Utes: Series Winton Saturday notes

Elsegood Hustles to Race One Winton Win in the V8 Utes After qualifying fastest and setting a new lap record, Jack "The Hustler" Elsegood took out race one at Round Two of the 2009 Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series at Winton Raceway, Saturday, 2nd...

Elsegood Hustles to Race One Winton Win in the V8 Utes

After qualifying fastest and setting a new lap record, Jack "The Hustler" Elsegood took out race one at Round Two of the 2009 Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series at Winton Raceway, Saturday, 2nd May.

"The Hustler" sped away early and was lucky to hold his position for the whole race with Lubrimaxx Racings, George Miedecke and Gary "Chuckie" Baxter trying to chase him down.

Miedecke qualified second however a lightning start by Baxter gave the Sage Holden driver 2nd by turn 1.

The two battled it out for second for most of the race until Miedecke dropped a wheel on turn 2 in the final lap, pushing him behind to secure third.

2008 Winton Winner, Baxter tried to catch Elsegood through turn 10 in the closing laps but was left to contend with second for the race.

Andrew "Fishtail" Fisher in the Jesus All About Life Ford qualified third but lost his spot off the straight and had 2007 reigning champion Grant Johnson on his tail for the majority of the race.

Mid-field, Craig Dontas had an unfortunate run after moving into 9th position from his 13th grid start and had to retire with a leaking diff seal.

Justin Van Twest was also struggling with rear end issues and after a 15th in qualifying he had to retire early in the race due to a broken diff.

Racer Industries Rookie of the Year contender Jason Gomersall made it back to the track after his team pulled an all nighter on his car (broken timing gear) and finished the race in 26th.

Other Rookie Gary Carson kept up his good form from yesterday's practice sessions, qualifying 9th and finishing race one in 12th position, which is his best result for the season and will put him into a number four grid position for race two's top 16 reverse grid.

Although Elsegood finished first in race one he will start from 16th position in race two but this doesn't seem to faze the winner.

"I love the reverse grids. It gives me a chance to overtake a few cars and keeps up the excitement in the category," said Elsegood.

Veteran Charlie "Handelbars" Kovacs didn't have the best run in qualifying landing a 24th start but showed his skill moving up seven spots to end in 16th securing him pole position for race two.

Local Numurkah driver Ray Sidebottom retired is Holden with suspension failure while in post race judicial hearings; Kim Jane was given a two place grid penalty for tomorrow's race following an incident with Stephen Robinson turn 3.

CAMS Technical Commissioner John Torr checked the top 10 utes following race one to ensure all air filters complied, while Quadrant Suspension, suppliers of the control suspension units did a major check of struts, springs and bump stops after qualifying. All components were found to be legal.

Race Two begins at 11:35am, Sunday, 3rd May and the final Race for round two will be at 3:05pm.

-credit: utes

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Series Supercars
Drivers Grant Johnson , Jason Gomersall