Alexander earns first SuperUtes win for D-Max
Tom Alexander snapped up the first SuperUtes victory for the Isuzu D-Max in Race 1 of Round 2 at Barbagallo Wanneroo Raceway.
Armor All Pole-sitter Ben Walsh (#8 Ben Walsh Toyota Hilux) went backward at the start, falling to fourth in the opening few corners as Alexander took over the lead in the #22 Ross Stone Racing entry.
Ryal Harris (#1 Peters Motorsport Mazda BT-50) had a look down the inside of Alexander at the final corner, but the pair made contact, slowing them up on corner exit.
Walsh closed up rapidly and found himself on the grass trying to make a move up the inside of Harris at Turn 1 only just getting the car pulled up for the corner.
Meanwhile, Elliot Barbour (#78 Sieders Racing Team Mitsubishi Triton) grabbed second as Walsh managed to make a pass stick on Harris for third later in the lap.
Race leader Alexander came under pressure from Barbour early in the second half of the 12-lap race but managed to build a cushion.
Alexander took the flag just under a second ahead of Barbour, as Walsh, Harris and Michael Sieders (#10 SRT Hilux) rounded out the top five.
Peter Major (#18 Team 18 Holden Colorado) and Cameron Crick (#7 SRT Triton) both retired to pit lane with mechanical issues, while Craig Woods (#64 Western Sydney Motorsport Hilux) stopped on track early in the piece.
The second race of the weekend for the ECB SuperUtes Series takes place on Saturday at 1220 local time/1420 AEST.
UPDATE: Car #49 disqualified
Results: Race 1 Updated
|1||22||Caltex Delo Racing||Tom Alexander||Isuzu D-MAX||12||14:31.0113|
|2||78||Mitsibishi Motors Team Triton||Elliot Barbour||Mitsubishi Triton||12||14:31.9750|
|3||8||Fat Freddy’s||Ben Walsh||Toyota Hilux||12||14:33.5626|
|4||1||EFS 4×4 Racing||Ryal Harris||Mazda BT50||12||14:35.9182|
|5||10||Sieders Racing Team||Michael Sieders||Toyota Hilux||12||14:36.3778|
|6||17||Tank World||Benjamin Falk||Mazda BT50||12||14:58.1828|
|7||11||Duncon/Angry Dad Punters||Ronnie Conquest||Holden Colorado||11||14:35.1661|
|DNF||64||Western Sydney Motorspor||Craig Woods||Toyota Hilux||4||4:59.3824|
|DNF||7||Total Tools Team Triton Racing||Cameron Crick||Mitsubishi Triton||4||5:07.5898|
|DNF||18||ACDelco Racing||Peter Major||Holden Colorado||4||12:55.2904|
|DSQ||49||Allgate Auto Doors Racing||Christopher Formosa||Ford Ranger|