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V8 Utes Clipsal 500 Fast Facts
Posted by: newsla on Feb 24, 2014 - 02:34 PM
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V8 Utes Clipsal 500 Fast Facts

The Adelaide Parklands, Clipsal 500 track is 3.22km.
The track runs in a clockwise direction
The average speed of a V8 Ute around the track is: 121kph.
Between turn 8 and 9 V8 Utes are likely to get up to and over 170kph.
Over the past 13 years, the V8 Utes have raced 252 laps around Adelaide Parklands and a total of 811.44km.


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1) This is the 14th year the V8 Utes have competed at the Adelaide Parklands track. The first in 2001 was the V8 Utes Inaugural year. In 2010, the Series celebrated its 10th appearance at the Clipsal 500 and held a “Ten Years of Legends” feature race. The race consisted of a two driver format, with each round driver partnering with a legend; drivers included Cameron McConville, Paul Morris, Steve Owen, Tony Longhurst, world record setting stunt riding extraordinaire Robbie Madison and Steven Bradbury – Australia’s first ever Winter Olympic Gold Medallist. The Sunny Cowgirls played in the V8 Ute Paddock.

2) David “Sideways’’ Sieders will celebrate his 100th race start when he hits the track for Race 2, Saturday, 1st March. Clipsal is a memorable round for the New South Welshman claiming the round win on debut in 2010.

3) Sieders holds the current lap record, which he set in Race 2, 2013 in a time of 1:36.0919. This is Sieders’ second lap record at the track. He also broke the record in 2011 in Race 3. The record has been broken every year since 2011 all by Fords. The last Holden to hold the lap record was two-time V8 Ute Champion Grant Johnson who broke it in 2010.

Rod Wilson set the first lap record in his Holden V8 Ute at the Clipsal 500 in 2001, which was broken by 1 second at the end of the weekend by Damien “Ice Man” White in a Ford, with a time of 1:46.25. Rival Warren “Rockdog” Luff broke Whites record the following year in a Holden, also in 2003 in a Ford, until Gary Baxter took it back again on the same weekend for Holden. Baxter held the lap record until 2005 when White reclaimed it for himself and Ford.

All up, Holden has held the Lap record for six years and Ford for seven. The V8 Utes are over 10 seconds faster now than when they first hit the track 14 years ago.

4) David “Sideways” Sieders was the first driver to claim the ARMOR ALL Pole Award at the Clipsal 500 three times in a row (2010, 2011 and 2012) unfortunately for him he missed out on making it four but with a track record of five ARMOR ALL Pole Awards for the year in 2013 he is hoping to better that.

5) Damien White has been on podium the most amount of times - five out of the six years he raced the V8 Utes. White drove both a Ford and a Holden at Clipsal but only made it on the podium with a Ford. However, Ford has only won five times at Clipsal compared to Holden who have won seven.

6) Nine out of the 32 driver line-up have former V8 Supercar experience including: Nathan Pretty, Andrew Fisher, Ryan Hansford, Jesse Dixon, David Sieders, Elliot Barbour, Wayne Wakefield, David Sieders, and Kim Jane.

7) There will be three new additions to the V8 Ute Racing administration team including Murray Slana, CAMS Category Technical Commissioner, and David Mori will come on board as the new Race Director/ Investigating and Prosecuting Officer. Inaugural V8 Ute Champion Rod Dawson will join the team at Clipsal as the Driver Standards Advisor.

8) South Australian locals include Thirsty Camel Racing’s Craig Dontas Ford driver, Noel “Sledge” Edge, Graham Edwards, 2011 Aussie Racing Car Champion Adrian Cottrell and Formula 3 driver Jordan Skinner.

Also debuting in the Series full-time this year is Phil Woodbury and John “Spud” Wood.

9) Grant Johnson, George Miedecke and George Elliot will all return to the V8 Ute Series this year. Johnson (former two- times V8 Ute Champ) last drove in the Series in 2012 in Darwin. Miedecke last drove in 2013 but only a one-off drive and will return to the Series full-time this year. Elliot will hit the track for the first time in two years.

10) Five drivers will change their preference of Ute Model this year including Matt Nolan who will move to a Ford, George Miedecke, Johnson, Ryan Hansford and Elliot Barbour will all move from Ford to Holden.

11) 25 out of the 32 strong V8 Ute field have raced a V8 Ute at Clipsal before. Including; Ryal Harris, Noel Edge, Peter Burnitt, Adam Marjoram, Ryan Hansford, Jeremy Gray, Grant Johnson, David Sieders, Andrew Fisher, Gary MacDonald, Jack Elsegood, Wayne Wakefield, Matthew Nolan, Cam Wilson, Craig Dontas, Rhys McNally, Kim Jane, Gerard McLeod, George Elliot, Nathan Pretty, Kris Walton, Danny Buzadzic, George Miedecke and Ben Dunn.

Graham Stewart, Layton Barker, John “Spud” Wood, Adrian Cottrell and Jordan Skinner will all drive a V8 Ute for the first time around Adelaide Parklands.

Please find below the full Round 1 V8 Ute schedule:
Thursday, 27th February Practice 1 9:00am
Thursday, 27th February Practice 2 12:10pm
Thursday, 27th February Qualifying 5:20pm
Friday, 28th February Race 1 2:25pm
Saturday, 1st March Race 2 9:25am
Sunday, 2nd March Race 3 10:50am

First place in each race will receive 35 points, second place 33 points, third place 31 points and fourth place 29 points; it then reduces one point for every position to 32nd place.

Race 1 grid is determined by Qualifying. Race 2 grid is determined by a random ballot drawn by the Race 1 winner. The number that is drawn is the number of Utes that will be reversed on the grid for that race. The Grid for Race 3 will not include the points achieved in Qualifying but will be determined by the combined points earned in Race 1 and Race 2 only.

The round winner is determined by the aggregate points earned from Qualifying, and all Races.

2014 V8 Ute Entry List - click here to download
2014 V8 Ute Clipsal 500 driver statistics - click here to download

Past winners of the Clipsal 500 V8 Ute Events
2013 Nathan “Outlaw” Pretty (Holden VE)

2012 Kris “Killa” Walton (Ford FG)
2011 David “Sideways” Sieders (Ford BF)
2010 David “Sideways” Sieders (Ford BF)
2009 Gary “Chucky” Baxter (Holden VE)
2008 Grant “Grunta” Johnson (Holden VE)
2007 Jack “The Hustler” Elsegood (Ford BF)
2006 Grant “Grunta” Johnson (Holden VY)
2005 Marcus “Mayhem” Zukanovic (Ford AU)
2004 Charlie “Handlebars” Kovacs (Holden VY)
2003 Gary “Chucky” Baxter (Holden VU)
2002 Warren “Rockdog” Luff (Holden VU)
2001 Gary “Macca” MacDonald (Holden VU)

Podium Finishes:
1. Nathan “Outlaw” Pretty
2. Andrew “Fishtail” Fisher
3. Rhys “Stormin” McNally
1. Kris “Killa” Walton
2. Ryal “The Kid” Harris
3. Andrew “Fishtail” Fisher
1. David “Sideways” Siders
2. Ryal “The Kid” Harris
3. Chris “Gypsy” Pither

2010 “Ten Years of Legends Event”
1. Jeremy “Shades of” Gray & NASCAR legend George “Slick” Miedecke
2. Andrew “Fishtail” Fisher & Rally Legend Rick “The Disciple” Bates
3. David “Sideways” Sieders & FPV Legend Rod “Rocket” Barrett
1. David “Sideways” Sieders
2. Andrew “Fishtail” Fisher
3. Jack “The Hustler” Elsegood
1. Gary “Chucky” Baxter
2. Ryal “The Kid” Harris
3. Kim “The Assassin” Jane
1. Grant “Grunta Johnson
2. Layton “Leadfoot” Crambrook
3. George “Slick” Miedecke
1. Jack “The Hustler” Elsegood
2. Grant “Grunta” Johnson
3. Darren “Chicken” Palmer
1. Grant “Grunta” Johnson
2. Damien "Ice" White
3. Kerry "Sand Gropper" Wade
1. Marcus "Mayhem" Zukanovic
2. Damien "Ice" White
3. Kerry "Sand Gropper" Wade
1. Charlie "Handlebars" Kovacs
2. David "Schmacko" Griffin
3. Gary "Chucky” Baxter
1. Gary "Chucky" Baxter
2. Damien "Ice" White
3. Charlie "Handlebars" Kovacs
1. Warren "Rock Dog" Luff
2. Mick "The Don" Donaher
3. Damien "Ice" White
1. Gary "Macca" MacDonald
2. Gary "Growler" Young
3. Damien "Ice" White

Armor All Pole Award Winners
2013 – Nathan “Outlaw” Pretty
2012 – David “Sideways” Sieders
2011 - David “Sideways” Sieders
2010 – David “Sideways” Sieders
2009 – Gary “Chucky” Baxter
2008 – Grant “Grunta” Johnson
2007 – Ryal “The Kid” Harris
2006 – Grant “Grunta” Johnson
2005 – Gary “Chucky” Baxter
2004 – Glen “Bad Boy” Barnes
2003 – Warren “Rockdog” Luff
2002 – Warren “Rockdog” Luff
2001 – Damien “Ice” White (by random Ballot Draw)

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