Ryal Harris has turned consistent good results into wins in round four of the V8 Utes at Hidden Valley Raceway.
Harris’s season has had consistency that puts him only 8 points behind series leader Nathan Pretty.
Pretty finished fourth for the round in his Monster Energy Holden.
Ford whitewashed the podium with David Sieders and Andrew Fischer rounding out the podium.
Things weren’t so happy for the Bob Jane T-marts ute of Kim Jane.
Jane entered turn one on his roof avoiding another car.
He was taken to the medical centre for a check up but was released without problem.
“It happened really quickly. I was trying to avoid Warren Millet, who had locked up in front of me. He’s a mate so I didn’t want to hit him and I clipped the tyre barrier. It was amazing how many things go through your mind. I tried to quickly turn off the power as I was worried about the ute catching on fire, so was doing as much as I could to prevent it,” said Jane.
David Sieders entered the weekend in eighth position in the series but after taking maximum points in three sessions he has moved up to fourth.
The good results were shared across the team with stable mate Jesus Racing’s Andrew Fischer following his team mate to third place on the podium.
“After our Friday issues with both Sieder’s Racing ute’s, I grabbed pole and a race win, and Andrew a fifth and a third. To back it up again today with a Race win and a second, was a great comeback for the team,” said Sieders.
Bundaberg Racing’s Cameron McConville was penalised 15 championship points for an incident with Thirsty Camel driver Craig Dontas on the first corner on the first lap.
McConville retired and acknowledged on twitter it was his own fault.
“It takes a brave driver to admit they made a f*** up, I'm not brave but bloody hell that was a f*** up! Sorry to the thirsty camel ute,” tweeted McConville.
Chris Pither scholarship recipient and New Zealand ute champion Andrew Waite proved he has what it takes to mix it in the Aussie field bringing his Ice Break ute home in fifth for the round.
Warren Millett claimed the Masters Award, finishing 15th overall, Gary Baxter won the Champion Spark Plugs Hole Shot award for his Race 3 start, Colin Bradley’s Bay Point Developments Holden won the Armor All Best Presented Award, and Sieder’s Racing claimed the Teams Award with all 3 utes finishing in the top seven overall round results.
The V8 utes were scheduled to follow the V8 Supercars to Winton Raceway for round five on the 23rd of August.
But after the V8 Supercar event reshuffle with Eastern Creek replacing Winton the utes are left with a massive three month break until their next round on the sacred Mount Panorama on the fourth of October.