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Tom Alexander prevails in SuperUtes Race 3 in Perth

Daniel Herrero

Saturday 4th May, 2019 - 7:10pm

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Tom Alexander has picked up a second race win in Round 2 of the ECB SuperUtes Series at the Pirtek Perth SuperNight meeting.

The Isuzu D-Max driver led all the way in Race 3 having seen off pressure in the latter half of the 12-lap affair from Elliot Barbour.

Cameron Crick made it two Sieders Racing Team Mitsubishi Tritons in the top three, while Ryal Harris (Peters Motorsport) was ultimately classified seventh.

Barbour started from first position by virtue of points accrued so far in the weekend but Alexander took the lead to the first corner from the outside of the front row.

Ben Walsh challenged Barbour from the outside of Turn 1 but instead lost third position to Harris as they ran through the Turn 2/Turn 3 complex for the first time, and his #8 Toyota Hilux soon developed a problem again.

Harris had his #1 Mazda BT-50 predominantly on the grass as he attacked Barbour at the start of the second lap but the #78 Triton driver had the inside line to Turn 1 covered.

They continued to run in close proximity but there was a shift around the halfway mark of the 12-lap race as Barbour caught up to Alexander and dropped Harris.

There was no change at the front but Mick Sieders (#10 SRT Hilux) dived down the inside of Harris at Turn 7 on Lap 10.

He didn’t hold the position for long, getting sideways at the other end of the main straight although television footage was inconclusive as to whether there was contact between the pair at Turn 1.

Crick (#7 Triton) was able to pass Sieders as he tried to fight back, and then got Harris at the end of the penultimate lap.

The 2018 series winner took the chequered flag in fourth but was reclassified to seventh shortly after the finish due to the addition of a five-second penalty.

Craig Woods (#64 Western Sydney Motorsport Hilux) assumed fifth and Christopher Formosa (#49 Allgate Motorsport Ford Ranger) sixth as a consequence.

Ross Stone Racing’s Alexander (#22 D-Max) will take the series lead to Round 3 at the Truck Assist Winton SuperSprint on May 24-26.

Results: Race 3

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 22 Caltex Delo Racing Tom Alexander Isuzu D-MAX 12 14:26.7466
2 78 Mitsibishi Motors Team Triton Elliot Barbour Mitsubishi Triton 12 14:27.5944
3 7 Total Tools Team Triton Racing Cameron Crick Mitsubishi Triton 12 14:31.8082
4 10 Sieders Racing Team Michael Sieders Toyota Hilux 12 14:32.8437
5 64 Western Sydney Motorsport Craig Woods Toyota Hilux 12 14:35.3874
6 49 Allgate Auto Doors Racing Christopher Formosa Ford Ranger 12 14:36.4228
7 1 EFS 4×4 Racing Ryal Harris Mazda BT50 12 14:37.7397
8 17 Tank World Benjamin Falk Mazda BT50 12 14:48.9002
9 18 ACDelco Racing Peter Major Holden Colorado 12 15:17.0936
10 8 Fat Freddy’s Ben Walsh Toyota Hilux 10 14:55.1762

Series points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Tom Alexander 288
2 Elliot Barbour 280
3 Ryal Harris 276
4 Michael Sieders 245
5 Ben Walsh 218
6 Cameron Crick 186
7 Craig Woods 159
8 Benjamin Falk 104
9 Luke van Herwaarde 99
10 Christopher Formosa 83
11 Adam Dodd 64
12 Ronnie Conquest 52
13 Peter Major 48
14 Craig Dontas 19
15 Dean Canto 0
16 Gilbert Slade 0

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