The relentless racetrack battle between Australia's most popular car brands, Ford and Holden, will take an exciting turn in Adelaide tomorrow with the debut of a new national competition series for V8-powered Falcon and Commodore utes. The V8 ...
The relentless racetrack battle between Australia's most popular car brands, Ford and Holden, will take an exciting turn in Adelaide tomorrow with the debut of a new national competition series for V8-powered Falcon and Commodore utes.
The V8 BRutes, as they have been named, will hit the Adelaide city street circuit to practice for three races scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the Clipsal 500 meeting.
The racers are based on the latest Holden Commodore SS and Ford Falcon XR8 roadgoing utes, which current television advertisements portray as Australia's answer to the sports car.
Corralled in Adelaide's Rundle Mall today by a stockman wielding a black-and-white chequered whip, the V8 BRutes attracted hundreds of onlookers at a pre-race display.
Drivers say the V8 BRutes will be fast and spectacular, despite having only strictly-limited modifications - but no-one is willing to pick a winner from a field of vehicles that is more used to bush tracks than race tracks.
The drivers themselves have been attracted from diverse racing backgrounds, including V8 Supercars, NASCARs, single-seaters and even GT Ferraris.
"I've raced everything from trucks to speedboats. These V8 BRutes are missiles but their tyre grip is limited and the spectators in Adelaide are going to see some really spectacular action," Commodore driver Charlie Kovacs said.
Falcon competitor Grant Denyer added: "I grew up on a farm and this is like going back. The XR8 sounds awesome and goes fast - but if there's any rain in Adelaide, watch out!"
The V8 BRutes' Adelaide appearance, before one of the biggest motor racing crowds of the year, will be a shakedown for a six-round championship starting at Wakefield Park, NSW, on 4-6 May. The series will be staged by PROCAR Australia.
WEEKEND TIMETABLE: Friday - 5.10 pm (Practice, 25 min.). Saturday - 12.40 pm (Race 1, 15 min.), 5.55 pm (Race 2, 15 min.). Sunday - 10.35 am (Race 3, 20 min.).