Crick wins SuperUtes Race 1 after Walsh mistake

The race start pic: Matthew Paul Photography

Cameron Crick won a wet opening race of SuperUtes Round 6 at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 after a mistake from Ben Walsh.

It was a wild first corner as Walsh (Toyota Hilux) dive-bombed Crick (Mitsubishi Triton) and Barbour (Mitsubishi Triton) to make it three-wide at the start.

Crick emerged in the lead, while Walsh held off Barbour for second, but further back there was a skirmish exiting Hell Corner.

After separate contact with Josh Anderson (Toyota Hilux) and Ryal Harris (Mazda BT-50), Tom Alexander (Isuzu D-Max) found himself spinning in front of the second half of the field, sending cars scattering in avoidance.

Nathan Pretty (Holden Colorado) among a number of others were caught up and incurred damage.

At the end of Lap 1, Crick ran off the road at The Chase, allowing Walsh into the lead while Barbour did the same and began to slow with an issue, falling through the field.

Barbour eventually retired to the pits with what was reported as a broken manifold.

This gave Harris third, with Anderson ahead of Pretty in fifth.

On Lap 4 Walsh slid sideways turning into The Chase, pushing him wide and allowing Crick a shot to get back past and into the lead.

From there, Crick held station until the chequered flag to win by just under three seconds ahead of Walsh, Pretty, Harris, and Anderson who completed the top five.

ECB SuperUtes Series Race 2 takes place on Saturday at 0835 local time/AEDT.

The first-corner incident pic: Matthew Paul Photography

Results: Race 1

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 7 Total Tools Team Triton Racing Cameron Crick Mitsubishi Triton 5 16:12.7945
2 8 Fat Freddy’s Ben Walsh Toyota Hilux 5 16:15.4924
3 18 AC Delco Racing Nathan Pretty Holden Colorado 5 16:28.0356
4 1 EFS 4×4 Accessories Ryal Harris Mazda BT50 5 16:32.6529
5 68 Sieders Racing Team Joshua Anderson Toyota Hilux 5 16:33.4751
6 22 Caltex Delo Racing Tom Alexander Isuzu D-MAX 5 16:38.5884
7 64 Western Sydney Motorsport Craig Woods Toyota Hilux 5 17:09.5640
8 96 SIA Abrasives / Team Triton Graham Edwards Mitsubishi Triton 5 17:09.5990
9 72 Western Sydney Motorsport Craig Thompson Toyota Hilux 5 17:51.4029
10 94 Allgate Auto Doors Bayley Hall Ford Ranger 5 17:51.7003
11 49 Allgate Auto Doors Christopher Formosa Ford Ranger 5 17:54.8211
DNF 87 Mitsubishi Motors Team Triton Elliot Barbour Mitsubishi Triton 2 8:09.5692

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