Holden star in Ford V8 Ute switch

Ryal Harris will swap his familiar Holden for a Ford this year

Ryal Harris will swap his familiar Holden for a Ford this year

Holden stalwart Ryal Harris has switched to a Ford for this year’s Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series.

The 25-year-old Queenslander sold his Holden franchise to Walkinshaw Racing in the off-season, but returns to the class as part of Big Gun Racing’s four-ute line-up after buying Rob Jarvis’s Ford entry.

Harris had his first drive of the Falcon at Morgan Park Raceway this morning, testing alongside team-mates Greg Willis, Brad Patton and Peter Burnitt.

“I can’t wait to have a crack at the title with this team,” Harris told Speedcafe.com.au.

“The Ford suits my driving style better than the Holden because you can drive them harder into the corners and still make the apex.

“I’ve got a couple of sponsors helping me start the year off, and now we’re searching for a major one to guarantee us for the whole season.”

Harris has been a regular feature of the V8 Ute series since 2004, and believes this year will see him move from occasional race winner to championship contender.

“In the past we always prepared the car ourselves, and to be honest we’ve never really done it properly,” he said.

“We’ve never had the budget, or the knowledge, and now we’re with a team that has a wealth of experience with the Fords.

“Chris Pither drove one of their entries last year at Clipsal and put it on pole, so obviously the cars are prepared really well.

“There’s no reason we can’t challenge for wins every race, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

The 2011 Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series kicks off on March 17-20 at the Clipsal 500.

Several drivers will make their  full-time series debuts at the event, with Cameron McConville (CLICK HERE for previous story), Ryan Hansford (CLICK HERE for previous story), Kosi Kalaitzidis (CLICK HERE for previous story), Stephen White (CLICK HERE for previous story) and Sean Carter (CLICK HERE for previous story) among the newcomers.

See below for the full entry Round 1 entry list

1 Grant Johnson Hi Tech Holden
2 Noel Edge SEW Eurodrive Ford
3 Gary Baxter Sage Automation Holden
4 Peter Burnitt Kanga Racing Ford
5 Kosi Kalaitzidis Priority Engineering Services Ford
6 Ryan Hansford Truckline Racing Ford
7 Jeremy Gray Patinack Farm Racing Ford
8 David Seiders Australia Industrial Supplies Ford
9 Andrew Fisher Jesus Racing Ford
11 Jack Elsegood Coopers Clear Ford
13 Gary Carson Go! Ford
14 Brad Patton Denco Racing Ford
15 Charlie O’Brien Coombabah Plaza Ford
19 Stephen White Stephen White Holden
22 Craig Dontas Thirsty Camel Holden
23 Ben Kavich Workhorse Collision Repair Ford
24 Nandi Kiss Eagle Pro Holden
26 Rhys McNally Stratco Holden
27 Kim Jane Bob Jane Holden
28 Sean Carter Williams Race Tech Holden
30 Graham Edwards Williams Race Tech Holden
37 Jason Gomersall iSeek Racing Ford
42 Chris Pither Ice Break Holden
44 Greg Willis Juice Racing Ford
55 George Elliot Vittoria Coffee Holden
56 Nathan Pretty Monster Energy Holden
58 Ryal Harris Big Gun Racing Ford
61 Cameron McConville Bundaberg Racing Holden
69 Charlie Kovacs Red Express Holden
88 Warren Millet Wake Up Holden
92 Jake McNally West Coast Racing Holden
99 Ben Dunn Red Ass Mexican Ford

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