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Wahoo Takes First V8 Ute Victory At Clipsal 500
Posted by: newsla on Mar 01, 2014 - 06:19 AM
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Wahoo Takes First V8 Ute Victory At Clipsal 500


Former Bathurst 1000 pole sitter, Wayne “Wahoo” Wakefield has claimed his first ever V8 Ute Race, winning Race 2 at Round 1 of the 2014 Australian V8 Ute Racing Series – protected by HAWKEI, Saturday, 1st March.

 

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Wakefield started on Pole in his Bacardi OakHeart - Tyrepower Ford, for the top 11 reverse grid race. He grabbed the lead ahead of Nathan Pretty by the first corner and held off Pretty’s QC Group Holden for the whole race.

“I’m back! It’s been a long time coming, last year was pretty frustrating, we got amongst it a few times but my car wasn’t quite good enough. I’m in the ex-Hansford car this year and it’s been a completely different ball game. Testing was quick, we were quick in practice, and it was good to have a run with Nathan in that race. We have the pace of the front running Ute’s, so we’re looking forward to the championship,” said Wakefield.

Pretty, who lost his fastest lap time in qualifying Thursday, felt a little redemption starting from the front row today and was happy to put some good points on the board for the weekend.

“Those things happen, it’s good to have the CQ machine back up and in second place. I just need to grab the points, I just need to make the most of what’s been a bad weekend and makeup points - it’s hard to get a kick in the guts the first round but anyway, box on,” said Pretty.

Jesse Dixon had a great run in his Hayman Reese Holden and walked away with one of his best results in third overall, ahead of Rhys McNally, Elliot Barbour, George Miedecke, David Sieders, local Craig Dontas, Andrew Fisher and Grant Johnson who rounded out the top ten.

Ryal Harris, Ryan Hansford and Kris Walton all had a coming together at Turn 5 in the first lap of the race, trying to go three wide into the corner. Hansford bent his lower control arm retiring after the incident and Harris ended up in the sand-trap, the first DNF the two-time champion has had in four years.

“Three into one of the tightest corners on the track never works, I don’t know what Ryan was thinking. I shouldn’t complain too much - it’s the first DNF I’ve had since 2010 so we’ll recover, everyone else does, so we’ll figure a way out to make it happen,” said Harris.
Walton walked away with minimal damage to his Rentco Transport Equipment Ford and managed to recover and end the race in 15th overall. He set a new lap record on the final lap of the race, in a time of 1:35.69.39, pipping David Sieders who broke it in the second lap by only one thousandth of a second.

“It didn’t start out how we wanted it, I got a tag from behind into Harris, we both ended up in the trap and I got out luckily, the cars fast, we just got on the wrong side of the grid,” explained Walton.

Rookies Phillip Woodbury and Adrian Cottrell put in great performances to come home in the top 15 placing 13th and 14th respectively.

Danny Buzadzic was penalised two finishing positions for contact with John “Spud” Wood and was then excluded from the Race with a suspended $1000 fine for removing apparel whilst still on track.

Race 3 will commence at 10:50am and will be televised later in the day at 12:28pm EDST on 7Mate.


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