Utes: Series Sandown preview

V8 Utes saddle up for Sandown Scuffle The 2009 Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series - protected by Armor All will head to Victoria for Round 6 Friday, 31st July - Sunday, 2nd August at Sandown Raceway. 16 Ford and 15 Holden's will take to the track...

V8 Utes saddle up for Sandown Scuffle

The 2009 Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series - protected by Armor All will head to Victoria for Round 6 Friday, 31st July - Sunday, 2nd August at Sandown Raceway.

16 Ford and 15 Holden's will take to the track in what has become a close-knit Series with only 5 points separating leader Jack Elsegood and runner-up Layton Crambrook.

The drivers are coming off a fairly battered round at Townsville, particularly Justin Van Twest and George Miedecke who both suffered extensive damage from Round 5's street race.

Van Twest experienced brake-failure and sped into Turn 12's tyre wall at 150km/ph and is working full-steam ahead to recover the damage.

"Steve McFadden and the team have been working hard to repair the Ute. The hard-lid and roof were the only panels not destroyed. The chassis was bent so it's getting a new one. Engine, gearbox, radiator, wiring loom, fuel lines, brake lines, brake booster, exhaust, starter motor, cross members, bell housing, firewall and a lot more were destroyed."

"It's looking at being over a $30,000 repair bill. Luckily Capalaba wreckers have plenty of XR8 parts in stock for me," said Van Twest.

Miedecke had almost the same amount of damage after he was involved in a 5 car pile-up at the same turn in Race 2.

The New South Welshmen had to re-do all of the panels, re-spray the entire car, install a new gearbox and replace all new cooling elements like the radiator and oil cooler.

"The guys have been working long hours to repair the car and we are just about to re-spray it."

"We didn't have to change our engine but we are giving the car a test next Wednesday, so we will see how it goes then," said Miedecke.

Victorian, Kim Jane will be hoping to keep his car in one shape to celebrate his 150th race, which will be Race 3, Sunday, 2nd August.

There are four awards up for grabs over the weekend, the Armor All Pole Award - for the fastest Ute in Qualifying, CI Performance Hole Shot Award - for the best race start; Armor All Best presented Award and the SS Inductions Hard Charger Award, which was won by Workhorse Collisions Ben Kavich at Townsville for passing 11 Utes.

There will be a few changes to the V8 Ute line-up; Colin Dunn will be flying the #99 Storage King flag, whilst son, Ben Dunn steps aside for the round. Holden #16 owned by Scott Jennings, has withdrawn from the round due to extensive damage from Townsville leaving the field with 31 Utes.

The drivers will start their engines at 10:25am for their practice session Friday, 31st July. The rest of the weekend schedule is as follows:

-credit: utes

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Series Supercars
Drivers Colin Dunn , Jack Elsegood , Layton Crambrook , Ben Dunn