V8 Supercars has confirmed a 17 car field for the V8 Utes Racing Series opener at the Clipsal 500 this weekend following the category’s change of management.
A field of 17 has been assembled featuring 10 Fords and seven Holdens which is significantly lower compared to the 28 entries at last year’s first round.
While the entry is one of the lowest the category has experienced in recent times, it features many of the series’ mainstays including defending champion Ryal Harris.
Harris will continue with Matt Stone Racing, who will also field an entry for Toowoomba racer Steve Wilson.
Last year’s championship runner-up Kris Walton returns in a RGS Racing Ford along with multiple race winner David Sieders in a Sieders Racing Team Holden.
Ryan Hansford, Nathan Pretty, Kim Jane and Craig Dontas are among the regulars returning to the category.
The entry list also features Queenslander Mason Barbera, who will make his first appearance since serving a ban for dangerous driving issued in November last year.
V8 Utes will enjoy two 20 minute practice sessions, a 20 minute qualifying session followed by three, nine lap races over the Clipsal 500 weekend.
The series’ future direction remains unclear at this stage.
The category had planned to introduce a new evolution Ute to replace the current Ford and Holden models from 2017 onwards before the change of management.
V8 Supercars has also confirmed that the V8 Utes Racing Series’ eight round calendar will be unchanged with visits to Symmons Plains, Phillip Island, Winton, Townsville, Bathurst, Gold Coast and the Coates Hire Sydney 500 finale locked in.
The category will also receive the same television package as last year with all rounds televised live on Fox Sports, alongside coverage on Network 10 for those meetings shown live on the free-to-air channel.
V8 Utes Racing Series Clipsal 500 Entry List
|1||Ride with ryal.com.au||Matt Stone Racing||Ryal Harris||Ford|
|2||Australian Conveyor||Noel Edge||Noel Edge||Ford|
|3||Sieders Racing Team||Sieders Racing Team||David Sieders||Holden|
|5||Fleurieu Milk Company||Troy Dontas||Troy Dontas||Holden|
|6||Multispares Racing||Rodney Dawson||Ryan Hansford||Ford|
|17||IOR||Rodney Dawson||Mason Barbera||Ford|
|19||Brightearth Elictrical / AMS||George Gutierrez||George Gutierrez||Ford|
|23||Bestjet Racing||Luke Spalding||Luke Spalding||Holden|
|24||Right 2 Drive||Nandi Kiss||Nandi Kiss||Holden|
|27||Bob Jane T-Marts / Altenzo / Sharkbite||William K Jane||Kim Jane||Ford|
|33||WIL-TOW||Matt Stone Racing||Steve Wilson||Ford|
|44||Ward Demolition||Rodney Dawson||Peter Ward||Ford|
|45||CRC Racing||Clifton Campbell||Craig Dontas||Holden|
|56||Burbank Racing||David Murphy||Nathan Pretty||Holden|
|67||JMG Maintenance & Fabrication||Jeremy Gray||Jeremy Gray||Ford|
|68||RGS Racing||Rodney Dawson||Kris Walton||Ford|
|85||Bartech Switchboards||Layton Barker||Layton Barker||Holden|