Mitsubishi doubles up with Sieders-led 1-2

  • ECB SuperUtes Series
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  • 3 Days ago
  • By Joshua Makhoul

Micheal Sieders claimed a maiden ECB SuperUtes Series victory in Sandown's second leg, leading Elliot Barbour home in a one-two for Team Triton.

Sieders and Race 1 victor Barbour are both contesting their second SuperUtes events with the Mitsubishi squad this weekend.

From the rolling start with a reversed grid, Matthew MacKelden led the opening lap with Sieders close behind in second.

Sieders, racing a new Total Tools Triton after a rollover at Queensland Raceway, made his move at Turn 1 on the second lap and didn't look back.

“Once I had passed Matt for the lead, I just put my head down and kept looking forward," Sieders said.

“After the big crash at Queensland and all the boys’ hard work to get us back on track, this is an amazing reward for them and all our sponsors."

Barbour, who won the opening race earlier in the day aboard the #87 Triton, finished 0.1896 seconds adrift.

“Once I got into second, there was no point trying to battle Mick for the win," Barbour added.

"I got on the radio to the team and told them that as long as we had a good gap to the cars behind, that we should form up for a one-two finish.

“The Triton has been a strong package this weekend so hopefully we can bring home the round win tomorrow.”

Barbour and series leader Craig Woods tangled at the final complex of corners mid-race as they disputed second place.

Woods dropped down to fourth in the Penrith Toyota Hilux, but reclaimed third when Aaron Cameron's Mazda lost power and slowed.

Cameron's Mazda had been hit by team-mate Ryal Harris' BT-50 on the opening lap, front-end damage for Harris leading to a trip to the pits and an 11th-place finish.

“We took a fair bit of damage in the first few laps, which caused the intercooler hose to blow," Harris said of the incident with Cameron.

“We pitted just to make sure there was no serious damage, and then went back onto the track to score some points.”

Tom Alexander took fourth aboard the SP Tools Holden Colorado, in front of early leader MacKelden and Ben Walsh in the Car City Hilux.

Christopher Formosa and Tomas Gasperak occupied seventh and eighth, followed by Steve Wilson and Cameron.

The third and final race of the weekend will commence at 9:40am Sunday, with Barbour starting from pole alongside Ben Walsh, at the RABBLE.club Sandown 500.

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