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Queensland businessman "juiced" up for 100th V8 Ute Race Queenslander and Grove Fruit Juice owner, Greg "Freddy" Willis, will line-up for his 100th race start in the Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series & ...

Queensland businessman "juiced" up for 100th V8 Ute Race

Queenslander and Grove Fruit Juice owner, Greg "Freddy" Willis, will line-up for his 100th race start in the Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series – protected by Armor all Race 1 this Saturday, 10th July at the Sucrogen Townsville 400.

Willis has raced in the Series since 2005 and is an accomplished driver having dabbled in Aussie cars and Saloon cars in 2004 and 2005 before stepping into the V8 Utes full time in 2006 and see's his 100th race as quite an achievement.

"I feel privileged that I have been able to have competed in over 100 races but at the same time disappointed that my competitive expectations have not been achieved. Time to step up or step out," confided Willis.

The Grove Fruit Juice driver has also done his fair share of endurance races. In 2008 he raced in the 2008 Bathurst 12 Hour driving a Lotus, then in 2009 entered a V8 Ute for the first time in the event and later in 2009 he competed at Nurburgring in a BMW. One of Willis's motorsport dreams came true in February this year when he won the V8 Ute class at Bathurst in the Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour with fellow V8 Ute competitor Jason Gomersall and Matthew Mackelden.

"My Greatest moment in my short time in Racing was to start on pole at Clipsal last year. As a team, our Bathurst 12 Hour Category win was a great win for the team and a great result for all the David's taking on Goliath," explained Willis.

Willis has been involved from a commercial level since 2004 when he was instrumental in getting Ryal Harris into V8 Utes and a national racing Series. The Queenslander also backed Grant Johnson in 2007 after an amazing race in Darwin. Johnson went on to win the Series for the Grove Juice team and was supported by the Queensland Company until the end of 2009, finishing on the podium every year.

"I have done a lot of competitive things in business & sport but the racing and commercial benefits of V8 Ute Racing really rocks our boat and ticks the boxes, to date we have not found a better base from which to launch our Corporate development," said Willis "Freddy" bought Grove Fruit Juice in 1983 and from the 3,000 litres of Juice that was produced when he bought it he has built the company up to process over 300,000 litres of juice per week. The Company continues to expand and also upgraded to a new plant and equipment this year. He also competed in the world radio controlled yacht sailing championship and has also looked after multiple state drivers since 2004 in Open Wheelers.

Willis and his Grove Fruit Juice Ford BF will be onsite at Riverway, Townsville on Thursday, 8th July for a signing session following a V8 Ute Parade through the streets of Townsville. You can watch Greg reach this fantastic milestone LIVE on Network Seven at 1:30pm this Saturday, 10th July.

-source: aus v8 utes

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Series V8S
Drivers Grant Johnson , Jason Gomersall