UTE: Series to debut at AGP

V8 UTES READY TO BRING UNIQUE AUSSIE RACING STYLE TO AGP DEBUT TODAY MELBOURNE - The new V8 Utes motor racing series takes to the track for the first time today, bringing some unique Aussie flavour to the glamorous setting of the Fosters ...

V8 UTES READY TO BRING UNIQUE AUSSIE RACING STYLE TO AGP DEBUT TODAY

MELBOURNE - The new V8 Utes motor racing series takes to the track for the first time today, bringing some unique Aussie flavour to the glamorous setting of the Fosters Australian Grand Prix.

In their first appearance before AGP crowds, the field of Holden SS and Ford Falcon XR8 utes will contest practice this morning and then qualifying and their first race this afternoon on the Albert Park street circuit.

The V8 Utes are ready to unleash their spectacular style of sliding, door-to-door racing after receiving compulsory engine adjustments over the past two days.

All cars were put on a Dynapack rolling-road chassis dynamometer at race preparer Les Small's Melbourne workshop to ensure every Ford 5.0 litre V8 and Holden 5.7 litre V8 engine has the same output, to within two brake horsepower.

"Identical performance is the key to the V8 Utes' crowd-pleasing style," said Bill West from series promoters Australian V8 Ute Racing Pty Ltd.

"With no individual car advantage available -- everyone is also running identical Yokohama tyres this year -- success comes down to the skill of the driver and the formula frequently produces different winners.

"I promise spectators they will see three hard-fought V8 Ute races this weekend and they shouldn't be surprised if they also see three different winners."

The field includes past ute racing champions Rod Wilson and Damien White, sons-of-Bathurst-champions James Brock and James Moffat, NASCAR champion Kim Jane, veteran hard charger Charlie "Handlebars" Kovacs, Danish sports car star Allan Simonsen and former Sydney Roosters football professional Jack Elsegood.

Timetable -- Cleanevent V8 Utes

Thursday 3 March
9.30 am - Practice (20 min.)
3.30 pm -- Qualifying (20 min.)
5.45 pm -- Race 1 (6 laps); grid decided on qualifying order

Friday 4 March
4.10 pm -- race 3 (6 laps); grids reversed for faster and slower 50% of qualifiers

Saturday 5 March
5.40 pm -- Race 2 (8 laps); grid decided on aggregate points from race 1 and race 2 finishing positions

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Drivers Allan Simonsen , Rod Wilson , James Brock , Jack Elsegood , Damien White , James Moffat