Ute Muster up to twenty enties for 2001

THE organisers of the unique new Ute Muster racing series are aiming to have 10 Ford Falcon and 10 Holden Commodore V8-powered utilities on the grid for the first race in Adelaide next April. Response to the Ute Muster has been strong since it...

THE organisers of the unique new Ute Muster racing series are aiming to have 10 Ford Falcon and 10 Holden Commodore V8-powered utilities on the grid for the first race in Adelaide next April.

Response to the Ute Muster has been strong since it was announced last week and potential competitors were now able to obtain a synopsis outlining key details of the series, said Craig Denyer, Chief Operations Officer of organiser PROCAR Australia.

The outline calls for the awarding of 10 entries each for the 5.0 litre Falcon AU II and forthcoming 5.7 litre Commodore VU models.

Denyer said the formula would be production-based, with only minimal, specified modifications allowed in order to ensure close competition between the two models.

These changes were intended to include wheel, tyre and suspension packages, but aerodynamic changes were not favoured, he said.

"We want the vehicles in the Ute Muster to slide around so that they demand more skill from the drivers and provide a greater spectacle for the fans.

"We are having a very close look at the technical specifications and hope to start testing Commodore and Falcon utes soon.

"Well-known GTP Nations Cup Ferrari driver Wayne Park and engineer Aaron Kelly will run dyno tests and dynamic tests at three circuits before coming up with recommendations.

"We are working with CAMS Limited on the sporting and technical regulations and will release the details once we have approval."

The national series will debut with three races at the Clipsal 500 meeting on the streets of Adelaide on 6-8 April and will continue over at least five rounds at the Konica V8 Lites series and selected other events.

The Ute Muster has been devised by PROCAR Australia, which also organises the successful Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship and the Century Batteries GTP Nations Cup.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Wayne Park