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TWO FROM TWO FOR CHAMPION HANLEY

 
New UDC V8 Ute champion Chris Hanley made it two out of two in the Brother-backed Stoneman Racing Holden this afternoon at the Mike Pero 500 V8 season finale.
Hanley made a demon start and was soon on the tail of pole sitter Mike Lightfoot. He quickly dispensed with his erstwhile championships challenger and reeled off a series of fastest laps to leave the squabbling field in his wake.

According to the new champion, it was just business as usual. "I didn't feel any different from Race 1 even though I secured the title. When you put the helmet on, you just want to race, race hard and win," he said.

With Hanley showing a clean pair of heels, the interest in the race lay in the battle for second place in the championship, with Peter 'Kaos' Ward and Mike 'Buzz' Lightfoot both in the running after Race 1. The big crowd were entertained with a titanic scrap for most of the race, joined quickly by Aussie Kris 'Killa' Walton in the Multispares Ford.

Lightfoot did a great job in the race - doing what he could against a Holden that had the edge down Puke's long straight sections, but in the end Ward could only blame himself for a mistake on the exit if Turn 1 that sent the Ward Demolition Holden into a tank-slapping spin. He ended up facing the wrong way on the track at Castrol having rotated three times over the grass - missing Lightfoot and everyone else by a whisker.

That moment sealed second in the championship for Lightfoot, and indeed confirmed Ward in third - a result that gave Ute preparation guru Jake Stoneman and his team the top three in the 2013 V8 Ute Series with one race on Sunday still to run.

It was Walton who emerged in second from the three-way tussle, with Lightfoot in third, Brett 'The Scud' Rudd in fourth, Geoff Spencer fifth after a strong drive from the rear of the grid, Dave Kernohan, John Penny, a recovering Ward, Jeff Kernohan and Rod Dawson rounding out the top ten. Peter Robb was penalised for crossing the yellow lines on pit exit twice and propped up the field in 11th place.

James 'Huggi' Urquart was forced to retire. After damaging the car in pit lane, the team worked frantically to make the race start, but the damage was enough to end Huggi's weekend in the Mitre 10 Trade Ute.

1. Chris Hanley - Holden
2. Kris Walton - Ford
3. Mike Lightfoot - Ford
4. Brett Rudd - Holden
5. Geoff Spencer - Holden
6. Dave Kernohan - Ford
7. John Penny - Ford
8. Peter Ward - Holden
9. Jeff Kernohan - Ford
10.Rod Dawson - Ford
11.Peter Robb - Holden

DNF - James Urquart - Holden