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Fast Facts About The V8 Utes At Barbagallo Raceway
Posted by: newsla on May 12, 2014 - 04:09 PM
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Fast Facts About The V8 Utes At Barbagallo Raceway


Circuit Description: The circuit always makes for good racing, it is a tight track with only 6 out of the 7 turns open for passing. It was resurfaced in 2004 and had a complete refurbish in 2011 including a new pit lane and tower for V8 Supercars.

 

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1) This is the fifth time the V8 Utes have raced at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth in their 13 year history. The first was in 2008 and this is the third year in a row since 2011.

This will be the second out of eight Rounds of the 2014 Australian V8 Ute Racing Series, a key support category to the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

2) The current V8 Ute Lap Record is held by Tony Longhurst set in a Holden VE 1:07.3147 in Race 1 last year. Perth was the twice Bathurst 1000 winners best result in a V8 Ute, claiming fourth overall for the round missing out on podium by a mere 3 points to local Rhys McNally. Longhurst retired from racing at the Bathurst 1000 last year.

Two-time V8 Ute Champion and West Aussie, Grant Johnson, set the first lap record at Barbagallo Raceway in Race 3, 2008 in a time of 1.07.8272 and held onto that until Race 3 2012 when it was broken by Kim “The Assassin” Jane.

3) There are fivelocal drivers competing at Round 3 including; Rhys McNally, Adam Marjoram, Matt Nolan, Travis Sharpe and Rick Gill.

Gerard “Maverick” McLeod has adopted Perth as his home track with his major partner Macmahon Mining based in the Western State.

Western Australia has produced two-time V8 Ute Champion (2007 & 2010) Grant Johnson, 2008 Rookie of the Year Glenn McNally, and 2009 Rookie of the Year Paul Williams.

4) Grant Johnson is the most successful driver in the V8 Utes at Barbagallo Raceway, having won the round almost every time he has raced at the event (2008 and 2011). He has won three races, the ARMOR ALL Pole Award once and held the lap Record in 2008. Johnson is also the only Western Australian to win a V8 Ute Race at their home track.

Johnson is followed closely by Kim Jane and Ryal Harris in the title. Two-time V8 Ute Champion Harris overtook Jane last year, claiming his third Race win and third podium for the round (2008 3rd, 2012 3rd, 2013 2nd), however he is yet to win the Round. Jane has one Pole Award (2012), two race wins (2008 and 2012) and two podiums (2008 2nd & 2012 1st).

5) New Zealand V8 Ute Racing regular, Sam Barry, will join the Australian Series for the first time in Perth. Barry is the second driver from the New Zealand Series to race at Barbagallo Raceway, the other was Chris Pither who went on to win the 2011 Australian V8 Ute Racing Series. Barry will drive Phonsy Mullan’s Holden, which was driven by Ryan Hansford at Round 1 this year. Hansford will move back to a Ford, steering Jack Elsegood’s Ute.

6) More than half the field (27 in fact) have raced a V8 Ute before at Barbagallo Raceway including: Andrew Fisher, Adam Marjoram, Craig Dontas, Danny Buzadzic, David Sieders, Gerard McLeod, George Miedecke, Jeremy Gray, Jesse Dixon, Kim Jane, Kris “Killa” Walton, Peter Burnitt, back-to-back V8 Ute Champion Ryal Harris, Nathan Pretty, Multispares Racing’s Ryan Hansford, Noel Edge, Rhys McNally, Rick Gill, 2013 Rookie of the Year Elliot Barbour, Wayne Wakefield, Gary MacDonald, Cam Wilson, Charlie Kovacs, George Elliot, Ben Dunn, Travis Sharpe and Matt Nolan.

Miedecke will race in the Western state for the first time in a V8 Ute since 2008.

Drivers competing in a V8 Ute for the first time at Barbagallo Raceway include: former HQ racer Andrew Nickolls, Jordan Skinner, Sam Barry and Phill Woodbury.

7) David Sieders (131) is currently leading the ARMOR ALL Drivers Championship, ahead of Craig Dontas in second (114) and Kris Walton and Wayne Wakefield on equal third (109).

8) Ford has won 5 and Holden 7 races at Barbagallo Raceway. Reigning Champion Ryal Harris has won three of these. Ford won the Perth round for the first time last year after David Sieders claimed Qualifying and Race 1.

9) The V8 Utes will go back to the same qualifying format that was introduced in Perth in 2013. The new format, similar to the qualifying system used in Formula 1, features a 30 minute session broken up into 3 individual segments. Qualifying 1 will include all 32 V8 Utes and after 10 minutes, the top 20 fastest drivers will continue into Qualifying 2, for a shorter 7 minute session. The top 10 drivers from this session will then start Qualifying 3, a short 5 minute session allowing for a 1 or 2 lap shootout. The fastest lap times will then determine the top ten grid for the start of Race 1, with the balance of the grid filled as they drop off in lap time from each segment.

Racing Schedule:
See below full V8 Ute Racing Schedule:
Friday, 16th May Practice 1 8:40am
Friday, 16th May Practice 2 11:35am
Friday, 16th May Qualifying 2:55pm
Saturday, 17th May Race 1 9:40am
Saturday, 17th May Race 2 3:45pm
Sunday, 18th May Race 3 12:58pm

Race 1 will be televised as LIVE on Saturday, 17th May at 12:30pm EST through 7Mate and Race 3 on Sunday, 18th May will be televised Live at 3pm (EST) on Network Seven.

Past Winners:
2013 Round Winners
1) David “Sideways” Sieders (Ford FG)
2) Ryal “The Kid” Harris (Ford FG)
3) Rhys “Stormin” McNally (Holden VE)

2013 Race Winners
Qualifying: David Sieders - 1:07.2570 (Ford FG)
Race 1: David “Sideways” Sieders (Ford FG)
Race 2: Nathan “Nitrous” Pretty (Holden VE)
Race 3: Ryal “The Kid” Harris (Ford FG)

2012 Round Winners
1) Kim “The Assassin” Jane (Holden VE Commodore)
2) Ryal “The Kid” Harris (Ford Falcon FG)
3) Nathan “Nitrous” Pretty (Holden VE Commodore)

2012 Race winners
Qualifying : Kim Jane – 1:06.9075 (Holden VE Commodore)
Race 1: Kim “The Assassin” Jane (Holden VE Commodore)
Race 2: Kris “Killa” Walton (Ford Falcon BF)
Race 3: Ryal “The Kid” Harris (Ford Falcon BF)

2011 Round Winners
1) Grant “Grunta” Johnson (Holden VE Commodore)
2) Chris “Crispy” Pither (Holden VE Commodore)
3) Nathan “Nitrous” Pretty (Holden VE Commodore)

2011 Race winners
Qualifying: Cameron “Conkers” McConville – 1:06.8814 (Holden VE Commodore)
Race 1: Chris “Crispy” Pither (Holden VE Commodore)
Race 2: Ryal “The Kid” Harris (Ford Falcon BF)
Race 3: Grant “Grunta” Johnson (Holden VE Commodore)

2008 Round Winners
1) Grant “Grunta” Johnson (Holden VE Commodore)
2) Kim “The Assassin” Jane (Holden VE Commodore)
3) Ryal “The Kid” Harris (Holden VE Commodore)

2008 Race winners
Qualifying: Grant “Grunta” Johnson – 1:13.7195 (Holden VE Commodore)
Race 1: Grant “Grunta” Johnson (Holden VE Commodore)
Race 2: Kim “The Assassin” Jane (Holden VE Commodore)
Race 3: Grant “Grunta” Johnson (Holden VE Commodore)

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