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Killa V8 Utes Race 1 At Townsville Street Circuit
Posted by: newsla on Jul 06, 2014 - 06:04 AM
Sports Cars
Killa V8 Utes Race 1 At Townsville Street Circuit

Kris ”Killa” Walton has moved back into the ARMOR ALL Championship lead after claiming Race 1 of Round 4 of the 2014 Australian V8 Ute Racing Series – fuelled by Hogs Breath Café at the Castrol Townsville 500, Saturday, 5th July.


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Walton got a great start off the line in his Rentco Ford but had a small bump with Championship rival David Sieders opening the gap for Victorian young-gun Jesse “Hitch” Dixon in the Hayman Reese #49 SS Holden. Queenslander Walton wasn’t too fazed however and was able to take the lead back by the end of the first lap where he held sway until the chequered flag.

“That’s the perfect start, it’s what we wanted, another few points on Sieders so we’ve got the lead on again, it’s a great result, I got a great start off the line, I started moving over and we just touched and I moved back out of the way so there was no issue caused, then Jesse (Dixon) got a great run into turn one and then he overshot the corner, it was good Dave got it wrong,” said Walton.

Dixon drove a great race and managed to hold Sieders at bay, coming home second overall in what he described as his best ever race in the 11-lap affair.

“I got a good launch and a chance I was able to run the lead but ran a little wide into turn 2 trying to clear Kris under brakes but I’m really happy for the team and really happy with the result, bring on Race 2,” said Dixon.

Sieders held third for most of the race in his Sundown Group FG but with mounting pressure from the Multispares Ford of Ryan Hansford but couldn’t hold the second generation racer out and gave up the spot on the final lap – in the process relinquishing valuable championship points.

“It wasn’t disastrous, didn’t quite get the start missed a gear on second last lap and let one more go, but reversed grid next so anything can happen,” said Sieders.

Rhys McNally and Wayne Wakefield had a great battle for fifth with West Aussie McNally eventually taking the spot in his Stratco Holden and Wakefield placing sixth in the Showbar Falcon. George Miedecke claimed 7th and was happy to get clear of the battle pack going on behind him between Elliot Barbour and Adam Marjoram for 10th. The two were neck and neck for the majority of the race, Marjoram’s Auto One SS holding out the Just Car Insurance Holden until the final lap when Barbour finally got past him.

“It was a pretty tough race, the whole time sitting behind Adam, It’s a pretty good race running side-by-side with someone the whole race and having no contact, he did a great job, the car was good and then eventually I got past him,” said Barbour.

Marjoram mirrored Barbour’s sentiments.

“It was an amazing race, we got a good start, we had good pace and it was clean racing with Barbs (Elliot Barbour), it’s always enjoyable when you can have a good race. The pressure was mounting and Barbs was giving up good attack but at the end there I didn’t have the pace but it was good to get the car home clean,” said Marjoram.

There was also a major battle for the tenth spot between V8 Supercar rising star Tim “The Toolman” Blanchard and GoPro Racing’s Nathan Pretty. Pretty drove well to take the spot and will start on the front row for Race 2 in the top ten inverted grid race.

Andrew Fisher had a non-stop battle with SRT team-mate Jeremy Gray and unfortunately the duo came together with a third party on the final turn.
Gerard McLeod was cannoned into by Gray who will start from the back row for Race 2 for the incident and the Jesus Racing Ford of Fisher only lasted another two laps and parked at turn 11 on lap 7 with overheating problems.

Noel Edge damaged his front left suspension breaking the upright after a coming together with Peter Burnitt at turn 8. Burnitt spun around but was able to re-join the race, whilst Edge retired his Australian Conveyer Ford.

Peter McNiven struggled with his Clutch off the line and only lasted for 3 laps retiring into pit lane in his immaculate Vibe Audio - he will have to change a clutch before Race 2.

The V8 Utes will be back on track again at 12:25pm for Race 2 with Race 3 televised live as on 7Mate tomorrow at 12:30pm but to catch it live at the track check it out at 10:15am (check local guides for all TV times).

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