Bathurst 12: V8 Utes to Enter Bathurst 12 Hour

Two V8 Utes - the Holden VE and the Ford FG - have been modified to enter Class H in the 2010 Bathurst 12 Hour Showroom Enduro, 12 & ...

Two V8 Utes - the Holden VE and the Ford FG - have been modified to enter Class H in the 2010 Bathurst 12 Hour Showroom Enduro, 12 – 14 February.

Western Australians, Grant Johnson and Allan Letcher, will enter a Holden SS Commodore VE that has been built especially for the event by Hi Tech Motorsports', John Pachos.

"It has exactly the same specs as the V8 Ute Racing Series but has a different fuel system," said Pachos.

The Western Australians met at the Bathurst 12 Hour in the early 90's and have driven together in other 12 hour events; four in Malaysia, one of which they won together.

"I met Allan at the 12 Hour when he was racing with my Dad Phil; we were going to run a team together this year but it hasn't worked out that way. We have been talking to Craig McCarthney from New Zealand and should know soon if he will take the drive with us," said Johnson.

Johnson and Letcher have both returned from competing in the Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series at Bathurst and the Holden drivers are pleased with the times the Utes were doing around the track.

"If we can roll out the times we were doing on the weekend (2:34's) we should run close to the top 5 overall," said Johnson.

The iconic Australian Utility (Ute) was entered for the first time in 2009 with Johnson the one and only entrant. Next year he will be joined by the new Ford FG, which will debut at the Event and be driven by current V8 Ute competitors, Ben Dunn and Andrew Fisher.

"We will run the Ute as a prototype FG and as a trial for the 2011 category," said V8 Ute Board member and driver Ben Dunn.

The Bathurst 12 Hour Showroom Enduro is now in its 4th year, with a grid of over 50 cars expected to compete. The race features production cars in a class structure representative of the mass road-going market. BMW, Mitsubishi, Ford, Holden, Nissan and Subaru are expected to compete for outright honours, while an Alternative Energy class is open to diesel, hybrid and LPG entries.

The Event will be televised in a 3 hour special on the SEVEN Network, through Fox Sports, New Zealand and other International Markets.

-credit: utes

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