Ryal Harris claimed Race 2 and 3 cementing his Round 6 win in the Auto One V8 Ute Racing Series - protected by Armor All at the Gold Coast (Sunday, 23rd October).Harris is the first driver to win five races in a row and is ecstatic about it.
"It's such a great feeling to win in front of a home-crowd. I've got a lot of family and friends out here and it feels awesome. Once I got in the lead today I knew I just had to hold it and come home with five in a row. I'm glad Shooters Superclub are on board again this year as I can't wait to get there and celebrate!" he said.
The Gold Coaster started in eighth for the top eight reverse grid race this morning, which was led off the line by Series leader Chris Pither, who got a cracker of a start in his Ice Break Holden, jumping from fourth to the front where he stayed until the final two laps of the race.
Harris passed David Sieders, Pretty and Cameron McConville on his way through, then touched up the rear of Pither's Ice Break Holden to unsettle the series leader coming on to the main straight, giving Harris the opportunity to take the race lead. He was later docked 10 championship points for the incident.Sieders and McConville were left to battle it out for third with McConville coming off the victor. Nathan Pretty did well to pass Hayman's Electrical backed Ben Dunn who started on the front row and ended in sixth behind the Monster Energy backed Holden. O'Brien was in the battle for fifth until a mechanical black flag for a gearbox oil leak forced his retirement.Rhys McNally made a great move on 2009 champion Jack Elsegood on lap 10, securing seventh for the Race, ahead of Elsegood in eighth and Gary Baxter in ninth. Craig Dontas rounded out the top ten.
Reigning champ Grant Johnson lost ground to the series leaders after his bonnet flew up in spectacular fashion after contact with Elsegood. Nandi Kiss did well to finish in 16th, which earned him the SS Inductions Hard Charger Award and $500 cash for passing 15 Utes. He also picked up the master's award for the best performing driver over 45.For the final 12 lap sprint, Harris was on Pole alongside Cameron McConville with Nathan Pretty and Chris Pither on the second row.McConville had a great start, giving him the Champion Spark Plugs Hole Shot Award and $500 cash for his efforts however Harris pressured him all the way and took back the lead under brakes on lap 2.
On lap 3, Rhys McNally tagged the wall on the inside coming onto the main straight and hit Jack Elsegood, Ben Dunn went into the wall giving George Elliot no-where to go while David Besnard in the Auto One Wildcard Holden came blind around the corner and drove straight into the back of Elliot. McNally dropped to 16th however Elsegood managed to hold his ground and take fifth place, behind Monster Energy's Nathan Pretty who had joined in the battle for the lead with Harris and McConville.
Sixth was David Sieders in his Australian Industrial Supplies Ford ahead of Gary Baxter, Ryan Hansford 7th from Ben Dunn and Craig Dontas, who once again rounded out the top ten for the Race.
The Race finished under yellow flag due to an incident when Brisbane driver Peter Burnitt made a move on rookie Tim Boyle on the exit of the back chicane, turning himself around and straight into the wall in a spectacular crash. Burnitt was all right despite the heavy crash, and was seen giving the crowd a standing salute on the back of his Ute following the incident.
Chris Pither is now leading the ENZED drivers Championship by 18 points, Ryal Harris is still in second, followed by David Sieders in third.
The V8 Utes will head to Sandown next for their penultimate Round in November. Catch all of the action from the V8 Utes at the Armor All Gold Coast 600 tune in to Network Seven Sunday, 6th November at 12:30pm
Top ten results for Race 21 58 VIP Petfoods Ryal Harris Ford Falcon XR8 1:26.6065 2 42 Ice Break Racing Chris Pither Holden SS 1:26.9841 3 61 Bundaberg Racing Cameron McConville Holden SS 1:27.0638 4 8 Australian Industrial Supplies David Sieders Ford Falcon XR8 1:26.604 5 56 Monster Energy Nathan Pretty Holden SS 1:26.8418 6 99 Haymans Electrical/RedAss Mex Ben Dunn Ford Falcon XR8 1:26.9672 7 26 STRATCO Racing Rhys McNally Holden SS 1:27.7059 8 11 Coopers Clear Racing Jack Elsegood Ford Falcon XR8 1:28.04 9 3 Sage Automation /Roof Seal Gary Baxter Holden SS 1:27.5699 10 22 Thirsty Camel Racing Craig Dontas Holden SS 1:27.7969