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Dixon Delivers First V8 Ute Race Win In Perth
Posted by: newsla on May 17, 2014 - 02:14 PM
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Dixon Delivers First V8 Ute Race Win In Perth

Jesse Dixon secured his first ever V8 Ute win, whilst local Adam Marjoram posted his best result in front of a home crowd during an 18 lap top 19 reverse grid race at Round 2 of the 2014 Australian V8 Ute Racing Series at Barbagallo Raceway, Saturday, 17th May.


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Dixon started from position eight on the grid in what was a dramatic start, with Rookie Phil Woodbury in the Kubota Ford not making it to his pole position due to the engine shutting down on the formation lap to the grid. Dixon worked his way through the field and by lap six was into the top spot and by the chequered flag had secured himself an eight second win.

“It feels a bit surreal at the moment, it was a good race, the car was really strong so a big credit to the team, they’ve done a great job all weekend. We didn’t qualify too well so this is a really good way to pick up from that and a big thanks to all my family and friends and sponsors Hayman Reese, Rola, Trojan, Transcend, bring it on,” said an elated Dixon.

Melbourne’s Danny Buzadzic led from the front row, until New Zealand racer Sam Barry took him under brakes on the first turn in lap 2. Both went off at various stages, Buzadzic bringing his Western General Body Works Ford home last after a mid - race pit stop and Barry just missing a top ten spot in 11th.

Kris Walton was the star of the show after claiming Race 1 earlier today. The Rentco Racing driver started from position 19 in the reverse grid race, he was up to third position by the final lap and took his teammate Wayne Wakefield on the final turn to secure second for the race. Walton’s “killa” performance also secured the Hard Charger Award for overtaking 18 Utes.

“This is a special weekend for Rentco here, so to get another great result like that is absolutely awesome. Full credit to the boys, the whole team, everything that has happened over the two years has come together now, so it’s so good,” said Walton.

Wakefield couldn’t’ believe his teammates drive, but was still happy to bring his Shot Energy/ Norris Motor Group Ford home in third overall.

“My car just faded really, the plan was to get out in front and just take it easy but that was never the case, Jesse left me for dead at the start and I wore my tyres out chasing him. I had nothing at the end of the race, I don’t’ even know where Kris came from, it was an amazing drive,” said Wakefield.

Local Adam Marjoram had a great race to post his best result yet in the Auto One Holden, the first West Aussie over the line in fourth.

“The stars couldn’t have aligned any better, its Dad’s birthday, we have a good car, it’s in front of a home crowd and P4 it’s a personal best, so really really stoked,” Marjoram said. ”This is a great result for Erebus Racing as well.”

Gerard McLeod’s hard work paid off, building a new car and securing one of his best performances in his Macmahon Holden in fifth.

“I’ve never finished a reverse grid race in Perth until now, I had a DNF on the last two visits so it’s good to get that under my belt and the monkey off my back and to reward the 30 or so Macmahon guests in the corporate box. When you build the car yourself and have a good result, it always sends you home smiling,” said McLeod.

Nathan Pretty had a great race screaming to sixth from a 13th position start in his QC Group Holden ahead of teammate’s Craig Dontas in 7th and Elliot Barbour in 8th. David Sieders and Kim Jane rounded out the top ten.

The V8 Utes will be back on track tomorrow at 12:58pm, which will be televised live on Network Seven.

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