Johnson takes V8 Ute Series Lead following Winton Win Perth driver Grant Johnson has blasted his way to the V8 Ute Series lead after he won both Race1 and Race 3 of the 2010 Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series --protected by Armor All today, (Sunday,...
Johnson takes V8 Ute Series Lead following Winton Win
Perth driver Grant Johnson has blasted his way to the V8 Ute Series lead after he won both Race1 and Race 3 of the 2010 Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series --protected by Armor All today, (Sunday, 16 May) at Winton Raceway, Victoria.
Only 1 point separates Johnson and Jesus Racings Andrew Fisher who claimed second in Race 2 and Race 3 and also ended second overall for the Round.
"It was another great weekend for us and we have been working hard. Last year we had a few podiums so we are starting to get there. I've been focusing on my starts and my last start was great. I got Johnson off the line but his car proved faster in the end," said Fisher.
Johnson is confident he can maintain his pace for the year "It was great to finally have a win here. The car is fast and hopefully I can get some sponsorship to carry me through the rest of the year," said Johnson.
Johnson started on pole in Race 3 and raced away with the win by almost 5 seconds ahead of Fisher, with Adelaide's Gary Baxter third. The Sage Automotive driver won Race 2 earlier in the day.
Baxter didn't claim third easy as Coopers Pale Ale Racings Jack Elesegood and Ice Break Racings Chris Pither ran him hard for most of the race. Pither was unlucky not to stay with the two when he ran off at turn 4 on lap 7 to take a ninth place finish and left fourth to Elsegood.
There was also a battle on for the Racer Industries Rookie of the Year title with NRW Holdings driver, Rhys McNally and Nulon Oil backed, David Sieders toughing it out. McNally overtook Sieders on lap 7 but had to contend with sixth after Sieders got his place back on the final lap Selectv driver Gary Carson was unlucky not to catch Gary MacDonald for seventh but didn't complain about his best ever result of 8th for the race and 8th for the weekend. Touring car veteran Charlie O'Brien rounded out the top ten in his ex Layton Crambrook Ford BF. Carson also had a strong run in Race 2.
Wilson Fabrics driver Ben Dunn was unfortunate in Race 3 when he came together with Paul Williams at turn one causing a chain reaction with involved Samboy Racings Scott Jennings, forcing Dunn and Jennings out for the Race.
Earlier in the day in the Race 2 top 11 reverse grid, Chill/Wicked Energy drink driver, Brad Patton started on Pole alongside Carson. The two held the rest of the field at bay for most of the Race until Baxter caught them on the final laps.
Baxter waited to the final moment to make his move and took Carson on lap 10. Patton did well to hold him out for another lap until Baxter made his final move at the start of the final lap.
Patton was unfortunate to clip Baxter's wheel, spun off the track and was forced to contend with a 14th place finish just behind SS Inductions Hard Charger Award winner, Charlie "Handlebars" who picked up $500 cash for his efforts of overtaking 19 cars.
Pither and Fisher overtook each other 4 times during Race 2. Pither held out the Jesus Racing Ford on the final lap until Fisher overtook the Ice Break Backed Holden on the main straight to claim second in Race 2.
Pither had a bad run earlier in the race when he came-together with Dunn during lap 3 and was given a 15 second penalty which affected his grid position for the final race.
Gary Baxter did well to claim the Champion Spark Plugs Hole Shot Award and $500 cash for the best race start over the weekend.
To catch all of the action from Winton Raceway again, tune into Network Seven, Saturday, 29th May at 1:30pm.
The next round for the V8 Utes will be held at Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin 18 -- 20 June.
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