Alexander fends off late Harris surge in SuperUtes Race 3

Tom Alexander leads Ryal Harris

Tom Alexander fended off a late surge from title rival Ryal Harris for victory in the final SuperUtes race of Round 7 at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600.

Alexander (Isuzu D-Max) saw off two separate attacks from Harris (Mazda BT-50) including an attempted move around the outside on the opening lap which saw Harris tag the wall.

The pair started from the front row for the eight-lap encounter and Alexander nosed ahead on the run to the first corner but immediately came under attack from Harris.

Harris tried to go around the outside of Alexander for the lead at Turn 11, however, ended up in the fence and dropped back to fifth.

Jaiden Maggs (Toyota Hilux) speared into the same tyre wall on his own a few moments later, while Christopher Formosa also clouted the barrier.

With Formosa’s Ford Ranger needing recovery, the Safety Car was deployed on Lap 2 before action resumed on Lap 5.

Harris began his surge back up the order, quickly clearing Ben Falk (Mazda BT-50) and Cameron Crick (Mitsubishi Triton) to get up to third by Lap 6.

He then pounced on Ben Walsh (Toyota Hilux) on the following lap at Turn 4, setting his sights on race leader Alexander.

On the final lap Harris closed down on Alexander but fell 0.3s short at the chequered flag despite setting a new lap record on the last tour.

Alexander took victory and therefore extended his series lead, while Harris had to settle for second, ahead of Walsh.

Crick and Falk completed the top five.

The final round of the 2019 ECB SuperUtes Series takes place at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 from November 22-24.

Results: Race 3

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 22 Caltex Delo Racing Tom Alexander Isuzu D-MAX 8 15:15.5544
2 1 EFS 4×4 Racing Ryal Harris Mazda BT50 8 15:15.9408
3 8 Fat Freddy’s Ben Walsh Toyota Hilux 8 15:17.6679
4 7 Team Triton Racing Cameron Crick Mitsubishi Triton 8 15:18.5096
5 17 Tankworld Benjamin Falk Mazda BT50 8 15:21.7012
6 87 Team Triton Racing Toby Price Mitsubishi Triton 8 15:28.6850
7 68 WBT Racing SRT Gerard Maggs Toyota Hilux 8 15:30.6987
8 96 WBT Racing SRT Jaiden Maggs Toyota Hilux 8 15:44.1609
9 64 Western Sydney Motorsport Craig Woods Toyota Hilux 8 16:00.4960
DNF 49 Allgate Auto Doors Christopher Formosa Ford Ranger

Series points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Tom Alexander 1029
2 Cameron Crick 969
3 Ryal Harris 933
4 Ben Walsh 927
5 Craig Woods 684
6 Christopher Formosa 593
7 Toby Price 575
8 Craig Thompson 504
9 Benjamin Falk 495
10 Elliot Barbour 280
11 Jaiden Maggs 248
12 Michael Sieders 245
13 Gerard Maggs 231
14 Jeff Watters 229
15 Nathan Pretty 163
16 Joshua Anderson 141
17 Keven Stoopman 127
18 Madison Dunston 123
19 Luke van Herwaarde 99
20 Adam Dodd 64
21 Ronnie Conquest 52
22 Peter Major 48
23 Craig Dontas 19
24 Dean Canto 0
25 Gilbert Slade 0

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