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Walton Killing Them Softly With V8 Ute Victories In Townsville
Posted by: newsla on Jul 06, 2014 - 06:47 AM
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Walton Killing Them Softly With V8 Ute Victories In Townsville


Kris “Killa Walton took his Rentco Racing Ford to a Race 3 and Round 4 win at the 2014 Australian V8 Ute Racing Series – fuelled by Hogs Breath Café moving him into a comfortable lead in the Series at the Castrol Townsville 500, Sunday, 6th July.

 

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Walton is now leading the ARMOR ALL Championship by 18 points ahead of David “Sideways” Sieders after the hard charging Queenslander put in a great race with early leader Rhys McNally before claiming victory in the final laps of the race.

“It was great, McNally got us off the start, we sat there for a while behind but I was able to get him back when he made a couple of little mistakes, which made it easier for us. It’s great racing with a guy like him, when you know you’re not going to get any damage, you know you’re not risking anything in the championship. It’s exactly what we needed here, to grab another win, more points, the leads getting bigger, we just have to keep it up,” Walton explained.

West Aussie Rhys McNally got a great jump off the line and led Walton into the first turn. The two battled neck and neck for the entire race, showing each other immense respect, Walton waiting out his time and took the Stratco Holden on lap 8, however the West Aussie was happy to still walk away with second for the Race and second for the Round, his first podium for 2014.

“It’s awesome to do so well here. It wasn’t a great start to the year, I’ve been a little sluggish but I think the team is finally coming around. ‘Sprinkles’ has been helping us out, which has been great. We’ve always been pretty good here at Townsville so it’s awesome to get an encouraging result,” said McNally.

Queenslander Ryan Hansford and Victorian veteran Kim Jane did everything they could to chase down the top two.

Multispares driver Hansford knew he was on equal points with McNally coming into the Round and did his best to try and overtake him but ended the race in third ahead of the Bob Jane T-Marts Holden of Jane in fourth.

Securing third in the race was enough to keep Hansford in third for the Round and record his second podium in a row.

“I didn’t’ have an answer for them (Walton & McNallly), I tried my best and pushed a little too hard on the last few laps but congratulations to Kris and Rhys for first and second and it’s a good result for the team again, I knew how close it was going in and I knew I had to be in front of Rhys but I also knew I had to be in front of Dave (Sieders) to be on the podium so I’m very happy that we could tick a few of our boxes,” said Hansford.

Race 2 winner Nathan Pretty kept good pace to outrun teammate Elliot Barbour for 5th with the Just Car Insurance Holden coming home in 6th ahead of David Sieders in 7th, Adam Marjoram in 8th and John Wood in another V8 Ute career best, bringing the Battery World Holden home in 9th.

Rookie Philip Woodbury made a great move on Wayne Wakefield late in the race to round out the top ten in his Wallerawang Ford.

An incident at turn 2 almost paused the race, when Wakefield’s #13 Showbar FG made contact with Townsville “Local Lad” Graham Edwards (who subsequently spun), which caused a concertina effect involving Craig Dontas, Jeremy Gray, Tim Blanchard, Peter McNiven, Noel Edge, Charlie Kovacs Jnr and two-time Champions Ryal Harris and Grant Johnson.

Dontas and Blanchard ended their race at turn 2, whilst Harris limped back into the Pits.

Hayman Reese Racing’s Jesse Dixon was able to narrowly avoid the incident and pushed through the field to end the race in 12th overall ahead of Wayne “Wahoo” Wakefield who has a hearing pending regarding his alleged involvement in the incident.

Andrew Fisher had a spectacular battle with PI Technical Services racer Benn Wilson, taking him on lap 9 to secure 13th for the race and the Masters Award. The Jesus Racing driver also walked away with the Hard Charger Award and a $100 Hogs Breath Café voucher for the most amount of Utes passed in Race 2 (14).

George Miedecke also went home with a $100 Hogs Breath Café voucher after being handed the Hogs Breath Hard Luck Award, which went to the team who needs a break.

The ARMOR ALL Best Presented Award went to Peter McNiven and his Vibe Audio Holden VE and Peters Motorsport claimed the Team Award for the round.

The V8 Utes will have a two month sabbatical and will hit the track again at Sandown Raceway, 12 – 14 September but to relive the action from this weekend Round 4 of the 2014 Australian V8 Ute Racing Series – fuelled by Hogs Breath Café tune into Network Seven, next Saturday, 12th July at 12:30pm (check local guides).


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