UTE: Symmons: Event preview

Procar Champ Series, 6-7 April, Symmons Plains, Tasmania Wanted - Tasmania's best Utes get the call for motorsport spectacular at Symmons Plains. A call has gone out for Tasmania's best road utes to show their stuff in a major event for ute ...

Procar Champ Series, 6-7 April, Symmons Plains, Tasmania
Wanted - Tasmania's best Utes get the call for motorsport spectacular at Symmons Plains.

A call has gone out for Tasmania's best road utes to show their stuff in a major event for ute enthusiasts at Symmons Plains motor racing circuit next weekend.

A Ute Muster featuring display competitions in seven categories will be a highlight of the Procar Champ Series, which will bring more than 80 mainland teams to the biggest motorsport meeting Tasmania has seen in years.

The program includes round two of the V8 BRute Muster, an Australia-wide racing series for Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore utes. The Ute Muster at Symmons Plains on Sunday week will be the first of five that will be staged trackside in support of the V8 BRute races.

"We want to see Tasmania's best utes out in force on Sunday week," said Ross Palmer, Chairman of event organiser Procar Australia.

"Whereever we have held ute musters at mainland tracks in the past year we've seen some fantastic utes of all types and models, from classic Holden FJs, to the roughest farm utes to the latest V8s.

"This is the first time we've brought the whole ute show to Tasmania and we're keen to see local enthusiasts answer the challenge to show the best road ute in Australia."

As an incentive to attend, all road utes and their drivers will be admitted free to Symmons Plains if accompanied by a paying adult passenger. Entry to the Ute Muster categories is free and the winners will receive trophies.

The spectacular V8 Brutes will be one of seven categories racing at Symmons Plains.

Also competing will be the exotic Ferraris, Lamborghini, Porsches and Vipers of the Australian Nations Cup Championship; Holdens, Fords, Subarus, Mitsubishis and other family cars in the GT Performance and GT Production Car Championships; international Formula 3 single-seaters; the one-make Toyo Mitsubishi Mirage Cup and local touring cars.

However, the action will not be confined to the track, with Procar Australia organising several public events in Hobart and Launceston next week and after the race meeting -

* Hobart (Tuesday, Wednesday) - Race cars including the $700,000 Lamborghini Diablo of Hobart driver Paul Stokell will be displayed in the Hobart City Mall.

* Launceston (Thursday, from 4.25 pm) - Street parade of racing cars along Southern outway, Howick Street, Charles Street to Brisbane Mall; followed by autograph session with drivers, free entertainment and competitions until 6 pm.

* Launceston (Friday, from 8 am) - Breakfast with the Stars in Brisbane Street Mall; BBQ breakfast with leading drivers, plus car display, autographs.

* Launceston (Sunday, from 5.30 pm) - Official Procar Champ Series After-Party, 5.30 pm until late, The Northern Club, 61 Cameron Street, Launceston.

FAST FACTS about the Procar Champ Series at Symmons Plains

* Saturday & Sunday, 6-7 April (Official practice Friday 5 April).

* Categories - Nations Cup (Rd 2), GT Performance (Rd 2), GT Production Cars (Rd 2), V8 BRutes (Rd 2), Formula 3 (Rd 2), Mitsubishi Mirages (Rd 1), Combined Local Sedans.

* Saturday (From 9 am) - Qualifying, including Nations Cup Top 8 Eliminator; Combined Local Sedans race.

* Sunday (From 9 am) - 15 races, all categories. Ute Muster display and competition for road utes. Driver autograph sessions at 11.30 pm and 1.30 pm.

* Tickets - On sale at all Autobarn stores in Tasmania or at the track. Adults $15 (Saturday), $25 (Sunday). Students 12-16 years $10 (Saturday and Sunday). Ute drivers enter free with paying adult passenger.

* Information - Motorsports Tasmania (03) 6231 3536, or www.procar.com.au.

See the 2002 Procar Champ Series action on Speedweek on SBS and Fox Sports!

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