Apr 18

V8 Utes bring the action at Phillip Island

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Both Kim Jane and Mason Barbera have taken a race win each in Round 2 of the V8 Utes Racing Series at Phillip Island.

Having qualified on pole, Jane narrowly beat Craig Dontas to turn one in the opening race, with the duo high-fiving mirrors on the way around. Despite Dontas’ best efforts across the race, Jane managed to hold onto his place across the remainder of the race.

David Sieders dropped from third to fifth on the opening lap, but re-passed Mason Barbera on lap 3 when the 18 year-old got loose off Stoner Corner and slowed excessively on approach to the hairpin.

He pressured Nathan Pretty on the 10th and final lap but could not find a way back up to third position.

The Race 2 reverse grid proceeded with Richard Mork making one of the greatest jump starts in many years, throttling away before the red lights had even begun to illuminate.

Barbera seized this opportunity and became the effective race leader when he emerged in second from the Southern Loop on the opening lap and drove away to a maiden 5.5s win over the 10 laps, after Mork was expectantly black-flagged.

Sieders took second after an impressive final lap battle with Nathan Pretty which saw the pair running side-by-side from Doohan Corner to the Hairpin before Sieders prevailed.

To end the weekend’s racing, Kim Jane secured himself pole position for the final race and ultimately placing third, with the final round results finishing as below:
1st. – Dave Sieders
2nd. – Nathan Pretty
3rd. – Kim Jane

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Image: Speedcafe