UTE: Holden, Ford share Wakefield lead

AUSTRALIA's new V8 BRute Muster racing series for V8-powered utilities officially began its championship season today with Holden and Ford equally sharing the top six spots in official practice for round one at Wakefield Park, near ...

AUSTRALIA's new V8 BRute Muster racing series for V8-powered utilities officially began its championship season today with Holden and Ford equally sharing the top six spots in official practice for round one at Wakefield Park, near Goulburn.

Sydney's Gary MacDonald, winner of a demonstration race in Adelaide last month, was fastest in two sessions today with a best time of 1 minute 11.66 seconds on the 2.2 km circuit.

He beat Rod Wilson in another Commodore and Wayne Park in a Falcon and looks set to repeat the performance in qualifying tomorrow.

"A good lap in qualifying will be important at Wakefield Park because all the utes are so close in performance it could be difficult in the race to pass someone who starts ahead. I hope our luck holds out tomorrow," MacDonald said.

The V8 BRutes will compete in a six-round national championship.

They are allowed only limited, controlled modifications for performance and safety but otherwise remain identical to Commodore and Falcon utes in ordinary road use.

The utes tonight were part of a highly popular street parade and display in the city of Goulburn to mark the staging of the first independent race meeting by series organiser PROCAR Australia.

Hundreds of people turned out to see the stars and cars of the Megamantis.com Australian Nations Cup, Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship and V8 BRute Muster.

<pre> RESULTS (Practice): 1. G. MacDonald (Commodore SS) 1:11.66 2. R. Wilson (Commodore SS) 1:11.86 3. W. Park (Falcon XR8) 1:12.31 4. C. Kovacs (Commodore SS) 1:12.80 5. D.White (Falcon XR8) 1:13.02 6. G. Young (Falcon XR8) 1:13.23

WEEKEND TIMETABLE: Saturday - 12.40 pm (Qualifying, 20 min.). Sunday - 9.55 am (Race 1, 10 min.), 1.05 pm (Race 2, 10 min.), 3.30 pm (Race 3, 10 min.).

-Chris Nixon

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Series General
Drivers Rod Wilson , Wayne Park
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