In what may be the last Adelaide appearance of Australia’s great gladiatorial stoush, Ford and Holden will go head to head in a special tribute to over 60 years of home grown rivalry.
Nathan “Hammer” Pretty will join what will be the most competitive Ford/Holden field in V8 Utes history at Round 1 of the 2015 East Coast Bullbars Australian V8 Ute Racing Series at the Clipsal 500, Thursday 26th February - Sunday, 1st March.
Pretty will battle with four time pole winner David Sieders plus a host of others for a shot at what will be a top two shoot out as part of the qualifying format tomorrow afternoon (26th, February).
"It's good to be back, it's going to be a juggle this weekend also running stadium trucks but hopefully I'll get the hang of it. The new format sounds interesting and I hope I can bring it home for Holden," said Pretty.
The new qualifying format set in place for the Clipsal event only will be a 30 minute session, the first 15 of which all Driver's will compete and the final 10 minutes will see the fastest overall Ford and Holden battle for the ARMOR ALL Pole Award and $1,000 cash. The winner will also receive 3 series points, with the pole slot to determine the Ford/Holden line up down the grid with all Fords on one side and all Holden's on the other.
Former CLIPSAL 500 podium sitters, Andrew Fisher, Ryal Harris, Kris Walton and George Miedecke will be a hot field for the Fords. No points will be awarded for this qualifying race but it will set the grid for Race 2, where full points will be awarded. The grid for Race 3 will be set from the results of Race 2, with full points awarded. There is a total of 143 points up for grabs this weekend and the V8 Utes are sure to put on one spectacular battle in the Ford versus Holden, The Last Crusade.
All races practice and qualifying sessions will be televised live through Fox Sports 5, with all three races televised in a slightly delayed telecast through Network Ten.
See below full racing schedule for the first Round of the 2015 Australian V8 Ute Racing Series:Thursday, 26th February Practice 1 9:15amThursday, 26th February Practice 2 11:45amThursday, 26th February Qualifying 2:05pmFriday, 27th February Race 1 2:20pmSaturday, 28th February Race 2 10:45amSunday, 1st March Race 3 9:00am