Tasmanian driver, Joshua "Burn 'Em" Burdon, will return to the 2012 Auto One V8 Ute Racing Series - protected by Armor All at the Tasmanian Challenge, Symmons Plains March 30 - April 1.
The Brerriedale based young gun will make a return to the Series after debuting at Round 1 at the Clipsal 500 earlier in the month, where be posted 15th overall for the weekend and 13th in Race 2.
The 19 year old won the Tasmanian Junior Clubman Go Kart titles in 2007 and 2009, and has only been beaten once in his home state. He was offered a Scholarship at 16 years of age to race in Aussie Racing Cars, and halfway through the season Garth Tander offered him a test in Formula 3. He is currently second in the V8 Ute Rookie of the Year title and is hoping to spend the full season in the V8 Ute Series.
"Coming from open wheelers into the high profile V8 Ute series it's important to get some solid results. Sieder's Racing has given me a great opportunity and I'm privileged to drive with a team with such credibility, and I'm looking to get some great results this season," said Burdon.
As the youngest driver in the V8 Ute Series, Burdon is feeling confident and is ready to take on the likes of V8 Supercar veteran Cameron McConville.
"Ever since I was a kid, I would watch V8 Supercar rounds, and the likes of Cameron McConville, and to race against him now gives you shivers. I can't wait to give them a run for their money, especially the more experience I get," said Burdon.
Coming from open wheelers to V8 Utes is not as easy as it looks.
"They are so different to drive. The best way for me to explain it is like teaching a baby to talk. Cars require different techniques to drive fast and the V8 Utes are certainly challenging, I had to go back to basics and learn to drive the car from scratch. I really love racing with the Series, its good fun and it's the best category I've ever been involved in. There's nothing like banging mirrors with V8 Supercar drivers," he explained.
Burdon will join other Hobart local Sam Walter and Launceston based Greg Crick in the Series and will take to the track on Friday, 30th March for his first practice session.
Schedule for Symmons Plains:
Friday, 30th March Practice 1 9:40amFriday, 30th March Practice 2 11:20amFriday, 30th March Qualifying 3:10pmSaturday, 31st March Race 1 11:30amSaturday, 31st March Race 2 2:35pmSunday, 1 April Race 3 11:00amSunday, 1 April Race 4 2:05pmThe 2012 Series consists of 25 races over eight rounds raced throughout Australia covering six states and one territory and is televised nationally through-out Australia on Network Seven and 7 Mate and internationally through Motors TV Europe, TV3 New Zealand and SPEED online in the USA.To get up to date with the 2012 V8 Ute Season tune in to Network Seven Saturday, 24th March at 12:30pm to catch all of the action from Round 1.