Harris beats Alexander in SuperUtes Race 2

  • Haltech SuperUte Series
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  • 25/05/2019
  • By Joshua Makhoul

Mazda driver Ryal Harris edged Tom Alexander to win Saturday's second ECB SuperUtes Series race at the Truck Assist Winton SuperSprint.

Defending champion Harris started ninth with a reversed-grid from the Race 1 results and went on to take the chequered flag.

He took the lead starting lap eight of the 12, slotting past Ross Stone Racing's Alexander at Turn 1 for the lead and ultimately finishing 0.4071 seconds clear.

With the win, Harris closes to just four points behind series leader Alexander, with one race left for the third round.

From the rolling start, Ben Falk led the opening lap in the second Peters Motorsport Mazda, getting by polesitter Jeff Watters off the line.

Falk controlled proceedings for four laps, until he was pipped by Alexander at Turn 10, with Harris following suit shortly after.

The Caltex D-MAX of Alexander led two laps, before Harris made the definitive move in his EFS 4x4 Mazda BT-50.

“It was a bit rough on the first lap, and I got shuffled off the road and lost a few spots, but after that I had good speed," explained Harris.

“Once I caught Tom, I knew I was a bit quicker than him so I waited for him to make a mistake, and slipped through.”

Added Alexander: “The car was a lot better than yesterday, with some of the adjustments we made.

"There were a couple of places where I wasn’t as strong as Ryal, especially in the last sector of the lap, which is why he was able to get past.

"My Ute was stronger than his in a few places, but not in any spots where I could pass him.”

Dakar Rally winner Toby Price, who clashed with Alexander and Harris in Race 1, made his way from fifth on the grid to take third.

Race 1 winner Cameron Crick finished fourth from 11th, despite a spin following contact with the Toyota of Gerrard Maggs.

Craig Woods, who missed the opening race with mechanical dramas, took fifth, ahead of Falk, who had an off-track moment mid-race after losing the lead.

Toyota driver Ben Walsh was seventh after a tangle on the first lap, ahead of Keven Stoopman, Christopher Formosa and Gerard Maggs, who rounded out the top 10.

The third and final race of the weekend starts at 10:35am Sunday, as part of the Truck Assist Winton SuperSprint.

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