Can Team Brute Strength do it again? Whilst the Bathurst 24 hour may be the main race in people's eyes, the 'Great Aussie Ute race' will see fans come from afar to watch this spectacle. Team...
Can Team Brute Strength do it again?
Whilst the Bathurst 24 hour may be the main race in people's eyes, the 'Great Aussie Ute race' will see fans come from afar to watch this spectacle.
Team Brute Strength, champions of the 'Great Aussie Ute race' at Sandown Raceway in 2002, are ready to take the title again at the track most drivers fear, Mount Panorama.
Team Brute Strength has doubled their chances by entering the two Holden Utes in the race. Driving the #18 BRute is Matt 'Mongrel' O'Grady and Matt 'Cotton' Picken. The 25# BRute will be driven by brothers Benn 'Waterboy' Wilson and Cameron 'Bulldog' Wilson.
The 'Great Aussie Ute race' differs from championship rounds, as each team will undergo a compulsory driver change.
"The guys have been practising the driver change at our recent test day. We have developed our driver change procedures and are doing some minor modifications to the cars to increase driver change speed." Team Manager Warren O'Grady said.
Mount Panorama has been known to be cruel to drivers and their cars, but Team Brute Strength are confident both cars will be able to handle the distance.
" We tested the #18 BRute recently which is ready to take on the mountain. Car #25 is still in the panel shop, and will be ready in the next day or two. Again, Glenn 'Badboy' Barnes has been a great help to the team, especially with sharing his secrets on how to make the Holden's competitive." O'Grady said.
Sunshine Coast driver Matt 'Mongrel' O'Grady, will be heading to the mountain for the first time, but that doesn't deter him from the job at hand.
" Bathurst is the pinnacle of Australian motorsport, who wouldn't want to race there? Being my first time will just add to the excitement of it all, and I hope the after party is just as good," O'Grady said.
" The mechanics have spent a lot of time on both cars and set up details. I believe that the car will go into weekend the best we have seen so far. As a result I'm looking forward to a good weekend." Gold Coast driver Benn 'Waterboy' Wilson learnt a number of lessons at Indy, and will be ready for his second BRute drive this season.
" Indy wasn't the best race meeting for me. The car was slow, and we came across some minor engine troubles. The car is undertaking some 'fine-tuning' and will be right to head down to Bathurst next week," Wilson said
" Bathurst is a new track to both Cameron and I, but with the car expected to be 100%, we will be ready for the challenge that lies ahead. Neither of us like to lose, and this race will be no different."
The Great Aussie Ute race will be at Mount Panorama from the 20th November.
Facts about Mount Panorama
* Bathurst is approximately a 3 hour drive from Sydney
* The circuit is 6.213km in length
* The circuit is anti-clockwise
* Average speed is 146kph
* Maximum speed is 290kph
* Fastest point is Conrod Straight
* Slowest point is the approach to Forest Elbow