Harris, Borg lead way in SuperUtes practice

Aaron Borg. Picture: Mark Horsburgh

Ryal Harris has topped combined practice for Round 2 of the Haltech V8 SuperUte Series at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Having seen Aaron Borg set a benchmark 1:48.0559s in Practice 1, Harris was quickest of the four drivers to better that effort in the later session today.

The 2018 SuperUtes title winner’s best lap was a 1:47.1418s to give him a buffer of more than three tenths to nearest rival Borg.

“We didn’t expect much today – we were running on really old tyres and we haven’t done much testing in the lead-up to this weekend, so to end up fastest for the day was a pleasant surprise,” Harris said.

“Rod [Dawson] gave the car a tune-up between sessions and in the second session, I was among some of the quicker guys so I had something to chase.

“It was very windy today and there was a massive headwind on the main straight, so the slipstream was very effective.”

Craig Woods and David Sieders were not far behind, with Matt McLean fifth overall despite stopping on-track before the mid-point of Practice 2.

“Tyre degradation will be massive,” observed Woods.

“In qualifying, it will be critical to nail your flying lap and in the races, it will be all about tyre conservation. The round winner will be the person who conserves their tyres the best.”

Leading Dunlop Super2 Series rookie McLean, who is making his SuperUtes debut this weekend, stopped at Turn 5 after smoke had been billowing from the rear end of his #8 Toyota Hilux.

That triggered red flags, with about five minutes of track time lost as a result.

Next in the order was the Mitsubishi Triton trio of Cameron Crick, Jaiden Maggs and Gerard Maggs, with Chris Formosa, Richard Mork, Craig Jenner and Michael Formosa rounding out the 12-car field.

SuperUtes will next be in action tomorrow from 14:00 local time/AEDT for qualifying.

Results: Combined practice, Haltech V8 SuperUte Series

Pos Num Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 58 Ryal Harris Mazda BT-50 01:47.1418
2 4 Aaron Borg Toyota Hilux 01:47.4822 0:00.3404
3 64 Craig Woods Toyota Hilux 01:47.8779 0:00.7361
4 45 David Sieders Mitsubishi Triton 01:47.9550 0:00.8132
5 8 Matt McLean Toyota Hilux 01:48.5412 0:01.3994
6 7 Cameron Crick Mitsubishi Triton 01:48.6419 0:01.5001
7 96 Jaiden Maggs Mitsubishi Triton 01:48.8032 0:01.6614
8 68 Gerard Maggs Mitsubishi Triton 01:50.3717 0:03.2299
9 49 Chris Formosa Ford Ranger 01:52.9086 0:05.7668
10 88 Richard Mork Toyota Hilux 01:55.3721 0:08.2303
11 50 Craig Jenner Mazda BT-50 02:02.9051 0:15.7633
12 94 Michael Formosa Ford Ranger 02:04.8743 0:17.7325

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