Utes: Series newsletter 2009-07-02

V8 Utes Parade through Townsville 32 V8 Utes will dominate the streets of Townsville in what is set to be a thriller of a Round (5) of the 2009 Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series powered by Armor All. Not only will the Ford and Holden Utes...

V8 Utes Parade through Townsville

32 V8 Utes will dominate the streets of Townsville in what is set to be a thriller of a Round (5) of the 2009 Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series powered by Armor All.

Not only will the Ford and Holden Utes scorch the streets for the Townsville 400 but they will also participate in a street parade on Thursday, the 9th of July as a part of the official launch of the event.

V8 Ute Category Manager Craig Denyer is excited to be a part of this inaugural event.

"We are really looking forward to Townsville. This is the first time in as many years we have had a street parade and we are glad to be invited to be a part of Townsville's first ever street race," said Denyer.

The Big Gun Racing Team has been in Townsville for over a week and have been utilising the local TAFE to assist with repairs from a bruising Darwin round.

Big Gun Racing Team Manager Ray Harrison believes it has been an invaluable experience for the young TAFE students.

"The guys have been helping us out with damage from Darwin," he said.

"A lot of them would love to get into the motorsport industry and I think this has been a great experience for them all."

"It's not every day they have the opportunity to work on real race-cars and I think they're having a lot of fun."

Stepping back behind the wheel for this round is Ryal Harris who returns to his Global Trader Schools Commodore after a break in Darwin.

Local businesses have jumped on board to help the young-gun including Page, Pearce Real Estate and Camco Construction.

Harris has a close connection with Townsville having won every Go Karting championship he has ever entered there and would like to make it the same in the V8 Utes.

"I won my first ever Go Kart state title there in 1998 so Townsville is pretty special to me," he said.

"I have a 100 percent winning record so I will try to keep that in tact."

Former V8 Ute Racing driver and Board Director, Denis Cribbin suits up again for another run in the V8 Utes, taking the wheel of the #85 Commodore usually driven by Ray Sidebottom.

New Dad, Ben Dunn will be switching with his father Colin and will be back behind the wheel of the Storage King Ford BF.

Keep an eye on former NRL star Jack Elsegood, who currently leads the Series followed closely by South Australian Gary Baxter and New South Welshmen Layton Crambrook who are all in a strong position to win the Series.

Round 5 is crunch time for Rookie Paul Williams who has been chasing Gary Carson in the Racer Industries Rookie of the Year title for two rounds now and only trails by eight points.

The V8 Utes will take to the track at 10:10am on Friday, 10th July for their one and only practice session with the rest of the weekend schedule as follows:

-credit: utes

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Series Supercars
Drivers Denis Cribbin , Jack Elsegood , Layton Crambrook , Ben Dunn
Teams Williams