Ute champions rev up for racing

The V8 utes line up at the start of round 1 this year in Adelaide.
The V8 utes line up at the start of round 1 this year in Adelaide.

It is similar to the qualifying system in Formula 1, with a 30-minute session broken up into three segments.

Qualifying 1 will include all 32 V8 utes and after 10 minutes, the top 20 fastest drivers will continue into qualifying 2 for a shorter seven-minute session.

The top 10 drivers from this session will then start qualifying 3, a short five-minute session allowing for a 1- or 2-lap shootout.

The fastest lap times will determine the top 10 grid for the start of Race 1.

Kim ‘The Assassin’ Jane will return to the field after a rebuild on the Bob Jane T Mart Holden, the result of an incident in Race 1 at the Clipsal 500.

The Barbagallo round defender and lap record holder is looking forward to reclaiming the pole award in its new format.

‘Perth’s a track that is unbelievably hard on tyres, it’s an abrasive track,’ Jane said. ‘We hope the ute is on the pace and can progress into qualifying 3 without tearing up the tyres. A lot will be tactical; the fewer laps you can do in qualifying, the better your tyres will be for racing.’

Leader of the drivers championship, Nathan Pretty, claimed third overall last year behind reigning champ Ryal Harris in second.

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