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Wakefield Works Away At Staying In V8 Ute Series
Posted by: newsla on Aug 01, 2014 - 06:16 AM
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Wakefield Works Away At Staying In V8 Ute Series

Starting off the season in third place, Wayne “Wahoo” Wakefield has had an interesting 2014 campaign to say the least and is now fighting to stay in for the remainder of the V8 Ute Racing Series seeking further backing.


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After a 6 year” time-out” from the sport, the former V8 Supercar Bathurst 1000 Pole sitter moved back into full-time racing in 2012 when he re-joined Peter’s Motorsport as a V8 Ute driver and is hoping he won’t have to take another sabbatical.

“I would be devastated if I had to sit out the rest of this year or a few rounds especially with Bathurst just around the corner. I would walk to the end of the earth and back in bare feet to drive any race car around that place! I have been enjoying my comeback immensely I have been right on the pace this year which is always encouraging,” said Wakefield.

Wakefield, a Brisbane nightclub owner, started the season with his first podium in the V8 Ute Series and 3rd overall at Round 1 at the Clipsal 500. Unfortunately, engine failure in Perth during Qualifying sent him back down the grid, but he still posted a 3rd in Race 2 to stay in the top 6.

Wakefield is currently running 12th in the Series, after inconsistent performances in Darwin and Townsville, and is sitting just behind two-time V8 Ute Champion Ryal Harris on the AMROR ALL Championship leader-board. He is hoping to end the season with a top ten result.

“We had a cracking start to the season I was quietly confident going to Adelaide. It can be frustrating, we have been in the top 5 or 6 cars in practise at every round but we have been unlucky to not have converted that speed into a result the last couple of rounds. We are overdue to be back on the podium again and with Bathurst just around the corner they say timing is everything,” said Wakefield.

Since joining the Series in 2012 Wakefield has become quite passionate about the series on and off the track.

“I think the category produces really good tough 'dog eat dog' racing that you don’t' see in other categories. It brings the fans to the edge of their seats as it is action guaranteed when the Utes hit the track. I have been right in the thick of it quite a few times this year and I have ended up with some really good coverage with plenty of action. So anyone out there that wants to get some bang for their buck and get behind someone that is not afraid to have a go then I would be happy to accommodate them,” explained Wakefield.

Wakefield has over 10 years racing experience, starting in the QLD Gemini Series in 1993 and taking out the Rookie of the Year Trophy. He then moved into Improved Production from 1994 – 1998 with giant killing performances in a Mazda 808 Station Wagon, He was offered a test drive in a V8 Supercar with the Young Lions programme and debuted in a V8 Supercar in the 1999 Australian Grand Prix. He claimed 3rd outright in the 2000 Konica V8 Supercar Series at the Adelaide 500 and continued racing in both the V8 Supercar Development and main-series until 2007. Wakefield made the history books in 2001 when he became the first driver to sit on pole twice in the same weekend at the Bathurst 1000. First he put the car on pole racing in the Development Series and then co-driver Marcos Ambrose put the Stone Brothers Falcon on pole position for the Great Race.
Unfortunately the Ambrose/Wakefield car failed to finish the 1000 kilometre race.

In other V8 Ute news, Matthew Nolan tested the General Carrying Holden at Winton last week, with mentoring from Murphy Motorsport’s Nathan Pretty. Nolan is in his second season of V8 Ute Racing and keen to progress up the grid.

The next Round of the 2014 V8 Ute Racing Series will take place in Melbourne at Sandown Raceway, 12 – 14 September.

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