Harris takes Ipswich SuperUtes pole

  • ECB SuperUtes Series
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  • 27/07/2019
  • By Joshua Makhoul

Mazda driver Ryal Harris has secured ARMOR ALL Pole for the opening ECB SuperUtes Series race at the Century Batteries Ipswich SuperSprint.

The defending series winner put in a 1:27.6401s at the halfway point of the 20-minute session in his EFS 4x4 Mazda BT-50.

That was good enough for the top spot, leading Team Triton's Cameron Crick by 0.2496 seconds and series leader Tom Alexander by 0.3672s.

Harris' pole time is 3.4062 seconds quicker than the 2018 qualifying benchmark at Queensland Raceway, with the field on a new control tyre and wheel.

It also marks a first pole for Harris since the Adelaide opener earlier this season.

Crick, who won the Winton and Townsville rounds, set the early pace with a 1:28.5508s, which was displaced by Toby Price, Alexander, Crick and then Harris' best.

Harris returned to the pits with three of the 20 minutes remaining and stepped out of his Mazda, ahead of double duties in Touring Car Masters.

That left the door open for a shot at Harris' top time, with no one able to best the 34-year-old's impressive 1:27.6401s lap.

Ben Walsh was the top qualifier for Toyota aboard the Fat Freddy's Hilux, finishing ahead of Price in the factory-backed Mitsubishi Triton.

Supercars veteran Steven Richards, who topped the timesheets in Friday practice in the ACDelco Holden, will start his maiden SuperUtes race from sixth on the grid.

In another Toyota, Craig Woods was seventh, ahead of Ranger Racing's Christopher Formosa, Western Sydney Motorsport team boss Craig Thompson and the Mazda of Ben Falk.

SuperUtes returnees Jeff Waters and Charlotte Poynting occupied the bottom two places.

The opening race of the weekend takes place at 12:20pm Saturday, followed by Races 2 and 3 on Sunday.

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