Jul 13

DBA: David Sieders extends V8 Ute Championship lead after winning in Townsville

V8 Utes – Round 5 podium
1st: Dave Sieders
2nd: Craig Dontas
3rd: Ryan Hansford

Mr ‘Sideways’ himself, David Sieders, has extended his V8 Utes Racing Series lead after taking out the final heat of the Castrol EDGE Townsville 400.

Making the most of his front row start, the Mango Credit Commodore pilot achieved a lights-to-flag finish after 11 laps of hard racing.

The win didn’t come easy though, with Craig Dontas initially overtaking Sieders on the front straight, only to surrender his position at turn 1, before continuing to pile on the pressure throughout the entire race.

“It was great to extend the lead in the championship, and also a bonus that I was joined on the podium by my teammate Craig Dontas,” Sieders said.

“This makes us back-to-back Townsville V8 Ute round winners, so overall it was a pretty good day for the Sieders Racing Team.”

It proved to be an eventful race for Kim Jane who retired after making contact with returning, three-time series winner, Ryal Harris.

Ryal suffered a mechanical drama in the early stages, which saw both himself and Nathan Pretty – who was running 4th – retire from the race.

Mason Barbera also joined the non-finishers when he came to a halt on circuit at turn 3, while Supercars co-driver Steve Owen finished Sunday’s heats 9th and 8th as he completed his one-off appearance in the category.

A round win for Sieders has seen him open up a 70 point lead over Hansford in the series standings.

The V8 Utes Racing Series will head to Mount Panorama for the next round from October 6-9.