyota Hilux 8 14:18.4268
7 11 Sieders Racing Team Luke van Herwaarde Toyota Hilux 8 14:22.4808
8 7 Total Tools Team Triton Racing Cameron Crick Mitsubishi Triton 8 14:26.5195
9 95 West End Mazda Adam Dodd Mazda BT50 8 14:33.5131
DNF 87 Mitsubishi Motors Team Triton Craig Dontas Mitsubishi Triton 5 9:59.7928

Series points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Ryal Harris 131
2 Tom Alexander 123
3 Elliot Barbour 115
4 Michael Sieders 104
5 Luke van Herwaarde 99
6 Cameron Crick 95
7 Ben Walsh 79
8 Craig Woods 72
9 Adam Dodd 64
10 Craig Dontas 19
11 Christopher Formosa 1
12 Benjamin Falk 0
13 Dean Canto 0

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