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V8 BRute Muster Set To Thrill On Honda Indy 300 Debut UTE racing will bring a new Aussie dimension to the international glamor of the Honda Indy when the Poolrite V8 BRute Muster takes to the Surfers Paradise street circuit for its fifth round...

V8 BRute Muster Set To Thrill On Honda Indy 300 Debut

UTE racing will bring a new Aussie dimension to the international glamor of the Honda Indy when the Poolrite V8 BRute Muster takes to the Surfers Paradise street circuit for its fifth round this weekend.

The V8 Brutes, near-standard Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore utility trucks with equal performance, will compete in three races tomorrow, Friday and Saturday.

It's the first time the Poolrite V8 BRute Muster series, launched at the beginning of this season, has raced on the Indy track, but drivers have promised plenty of excitement following a sensational appearance at Bathurst three weekends ago.

"The utes haven't failed to turn on the action whereever they have raced; Indy is going to be awesome," said Falcon driver Grant 'Mag Dog' Denyer, pole position winner at Bathurst.

"The Falcons and Commodores are extremely closely matched, but the Surfers Paradise track will throw up some new challenges, especially in braking. With around 320 horsepower, these things are pretty fast and almost every corner will require a big stop with nobody prepared to yield until the absolute last moment. The winner will be the one who looks after his car."

The races will be hard-fought for championship points, with several drivers in contention after the first four rounds. With a win worth 60 points, series leader Rod 'Redline' Wilson's 550 tally is perilously close to the 532 of Gary 'Growler' Young, 526 of Gary 'The Boss' MacDonald and 516 of Damien 'Ice' White.

The Poolrite V8 BRute Muster's usually blokey environment will welcome a feminine touch with the series debut this weekend of Sarah 'Princess' Hullah, who will race a Commodore.

"I'm delighted to be given a chance to prove myself in this series," Hullah said. "I am under strict instructions to not set the world alight at Indy, but we'll just have to wait and see."

The ute racers will be supported by hundreds of fans in the Ford Great Ute Muster, with some of the country's best road utes competing for prizes at the BBB Ranch at Southport and making a parade lap of the Indy circuit on Sunday morning.

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after Rd 4): 550 Rod 'Redline' Wilson, 532 Gary 'Growler' Young, 526 Gary 'The Boss' MacDonald, 516 Damien 'Ice' White, 414 Ian 'Big Mac' McAlister, 332 Grant 'Mag Dog' Denyer.

TIMETABLE: Thursday - 10.35 Practice (20 min.), 1.15 Qualifying (20 min.), 4.55 Race 1 (5 laps). Friday - 5.00 Race 2 (5 laps, reverse grid), Saturday - 4.35 Race 3 (5 laps). Sunday - No activity.

-ProcarAu-

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