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Fast Facts About The V8 Utes Racing At Bathurst
Posted by: newsla on Oct 07, 2013 - 07:01 AM
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Fast Facts About The V8 Utes Racing At Bathurst

About Mount Panorama track:
Distance: Circuit is a narrow 6.2 km track made up of public roads.
Direction: The track runs anticlockwise
Fastest Average Speed in a V8 Ute: 146km/h


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1) Race 3 on Sunday will be the V8 Ute Racing Series 300th championship race. The V8 Race Utes celebrated 300 race starts at the Clipsal 500 last year, however that included New Zealand and other non-championship races.

2) Four drivers are looking to make history this weekend. Reigning Champion Ryal Harris has the most race win’s on 6 and is going for his third Bathurst Podium in a row, whilst Nathan Pretty has the chance to become the first V8 Ute driver in history to win 3 consecutive Rounds.

Only one of them can take one of the titles, and the two are also fighting for the Series title only separated on 11 points.

Kim “The Assassin” Jane will celebrate 250 race starts, inaugural driver Noel Edge will reach 150, and Warren Millet will celebrate his 50th Round start.

3) David Sieders finally broke former NASCAR development driver and current DVS Supercar driver George Miedecke’s lap record last year in a time of 2:32.837 (the first driver to go under 2:33)

Miedecke held his record in a time 2:34.46 since Race 1 in 2009.

Sieders missed the record in 2010 by four tenths of a second and Harris in 2011 by only six one hundredths of a second (2:34.4687 – Miedecke), (2:34.8781 – Sieders), (2:34.5358 - Harris). Harris actually was the first to break the record last year in Race 1 but Sieders lowered it again by Race 3.

In 2008, the lap record was broken in all three of the V8 Ute Races, Race 1 by Grant Johnson and Race 2 and Race 3 by Kim Jane. The improvement on the cars from 2006 – 2008 was evident. In Race 1, eleven people broke the lap record including; Grant Johnson, Layton Crambrook, Gary MacDonald, Gary Baxter, Clint Harvey, George Miedecke, Jack Elsegood, Kim Jane, Stephen Robinson, Charlie Kovacs and Andrew Fisher.

4) Mount Panorama has favoured Ford’s in the past with seven round wins compared to Holden’s two.

5) V8 Utes raced at Bathurst in their inaugural year in 2001. Grant Denyer set the fastest pole time in qualifying ahead of Damien White while Gary MacDonald set the fastest race lap with a time of 2:42.98.

6) 2012 was the first time two females competed in the Series, Hayley Swanson and Amber Anderson - who also drove the V8 Supercar Safety Car.

7) This will be the tenth year that the V8 Utes have competed at Mount Panorama, with the previous events held in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012.

8) 10 out of the 32 drivers competing have not raced a V8 Ute before at Bathurst including: Adam Marjoram, Jesse Dixon, Cam Wilson, Elliot Barbour, Matt Nolan, John Wood, Ben Dowley, Troy Wilson, Stephen White and Wayne Wakefield.

Wakefield is the only driver to have been on Pole twice in the one weekend in the history of the Bathurst event. In 2003 he was on Pole in the Development Series and then started the Bathurst 1000 on Pole again thanks to teammate Marcus Ambrose.

9) Four of the current V8 Ute drivers have competed in the Bathurst 1000 race before including Nathan Pretty, Tony Longhurst, Andrew Fisher, David Sieders and Jesse Dixon, who won the drive last year after taking out the 2012 Shannons Supercar Showdown Reality TV Show. Dixon was a part of the youngest team to ever compete in the Great Race. He raced alongside Cameron Waters at the time and the two had a combined age of 38 Dixon was 20 and Waters was 18.

10) Last year was the first time in V8 Ute history that more than 32 Utes started on the grid. There were 36 entries in last year’s event including; 16 Ford FG’s, 1 Ford BF, and 19 VE Holden’s. The additional 3 Holden Entries were from the New Zealand V8 Ute Series, for the chance to win the Bathurst Challenge Trophy, which was taken out by NZ driver Peter Ward.

11) New additions to the V8 Ute field this round include:
Former Perth AFL Star Troy Wilson, who will steer Grant Bromley’s Ford and Gary MacDonald will return to the field. MacDonald has a great track record at Bathurst with 3 race wins and one podium under his belt.

12) Three time Bathurst winner (Inc Bathurst 12 Hour win), Tony “No Baloney” Longhurst will be back racing this round. Longhurst has raced two times before around Bathurst in a V8 Ute as the Auto One Wildcard.

13) The V8 Utes Series is back to running their original qualifying format at this round. A 20 minutes session with the fastest driver of that session taking pole.

14) 2011/12 Bathurst V8 Ute Champion Ryal Harris will return to defend his Bathurst title as well as his Series title. The Gold Coaster is only 11 points in front of Nathan Pretty coming into the round last year he was 8 points behind him.

Top five ENZED Drivers Championship Results:

1) Ryal Harris 612
2) Nathan Pretty 601
3) David Sieders 568
4) Rhys McNally 553
5) Kris Walton 530

Quirky fact: Motorsport Legend Peter Brock, Touring car and open wheeler star Andrew Miedecke, 1986/1990 Bathurst winner Allan Grice, Country Singer Adam Brand, Kevin Bartlett, (Bathurst winner 74), Bob Holden (Bathurst winner 1966), Neil Crompton (Bathurst 12 Hour winner), David Parsons (Bathurst winner 1987) Barry Seton (Bathurst winner 1965), Gary Rogers (Bathurst winning team owner 2000) and TV Personality Grant Denyer have all raced a V8 Ute around Mount Panorama.

Memorable moments:
2001 – TV Personality, Grant Denyer’s first pole position
2002 – Warren Luff on the last lap four wheel drifting and fully sideways through McPhillamy Park
2003 - Peter Brock winning the 2003 V8 Brutes Challenge with son James.
2006 – Ten Australian Bathurst Legends raced in a one off Legends two-driver event. Drivers included; Bathurst winner’s Kevin Bartlett, David Parsons, Bob Holden, Barry Seton, and other Bathurst legends including Andrew Miedecke, Neil Crompton (Bathurst 12 Hour winner), Don Holland, Graham Moore and Wayne Rogerson.
2008 – Celebrating V8 Utes 200th race.
2009 - Allan Letcher rolled his Ute 6 times in spectacular fashion into the Chase.
2010 – David Sieders standing on the Bathurst podium in his Rookie year.
2011 – Ryal Harris and touring car legend Charlie O’Brien banging doors at
240 kph down Conrod Straight.
2012 – Being part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Great race.

Lap Records:
2012 David Sieders 2:32.83
2011 Record not broken
2010 Record not broken
2009 George Miedecke 2:34.46
2008 Kim Jane 2:34.98
2006 Jack Elsegood 2:39.46
2003 Record not broken
2002 Warren Luff 2:42.20
2001 Gary MacDonald 2:42.98

Pole Winners:
2012 Ryal Harris 2:34.36
2011 Ryal Harris 2:35.20
2010 Grant Johnson 2:33.93
2009 George Miedecke 2:33.66
2008 Grant Johnson 2:35.65
2006 N/A
2003 Colin Dunn/Warren Luff 2:42.08
2002 Warren Luff 2:42.65
2001 Grant Denyer 2:44.72

Past Winners:
2012 Auto One V8 Ute Racing Series – protected by Armor All
1st Ryal Harris Ford FG
2nd David Sieders Ford FG
3rd Cameron McConville Holden VE
Race winners
Race 1 – Ryal Harris
Race 2 – Gary MacDonald
Race 3 – Ryal Harris

2011 Auto One V8 Ute Racing Series – protected by Armor All
1st Ryal Harris Ford BF
2nd David Sieders Ford BF
3rd Nathan Pretty Holden VE
Race winners
Race 1 David Sieders
Race 2 Ryal Harris
Race 3 Ryal Harris

2010 Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series – protected by Armor All
1st David Sieders Ford BF
2nd Grant Johnson Holden VE
3rd Ryal Harris Holden VE
Race Winners
Race 1 David Sieders
Race 2 Ben Dunn
Race 3 David Sieders

2009 Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series – protected by Armor All
1st Gary MacDonald Holden VE
2nd Kim Jane Holden VE
3rd George Miedecke Ford BF
Race winners
Race 1 Grant Johnson
Race 2 Kim Jane
Race 3 Gary MacDonald

2008 Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series
1st Layton Crambrook Ford BF
2nd Kim Jane Holden VE
3rd Kurt Wimmer Holden VE
Race winners
Race 1 Grant Johnson
Race 2 Kurt Wimmer
Race 3 Layton Crambrook

2006 – Legends V8 Ute Challenge
1st Marcus Zukanovic/ David Parsons Ford XR8
2nd Jack Elsegood/ Andrew Miedecke Ford XR8
3rd Damien White/ Neil Crompton Ford XR8
Race winners
Race 1 Jack Elsegood/ Andrew Miedecke
Race 2 Marcus Zukanovic/ David Parsons

2003 – V8 Brutes Legends
1st James Brock/ Peter Brock Holden VY
2nd Warren Luff/ Colin Dunn Ford AU
3rd Dean Lillie/ Rod Wilson Ford AU
Race winners (Individual)
Race 1 James Brock
Race 2 Peter Brock

2002 – RM Williams V8 Utes Challenge
1st Warren Luff Ford AU
2nd Allan Grice Ford AU
3rd Grant Denyer Ford AU
Race winners
Race 1 Warren Luff
Race 2 Warren Luff

2001 – V8 Brutes
1st Damien White Ford AU
2nd Rod Wilson Holden VU
3rd Stephen Robinson Ford AU
Race winners
Race 1 Damien White
Race 2 Mick Donaher
Race 3 Damien White

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