AUSF3: UTE: Procar series visit Queensland

Triple treat at Queensland Raceway this weekend Campers, cars and a concert will ensure a festive opening day of racing during the fourth round of the PROCAR Champ Series at Queensland Raceway this weekend. Ute club members from as far a field...

Triple treat at Queensland Raceway this weekend

Campers, cars and a concert will ensure a festive opening day of racing during the fourth round of the PROCAR Champ Series at Queensland Raceway this weekend.

Ute club members from as far a field as Ballarat and Bendigo down south and out west to Charleville and Cunnamulla will converge on the Willowbank circuit this Saturday and their presence is bound to provide an interesting spectacle.

Most are sure to take advantage of a unique camping opportunity which will mark yet another first for Queensland Raceway.

"It's all part of the inaugural Festival of the Ute. We've opened up the entire western mound for overnight campers who'll be greeted by a magnificent rural view of Willowbank and the sound of roaring engines on Sunday," Queensland Raceway Chairman, John Tetley said.

"A festival concert will be held in the VIP car park on Saturday night for revellers to soak up the party atmosphere of the PROCAR Champ Series and this is open to campers as well as the general public."

"The Festival of the Ute will be run in conjunction with the "It's raining Utes out West" drought relief campaign with prizes awarded in a number of categories including Best Chicks Ute, Best Holden Ute and Best Ford Ute."

"As well as the show and shine there'll also be active components to the festivities with a special dirt track recreation area to be used from 12pm Saturday for a ute pull and race around the tyres."

"From 4.30pm the track will be open to the first 50 ute nominations to compete in a burnout competition and sprint racing up the back straight."

The V8 BRutes will be featured on the PROCAR program and they're bound to receive a resounding reception from the strong country contingent in attendance.

PROCAR Australia have instigated an awesome line up of six racing categories for the Queensland Raceway round, the Donut King Australian Nations Cup Championship, Australian GT Performance (Presented by Strathfield), Exide Australian Production Car Championship, PoolriteV8 Brutes Series, Australian Formula 3 Championship and Falken Tyres Mirage Cup to provide something for everyone on an action-packed weekend of racing.

PROCAR Champ Series Fast Facts

Event:
The 4th round of the 2003 PROCAR Champ Series will be featured in conjunction with the inaugural Festival of the Ute. Six categories of racing will be on show during an action-packed weekend of motorport; Donut King Australian Nations Cup Championship, Australian GT Performance (Presented by Strathfield), Exide Australian Production Car Championship, PoolriteV8 Brutes Series, Australian Formula 3 Championship, Falken Tyres Mirage Cup.

Date:
Friday to Sunday, June 13-15, 2003

Location:
Queensland Raceway, Champions Way, Willowbank, Australia. Off the Cunningham Highway, 5kms past the Amberley-Rosewood turn-off.

Information:
Queensland Raceway, ph: 07 5461 9100, www.queenslandraceway.com.au

2003 Feature Events:
4th round of the PROCAR Champ series
Inaugural Festival of the Ute

Track:
3.121 km

Race Program:

Nations Cup -- Sunday 11.05am 16 laps, 1.10pm 16 laps, 4.00pm 24 laps

GT Performance -- Sunday 9.30am 12 laps, 12.10pm 12 laps, 3.30pm 12 laps

V8 Brutes -- Sunday 10.35am 10 laps, 12,40pm 10 laps(reverse grid), 4.45pm 10 laps

Production cars -- Sunday 11.40am 10 laps, 2.25pm 10 laps

Formula 3 -- Sunday 10.00am 18 laps, 2.55pm 18 laps

Mirages -- Saturday 2.05pm 14 laps, Sunday 9.00am 10 laps, 1.55pm 10 laps

Cars on track:

Nations Cup: GT Sports cars (eg Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Viper, Maserati, etc)

GTP: High performance road vehicles (Holden HSV, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, Ford Falcon GT, Subaru WRX, BMW M3, Nissan 350Z,etc)

Australian Production Car Championship: Popular roadgoing passenger cars (Holden Commodore SS, Ford Falcon XR8, Proton Satria, Toyota Celica, Holden Astra, etc)

V8 Brutes: V8-engined Ford Falcon XR8 and Holden SS utes

Formula 3: International Dallara single-seaters with 2.0-litre engines by Opel, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Honda, Renault, etc

Mirage: Purpose-built Mitsubishi Mirage hatchbacks with identical "control" specifications

Series:
The PROCAR Champ series comprises eight rounds. Rounds 2-7, including round four at Queensland Raceway are independent events staged by PROCAR Australia, while round one is run in conjunction with the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide on March 20 and round eight forms part of the Lexmark Indy program at the Gold Coast on October 23.

Festival of the Ute
The Festival of the ute will be introduced in 2003 to complement the PROCAR series. This event is designed to provide a carnival atmosphere for country ute enthusiasts and will incorporate a range of on and off track activities including the final of the 'It's Raining Utes out West' drought relief campaign. Ipswich -- Where Country meets City.

Special attractions
Saturday
The final of the 'It's Raining Utes out West' drought relief campaign will feature on the Saturday June 13 program. Drivers will compete in the following classes: Circle Work/ Best B+S Ute/ Best Chicks Ute/ Best Holden Ute/ Best Ford Ute/ Furthest Traveled Ute/ Best Town Ute/ Best 4WD Ute/ Most Feral Ute/ Ute most like its owner/ Best Overall Ute

Sunday
Ute Muster with trackside parking along back straight. All ute drivers enter free if accompanied by a paying adult passenger. Optional free entry for Best Presented Ute, Best Paintwork, Best Engine Bay, Most Feral Ute, Best Ford, Best Holden or Best Overall Ute (People's Choice) Trophies awarded.

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