Handlebars to defend Trans Tasman Title at Hamilton Street Race Defending New Zealand Trans Tasman Champion Charlie "Handlebars" Kovacs is keen to defend his V8 Ute Trans Tasman title at the ITM Hamilton 400 V8 Supercar Street Race in New...
Handlebars to defend Trans Tasman Title at Hamilton Street Race
Defending New Zealand Trans Tasman Champion Charlie "Handlebars" Kovacs is keen to defend his V8 Ute Trans Tasman title at the ITM Hamilton 400 V8 Supercar Street Race in New Zealand, 16 18 April 2010.
Kovacs recently drove with his son Charlie Junior in the co-driver "Ten Years of Legends Race" at Clipsal 500 and has competed in almost every V8 Ute race event since the series launch in 2001. He is celebrating his tenth year with the Series and believes a win against the Kiwis' will really top it off.
"Most definitely (it will top it off), I'm excited about defending my international title. I really enjoy New Zealand, it's a great place with great people and I really enjoyed racing there in the past years," said Kovacs.
The Adelaide based Courier Company CEO first won the title in 2006 at the Manfeild V8 Ute International when he drove with team mate Simon Wills to victory in his former Holden VZ SS. Backed by Wilson Security, Kovacs has already had some recent practice against a few of the Kiwi drivers including ENZED V8 Ute champions Chris Pither and Matt Lockwood at the Clipsal 500.
"Yes Chris was a competent Ute Racer in Australia and on home soil I reckon he will be a force to be reckoned with. But we will definitely give him a run for his money," said Kovacs.
Other confirmed Aussie drivers to race include; Kim "The Assassin" Jane, George "Hollywood" Elliot, Warren "Wakeup" Millet, "Captain" Robert Jarvis and Craig "Thirsty" Dontas and Queensland's Greg "Freddy" Willis who is looking forward to taking on the Kiwis.
"Having spent some time in NZ during my impressionable youth I always love an opportunity to play with the Kiwis. It was great racing with them in 2006 but will be better racing against them this time."
"The Hamilton Street circuit will be a great leveler but with our limited numbers I think we will probably start underdogs but with the Aussie Utes entered, there will be no holding back. The Grove Juice car is really working well after the 12 hour & Clipsal and given my love for street circuits I think we are going to have a lot of Fun," explained Willis.
The Trans Tasman Challenge is a pure clash of Aussie versus Kiwi in 275 kilowatts of V8 Ute grunt and could easy turn into the "Bledisloe Cup" of motor racing.
The V8 Ute Trans Tasman Challenge will include two practice sessions, one qualifying session and a "three race test match series" during the three day event.
All threeV8 Ute races will be televised live on TV3 New Zealand with a 1 hour post produced program on free to air and cable in Australia.
-source: aus v8utes