V8 Ute racer Jesse Dixon will move into the V8 Supercar Development Series in 2015, joining a long line of V8 Ute drivers to do so.
The 2012 Shannon’s Supercar Showdown winner claimed third overall in the V8 Ute Series last year, after he began racing in the V8 Ute Series as a recipient to the Chris Pither – powered by Ice Break scholarship in 2012. After competing full-time in 2013 and ’14 in the Hayman Reese Holden, Jesse will now realise his dream and race in the V8 Supercar Series with Terry Wyhoon's Image Racing, driving the former Shane Van Gisbergen and Taz Douglas FG Falcon.
"It's been an extremely exciting off season and I can't thank Hayman Reese and Terry enough for their unwavering support and faith in me," said Dixon."I was comfortable doing the V8 Utes again because it's such tight and competitive racing, but when the opportunity arose just before Christmas to step up, it was one that I was never going to let slip through my fingers."
Dixon will now race against former V8 Ute Champions Chris Pither and Marcus Zukanovic in the Development Series, and Category Manager Craig Denyer of SPHERIX believes this is a great opportunity for the 22 year old.
“It’s testament to that fact that V8 Utes continues to be a feeder category to a V8 Supercar career, Jesse and Chris are two of many V8 Ute Drivers who have gone on to race in V8’s over the years, and again really proves how competitive the Ute series is, how it can teach you to race, and how relevant it is to young drivers wanting to step up,” said Denyer.
There are four former V8 Ute Champions that have gone on to a V8 Supercar career including; Warren Luff, Damien White, Pither and Marcus Zukanovic. TV star Grant Denyer and James Moffat were both V8 Ute Rookie title winners to race in V8 Supercars, while other drivers include; Nandi Kiss, George Miedecke, Gary MacDonald, Luke Youlden and Dean Canto.
Dixon will kick off his V8 Supercar Campaign at the Clipsal 500 along with the 2015 Australian V8 Ute Racing Series, 26th Feb – 1st Mar.
In 2015, all V8 Ute practice, qualifying sessions and races will be broadcast live across a combination of the Fox Sports and TEN platforms, with digital coverage through Foxtel Go. International coverage has been extended to include over 40 countries. The series will feature 24 races over 8 rounds, all on the V8 Supercar calendar.