UTE: Queenslande practice notes

HOLDEN Commodore drivers took the first four places over rival Ford Falcon pilots when the new Poolrite V8 BRute Muster took to the Queensland Raceway circuit today to practice for its econd championship round. Victorian Gary Young's switch from...

HOLDEN Commodore drivers took the first four places over rival Ford Falcon pilots when the new Poolrite V8 BRute Muster took to the Queensland Raceway circuit today to practice for its econd championship round.

Victorian Gary Young's switch from Ford to Holden was rewarded with the fastest time of 1 minute 27.53 seconds, but it was V8 Supercar star Paul Morris who drew most attention.

Morris accepted an invitation only on Wednesday night to compete this weekend in the 2001 PROCAR Series meeting and saw his Holden Commodore SS ute for the first time only this morning.

Morris, winner of last weekend's Shell Championship Series round in Melbourne, was immediately on the pace and set the fourth-fastest time before packing up early.

"Queensland Raceway is my home track so I know it pretty well and don't need to wear the car out driving endless laps," the Gold Coast resident said.

"The ute's got a lot less power than my Big Kev Racer V8 Supercar, but it's great fun to drive and I reckon Sunday's races will be a hoot."

Barely a second separated the first six utes on the provisional grid. The winner of qualifying tomorrow will earn one championship point - but not pole position, which will be decided in a draw among all competitors.

The Poolrite V8 BRute Muster races will be supported by a muster of roadgoing utes, which is expected to draw hundreds of extra enthusiasts to compete for prizes such as Best Ute and Most Feral Ute.

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RESULTS (Practice):

1.  G. Young (Commodore SS) 1:27.53
2.  R. Wilson (Commodore SS) 1:27.98
3.  G. MacDonald (Commodore SS) 1:28.02
4.  P. Morris (Commodore SS) 1:28.41
5.  G. Denyer (Falcon XR8)  1:28.49
6.  D. White (Falcon XR8)  1:28.54

WEEKEND TIMETABLE: Saturday - 12.30 pm (Qualifying, 20 min.), 4.10 pm (Practice, 15 min.) Sunday - 10 am (Race 1, 10 min.), 12.40 pm (Race 2, 10 min.), 3.05 pm (Race 3, 10 min.).

-Chris Nixon

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