UTE: Gold Coast Race one report

White Takes First Honda Indy 300 Win In V8 BRute Muster WOLLONGONG driver Damien 'Ice' White won the first race of the Honda Indy 300 festival after a thrilling clash in the Poolrite V8 BRute Muster at Surfers Paradise today. White, in a Ford...

White Takes First Honda Indy 300 Win In V8 BRute Muster

WOLLONGONG driver Damien 'Ice' White won the first race of the Honda Indy 300 festival after a thrilling clash in the Poolrite V8 BRute Muster at Surfers Paradise today.

White, in a Ford Falcon XR8, held off Grant 'Mad Dog' Denyer in an identical car to take his second straight win in the national series and lift himself to second in the points standings.

Today's race, the first of three this weekend for round five of the Poolrite V8 BRute Muster for Holden and Ford utility trucks, started with Commodore driver Charlie 'Handlebars' Kovacs, from Adelaide in pole position after a ballot among drivers.

White started from fifth spot, but was in the lead by the third of five laps. He came under heavy pressure from Denyer and almost lost the lead after an untidy corner exit, but held on to win by 1.6 sec., with Kovacs the first Holden home in third.

"It's a buzz to win the first-ever ute race on the Indy street circuit," White said.

"Today's result has made the competition very tight at the top of the pointscore and really raises the stakes for our remaining races tomorrow and Saturday.

"The fans are going to see some very exciting racing."

The ute racers are being cheered by hundreds of fans in the Ford Great Ute Muster, with some of the country's best road utes competing for prizes at the BBB Ranch at Southport and making a parade lap of the Indy circuit on Sunday morning.

RESULTS (Race 1, 5 laps):
1. Damien 'Ice' White (Falcon XR8)
2. Grant 'Mad Dog' Denyer (Falcon XR8)
3. Charlie 'Handlebars' (Commodore SS)
4. James 'Brocky' Brock (Commodore SS)
5. Rod 'Redline' Wilson Commodore SS)
6. Gary 'The Boss' MacDonald (Commodore SS)


Fastest qualifier: Mick 'The Don' Donaher (Falcon XR8) 2 min. 21.57 sec.
Fastest lap: White 2:22.86

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after Race 1): 590 Rod 'Redline' Wilson, 576 Damien 'Ice' White, 562 Gary 'The Boss' MacDonald, 532 Gary 'Growler' Young, 434 Grant 'Mad Dog' Denyer, 387 Charlie 'Handlebars' Kovacs.

TIMETABLE: Friday - 5.00 Race 2 (5 laps, reverse grid), Saturday - 4.35 Race 3 (5 laps). Sunday - No events.

-ProcarAu-

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