V8 Supercars take on V8 Utes category management agreement
Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
By V8 Supercars
Following a successful opening round of the 2016 V8 Utes Series at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide, V8 Supercars will take on the Confederation of Australian Motorsport Category Management Agreement for the 2016 V8 Utes Series.
Former holders of the CMA, Australian V8 Ute Racing Pty Ltd, went into voluntary administration in February, with V8 Supercars requested to take on a short-term caretaker role.
A grid of 17 V8 Utes raced at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide under this caretaker arrangement, CAMS has since ratified V8 Supercars application to take on the category management full-time for the 2016 season and beyond.
This will see the V8 Utes category continue as a V8 Supercars Support Category across eight rounds in the 2016 season.
V8 Supercars Chief Executive James Warburton said bringing the V8 Utes into the V8 Supercars portfolio made sense for the category and its competitors.
“We have made no secret of our desire to manage the category long-term. It’s been a very professionally run series for many years and we are keen to develop it in a new direction and ensure its continued success for years to come.”
“The V8 Utes provide an action-packed, high-octane brand of racing that aligns perfectly with our core brand principles. It’s a great fit, and a fantastic support category loved by fans nationwide.”
As well as last week’s Clipsal 500 Adelaide, the V8 Utes will compete at the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint, WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint, Winton SuperSprint, Castrol EDGE Townsville 400, Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, Castrol Gold Coast 600, and the Coates Hire Sydney 500