Gold Coaster Kris “Killa” Walton has taken out the ARMOR ALL Pole Award and $1000 cash after setting the fastest time in qualifying at Round 6 of the 2015 Australian V8 Ute Racing Series at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, Friday, 9th October.
After having his 2014 Bathurst Pole stripped from him due to a Parc Ferme breach, he is glad to finally get this under his belt.
“The Ute is brilliant, the boys have done an awesome job on the RENTCO Falcon this weekend but the hard thing will be keeping it there now, I expected to be quicker, I didn’t get as much gain out of the tyres as I expected but the race ute is consistent and we’ll see how we go,” said Walton.
Kim Jane put in a great effort to come home second fastest in his Bob Jane T Marts Holden, two tenths behind Walton, Series leader Ryal Harris pitted after a red flag was called and was sitting in 3rd at the time, which he luckily held onto only six one hundredths off Jane.
Dave Sieders and iseek Racing’s George Miedecke finished in fourth and fifth, only four tenths off Walton. Ryan Hansford was sixth fastest ahead of JMG Racing’s Jeremy Gray in seventh, and Rhys McNally in eighth.
Adelaide’s Craig Dontas was lucky to bring his Just Car Racing Holden home in ninth after skimming the wall at the cutting, just after teammate Adam Marjoram did the same at Forest Elbow. Currently sitting second in the Series, Marjoram had to contend with 12th.
Burbank Racing’s Nathan Pretty stayed out of trouble and put a great time in to round out the top ten.
Sydney’s Steve Hodges will start rear of grid after excessive weaving in the warm-up lap, he made contact with Andrew Nickolls, the two forced to retire to pit lane.
Fifteen minutes into the session, Cam Wilson got a bit too hot coming into McPhillamy Park and bunkered the Falcon causing a red flag, the Go Karting Australia Owner was told by race control he was unable to continue in the session and strolled to pit lane to end in 18th.
Rookie Aaron Borg put in a great drive on his Bathurst debut to finish in 13th overall, while Adam Beechey and Gerard McLeod lost their fastest time due to a parc ferme breach, and Mason Barbera received a suspended fine of $500 until the end of the year for a Pit Lane breach.
The V8 Utes will be back on track tomorrow morning for Race 1 at 8:40am. All sessions will be televised live on Fox Sports and Race 2 and Race 3 will be televised live on Network Ten.
See below remaining schedule for the weekend:
Saturday, 10th October Race 1 8:40am
Saturday, 10th October Race 2 3:55pm
Sunday, 11th October Race 3 8:55am
See below top ten results from combined Practice:
1 68 Rentco Racing Kris Walton Ford FG 2:31.3598*
2 27 Bob Jane T-Marts / Altenzo Performance Kim Jane Holden VE 2:31.6382
3 58 Holiday For Life Ryal Harris Ford FG 2:31.6974
4 3 Mango Credit David Sieders Holden VE 2:31.7634
5 35 iSeek Racing / ees George Miedecke Ford FG 2:31.8124
6 6 Multispares Racing Ryan Hansford Ford FG 2:32.0669
7 67 JMG Racing Jeremy Gray Ford FG 2:32.0707
8 26 Stratco Racing Rhys McNally Holden VE 2:32.1497
9 45 Just Car Insurance / Kitten Racing Craig Dontas Holden VE 2:32.3194
10 56 Burbank Racing Nathan Pretty Holden VE 2:32.4989
Click here to view full results from Qualifying