V8 BRute drivers have strongly confirmed support for the future of their popular ute racing series with organiser PROCAR Australia. The drivers met yesterday with series officials during the PROCAR Champ Series round at Wakefield Park circuit,...
V8 BRute drivers have strongly confirmed support for the future of their popular ute racing series with organiser PROCAR Australia.
The drivers met yesterday with series officials during the PROCAR Champ Series round at Wakefield Park circuit, near Goulburn, to discuss recent speculation about them racing at V8 Supercar events.
They voted unanimously to back PROCAR as it continues to develop the series, which is in its second season of national competition for V8-powered Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore utes.
"We're in total and utter support of what PROCAR is doing with the V8 BRute Series," drivers' representative Ian McAlister said.
"The BRutes have been a huge success from day one and with expanded television coverage on Fox Sports and SBS this season we've gone from strength to strength.
"I believe we're better off independent than in someone else's shadow. We'll go along with whatever PROCAR wants us to do and look forward to bigger and better things next year."
McAlister said speculation about the V8 BRutes supporting the V8 Supercars followed comments by a senior V8 Supercar official that the two series should be together.
"Some of our drivers were interested when they heard this, but the reality is we can't go off and join the V8 Supercars anyway, because their organisers don't have a licence to run V8 BRute racing," he said.
PROCAR Australia Deputy Executive Chairman John Cowley said the company created the series, had an exclusive licence to run it and owned all intellectual property.
"PROCAR has no intention of going into a support role again. The drivers have also put their hands up and said no way. We'll be concentrating on growing our own events and categories and we'll leave others to do the same."
Since its inaugural championship round at Wakefield Park last year, the V8 BRute Series has become one of Australia's most popular motorsport competitions, with growing crowds and strong media attention.
Teams have taken up all available 32 franchises issued by PROCAR Australia and the diverse line-up of drivers includes names such as Bathurst winner Allan Grice, James Brock, award-winning country singer Adam Brand and former Sydney Roosters rugby league star Jack Elsegood.