Alexander takes pole in crash-shortened SuperUtes qualifying
By Mat Coch
Friday 22nd November, 2019 - 4:51pm
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.
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
|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|