(Tues.) 1 May 2001 / Preview, Rd 1: Wakefield Park V8 BRutes - 'Aussie Sports Cars' - Ready To Race ! AUSTRALIA'S motoring icon, the ute, takes on a new guise as a sleek, high-speed racer when the spectacular V8 BRutes championship debuts ...
(Tues.) 1 May 2001 / Preview, Rd 1: Wakefield Park
V8 BRutes - 'Aussie Sports Cars' - Ready To Race !
AUSTRALIA'S motoring icon, the ute, takes on a new guise as a sleek, high-speed racer when the spectacular V8 BRutes championship debuts next weekend at Wakefield Park circuit, near Goulburn, NSW.
The six-round national series will kick off on Sunday with three races and a field of the latest Ford Falcon XR8 and Holden Commodore SS utes.
The V8 BRutes were highly popular when they appeared in pre-season demonstration events at the recent Clipsal 500 meeting in Adelaide.
"I could actually hear the crowd cheering as we raced past them - it was amazing," said Sydney's Gary MacDonald, who took out one of the races in his Commodore.
Series organiser PROCAR Australia predicts an even more enthusiastic reaction from rural-based fans at Wakefield Park.
V8 BRutes competitors will be cheered on by roadgoing ute drivers entered i n the Goulburn Post Ute Muster, which will give prizes in several categories, including "Most Feral Ute".
"Nothing could be more Australian than racing a ute with a V8 engine," PROCAR Chief Executive Ross Palmer said.
"While they retain their iconic status in the bush, the latest utes in the V8 BRutes are in reality Australia's answer to the sports car. TV advertising portrays the utes as sleek, high-performance two-seaters - sports cars by any description."
Sunday's first round shapes up as an open contest between the equally-powered Holdens and Fords. Favored drivers include Adelaide winners MacDonald, Rod Wilson (Commodore) and Damien White (Falcon), plus Tony Quin n (Falcon) and Nathan Pretty (Commodore). <pre> WEEKEND TIMETABLE:
Friday 10.20 am (Practice, 30 min.) 1.10 pm (Practice, 20 min.)
Saturday 12.10 pm (Qualifying, 20 min.)
Sunday 9.55 am (Race 1, 10 min.) 12.50 pm (Race 2, 10 min.) 3.25 pm (Race 3, 10 min.)