UTE: V8 BRutes teams asked to decide futures

Competitors in the V8 BRutes Series have been asked to make a decision about their futures, following attempts by some to take the unique ute racing competition elsewhere. Peter Boylan, new organiser of the PROCAR Champ Series events, ...

Competitors in the V8 BRutes Series have been asked to make a decision about their futures, following attempts by some to take the unique ute racing competition elsewhere.

Peter Boylan, new organiser of the PROCAR Champ Series events, which include the V8 BRutes, said that after much discussion and speculation it was time now for car owners to make a choice -- but moving away with the series was not an option.

Mr Boylan, himself an owner of a V8 BRutes racing team franchise, has taken over the running of the PROCAR Champ Series from motor racing events company PROCAR Australia.

He said he wanted to move forward with a stable V8 BRutes category as part of the PROCAR Champ Series events package.

"Talk among a handful of owners of trying to race utes elsewhere is disruptive for those who intend to stay, disruptive to sponsorship negotiations and disruptive to plans I have to develop the PROCAR Champ Series, including the V8 BRutes," Mr Boylan said after meeting teams during the fourth-round event at Winton, Victoria, two weeks ago.

"I would like to think everyone is now persuaded of the stable and promising future for the PROCAR Champ Series and V8 BRutes Series under the new management.

"Those who still wish to move on may do so, but they will have to find something else to race as the V8 BRutes concept and category management rights are firmly in our control.

"They will also have to forsake their V8 BRute entrant franchises, but as there is always a waiting list of people wanting to join the series I'm sure we'll have no difficulty maintaining full fields."

The V8 BRutes Series was launched in 2001 and has attracted worldwide popularity for its spectacularly close style of racing.

One-hour television packages of each of the championship's eight rounds are shown in 80 countries and have spawned the creation of a fan club in the United Kingdom.

Mr Boylan said plans for the V8 BRutes included running a special class for the first time at the Bathurst 24-Hour race in November.

Championship fields are limited to 16 Ford Falcon XR8 utes and 16 Holden SS utes with minimal "control" modifications and equalised performance.

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