First batch of new SuperUtes unveiled
THE first turbodiesel dual- cab SuperUte Series cars were unveiled at Reid Park yesterday, with six models ready for production before hitting the track in 2018.
Two SuperUtes – the Ford Ranger and Mitsubishi Triton – were unveiled ahead of the Townsville 400, with another four models – the Mazda BT- 50, Toyota HiLux, Isuzu, D- Max and Holden Colorado – approved for the series.
East Coast Bullbars, a longtime supporter of the existing utes category, was confirmed as naming rights partner of the SuperUte Series in 2018.
The new SuperUtes series will take over from the V8 Utes Racing Series. Multiple Supercars Championship winner Ross Stone has overseen the building of the first tranche of models and said it would be a fantastic category for the competitors and fans.
“I wanted to look at something that would be a strong feeder category to Supercars and the more I looked at the SuperUtes, the more I liked it,” he said.
East Coast Bullbars managing director Ray Smith- Roberts said they were proud to be the naming rights partner for the inaugural SuperUte series.
“These SuperUtes reflect our core values of excellence in manufacturing, design and quality,” he said.
The inaugural SuperUte Series is set to start at the Adelaide 500 in March next year.
IN DEMAND: Jack, 10, and Stirling Nicolls, 8, at Riverway yesterday with Chaz Mostert, whose Prodrive Racing teammate Jason Bright ( inset) will notch 250 Supercars championship rounds during the Townsville 400.