Aus Utes: Series Winton preview

V8 Utes return to "Kelly Country" for Round 2 The 2010 Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series & ...

V8 Utes return to "Kelly Country" for Round 2

The 2010 Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series – protected by Armor All will return to the hallowed turf of Ned Kelly's last stand for their own crusade during this weekend's second round of the series at Winton Raceway. (14 – 16 May.)

Situated near Glenrowan in North East Victoria (home of the Kelly clan), Winton Raceway always delivers a battle royale that would rival any of the famous Kelly Brothers well known stoushes. This will be the third year in a row and the 5th year all up that the Series has entertained the fans at Winton.

Returning for the fifth time is 2009 champion, Jack "The Hustler" Elsegood who along with Gary "Chuckie" Baxter boasts two podiums at the Victorian track.

"I had a great run at Winton last year and it was good to get the win there. It would be nice to get another win, however this time I will try not to lose it on the cool down lap," said Elsegood. The veterans will be challenged by series newcomer David "Sideways" Sieders who showed he's no slouch on street circuits after taking out the first round in Adelaide and is currently leading the Series in the Nulon Ford.

Sieders is one of three drivers in the Sieders Racing all Ford Team, Jesus For Life racer Andrew "Fishtail" Fisher and Storage Kings Ben "Dunny" Dunn both also hold top 6 positions in the Series. (Fisher 2nd, Dunn 6th).

The Ford challenge will be met head on by the locally run Willams Race Tech Holden Team, who look after Gary "Macca" MacDonald, Yanis "Excalibur" Derums, Nandi "Mr Damage" Kiss and young-gun, Chris "The Doctor" Pither who have all raced at Winton before, Pither replacing Layton Crambrook in the Ice Break Holden.

Changes for this round include Adelaide driver Andrew "The Sarge" Schultz, driving Ryal Harris' Holden Heavan, Commodore SS. Schultz co-drove with Harris at the Clipsal 500 in the Legends Race and will replace Harris for this round in the #20 ute, West Aussie Sporting Car Club Chairman, Rick "Mudguard" Gill, will also join the line-up in Greg Thompson's Holden VE and will sport #51.

After battling a broken vertebrae following an accident on a motocross bike, 2010 newcomer Jeremy "Shades of" Gray was given the all clear to race this weekend and has never been this keen to get onto a race-track.

"I've been exercising every day and working really hard so when the Doctor gave me the all clear yesterday I was so excited. Rockstar Energy Drink have joined the team so I really didn't want to let them down and not be in the car. I had a great run at Clipsal (1st Ten Years of Legends Race) and would love to keep that going this weekend. I can't wait to get on the track," said Gray.

Also back on the track this weekend will be Steve "Boss Hogg" McFadden and Rhys "Stormin" McNally. McNally's car was almost totalled by co-driver Tim Shaw in the final Adelaide Legends race, and the team has done well to repair the racer in time for this weekend.

"The car is back in shape, we just did a test at Eastern Creek and the car is looking good and is fast," said Hit Tech Motorsport Manager, John Pachos.

2009 most improved driver, Brad Patton who is currently in 7th place, will be sporting a new livery and will unveil his Wicked Energy drink Ford XR8 before he hits the track on the weekend.

Capt Rob Jarvis will be pumped in the BVC Ford coming off his best result, 5th outright at the recent Trans Tasman Test Match at the Hamilton 400. The Billinudgel Bullet was the best of the Aussie Ford drivers and had his most competitive weekend ever, starting from P3 in the final. Kim Jane and Chris Pither will continue the Trans Tasman battle again this weekend, now that the young Kiwi has joined the Ice Break team.

Race 2 will be televised as live as from 2pm on Network Seven, Saturday, 15th May.

-source: aus v8 utes

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Series V8S
Drivers Chris Pither , Layton Crambrook , Brad Patton