UTE: Round one Adelaide preview

Old battle continues as BRutes return to Adelaide for third season. Two years ago, fewer than 10 Holdens and Fords in the first-ever V8 BRutes race thrilled Clipsal 500 patrons with their spectacular brand of tail-out motorsport. For the opening...

Old battle continues as BRutes return to Adelaide for third season.

Two years ago, fewer than 10 Holdens and Fords in the first-ever V8 BRutes race thrilled Clipsal 500 patrons with their spectacular brand of tail-out motorsport. For the opening round of the 2003 Poolrite V8 BRutes Series in Adelaide tomorrow, the field will number 30 and the traditional Ford-Holden battle will be fiercer than ever.

Fifteen 5.7-litre Holden SS utes and 15 5.0-litre Ford Falcon XR8 Pursuit utes are entered for three races this weekend.

The utes are given limited, specified modifications to equalise performance and improve reliability and safety, but otherwise remain close to standard production examples and can still be driven on the road.

They have always turned on a spectacular show in Adelaide and several drivers will be returning this year with vivid memories of a 200 kmh, five-car pile-up in race three.

"It happened on the fast right-hander between the two straights. I'm not sure of the official name for the corner but I've re-named it Gonads Corner after last year's crash," quipped Sydney driver Garry Holt, whose Holden was almost destroyed.

Young Sydney driving instructor Warren Luff avoided the carnage, scored two wins for the weekend and went on to win the championship.

He'll be back this weekend in his familiar Ford and with new teammate Grant Park, formerly a driver in the Mitsubishi Mirage Series.

Other leading Ford contenders include touring car legend Allan Grice, 2002 runner-up Damien White, who has formed his own team, former Sydney rugby league star Jack Elsegood and country singer Adam Brand.

Holden also has a strong line-up, with Gavin Harvey replacing James Brock at Team Brute Strength, Gary MacDonald and Steve Robinson teaming up, and Holt, Gary Young, Chris Smerdon, Paul Murray and Charles Kovacs returning for another season.

The Poolrite V8 BRutes will retain their familiar competition format.

The fastest qualifier will now earn three points under a revised championship scoring system, but pole position for the first race still will be determined by ballots among drivers in the faster and slower halves of the field.

All BRutes will switch to new Dunlop SP Supersport control tyres from this weekend.

Adelaide also will kick off a new broadcast deal between V8 BRutes organiser PROCAR Australia and the Seven Network, which will see a total of 40 hours' television devoted to PROCAR categories and events this season.

SPEED READ

TIMETABLE: Thursday - 1.45 pm Practice (15 min.), 5.20 pm Practice (20 min.). Friday - 10.30 am Qualifying (20 min.). Saturday - 10.30 am Race 1 (7 laps), 4.30 pm Race 2 (7 laps). Sunday - 12.55 pm Race 3 (7 laps).

AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS: Poolrite V8 BRutes Series drivers will attend public autograph sessions in the Support Paddock at Adelaide Parklands on Saturday at 12.30 pm and on Sunday at 10.30 am.

TELEVISION: Channel Seven, Saturday 26 April, 12 noon - 1.00 pm (check local guides).

-www.V8brutes.com.au

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Drivers Adam Brand , James Brock , Garry Holt , Gary Young , Warren Luff , Jack Elsegood , Damien White
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