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The V8 Ute Racing Series is a pickup truck racing series derived from Australian touring car series V8 Supercars. It was conceived in 2000 and launched March 2001 at the Clipsal 500marker in Adelaide. The series was a smash, literally, and the fans loved it. Now, 16 identical V8 powered Ford Falcon XR8 Utes and 16 Holden SS Utes make up the field.


The Utes are production based with limited modifications and extremely close lap times, making for some serious on track 'bump 'n grind.'

Holden driver Rod Wilson was the inaugural series winner, but Ford fought back in 2002 and 2003 with Sydney's Warren Luff, taking back to back victories. Holden again returned to form in 2004 with Damien White taking the series title, before defecting to Ford and taking the title again in 2005 by a narrow margin to Melbourne's Marcus Zukanovic.

The series has proved a real breeding ground for new talent with Luff and TV weatherman, Grant Denyer both moving into V8 Supercar after cutting the mustard at the front in the Ute series.

The series covers eight rounds at various tracks throughout Australia. The reverse grid racing format is extremely popular with the race fans, ensuring there's always loads of on track action. Drivers include former Australian NASCAR champion Kim Jane, actor George Elliot, country music singer Adam Brand, Adelaide's own Charlie "Handlebars" Kovacs, driving instructor Gary Baxter, former Waratahs & Australian Sevens Rugby Union player Ben Dunn and former NRL Roosters player Jack Elsegood.

Champions

V8 Ute Racing Series
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Year Winner Vehicle
2001 Rod Wilson Holden SS Ute
2002 Warren Luff Ford Falcon XR8
2003 Warren Luff Ford Falcon XR8
2004 Damien White Holden SS Ute
2005 Damien White Ford Falcon XR8
2006 Marcus Zukanovic Ford Falcon XR8
2007 Grant Johnson Holden SS Ute
2008 Layton Crambrook Ford Falcon XR8


Summer Series


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Year Winner Vehicle
2004 Grant Denyer Ford Falcon XR8


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