Jason Bargwanna set to make V8 Utes debut

Jason Bargwanna

Jason Bargwanna

Jason Bargwanna will make his debut in the Auto One V8 Ute Series at Winton Raceway in two weeks time.

The former Bathurst 1000 winner will drive the Auto One wildcard entry, last driven by George Miedecke at the Armor All Gold Coast 600. Miedecke scored the best result of any wildcard this year, scoring a second placing in Race 2 and fifth overall for the round.

While Bargwanna has never raced in the class, he has driven the cars and is hoping he can turn his Winton knowledge into a decent result.

“I’ve drove Jack Elsegood’s ute a few years ago at a test day, but this will be my first time racing them,” said Bargwanna.

“It’s amazing to think that at this stage in my career I’ll be a rookie again.

“I’m really looking forward to the challenge. A lot of people underestimate how tough these things are to drive and how good some of the guys are in the series. I’ll be sticking the elbows out and having a good crack.

“I’ve won in everything I’ve ever raced at Winton. I’ve done a lot of testing there over the years so you could say it is one of my home tracks.

“I think that as a race car driver you want to go out there and do the best you can and run with the front mix. I’ll be giving it everything I’ve got, the car seems to have the capability so I’ll hopefully be running in the top half of the field and trying to survive.”

The Auto One Wildcard entry has been competing in the V8 Utes class for two years. Other drivers to try their luck in the car include; Tony Longhurst (Bathurst 2012/Sandown 2011), Tim Blanchard (Darwin 2011/12), Adam Marjoram (Perth 2012), Greg Crick (Tasmania 2012) Warren Luff (Adelaide, 2012), Adam Macrow (Sydney 2011), Marcus Zukanovic (Bathurst 2011), David Besnard (Gold Coast 2011), Dean Canto (Townsville 2011), Marcus Marshall (Perth 2011), Charlie O’Brien (Adelaide 2011).

Bargwanna and the rest of the Utes field will hit the track for practice on Friday, November 16, followed by qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday before the weekend concludes with Races 2 and 3 on Sunday.

The V8 Utes support the V8 Supercars Championship.

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