MOORE SPLASHES TO IMPRESSIVE V8 UTE POLE POSITION
Richard 'Danger' Moore was the dominant force in a topsy turvy qualifying session in wet conditions this morning for the final round of the PORTERGROUP V8 Ute championship in the Mitre 10 Trade Holden, finishing one and half seconds faster than championship leader Paul 'Auto' Manuell in his ORIX Holden, who left it until the last flying lap to vault up to second place on the grid.
Jamie 'Slenderman' Gaskin turned in his best qualifying performance so far in the V8 Ute series in his Ryco 82C Stadium Finance Ford, with a solid third place on the grid, while Geoff 'SOS' Spencer was another to nail a great lap in the Coresteel Holden later in the session to wind up forth. Andrew Porter, guesting for an absent Peter 'Kaos' Ward in the Ward Demolition Holden was competitive throughout the wet session - his first in a V8 ute and impressed with an eventual fifth place on the grid.
Glen 'Coyote' Collinson went sixth in the DNA Paints Ford FG with championship challengers Brett 'The Scud' Rudd and Matt 'Stinger' Spratt languishing - for them - a little further down than normal in seventh and eighth spots in the Pallet Supplies Holden and KPH Transport Holden. Nigel Hanley was up front early in the session in the Placemakers Holden, but wound up ninth with Jeff and dad Dave Kernohan next up in the KCH Fords and Simon 'The Bandit' Ussher completing the field in 12th in the United Freight Ford.
With wet weather affecting the timings for the whole meeting - which is the climax of the PORTERGORUP V8 Ute championship - the grid will venture out for the first race of three later on Saturday afternoon (15.05pm).
PORTERGROUP V8 Utes - Round 6 - Hampton Downs International Motorsport Park - Qualifying
Richard 'Danger' Moore Mitre 10 Trade Holden 1.22.219
Paul 'Auto' Manuell ORIX Holden 1.23.722
Jamie 'Slenderman' Gaskin 82C Stadium Finance Ford 1.23.790
Geoff 'SOS' Spencer Coresteel Buildings Holden 1.23.985
Andrew Porter Ward Demolition Holden 1.24.036
Glen 'Coyote' Collinson DNA Paints Ford FG 1.24.681
Brett 'The Scud' Rudd Pallet Supplies LOSCAM Holden 1.24.850
Matt 'Stinger' Spratt KPH Transport Holden 1.25.288
Nigel 'Hammered' Hanley Placemakers Holden 1.26.428
Jeff 'Ripples' Kernohan KCH Ford 1.27.083
Dirty 'Dave' Kernohan KCH Ford 1.27.312
Simon 'The Bandit' Ussher United Freight Ford 1.28.063