Former Rooster's player "Hustles" to his 200th Race in V8 Utes Starting off in a professional Rugby League career in 1993 and claiming two minor premierships with Manly Sea-Eagles before moving across town to play for the Sydney Roosters (1997 -...
Former Rooster's player "Hustles" to his 200th Race in V8 Utes
Starting off in a professional Rugby League career in 1993 and claiming two minor premierships with Manly Sea-Eagles before moving across town to play for the Sydney Roosters (1997 - 2000), who would have thought ten years later Jack "The Hustler" Elsegood would have a motorsport career under his belt including a V8 Ute Championship and would hit a milestone of 200 Races in the same category.
The Cooper's Clear Racing driver will celebrate his 200th Race in a V8 Ute at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in Race 2 of Round 6 of the 2010 Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series - protected by Armor All at Mount Panorama, Saturday, 11th October.
After wrapping up his Rugby League career in 2000 due to injury, the competitive streak in him was still calling and having always been a fan of motorsport Elsegood decided to join the V8 Ute Racing Series in 2002.
He's had his share of up's and downs over the years. In 2007 all he had to do was finish the final race at Phillip Island to claim the Series win however he lost the championship in the final laps handing the championship to current team mate Grant Johnson. Elsegood came close to another championship win in 2008, however 2009 was his year and he claimed the V8 Ute Series title in front of a home crowd at the Sydney Telstra 500.
"Firstly I love the Utes because the competition is fierce and I love being competitive.
Secondly the category as a whole is fantastic. I've had great support from Coopers over the past five years and their support has allowed me to continue racing."
Glenn Cooper - AM. Executive Chairman & Marketing Director, Coopers Brewery, caught sight of Elsegood's racing ability early on and snatched him up in 2005. The Adelaide based brewer couldn't be happier with his decision and is proud to have him on board.
"Congratulations to Jack Elsegood on reaching 200 races for Coopers. I could not have wished for a better ambassador for Coopers Brewery, a true Champion. Good luck at Bathurst," Glenn Cooper.
Elsegood is one of only two drivers to accomplish the milestone (Charlie "Handlebars" Kovacs, Oran Park in 2008), and would have liked to have done the same in League. "I clocked 150 games in league and making 200 games is a big deal and unfortunately I wasn't able to get there with the injury. I'm pretty stocked to wrap up 200 races in the Utes."
"It felt like only yesterday that I joined the Ute fraternity. I'd ultimately love to move on to driving a V8 Supercar but it all relies on sponsorship," said Elsegood.
The Coopers Clear Racing's driver has had a long standing career in both V8 Utes and Rugby League. In 1991 he made the Australian School Boys Rugby League team, 1993 he was the Dally M Rookie of the Year and the Norwich Rising Star, in 1995 and 1996 he was a Minor Premier with the Manly Sea-Eagles.
Elsegood has claimed over 17 V8 Ute Round podiums over the years including five in 2007 and he has already clocked up four for this year.
The Sydneysider is in a fierce battle with Holden rival Grant Johnson for this year's title, with only 29 points separating the two.
"I've always seen Grant as my main rival. We are both very competitive and he is definitely the one to beat this year," said Elsegood.
Elsegood will hit the track on Thursday, 9th October for Practice in the lead up to his big race on Saturday, 11th October, which will be televised LIVE on Network Seven.
The Rookie battle is heating up with Sieders leading the charge 68 points ahead of Jeremy Gray and 127 points ahead of West Aussie Rhys McNally on points 342.
Make-A-Wish& Australia is the official charity of Australian V8 Ute Racing who will endeavour to assist the foundation with their mission, which is to "To grant the Wishes of Children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope strength and joy."
-source: aus v8 utes