The V8 SuperUte series has been boosted by the presence of Ryall Harris at the final round of the Gold Coast this weekend.
The 2021 championship winner, Harris switched his focus to the Super2 series this year but struggled to finish just 14th in the standings.
He will return to more familiar conditions for the home event driving Gerard Maggs’ Ford Ranger.
For the occasion, Harris will wear the number 1 with support from Super Butcher.
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“I’m really excited to be back, I love running at the Gold Coast, it’s my home round and I’ve had a lot of success at this event over the years, but to run No.1 is an added bonus,” the 37-year-old said.
“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.”
The October 28-30 event will be the first visit to the Gold Coast for the SuperUtes since returning to V8 power last year.
“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 said.
“Calculated risk is a trick to get around that quickly.
“You don’t need to clean the walls and fix the mirrors to get the best lap time. Just clip the back chicane and run the car through the slower stuff and you’ll be fine.
“I am very grateful to Gerard for giving me the keys to his rig.
“I’ve been trying to get a seat for this round for a few months, so I’ll do everything I can to get the SuperUte well set up for it in the build-up to 2023.”
Harris is the only driver to win titles in each of the V8 Utes, diesel SuperUtes and V8 SuperUtes eras.
He is not expected to return to Super2 in 2023, but has one round remaining this year: the Adelaide 500 in early December.
Aaron Borg will win the 2022 V8 SuperUtes crown, heading into the Gold Coast with a 105-point lead over nearest rival Craig Woods.