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Sam Walter to make Symmons Ute debut

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Friday 23rd March, 2012 - 3:18pm

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The Ford that Walter will drive in Tasmania

The Ford that Walter will drive in Tasmania

Former V8 Supercars driver Sam Walter has joined a list of drivers making their Auto One V8 Ute Racing Series debuts at Symmons Plains next weekend.

Walter, whose stint in V8 Supercars included the 2009 Phillip Island and Bathurst endurance races, will drive Brad Patton’s Big Gun Racing Ford Falcon BF at his home round in Tasmania.

A total of four rookies are expecting to take the start for the second round of the 2012 series, with rising star Jessie Dixon (Ice Break Racing), Aussie Racing Cars competitor Hayley Swanson (Williams Racetech) and versatile veteran Greg Crick (Auto One Wildcard) all joining the class.

According to Walter, not having had the opportunity to drive the ute prior to the meeting is not a concern.

“Being a local boy, I’ve driven there a few times and know a few handy tricks,” he said.

“I’ve driven a fair few different vehicles at Symmons and once we get through practice I’ll understand the car and give it a real go.

“I know they’re different to drive but we’re heading down there to do well.”

While Walter is a former V8 Supercars driver, 19-year-old Dixon is hoping to use the utes series to progress up the motorsport ladder.

“I’m so excited. I’ve been with the guys (Ice Break Racing) for a while now and it’s nice to see that my time has paid off,” said Dixon.

“I’ve had a bit of experience in the ute doing drive days and I hope that it all pays off when I hit the track.”

In other V8 Ute news, three new FG model Falcons are expected to make their first appearances at Symmons Plains in the hands of Peter Burnitt, Jason Gomersall and Jeremy Gray.

Seven of the new models appeared in Adelaide, with the FGs of Kris Walton, Ryal Harris, Andrew Fisher and Ryan Hansford sweeping the top four places

A parity test has subsequently been undertaken at Winton, with an adjustment expected to be made ahead of the Tasmanian event.

See below for the Symmons Plains Auto One V8 Ute Racing Series protected by Armor All entry list

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Team/sponsor

Driver

Model

2

SEW-Eurodrive Racing Noel Edge

BF

3

Sage Automation /Roof Seal Gary Baxter

VE

4

Rexel Electrical Supplies Peter Burnitt

BF

6

Truckline Racing Ryan Hansford

FG

7

SS Inductions/JMG Maintenance Jeremy Gray

BF

8

Sieders Racing Team David Sieders

FG

9

Jesus Racing Andrew Fisher

FG

10

All -Trans Truck & Spares Joshua Burdon

BF

11

Coopers Clear Racing Jack Elsegood

FG

14

GO KARTING Gold Coast Sam Walter

BF

20

Ramjet/Ripshift/Team G M Motorsport Phonsy Mullan

VE

22

Thirsty Camel Racing Craig Dontas

VE

23

Workhorse Truck Collision Repairs Ben Kavich

FG

25

TBA TBA

VE

26

STRATCO Racing Rhys McNally

VE

27

Bob Jane T-Marts Kim Jane

VE

37

iseek Racing/ Nesco Jason Gomersall

BF

41

Wanda Paints Travis Sharpe

VE

42

Ice Break Racing Jesse Dixon

VE

43

Bay Point Developments Hayley Swanson

VE

44

TBA TBA

BF

47

Hi Tech Motorsport Grant Johnson

VE

50

Macmahon Mining & Construction Gerard McLeod

VE

56

Monster Energy Nathan Pretty

VE

58

Big Gun Racing Ryal Harris

FG

61

Bundaberg Racing Cameron McConville

VE

68

Rentco Racing Kris Walton

FG

72

Western General Body Works Danny Buzadzic

FG

88

Wake Up Backpackers Warren  Millet

VE

92

West Coast Racing Jake McNally

VE

99

RedAss Mexican Food/bp Auburn Ben Dunn

FG

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