2011 V8 Utes season

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2011 V8 Utes season
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The 2011 Auto One V8 Ute Racing Series was a motor racing series for Ford Falcon and Holden utilities (or "utes") built and conforming to V8 Utes series regulations and those holding valid licences to compete as issued by series organisers Spherix and Australian V8 Ute Racing Pty. Ltd. It was the eleventh running of a national racing series for V8 Utes in Australia. The series began on 17 March 2011 at the Adelaide Street Circuit and ended on 2 December at the Homebush Street Circuit after 8 rounds.

The series was won by Kiwi Chris Pither, over former V8 Supercar driver David Sieders and in third place was Ryal Harris. [1]

Teams and drivers[edit]

The following drivers competed in the 2011 V8 Utes series.[2]

Team Car No Driver Rounds
Hi-Tech Motorsport Holden VE SS Ute 1 Grant Johnson All
Ford BF Falcon XR8 11 Jack Elsegood All
Holden VE SS Ute 26 Rhys McNally All
Ford BF Falcon XR8 51 Rick Gill 2–3
Holden VE SS Ute 92 Jake McNally 1–2
SEW Eurodrive Racing Ford BF Falcon XR8 2 Noel Edge 1–2
Sage Automation/Roof Seal Holden VE SS Ute 3 Gary Baxter All
Big Gun Racing Ford BF Falcon XR8 4 Peter Burnitt 1–2
14 Brad Patton 1–6
44 Greg Willis 2
58 Ryal Harris All
Priority Engineering Services Ford BF Falcon XR8 5 Kosi Kalatizidis 1
Truckline Racing Ford BF Falcon XR8 6 Ryan Hansford 1–2
Tinkler Motorsports Ford BF Falcon XR8 7 Jeremy Gray 1–2
33 Nathan Tinkler 5
Sieders Racing Team Ford BF Falcon XR8 8 David Sieders All
97 Rohan Barry 6
Jesus Racing Ford BF Falcon XR8 9 Andrew Fisher 1–3
Auto One Wildcard Holden VE SS Ute 10 Dean Canto[3] 4
18 Tim Blanchard[4] 3
20 Adam Macrow[5] 8
52 Tony Longhurst[6] 7
71 Marcus Zukanovic[7] 5
84 David Besnard[8] 6
Ford BF Falcon XR8
15 Charlie O'Brien[9] 1
77 Marcus Marshall[10] 2
Wollongong Performance Racing Ford BF Falcon XR8 13 Gary Carson 1–3
Holden VE SS Ute[11] 4
Ford FG Falcon XR8[12] 5–8
Future Assist Group Ford BF Falcon XR8 15 Charlie O'Brien 1–2
Stephen White Racing Holden VE SS Ute 19 Stephen White 1
Williams Race Tech Holden VE SS Ute 21 Allan Letcher 2
30 Graham Edwards 1
76 Garry Hills
Craig Dontas Racing Holden VE SS Ute 22 Craig Dontas 1–2
Workhorse Racing Team Ford BF Falcon XR8 23 Ben Kavich 1–2
Eagle Pro Racing Holden VE SS Ute 24 Nandi Kiss 1
Transquip Hire/ECR Group Holden VE SS Ute 25 Brendan Cook 2
Bob Jane T-Marts Holden VE SS Ute 27 Kim Jane All
No Limit Energy Drink Holden VE SS Ute 28 Sean Carter 1
Calmack Smash Repairs Holden VE SS Ute 29 Nathan Callaghan 2
Cribbin Blencowe Estate Agents Holden VE SS Ute 33 Denis Cribbin 6, 8
iseek Racing Ford BF Falcon XR8 37 Jason Gomersall 1
Chris Pither Racing Holden VE SS Ute 42 Chris Pither All
Giddyup Horsey Production Racing Ford BF Falcon XR8 48 Tim Boyle 7
Vittoria Coffee/DIC Australia Holden VE SS Ute 55 George Elliott 1–2
Monster Energy Holden VE SS Ute 56 Nathan Pretty All
Walkinshaw Racing Holden VE SS Ute 61 Cameron McConville All
Mangomedia Holden VE SS Ute 66 Yanis Derums
Rare Spares Ford BF Falcon XR8 68 Kris Walton 7–8
Red Express Racing Holden VE SS Ute 69 Charlie Kovacs 1–2
Western General Body Works Ford BF Falcon XR8 72 Danny Buzadic 7–8
Wake-Up Backpackers Racing Holden VE SS Ute 88 Warren Millett 1–2
Dunn Motorsport Ford BF Falcon XR8 99 Ben Dunn 1–2

Race Calendar[edit]

The 2011 V8 Utes Series will consist of eight rounds, all of which will be held on the support programme of the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

Rd. Race Title Circuit City / State Date Winner
1 South Australia Clipsal 500 Adelaide Street Circuit Adelaide, South Australia 17 – 20 March David Sieders
2 Victoria (Australia) Trading Post Perth Challenge Barbagallo Raceway Wanneroo, Western Australia 29 Apr – 1 May Grant Johnson
3 Northern Territory Skycity Triple Crown Hidden Valley Raceway Darwin, Northern Territory 17 – 19 June Kim Jane
4 Queensland Sucrogen Townsville 400 Townsville Street Circuit Townsville, Queensland 8 – 10 July Chris Pither
5 New South Wales Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Mount Panorama Circuit Bathurst, New South Wales 6 – 9 October Ryal Harris
6 Queensland Armor All Gold Coast 600 Surfers Paradise Street Circuit Surfers Paradise, Queensland 21 – 23 October Ryal Harris
7 Victoria (Australia) Norton 360 Sandown Challenge Sandown Raceway Melbourne, Victoria 18 – 20 November Cameron McConville
8 New South Wales Sydney Telstra 500 Homebush Street Circuit Sydney, New South Wales 2 – 4 December David Sieders

Series Points[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1 Chris Pither 935
2 David Sieders 908
3 Ryal Harris 882
4 Grant Johnson 851
5 Cameron McConville 805
6 Nathan Pretty 795
7 Kim Jane 756
8 Jack Elsegood 732
9 Ryan Hansford 703
10 Gary Baxter 700
11 Craig Dontas 696
12 Charlie O'Brien 668
13 Andrew Fisher 654
14 Rhys McNally 589
15 Ben Kavich 493
16 Ben Dunn 481
17 Nandi Kiss 407
18 Warren Millett 389
19 Brad Patton 388
20 George Elliot 357

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pither takes Ute title from dramatic weekend". Speedcafe. 2011-11-05. 
  2. ^ "V8 Utes 2011 Series Drivers". V8 Utes Australia. Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  3. ^ "2011 Auto One V8 Ute Racing Series – Townsville 400". Natsoft. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  4. ^ "Blanchard gets V8 Utes wildcard berth". SpeedCafe. 2011-05-09. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 
  5. ^ "Adam Macrow awarded Wildcard V8 Utes berth". Speedcafe. 2011-11-25. 
  6. ^ "Two-time Bathurst Winner Joins V8 Utes". Speedcafe. 2011-11-10. 
  7. ^ "Bathurst Entry List". V8 Utes. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  8. ^ "David Besnard set for V8 Utes debut". Speedcafe. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  9. ^ "V8 Utes announce Wildcard entry for 2011". Speedcafe. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  10. ^ "Marcus Marshall to make V8 Ute debut". SpeedCafe. 2011-04-14. Retrieved 2011-04-28. 
  11. ^ "2011 Auto One V8 Ute Racing Series – Townsville 400". Natsoft. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  12. ^ "Ford FG Ute set to make debut at Bathurst". Speedcafe. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 

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