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Collinson Ready For Full UDC V8 Ute Season In Brand New Ford FG Race Ute
Posted by: newsla on Jan 15, 2014 - 06:36 AM
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Collinson Ready For Full UDC V8 Ute Season In Brand New Ford FG Race Ute

The 2014 UDC V8 Ute series will welcome another addition to the field with the announcement that Glen ‘The Coyote’ Collinson will compete for the whole season in a brand new Ford FG Ute built by Panorama Motorsport.


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The news comes hot on the heels of Sam Barry’s announcement that he will be joining the category and running a Ford Falcon BF Ute for the entire 2014 season.

This adds two additional UDC V8 Utes to the grid for Round 1 at Highlands Motorsport Park, Cromwell later this month, with more announcements to come of additional Utes joining the category at the V8Supercar round at Pukekohe in April.

Collinson’s new racer is the first V8 race ute built in New Zealand in conjunction with the V8 Ute category and managing director Paul Isaac. The category supplied the main build kit including the Ford Coyote engine, transmission, differential assembly, suspension, brakes and roll cage. The existing series utes in the UDC championship were all built in Australia for the New Zealand category.

The FG ute was delivered to Isaac Performance Vehicles for tuning development and parity, followed by a successful shakedown test at the Taupo race circuit.

Panorama Motorsport are aiming to hit the ground running and have built the new ute with the objective of being very competitive in their first season – no easy feat in arguably the most competitive field in New Zealand motorsport outside of the BNT V8 SuperTourers.

“We have been running together as a team for some years now and for this new challenge we felt the only way we wanted to tackle it was with a brand new machine and for us that had to be a Ford,” explained Panorama Motorsport team principal Derek Lovegrove.

“In Glen we have a driver we know well and one who is not only good on equipment and a clean driver but also has the attitude and ability to be on the podium. That’s the goal, though we are not taking it or the competition lightly.”

Panorama Motorsport started racing with an old Nissan Sentra in endurance events, before building a Toyota Levin and securing some highly creditable results against much more powerful vehicles. The car won its class in the first ever Hampton Downs 12 hours. More recently the team built a Ford Focus powered by a V8 Supercar engine which will run in several endurance events this year.

Panorama Motorsport is pleased to have continued support from Betta Auto Parts, Linkup Paints & Ruy's & Co Ltd. The team also has Civiltrain on board for the 2014 season.

The 2014 UDC V8 Ute series enters its seventh season with steady growth. It’s a stable and affordable V8 Race series with a friendly & sociable group of drivers and teams. It is the principle support category for the BNT V8 SuperTourers and the major stepping stone category to top end V8 racing in New Zealand for up and coming drivers. The season blasts off again when Round 1 gets underway over the weekend of January 24-26.

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