Tom Alexander has ended practice for Round 2 of the ECB SuperUtes Series with the fastest lap after a closely contested second session in Perth.
The New Zealander improved on what was already the session benchmark when he set a 1:11.5205s moments before the chequered flag in the #22 Ross Stone Racing Isuzu D-Max.
Less than two tenths of a second covered the top four, with Elliot Barbour (#78 Sieders Racing Team Mitsubishi Triton) placing second again and Ryal Harris third.
Harris, who set the pace in Practice 1, had a drama when he came across a slow-moving Christopher Formosa exiting Turn 7 in the latter half of the 20-minute session.
The series leader had the #1 Peters Motorsport Mazda BT-50 locked up and sideways but still ran into the back of the #49 Allgate Motorsport Ford Ranger, with Formosa saying that he was stuck in neutral at the time of the incident.
Harris subsequently returned to the track and remained third with a 1:11.6594s having clocked a 1:11.6727s in SuperUtes’ first session at Barbagallo Wanneroo Raceway, while Mick Sieders (#10 SRT Toyota Hilux) was fourth for the session and on combined times.
Ben Walsh, who stopped with a diff breakage in Practice 1, was next in his #8 Hilux on a 1:11.8187s, ahead of SuperUtes debutant Pete Major (#18 Team 18 Holden Colorado) and Craig Woods (#64 Western Sydney Motorsport Hilux).
Tim Slade’s father Gil got behind the wheel of the Peters Motorsport Holden Colorado, which Ben Falk had vacated to switch to a Mazda BT-50 for this weekend, and rounded out the timesheet.
There were still only 10 cars on-track, however, due to engine problems for the #7 SRT Triton of Cameron Crick.
The grid for the first race will be set tomorrow afternoon with Armor All Qualifying from 1330 local time/1530 AEST.
Results: Practice 2
|1||22||Caltex Delo Racing||Tom Alexander||Isuzu D-MAX||1:11.5205|
|2||78||Mitsibishi Motors Team Triton||Elliot Barbour||Mitsubishi Triton||1:11.6100||0:00.0895|
|3||1||EFS 4×4 Racing||Ryal Harris||Mazda BT50||1:11.6594||0:00.1389|
|4||10||Sieders Racing Team||Michael Sieders||Toyota Hilux||1:11.7082||0:00.1877|
|5||8||Fat Freddy’s||Ben Walsh||Toyota Hilux||1:11.8187||0:00.2982|
|6||18||ACDelco Racing||Peter Major||Holden Colorado||1:12.2087||0:00.6882|
|7||64||Western Sydney Motorsport||Craig Woods||Toyota Hilux||1:12.2242||0:00.7037|
|8||49||Allgate Auto Doors Racing||Christopher Formosa||Ford Ranger||1:12.9698||0:01.4493|
|9||17||Tank World||Benjamin Falk||Mazda BT50||1:13.5891||0:02.0686|
|10||11||Gilbert Slade||Gilbert Slade||Holden Colorado||1:15.8451||0:04.3246|