The reigning champion returns for a cameo in the Gold Coast Superutes Swing | Biden News


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Reigning Haltech V8 SuperUtes Series Champion Ryal ‘The Kid’ Harris will make a racing appearance at the season finale Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500.

The 37-year-old will race the #1 Super Butcher Ford Ranger at his home track in place of Sieders Racing Team regular Gerard Maggs, who has offered an experienced driver to help set up the Ranger for next season.

Harris has raced in the Dunlop Super2 Series in 2022 and is currently 14th in the standings, but with no outside racing commitments, the reigning SuperUtes champion is eager to return to the category he loves.

“I’m very happy to be back,” he said.

“I love running the Gold Coast circuit, it’s my home round and I’ve had a lot of success at the event over the years, but running No.1 is an added bonus.

“Racing in front of family and friends and all my amazing sponsors gives me that extra boost to succeed and repay them for their support.

“I am very grateful for Gerard [Maggs] for giving me the keys to install it. I’ve been trying to get a seat for this round for months, so I’ll do everything I can to get the SuperUte set up well for it in the build-up to 2023.”

Ryal Harris leads the SuperUtes field through Griffins Bend on the way to another championship in 2021. Image: Tamara Jade Media

The reigning SuperUtes champion says despite the series not being a regular at the moment, the unforgiving streets of the Gold Coast will ensure he approaches the event with a lot of respect.

“You can’t overload this track because if you overshoot the corner you’re either going to be in the wall on the way out or you’re doing a quick turn on the run,” Harris explained.

“Calculated risk is a trick to get around that quickly. To get the best lap time, you don’t have to clean the walls and fix the mirrors. Just clip the back chicane and run the car through the slower stuff and you’ll be fine.

The most successful Utes driver in Australian motorsport history, Harris won a total of five titles across three eras; three titles in the original Formula V8 Utes Racing Series, the first diesel SuperUtes title in 2018, and last year’s title in the current V8 era.

His last trip to the Gold Coast street circuit came in 2019 when he won the race and finished second in the race for Peters Motorsport.

ACDelco-backed Aaron Borg currently leads the 2022 championship with 912 points, followed by Western Sydney Motorsport duo Craig Woods (807 points) and Ben Walsh (784 points) in third. on the streets of Surfers Paradise this weekend.

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