Macrow confirmed for Sydney V8 Ute Wildcard

Adam Macrow will steer the Auto One Wildcard at the final Round of the 2011 Auto One V8 Ute Racing Series - protected by Armor All at the Sydney Telstra 500, 2 - 4 December.

Macrow began his motorsport career with a Formula Ford in 1996 and moved into V8 Supercars by 2000, when he drove a Holden for John Faulkner Racing and Perkins Engineering. In 2003, he made the move to a Ford, which he stayed with until 2008 driving with Ford Performance Racing, Triple Eight Race Engineering and Britek Motorsport.

In 2006, Macrow was crowned the champion of the V8 Supercar Development Series driving for Howard Racing, and although this will be his first time behind the wheel of a Ute, he is really looking forward to the challenge.

"There will be a lot of firsts for me this weekend. It's my first time racing a car at a track so to speak since 2008, I've raced go karts the last few years however this will be my first time competitively for a while, my first time in a Ute and my first time racing in Sydney," said Macrow.

Macrow is trying to fit in a test day before he arrives at the track next week however his first spin in the Ute may well be for practice 1 on Friday, 2nd December.

"At the end of day I'll just go out and learn the track and keep off the walls and whatever happens happens. I'm looking forward to driving the Ute and would like to thank Auto One for the great opportunity."

Macrow is the eighth driver to step behind the wheel of the Auto One Wildcard and will join: Charlie O'Brien, Marcus Marshall, Tim Blanchard, Dean Canto, David Besnard and Tony Longhurst in the seat.

The Melbourne based driver will join the Series for the final round, which will see front-runners Chris Pither, Ryal Harris, David Sieders and reigning champion Grant Johnson battle it out for the Series honours.

Pither is leading the ENZED Drivers Championship and is only 62 points ahead of Grant Johnson in fourth place.

Last year Johnson was leading the Series by 86 points heading into the final round ahead of 2010 champion Jack Elsegood, however Johnson was excluded from Qualifying and Race 1 over that weekend due to a front brake line infringement, which put Elsegood within 20 points of the leader heading into the final two races.

The Car Hart backed Johnson is glad he's not in the same situation as last year and is looking forward to the weekend.

"We don't have anything to lose this year but everything to gain. Like every year we are going out to win the last round as you are only as good as your last race. We've had a good run there in the past. We passed a lot of cars, 27 last year in the reversed grid and obviously have a good set-up for the round, so it should be fun," said Johnson.

Current Series leader Pither is not looking for a repeat of Johnson's final round and has a similar game-plan.

"Anything can happen in this sport, if we drive well, stay out of trouble and finish each race then we will be looking good," said Pither.

The V8 Utes will take to the track at 12:40pm on Friday 2nd December for Practice 1 followed by Practice 2 at 5:05pm.Saturday, 3rd December         10:55am       QualifyingSaturday, 3rd December          5:35pm         Race1Sunday,   4th December           8:30am         Race2Sunday,   4th December       11:15am           Race 3

To re-cap on the penultimate round before next weekend tune in to 7Mate this Saturday, 26th November at 12pm to watch all the action from Sandown Raceway.

Top five results for the ENZED drivers championship

 1   Chris Pither    838  2   Ryal Harris   792  3   David Sieders     783  4   Grant Johnson    776  5   Nathan Pretty   730