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Alexander takes pole in crash-shortened SuperUtes qualifying

Mat Coch

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Friday 22nd November, 2019 - 4:51pm

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Series leader Tom Alexander will start from Armor All Pole Position for the opening ECB SuperUtes race of the weekend following a shortened qualifying session in Newcastle.

The New Zealander went fastest late in the session, which ended under red flag when Ben Falk put his Mazda BT-50 on its side after running wide at Parnell Place.

Having lost the back end, Falk ran wide on exit of the 90-degree left hander, tagging the wall on driver’s right before the front wheel climbed the tyre belt and tipped the Mazda onto its side.

Ben Falk pic: Fox Sports

With little more than a minute left to run, the session did not restart, confirming Alexander on pole from Ryal Harris (Mazda BT-50) and Cameron Crick (Mitsubishi Triton).

Alexander (Isuzu D-Max) moved to the top of the timesheets midway through the session, Crick having again been quick in the opening laps to lay down a time of 1:29.4441s.

He then improved on his following two laps, first to 1:29.0063s before shaving four thousandths next time through.

That left him fastest ahead of Ryan Harris with a 0.2995s margin, with Ben Walsh (Toyota Hilux) in provisional third almost seven tenths down on Crick’s best.

Alexander then moved the game on, recording a 1:28.8514s only for Harris to respond with a 1:28.8105s.

It left the pair split by less than half a tenth before Alexander banked first a 1:28.5090s and then a 1:28.4880s to move 0.3225s clear at the top of the timesheet.

Crick moved to third fastest, 0.5142s off Alexander’s pace, with Elliot Barbour fourth on a 1:29.1746s.

The opening SuperUtes race of the weekend takes place tomorrow at 1240 local time/AEDT, the category’s only appearance on Saturday’s program.

Results: Armor All Qualifying

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 22 Caltex Delo Racing Tom Alexander Isuzu D-MAX 1:28.4880
2 1 EFS 4×4 Racing Ryal Harris Mazda BT50 1:28.8105 0:00.3225
3 7 Total Tools Team Triton Racing Cameron Crick Mitsubishi Triton 1:29.0022 0:00.5142
4 87 Team Triton Racing Elliot Barbour Mitsubishi Triton 1:29.1746 0:00.6866
5 64 Western Sydney Motorsport Craig Woods Toyota Hilux 1:29.2819 0:00.7939
6 8 Fat Freddys Ben Walsh Toyota Hilux 1:29.3345 0:00.8465
7 17 Tankworld Benjamin Falk Mazda BT50 1:30.0663 0:01.5783
8 68 Phoenix Contract Layton Barker Toyota Hilux 1:31.2438 0:02.7558
9 49 Allgate Auto Doors Christopher Formosa Ford Ranger 1:31.7168 0:03.2288
10 72 Western Sydney Motorsport Craig Thompson Toyota Hilux 1:32.4139 0:03.9259

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