Utes get set to muster at Winton races. HUNDREDS of utes are expected to converge on northern Victoria's Winton Motor Raceway next month for a major ute muster planned to coincide with a round of the national V8 BRute Series motor racing ...
Utes get set to muster at Winton races.
HUNDREDS of utes are expected to converge on northern Victoria's Winton Motor Raceway next month for a major ute muster planned to coincide with a round of the national V8 BRute Series motor racing championship.
The muster on Sunday 23 June at the circuit near Benalla will be the latest in a series that follows the V8 BRute races for Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore utes around the country.
The V8 BRutes are part of the PROCAR Champ Series, which will present an action-packed program at Winton for a wide range of cars from Ferraris to Formula 3 single-seaters.
The Winton meeting also may see the V8 BRutes debut of country singing star Adam Brand, who is preparing to enter the series in a Ford Falcon XR8 ute.
Organiser PROCAR Australia says Winton promises to be the biggest ute muster so far, following previous successful events at Symmons Plains, Tasmania, and Oran Park, NSW.
"Winton is smack in the middle of ute country and not such a long drive from Australia's biggest annual ute gathering at Deniliquin, so we expect a big roll-up," PROCAR Chief Executive Ross Palmer said.
The utes will be displayed in a special trackside area. Ute drivers will be admitted free with a paying adult passenger and will be able to enter their vehicles for prizes in several categories, including Best Ford, Best Holden and Most Feral Ute.
The V8 BRute series, an officially endorsed event of the Year of the Outback, will supply its racing drivers as judges for the ute muster.
Entries can be made on the day or on an entry form available at www.v8brutes.com.au.
Winton will be round four of eight in the V8 BRute Series and is expected to attract around 25 of the spectacular Falcon and Commodore racing utes.
Adam Brand is hoping he can complete arrangements in time to line up for the three V8 BRute races in his Falcon, which will be part of a three-car team entered by leading driver Ian McAlister, from Young, NSW.
"I've been practising in my ute and getting race experience in some other cars and hopefully I'll be on the track at Winton. Either way, I'll be there because it's going to be a great weekend for ute fans," he said.
The V8 BRutes will be part of a pre-event display in Dean Street, Albury, at lunchtime on Thursday 20 June.