UTE: Ipswich plans big ute muster for V8 BRute fans

UP TO 1000 ute enthusiasts are expected to roar into Queensland Raceway next month for a major ute event being organised for fans of the new V8 BRute Muster racing series. Organisers expect the ute muster at the Ipswich circuit on Sunday 22 ...

UP TO 1000 ute enthusiasts are expected to roar into Queensland Raceway next month for a major ute event being organised for fans of the new V8 BRute Muster racing series.

Organisers expect the ute muster at the Ipswich circuit on Sunday 22 July will be one of the biggest of its kind in Queensland, with participants coming from throughout the Darling Downs, Brisbane and Fassifern Valleys, border regions and the Sunshine and Gold Coasts.

The muster, part of the 2001 PROCAR Series motor racing weekend, will feature a display, parade lap and competitions in eight categories, judged by leading V8 BRute racing drivers.

The PROCAR Series meeting will host Round 2 of the V8 BRute Muster, a six-round national championship for the latest V8-powered Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon utility vehicles.

A muster held with the first V8 BRute round at Wakefield Park, NSW, last month drew 110 utes before organisers were forced to close off the entry lists.

PROCAR Chief Executive Ross Palmer says organisers are expecting up to 10 times the number at Queensland Raceway, with fans attracted by the offer of free admission for ute drivers accompanied by a paying adult.

"Wakefield Park blew us away with a record attendance of 11,000 fans, a fantastic contingent in the ute muster and mad-keen support for the V8 BRute races," Mr Palmer said.

"But I think the turn-out of utes at Queensland Raceway will be even greater. The circuit is in the heart of a huge rural area - and out there the ute is king of the roads."

All utes attending the ute muster are eligible for entry in the eight competition categories. Entry is free and can be made by completing an official entry form at www.procar.com.au.

Australia¹s first racing series for popular utes, the V8 BRute Muster has enjoyed enormous popularity since its introduction earlier this year.

The utes will compete in three races at the PROCAR Series meeting along with rounds of the Megamantis.com Australian Nations Cup and the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship.

Race-day ticket prices are $25 for adults and $15 for pensioners and people aged 13-18. Children 12 and under are free. Saturday entry is $15 and a weekend adult ticket $35.

-Procar-

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