Utes: Series Sandown Friday notes

No Grunts for Johnson in the V8 Utes Practice at Sandown Victoria Grant "Grunta" Johnson was the fastest V8 Ute around Sandown Raceway today, for the one and only practice session for Round 6 of the 2009 Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series & ...

No Grunts for Johnson in the V8 Utes Practice at Sandown Victoria

Grant "Grunta" Johnson was the fastest V8 Ute around Sandown Raceway today, for the one and only practice session for Round 6 of the 2009 Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series – protected by Armor All.

The bulk of the session was uneventful however with ten minutes remaining, oil on turn one caused plenty of dramas as cars headed to the outfield one after the other.

Johnson however was able to thread the needle and avoid going bush.

"I did my fastest lap on the last lap when I could get a clear run."

Jack Elsegood, the current series leader, was also quick and in fact overtook Johnson on the straight but still remained in second position, 0.15 seconds behind the Western Australian.

"I'm just going to take each race as it comes," he said.

"With only two rounds left after this one, it will be nice to still have the lead but I know from past experience that anything can happen in this sport so I'm not focusing on the end result at the moment," said Elsegood.

Layton Crambrook and Gary Baxter who are currently second and third in the series, trailed Elsegood by a few one hundredths of a second finishing third and fourth for the session.

George Miedecke claimed fifth for the Session and is on the come-back trail after an accident in Townsville put him out of race 2 and 3 and left him with lots of work to do in preparation for this weekend.

Two other drivers who had damaged cars from Townsville were Queenslander, Justin Van Twest and Rookie Gary Carson.

Van Twest is the good news story of the round coming back after a 160km/h accident destroyed his entire car in Townsville.

The Capalaba Wreckers XR8 rolled out of the truck in a new resplendent yellow colour, fully rebuilt and ready to roll.

"I thought I would be coming as a spectator," he said.

"I was very happy to get through practice,"

"We have worked non-stop on the car over the past two weeks and are pleased and proud with the end result."

Carson was also glad to be on the track although he is still struggling with a few issues.

"Unfortunately I get to 5000 revs and the car stops accelerating," he said. "We think it's the fuel pump, so it's not a major issue."

Off the track, Kim Jane is getting ready for his 150th race start and was presented with a cake today in front of his colleagues and fellow competitors.

"It's a good feeling to be celebrating this at my home track," he said.

"We just need to make a few adjustments to the car for qualifying tomorrow, and we should be ok."

The V8 Utes hit the track at 12:35pm tomorrow (Saturday) for Qualifying and then again at 3pm for Race 1.

Sunday will kick off at 9:40am with Race 2, which is a top 16 reversed grid race and will conclude with Race 3 at 3:40pm.

To catch all the highlights from Sandown Raceway tune into Network Seven, Saturday, 15th August at 1:30pm (EST).

-credit: utes

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Supercars
Drivers Jack Elsegood , Layton Crambrook