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Walton Witewash In Perth Killa V8 Ute Finale
Posted by: newsla on May 18, 2014 - 01:02 PM
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Walton Witewash In Perth Killa V8 Ute Finale


Kris “Killa” Walton claimed the lead of the ARMOR ALL drivers Championship, after dominating Race 3 and Round 2 of the Australian V8 Ute Racing Series – protected by Hawkei at Barbagallo Raceway, Perth, Sunday, 18th May.

 

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Walton started off Pole position in his Rentco Racing Ford, after winning Race 1 and finishing second in Race 2 yesterday. The Queensland star is now top of the Series leader-board.

“We wanted to win this, it was a special weekend for Rentco so we wanted this round, and I wanted the lead of the championship. I want to win the Championship and I’m just going to keep trying to keep these results coming for the rest of the year,” said Walton.

Jesse Dixon made a great start off the front row, but it didn’t take long for Walton to take the lead and go on to win by 6 seconds over Nathan Pretty, who made a great slingshot move on two-time-V8 Ute champion Ryal Harris on lap 7 to claim second spot in the race and third for the Round, his first podium for the year.

“It was good to have a car I could actually race with and not just sitting behind someone, I don’t generally like bombing people but we generally had good pace in that one, we had respect for each other on the track, it was very good. From the start of the weekend we thought we were going to have a car we were going to battle with and in the end it turned out to be a great race car. It all comes down to tyre life, the guys worked really hard, changed the setup every race, and it proved worthwhile in the end to be third it’s as good as we can get, first Holden home so very happy,” said Pretty.

Harris also claimed his first podium for the year, claiming second for the Round.

“At Adelaide we were on track for our first podium, but we got the DNF (did not finish.) We had a quick car in qualifying but the tyres fell away way pretty quick. I had no rear grip in that race so was pretty defensive and had the widest Ute everyone has seen in a while, but happy with the result,” said Harris.

Harris was given a post-race suspended penalty for a move on Dixon in Turn 7, however the former Rookie did well to hold out veteran Kim Jane for fourth. Andrew Fisher came home 6th in his Jesus Racing Ford, and it was enough to hand him the Masters Award for the Round, and 4th overall.

Wayne Wakefield had a great drive from 13th to 7th, ahead of David Sieders in eighth, Elliot Barbour in ninth and Craig Dontas who rounded out the top ten. Barbour and Dontas’ top ten result along with Pretty’s podium finish was enough to give Murphy Motorsport the Team Award for the weekend.

Gerard McLeod also had a great battle with Jeremy Gray but held him out to bring his Macmahon Mining Holden home in 11th.

West Aussie Rhys McNally put in a stellar performance to finish in 17th after he started rear of the grid after he took a penalty for two extra tyres for the Race.

Fellow West Aussie Adam Marjoram didn’t quite have the result in the final race after his Auto One Holden suffered front end damage mid-race, dropping from top ten to end in 19th.

The V8 Utes will be back on track at the Sky City Triple Crown in Darwin for Round 3 of the Series but to recap on all of the action from this weekend tune into Network Seven on Saturday, 24th May at 11am AEST (check local guides).

Kris Walton now leads the series, Sieders drops back to 2nd, while Ryal Harris has moved into 3rd, and Andrew Fisher 4th.

The V8 Utes will be back on track at the Sky City Triple Crown in Darwin for Round 3 of the Series but to recap on all of the action from this weekend tune into Network Seven on Saturday, 24th May at 11am AEST (check local guides).


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