Former V8 Utes and GT driver Elliot Barbour stood in for Price at the test, focusing on what Dontas described as “chassis tunability”.
Barbour is expected to steer Price’s entry when the latter’s off-road commitments clash with SuperUte rounds.
Craig Woods (Penrith Toyota Hilux) heads to Winton leading Price by 21 points, followed by Ryal Harris (EFS 4x4 Mazda BT-50) and Matthew MacKelden (Kubota Tractors Hilux), with Dontas eighth in his Total Tools-backed Triton.
Harris and Mazda team-mate Aaron Cameron skipped the Winton test in favour of running closer to Peters Motorsport’s Queensland base.
Steve Wilson will join the field for Round 2 in a Ross Stone Racing-prepared Isuzu D-MAX, marking the debut of the sixth SuperUtes manufacturer.
The Isuzu missed the season opener due to engine homologation delays, but completed its first full track test in last month’s running at Winton.