Rednecks, Rebels, Rock n Rollers and Good Ole Racers!
It has been said that if Ned Kelly was alive today his suit of armour would be manufactured in Nomex, the famous head protection would be a Bell full face, and that no local Constable would see him for dust in his 300 plus horsepower V8 Ute.
Kelly would be right at home as a driver in Australia's own V8 Ute Racing Series - no fear required, a scant disregard for other people's property, and complete disdain for following the rules!
The series feature's good ole Aussie muscle power - Ford and Holden V8 production based ute's, manhandled by a stellar cast of outlaws including politicians and TV presenters, actors and auto electricians, footballers and former factory backed drivers, country singers and Bathurst winners.
"It's just superb racing, and the fans love it," said touring car legend Allan Grice. "In all my years of racing I have never driven in a category that is so competitive, nor so much fun."
The Ford vs Holden battle is alive and well with 16 of each marque making up the full allocation of 32 entrants.
Holden driver James Brock races in a 2 car team entered by Team Brock, and mentored by the great man himself.
"The series is great for learning car control, race craft, and is extremely marketable because of the crowd reaction and TV package," Brock said.
"The fan base is strong, and will continue to grow dramatically as the series gains more legs."
Another famous name joined the series in 2005, giving the Moffat, Brock and Grice trifecta, synonymous with touring car racing in the 70's, new life for a younger generation. James Moffat, son of 4 time Bathurst winner Allan Moffat will line up in a Ford - the name made famous by his fathers 4 mountain victories.
Nine time Golden Guitar Country singer Adam Brand, author and actor George Elliot, former Nascar racer Kim Jane, V8 Supercar driver Marcus Zukanovic, and ex NRL footballer Jack Elsegood are all part of the 32 car troupe that make up the category and provides some of the closest and most entertaining racing seen around the country,
Grant Denyer joined the V8 Ute series in the inaugural year - 2001, purchasing the first ever prototype ute built. After a major crash during the opening round at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide - Grant bounced back to become a regular front runner in the series and record the following results.
2001: V8 BRute Rookie of the Year - 4th outright in series
2002: V8 BRute Championship - 4 outright wins, 2 lap records Fastest Qualifier V8 BRute's, Mt Panorama Bathurst 2nd Overall
2003: 6th Outright/2nd in Class Bathurst 24 HR Endurance Race Mt Panorama - VIP Pet Foods/Sunrise SEVEN Porsche GT3
2003 V8 BRute Championship - Round Winner Symmons Plains Tasmania, Race wins at Gold Coast Indy and Oran Park
2004 Winner Dunlop Championship Trophy - Kanga Loaders Summer Shootout - 3 wins out of 6 races Pole Position and Fastest lap
92 Races in UTES
11 Race Wins
- Top 5 Qualifying Percentage - 90%