AUSTRALIA'S popular new motor racing series, the Poolrite V8 BRute Muster, stages its third championship round at Sydney's Eastern Creek circuit this weekend - but there will be as much ute action off the track as on it. While the V8 BRute...
AUSTRALIA'S popular new motor racing series, the Poolrite V8 BRute Muster, stages its third championship round at Sydney's Eastern Creek circuit this weekend - but there will be as much ute action off the track as on it.
While the V8 BRute Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon utes compete in three six-lap races on Sunday, a trackside ute muster is expected to draw hundreds of participants whose vehicles might be more at home on a bush track than a race track.
"Beaut Utes" book author Alan "Ute Man" Nixon will join V8 BRute racing drivers to judge entries in eight competition classes, including Best Ute, Most Feral Ute and Best Classic Ute.
"It will be my first chance to see the racing utes in action and I'm looking forward to it. They're creating tremendous interest and from what I hear in the ute world the racing is really exciting," said Nixon, who will drive his specially-built Ford Falcon "Mongrel" ute from his Victorian home.
Penrith, NSW, based Michael "Riddo" Riddings will show his 1997 Falcon - transformed from a Lithgow dog catcher's ute into a muster prize winner - and plans to bring at least 20 of his ute-driving friends.
The V8 BRute Muster promises some of the closest racing on the program for the PROCAR Series meeting, which also will feature the Megamantis.com Australian Nations Cup Championship, Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship and Australian Formula 3 Championship.
Falcon driver Damien White, from Wollongong, leads the Poolrite V8 BRute Muster pointscore, but will be under intense pressure from the best-placed Commodore competitor, Gary MacDonald, who is just two points behind.
"Holden has four wins so far to Ford's two. I'm leading the series, but really there's nothing between any of the driver or cars. Every race is a torrid contest and it will be tough to win again, but I want to give the Ford fans something to cheer for," White said.
"This will be the fastest track we've raced on - the challenge of taking the sweeper after the straight at maximum speed in a 300 horsepower ute should sort out the brave drivers. It's fantastic racing."
The six-round V8 BRute Muster is for off-the-showroom-floor Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon utilities. Only limited performance and safety modifications are allowed, in the interests of controlling costs and encouraging close racing.
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after round 2): 293 D. White, 291 G. MacDonald, 245 R. Wilson, 238 G. Young, 212 C. Kovacs, 209 I. McAlister.
WEEKEND TIMETABLE: Friday 10.55 practice (30 min.), 2.50 pm practice (30 min.). Saturday 12.10 pm qualifyng (20 min.), 3.35 pm practice (15 min.). Sunday 10 am (Race 1, 6 laps), 12.35 pm (Race 2, 6 laps), 3.10 pm (Race 3, 6 laps).