Walsh fastest in tight SuperUtes practice

Ben Walsh

Ben Walsh has set the fastest time in the opening ECB SuperUtes Series practice session at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500.

Walsh clocked a best of 1:29.8466s to end the session fastest, though was only marginally faster than Cameron Crick and Craig Woods.

The second and third fastest runners were within a tenth of a second of Walsh’s session best, Crick 0.0668s back and Woods just 0.01s slower again.

Crick had proved the fastest out of the gates, logging a 1:32.6640s to lead Ryal Harris, Elliot Barbour, and Ben Falk after their opening timed laps.

Times quickly tumbled, with Harris setting a 1:31.0257s next time through, only for Crick to improve by seven tenths.

It left Harris second with Walsh rising to third, 0.8946s down off Crick’s marker.

Harris briefly moved back to the top as the session approached mid distance before Crick set the first lap below the 90-second marker, with a 1:29.9778s.

It moved him a tenth clear of Harris at the top of the timesheets before Walsh improved to sit a little over half a tenth off Crick’s pace.

Woods then shot to the top, improving to a 1:29.9250s, putting him 0.0528s quicker than Crick, who subsequently improved to return to the top on a 1:29.8460s.

The session then ended with Walsh rising to top with a 1:29.8466s, demoting Crick to second by 0.0668s with Woods dropping to third 0.0784s off the pace.

Practice 2 takes place today at 1225 local time/AEDT.

Results: Practice 1

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 8 Fat Freddys Ben Walsh Toyota Hilux 1:29.8466  
2 7 Total Tools Team Triton Racing Cameron Crick Mitsubishi Triton 1:29.9134 0:00.0668
3 64 Western Sydney Motorsport Craig Woods Toyota Hilux 1:29.9250 0:00.0784
4 1 EFS 4×4 Racing Ryal Harris Mazda BT50 1:30.0529 0:00.2063
5 22 Caltex Delo Racing Tom Alexander Isuzu D-MAX 1:30.2689 0:00.4223
6 87 Team Triton Racing Elliot Barbour Mitsubishi Triton 1:30.5465 0:00.6999
7 17 Tankworld Benjamin Falk Mazda BT50 1:31.7908 0:01.9442
8 49 Allgate Auto Doors Christopher Formosa Ford Ranger 1:32.5388 0:02.6922
9 68 Phoenix Contract Layton Barker Toyota Hilux 1:33.8944 0:04.0478
10 72 Western Sydney Motorsport Craig Thompson Toyota Hilux 1:35.5574 0:05.7108

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