SsangYong Utes

Daniel Connor tops three-ute SsangYong scrap in race two

After spending most of the opening SsangYong Race Series test fighting back through the field, Daniel Connor has managed to win the single-make category's second race of the weekend after a tight race filled with drafting and postion swaps at the front. 


Connor and Murray Brook made up the front row at race start, with Connor using the inside line to take the race lead. Brook filed into second over Kirk Stoneman, race-one winner Todd Prujean, and Christina Orr-West. 


Stoneman lost third on lap two after a moment into the turn two chicane. This dropped him into the clutches of Orr-West and James Watson. 


Two three-ute battle packs had formed at the front. Connor, Prujean, and Murray were the locked-together top three (Prujean having snuck by Murray), while Stoneman led a tightly bound Orr-West and Watson.


Stoneman was the first of the group to blink, surrendering his spot to Orr-West. But with two laps to go the top six was still to be resolved.


Prujean started the last lap with a big run down the front straight. Having banged doors with Connor through turns one and four, the aggression ended up costing him in the end — Brook snatching second in the final corners while Connor drove on to take the win. 


Orr-West, Stoneman, Watson, and Mark Mallard were the top seven, with Morgan Foster, Tom Vanderloos, and Charlotte Poynting completing the top 10. 


Photo: Geoff Ridder