UTE: Jack Elsegood Friday practice report

Jack Elsegood kicks a goal with his love of a good UTE Jack Elsegood made his name playing first-grade rugby league for Sydney's Roosters and Manly Sea Eagles teams, but at age 28 and now in retirement, he has taken up with his true sporting...

Jack Elsegood kicks a goal with his love of a good UTE

Jack Elsegood made his name playing first-grade rugby league for Sydney's Roosters and Manly Sea Eagles teams, but at age 28 and now in retirement, he has taken up with his true sporting love, motor racing.

Elsegood will line up this weekend at Oran Park Raceway, south of Sydney, in a most unusual race car, a 240 kmh Holden Commodore ute in the national V8 BRute Series.

Throughout his playing career from 1993 to 2001, Elsegood hid his passion for speed and put his contract at risk while competing occasionally in go-karts, drag cars and motocross.

Now he's "come out" as a rev-head, he's loving the challenge of driving in the spectacular and highly-popular V8 BRutes as they appear at eight meetings around Australia.

"I can't remember the last time I got such a buzz. It's normally been when you score a great try or a good hit, but I'm absolutely loving this," he said today during official practice on day one of the PROCAR Champ Series event.

"It was always going to happen. Motorsport is my true passion, but when I was playing I had to keep it hush-hush."

Racing against the likes of touring car legend Alan Grice and V8 Supercar young gun Dean Canto, Elsegood accepts he still has a lot to learn but he has big ambitions.

"No question, I want to drive V8 Supercars. This year is my first in full-time racing and it's costing me $100,000. I'll be spending that again next year and the year after. I'm betting on myself and I wouldn't be wasting that kind of money unless I believed I could achieve my goals."

Just as in his league days, Elsegood is hoping to draw plenty of support from the sidelines in his three V8 BRute Series races on Sunday.

Former Roosters teammates Brad Fittler, Anthony Minichello, Luke Phillips and Ryan Cross and a busload of northern beaches friends and fans will be at the track, enjoying themselves in a hospitality suite set up by Elsegood.

After two practice sessions today, Elsegood ended up ninth-fastest, around 1.5 sec behind first-placed Alan Grice.

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Drivers Dean Canto , Jack Elsegood
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