UTE: Schedule announcement

V8 BRutes to race again on road-legal Pirellis - and Australia's hit race series joins Year of the Outback Australia's highly successful new motor racing series, the V8 BRute Muster, will return to the track this season with Holden Commodore ...

V8 BRutes to race again on road-legal Pirellis
- and Australia's hit race series joins Year of the Outback

Australia's highly successful new motor racing series, the V8 BRute Muster, will return to the track this season with Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon utes again competing on street-legal Pirelli P Zero C tyres.

The eight-round national championship kicks off its second year at the Clipsal 500 meeting on the Adelaide city street circuit on 15-17 March.

The 16 Holdens and 16 Fords committed to the series will race with a package of identical "control" parts, including tyres, designed to enhance safety and durability, contain costs and ensure equal performance.

"The Pirelli P Zero C control tyre is a key part of this package. It performed extremely well in our inaugural season of the V8 BRute Muster and we're delighted to have struck an agreement with the national distributors Motorsport Tyres Pty Ltd to use it for a further year," said Ross Palmer, Chairman of V8 BRute Muster organiser Procar Australia.

"There was a high level of interest from other tyre makers seeking this contract, but we have opted to stay with Pirelli.

"The V8 BRutes category is based on standard road utes with minimal modifications so that they remain highly relevant to ordinary motorists. Specifying a treaded tyre that fits standard wheels and can be driven on wet or dry roads matches that principle of consumer relevance."

All V8 Brute Muster competitors will fit 235/45ZR17-size tyres. They will be required to fit a minimum of two new tyres per round, but may fit up to four.

Utes saddle up for the Year of the Outback

After taking country ute fans by storm, the unique V8 BRute Muster series is to be an official event of the Year of the Outback in 2002.

The eight-round championship for the latest model Holden Commodore SS and Ford Falcon XR8 utes has been listed as the only motor racing activity in a packed events calendar celebrating Australia's bush heritage.

The V8 BRute Muster's inaugural season in 2001 drew unprecedented interest from enthusiasts of the Australian ute.

BRute races in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia attracted hundreds of young country people and their utes to watch the on-track action and take part in their own display competitions.

Some of the biggest crowds attended at Wakefield Park circuit, near Goulburn, and Queensland Raceway, at Ipswich.

The closely-matched V8 BRute Falcons and Commodores provided some of the most spectacular racing action anywhere in Australia last year.

Their popularity is set to grow in 2002 with 32-car fields, an extended championship, visits to new circuits and more television coverage.

As a key attraction of the Procar Championship Series meetings, the BRutes will be returning to Goulburn and Ipswich and for the first time competing at Symmons Plains, near Launceston, Winton, near Benalla and Phillip Island, in southern Victoria.

"We hope this schedule, plus being accepted as an official Year of the Outback activity, will enhance our connection with bush Australia," Procar Australia Chairman Ross Palmer said.

- www.procar.com.au

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