Walton and Harris share V8 Ute Series lead

An incident between drivers Geoff Fane and Bruce Oaklands ended the final race of Round 1 of the East Coast Bullbars Australian V8 Ute Racing Series under Safety Car at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide Sunday, 1st March.

The clash began at turn 13 with Oakland’s making a move on the inside of the Queensland based driver mid race, the two touched mid corner, both ending up in the wall on the inside of the track.

Fane proceeded to get out of the car and yell at the Sydneysider, who was in utter shock. The two were taken straight to the medical centre and deemed OK. Fane will meet with the stewards later today to hear the incident.

“I was pretty excited to be here at Clipsal, we had a little push and shove with some other drivers in Race 2, which is normal. What just happened now is really interesting, did he have mechanical failure or not - I’m not really sure, but the in-car cameras will show.”

“I’m feeling OK, the medical staff were great, but I’m sure I’ll be sore tomorrow. It took me by surprise to be hit so hard but it was definitely a big impact,” explained Oaklands.

The incident occurred on lap six with Rentco Racing’s Kris Walton in front at the time, leading the last two laps under safety car. Ryal Harris and Walton were tied for the lead on 136 points however with Walton winning the final race he also claimed the Round.

“You never want to finish a race under safety car, Ryal made a mistake and put himself in the wall but he came back fast, he was really fast that last race, there were three laps to go and I was going to struggle to hold him out, for me it was good points wise but yeah you never like to finish under safety car,” said Walton.

Walton led the field off the start, however Harris took Walton on turn 1 during the second lap, but the Gold Coaster ran wide into the wall throwing away his lead. He was gaining on Walton right before the safety car, posting a new lap record in a time of 1:35.3306 and was disappointed to come home second after claiming two race wins this weekend.

“It was my own fault I got a bad start and got back past Kris but then three corners later I threw it all away at turn 4. My fault, my doing, we are obviously equal first in the championship but not the round win, I needed another three laps but unfortunately those two drivers ruined it for me, there’s no need for that type of racing in our category,” said Harris.

iseek/ EES Racing’s George Miedecke put in a great effort chasing down his Matt Stone Racing Teammate, however couldn’t’ quite get there in the end and walked away with third for the race and third for the Round, his first podium since re-joining the Series last year.

“I’m pretty stoked to get back going again with Matt Stone Racing and Ryal driving the other car, the bar is pretty high, so you have to get out there and do the job. I didn’t quite have enough in that last race to pick up the scraps when the other guys were tangling, I mean three wide through turn 8, that was pretty spectacular to watch from behind, but just happy for the guys and to reward iseek Racing and Engine Efficiency Systems with a podium right out the gate I’m pretty happy,” said Miedecke.

After his spectacular drive yesterday from 19th to 6th earning him the DBA Hard Braker Award, Rhys McNally started his Stratco Holden from sixth and made up two spots to claim fourth overall for the Race and only missed the Podium by three points off Miedecke. He was lucky to hold onto his spot when he went two wide with Craig Dontas coming into turn 8, the local driver not giving an inch forcing his Just Car Insurance Holden into the wall he re-joined the field, however ended his race in the tyre bundle at turn 5 with a broken steering rack.

Burbank Homes racer Nathan Pretty walked away with fifth for the race, ahead of Team Kleen Racing’s Adam Beechey in sixth whose efforts earned him the Rookie Award for the weekend.

Multispares Racing’s Ryan Hansford was seventh however was moved back to 13th after he was hit with a post-race 5 second penalty for Kerb hoping.

JMG Racing’s Jeremy Gray Jeremy Gray had a great run home in seventh for the race.

Adam Marjoram posted his personal best result claiming fifth overall for the weekend but stalled on the grid from his 3rd third position, he did make it back to ninth to salvage a top ten finish. Andrew Fisher rounded out the top ten in his Jesus Racing Ford and also walked away with the Masters Award.

Bob Jane T-Marts driver Kim Jane and Peter Burnitt were caught up in the domino effect on lap one, when Danny Buzadzic spun Jordan Skinner around. Burnitt’s Cetnaj Electrical Supplies Ford Ute was on fire forcing him into pit lane and Buzadzic was fined $500 suspended for six months for the incident.

Buzadzic’s consolation was walking away with the ARMOR ALL Best Presented Award in his Western General Body Works Holden.

South Australians Charlie Kovacs and Australian Conveyer Racing’s Noel Edge had a tussle at turn 14, which ended in Edge being spun around and Kovacs retiring his RED Express/ Air Road Holden on the side of the track.

Walton and Harris are now in equal lead of the championship and will both carry a 40kg weight ballast into the next round at the Perth Supersprint at Barbagallo Raceway, 1 – 3 May.


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