Utes: Series Hidden Valley preview

V8 Utes head to Darwin's croc infested waters Round Four of the 2009 Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series heads to Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway next weekend 19 & ...

V8 Utes head to Darwin's croc infested waters

Round Four of the 2009 Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series heads to Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway next weekend 19 – 21 June.

Former Darwin local Layton Crambrook is keen to reclaim his Darwin title from 2008 and jump into first place on the Series Leader-board.

"I love racing on my home track, the vibe is unreal and the people are great. I am feeling confident especially after a win here last year I am going to do it again.

"Our local sponsors, Ausfuel, RTA, Northern Pastoral and PDQ Builders are great supporters and I intend to win them the title," said Crambrook.

The Mother Energy Drink driver only has to move up one notch to take the Championship lead after a great run at Symmons Plains and Winton, which saw him move into second place behind Coopers Pale Ales driver, Jack "The Hustler" Elsegood.

The current series leader has won on the Hidden Valley track in both 2005 and 2007 and is feeling confident going into the round.

"I am just taking one race at a time and hopefully will have a good result at the end of the weekend. I really love this track so I hope it will love me back," he said with a smirk.

Third in the Series is Ford rival George Miedecke who is also no stranger to the Darwin circuit coming third in 2008 by one point ahead of Veteran Grant "Grunta" Johnson. The Perth star and 07 Champ has been on podium in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and holds the current lap record, which he set in Race 3, 2006 in a time of 1:23.36.

Johnson is the second Holden on the Series leader-board in sixth position behind Sage Automations, Gary Baxter who slipped from the Championship lead after a horror round at Symmons Plains following engine failure.

Baxter with a new Cragsted engine in tow will be keen to make a come-back and is only six points away from Gold Coaster, Stephen Robinson who is in fourth position.

Andrew "Fishtail" Fisher is coming off his first ever podium finish at Symmons Plains and his Jesus All About Life Ford BF has been a consistent front runner in the past two seasons.

Ryal "The Kid" Harris who is currently ranked 9th in the Series will miss the Darwin Round to focus on his career in the V8 Supercar Development Series.

"We are trying to get into the Development Series and thought it best to skip a round to try and save up some money," said Harris.

"It's a shame to miss Darwin but we will be back on track for Townsville."

2008 Rookie of the year Glenn "Evil" McNally is posting his best ever result in the Series coming in 10th and is hoping to improve from there.

"Ideally I would love to finish in the top five by the end of the year. I didn't have the best run at Hidden Valley last year but am looking to turn that all around," said McNally.

Changes in the field for the Darwin round include Ute #16, which will be driven by former Mini Challenge driver, David Turner.

Colin Dunn will be driving in place of son Ben in the Storage King #99 Ford BF. Dunn drove at Clipsal earlier in the year and came away with a third place finish in Race 2.

You can catch the drivers on Thursday, 18th June at Mindil Markets and Sky City Casino for signing sessions and poster giveaways.

-credit: utes

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Series Supercars
Drivers Colin Dunn , Layton Crambrook