First batch of new Su­perUtes un­veiled

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DANNI SHAFIK

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.

Su­per­cars man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Matt Braid, CEO James War­bur­ton, Stone Broth­ers Rac­ing’s Ross Stone and East Coast Bull­bars man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ray Smith- Roberts.

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