Rhys McNally soared to a Race 1 victory in Round 4 of the 2015 East Coast Bullbars Australian V8 Ute Racing Series at the Castrol EDGE Townsville 400, Saturday, 11th July.
The Perth star added to his list of presents to celebrate his 25th birthday today and is keen to keep his good fortune going.
“I’m having a great birthday, first a pole, then fastest lap and the race win, now all I need to do is walk away with the round win tomorrow and it will top it off,” said an elated McNally.
ABC Towing driver, Gerard McLeod didn’t get the start he wanted with McNally’s Stratco Holden beating him to the first turn, the Melbourne driver had pace with the winner for the first part of the race, but slowly dropped back allowing David Sieders to pressure McLeod to the finish line, his best ever Race 1 performance, with Sieders Mango Credit’s Holden in third.
Auto One driver Adam Marjoram has moved back into second in the ARMOR ALL Drivers Championship, after he came home in fourth ahead of JMG Racing’s Jeremy Gray who was the first Ford over the line in fifth.
There was a fierce battle on for sixth between Burbank Racing’s Nathan Pretty and Kris Walton, Pretty holding out the reigning champion until the final minutes of the race.
Craig Dontas bought his Just Car Insurance Holden home in eighth ahead of Kim Jane, and All Purpose Pest Racing’s Grant Johnson in tenth.
Michael Almond was unlucky to get spun around early in the race, forcing the Copyworld Racing Holden into the pits.
George Miedecke who was running second in the series and running mid-field at the time, had further issues when his ECU went into full limp-mode.
Jesus Racing’s Andrew Fisher went off at turn 2, lap 1, after suffering brake issues most of the weekend, he managed to recover to just outside the top 20.
Rookie Bruce Oaklands claimed he had contact from Noel Edge at Turn 1, dropping the Sydneysider back to 27th.
The V8 Utes will be back on track tomorrow at 8:05am for Race 2 top six reverse grid, with a Ford/ Holden front row with Kris Walton on Pole alongside Nathan Pretty.
Race 3 will kick off at 11:10am, both races televised live on Fox Sports and Race 3 live as on Network 10 at 1:17pm (check local guides).