Saturday, Jan 12 06:15pm
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Fight for podium fierce as Matt Spratt wins

Matt Spratt dominated the opening race of the V8 Ute Seres at Highlands Motorsport Park.


Spratt took the win from Peter Ward by over three seconds. Andrew Porter took the final podium position after a dynamic battle through-out the entire race.


After a clean getaway by the field, Spratt quickly extended his pole position advantage as the pack behind him battled for position. Paul Manuell looked very racey behind Ward, making sure the latter saw him in his mirrors.


The headline battle of the race started on just the second lap when Glen Collinson, Manuell and Porter bunched up. The duo went nose to tail, lap after lap for the final podium spot, until the penultimate lap when Porter managed to break the two behind him and leave Collinson and Manuell to fight for fourth.


Collinson would beat Manuell to the line to finish fourth and fifth respectively while Alexandra Whitley finished sixth ahead of Geoff Spencer in seventh. Brett ‘The Scud’ Rudd came home eighth, Simon Usher ninth and David Lowe tenth.


V8 Ute Series, Round 2 Race 1


Pos Driver Laps/Gap
1 Matt Spratt 8 laps
2 Peter Ward +3.608
3 Andrew Porter +10.954
4 Glen Collinson +13.907
5 Paul Manuell +15.938
6 Alexandra Whitley +18.240
7 Geoff Spencer +21.241
8 Brett Rudd +21.848
9 Simon Ussher +26.633
10 David Lowe +40.611