UTE: QLD: Event preview

From Falcon Utes to Ferraris - huge entry ready for Procar Series Queensland round. UTE enthusiasts have a challenge on their hands to defend an attendance record for ute musters when the V8 BRute Series and the PROCAR Champ Series head to ...

From Falcon Utes to Ferraris - huge entry ready for Procar Series Queensland round.

UTE enthusiasts have a challenge on their hands to defend an attendance record for ute musters when the V8 BRute Series and the PROCAR Champ Series head to Queensland Raceway, Ipswich, on 12-14 July.

More than 320 ute owners from throughout south-east Queensland turned out for a ute muster and to watch the V8 BRute racing Falcons' and Commodores' first Queensland appearance last July.

But attendances this year at ute musters organised by PROCAR Australia at other tracks have soared - 258 rolled up to Winton Motor Raceway in Victoria last weekend - and the Queenslanders may fight to keep their record in two weeks' time.

However, they will have plenty of incentive, with a field of around 25 utes and drivers such as Allan Grice, Michael Donaher, James Brock and country singing star Adam Brand and a two-for-one ticket off just some of the attractions.

Three V8 BRute Series races will be part of an action-packed PROCAR Champ Series meeting, which will feature rounds of five national motor racing championships plus local Holden HQs.

From Ferraris to Falcons, Porsches to Protons and Vipers to Volkswagens, one of Australia's biggest line-ups of racing cars promises something for every fan. Around 100 cars are expected to be entered.

The fastest cars on track will be the Ferraris, Porsches, Lamborghini and Viper of the Australian Nations Cup Championship.

Touring car ace John Bowe holds the series lead, driving a $750,000 Ferrari 360 GT coupe, but Lamborghini Diablo driver Paul Stokell will be hot on his heels at Queensland Raceway as he tries to make up ground lost with non-finishes earlier this season.

Stokell was dominant in winning round four, but Queensland Raceway's fast straights will invite strong challenges also from the Chrysler Viper of Sydney's Geoff Morgan and a swarm of Porsches led by Jim Richards, Peter Fitzgerald and the Gold Coast's Tony Quinn.

Also on the Queensland Raceway program will be Australia's fastest roadgoing production cars, in the GT Performance and GT Production Car Championships.

The Queensland Raceway Ute Muster is open to owners of all roadgoing utes, with drivers admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult passenger.

Prizes will be awarded in seven categories, which will be judged by V8 BRute Series drivers.

Entry can made on arrival at the track, entry forms also are available for downloading at www.v8brutes.com.au.

Cars and drivers in the PROCAR Champ Series will appear in Brisbane's Queen Street Mall on Thursday 11 July from 12 midday.

SPEED CHECK on the PROCAR Champ Series at Queensland Raceway

Saturday & Sunday, 13-14 July. (Official practice Friday 12 July).

Categories - Nations Cup (Rd 5), GT Performance (Rd 5), GT Production Cars (Rd 5), V8 BRutes (Rd 5), Mitsubishi Mirages (Rd 5), HQ Holdens.

Saturday (From 9 am) - Qualifying all categories, plus 2 x HQ Holden races.

Sunday (From 8.35 am) - 14 races, all categories. Ute Muster display and competition for road utes.

Tickets - Adults Saturday $10, Sunday $30, Weekend $35. Students 12-16 years and concessions Saturday $5, Sunday $20, Weekend $20. Children under 12 free all weekend. Ute drivers enter free on Sunday with paying adult passenger.

Information - Queensland Raceway Raceway (07) 5461 9100, or www.procar.com.au. Ute Muster entry forms at www.v8brutes.com.au.

-procar.au-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Adam Brand , Jim Richards , John Bowe , Tony Quinn , Geoff Morgan , Paul Stokell , James Brock
Tags AUSUTE