Utes: Series Symmons Plains Friday notes

Leadfoot Layton under Lap Record in V8 Ute Practice Layton "Leadfoot" Crambrook is looking good to re-claim his 2007 Symmons Plains title for Round Three of the 2009 Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series in Tasmania this weekend. (Friday 29th May & ...

Leadfoot Layton under Lap Record in V8 Ute Practice

Layton "Leadfoot" Crambrook is looking good to re-claim his 2007 Symmons Plains title for Round Three of the 2009 Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series in Tasmania this weekend. (Friday 29th May – Sunday 31st May).

The Ford BF driver broke the lap record with a time of 1:03.35 in practice two and has moved up the ranks in the 2009 Series considerably since his first round at Clipsal 500, where he placed 22nd overall. Now with a second place up his sleeve from Round Two at Winton Raceway, he has managed to move into tenth position and is keen to keep on going.

"For some reason I seem to love this track. I have only raced here a few times but always manage to do really well. I expect to be on the podium again this weekend," said the reigning champion.

Series leader Gary Baxter will have to push harder in qualifying if he is to claim a podium win and hold onto his current status, especially with Jack "The Hustler" Elsegood hot off a Round Two win at Winton and third fastest today. Baxter's best was only eighth fastest in a top 10 dominated by Fords. 2007 Champion and new father, Grant Johnson managed the second fastest time in the second session flying the only competitive flag for Holden in the Grove Commodore.

"I am feeling really good this round. I had lost a little spark and passion following the Clipsal crash however I raced a saloon car the other week and won and it has given me the winning buzz again, so I couldn't wait to get to the track this weekend," said Johnson. After a second place in practice one veteran #69 Charlie Kovacs had to retire his Red Express Holden with engine failure after the first turn in lap four of the second session and will take over former V8 Ute competitor Wayne Lamont's Holden for qualifying. Big Gun Racings Brad Patton had his best ever result in practice two with the ninth fastest time overall and is feeling confident after his 11th place finish in Round Two.

"I am feeling really good. I have finally worked out how to get the best out of a lap. The team have set the car up to suit me and it's working really well," said Patton. Father-in-law Peter Burnitt wasn't so lucky, having to sit the second practice out due to a blown engine; however will be back on track for Qualifying.

Ryal Harris was also forced to watch from the sidelines in practice . two due to gear box issues but would have been pleased with the extra . rest as he is battling the flu Jesus For Life driver Andrew Fisher . rounded out the top 4 from George Miedecke, Craig Dontas, and Stephen . Robinson with only .9 of a second separating the Top Ten .

Racer Industries Rookie of the Year star Paul Williams was 10th fastest in the BRE/GBF Holden while series frontrunner Kim Jane was down on power and could only manage 14th fastest.

The V8 Utes will hit the track for Qualifying at 9:25am and Race 1 will be televised LIVE on the SEVEN Network at 2pm Saturday afternoon.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Grant Johnson , Charlie Kovacs , Wayne Lamont , Andrew Fisher , Brad Patton
Teams Williams