UTE: Luff back with Ford to defend title

Luff back with Ford to defend Brutes Title, but Holden drivers ready to challenge in Adelaide. Young Sydney advanced driving teacher Warren Luff wants to give his rivals a lesson with a back-to-back win in the Poolrite V8 BRute Series this year...

Luff back with Ford to defend Brutes Title, but Holden drivers ready to challenge in Adelaide.

Young Sydney advanced driving teacher Warren Luff wants to give his rivals a lesson with a back-to-back win in the Poolrite V8 BRute Series this year - but predicts the competition will be tougher than ever.

Luff, 26, from Sydney, took the 2002 championship with nine wins from 24 starts, but says he aims to do better this year in his Nilsson Motorsport Ford Falcon XR8 Pursuit ute.

A grid of up to 31 utes for the first round at Adelaide's Clipsal 500 event on 20-23 March will launch the third season of the V8 BRute Series, which quickly has become one of Australia's most entertaining and popular motorsport championships.

Title sponsorship has been secured by Poolrite, Australia's leading manufacturer of swimming pool equipment, for the eight-round season concluding at the Gold Coast Indy in October.

The V8 BRutes driver line-up features most of last year's regulars, including runner-up Damien White (Ford), third-placed Gary MacDonald (Holden Commodore SS) and veteran hard-man Allan Grice (Ford), plus some new names who could spell trouble for Luff.

"I'm keen to defend the title, but we'll have to lift our game," Luff said.

"We could have had a much better result last year had reliability not got in the way. This year my ambition is to win the same races as last year, plus win the ones we didn't get.

"My car is beng sponsored by Coopers beer and as Adelaide is their home town I'm determined to hit the ground running at Clipsal."

While Fords won 15 of the races in 2002, Holden teams promise to come back strongly this year.

Gary MacDonald, consistently Holden's leading man, will take his Commodore to the Gold Coast-based Kanga Loaders team to join current driver Steven Robinson.

"A two-car team will have definite benefits. We'll be able to share information and tactics and it's made it viable to employ a full-time mechanic, Craig Sherman," MacDonald said.

"This should ensure we're on top of maintenance and preparation so that when we arrive at circuits we can get straight down to business on the track."

Robinson and MacDonald tested their cars at Queensland Raceway last Sunday and plan to combine the horsepower and handling advantages found in each before Adelaide.

Among other Holden runners, Team Brute Strength has signed Gavin Harvey to replace another son-of-a-legend, James Brock.

Michael Turner, Dave Griffin and Hart Mason will join the series in Holdens - Turner the first to race the latest VY Commodore, although other teams may update their VX models with new front bodywork.

Robert Jarvis joins the Ford ranks, which will not change from the AU II Falcon to the BA model until the 2004 season.

-procar.au

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Drivers James Brock , Warren Luff , Dave Griffin , Damien White
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