New SuperUtes package set for debut

  • ECB SuperUtes Series
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  • 24/05/2019
  • By Supercars.com

A new tyre-and-wheel combination will be used in the ECB SuperUtes Series for the first time on Friday at the Truck Assist Winton SuperSprint.

The second phase of early-2019 developments includes a lower-profile Yokohama R-spec tyre, which is roughly 25mm wider than its predecessor.

It is paired with a new, lighter Hussla wheel, the Winton changes expected to give drivers greater freedoms on camber set-up.

They also deliver a significant ride-height reduction, paired with changes introduced earlier this month at the PIRTEK Perth SuperSprint.

Running at Winton on Friday consists of two practice sessions and ARMOR ALL Qualifying, with three races to be held across Saturday and Sunday.

“The new wheel and tyre package follows the introduction of modified front dampers and the repositioning of rear frames in Perth, which saw teams drop their ride height by 10mm,” Supercars General Manager – Operations, Kurt Sakzewski said.

“At Winton the SuperUtes will run 45mm lower again.

“As we move forward we will continue to make technical enhancements to the category as part of our program to improve the ECB SuperUtes series for both the fans and the drivers.”

A field of 13 SuperUtes will tackle Round 3 of the 2019 season this weekend.

That includes five debutants; father-and-son pair Gerard and Jaiden Maggs, Craig Thompson, Jeff Watters and Keven Stoopman.

Gerard Maggs and Thompson will be in Toyotas, and Jaiden Maggs a Mitsubishi Triton alongside Dakar Rally winner Toby Price, making his first start of 2019.

Aussie Racing Car regular Watters is racing a second Ford Ranger, and Stoopman the Peters Motorsport Holden Colorado.

Price comes into the field for Elliot Barbour, who misses the Winton event due to a broken ankle.

Kiwi Tom Alexander leads the 2019 ECB SuperUtes Series having won the first ever races for the Isuzu D-MAX in Perth earlier this month.

The Ross Stone Racing driver, who took out two of the three Winton races in 2018 in a Holden, leads Barbour by eight points.

Defending champion Ryal Harris sits third in his Mazda BT-50, 12 points behind Alexander.

ECB SuperUtes Series Winton entry list

No. Driver Team Car
1 Ryal Harris EFS 4x4 Racing Mazda BT-50
7 Cameron Crick Total Tools Team Triton Mitsubishi Triton
8 Ben Walsh Fat Freddy's Toyota Hilux
11 Keven Stoopman Trick Trailers Holden Colorado
17 Benjamin Falk Tank World Mazda BT-50
22 Tom Alexander Caltex Delo Racing Isuzu D-MAX
49 Christopher Formosa Allgate Auto Doors Ford Ranger
64 Craig Woods Western Sydney Motorsport Toyota Hilux
68 Gerard Maggs Sieders Racing Team Toyota Hilux
72 Craig Thompson Western Sydney Motorsport Toyota Hilux
87 Toby Price Mitsibishi Motors Team Triton Mitsubishi Triton
94 Jeff Watters Allgate Auto Doors Ford Ranger
96 Jaiden Maggs Mitsibishi Motors Team Triton Mitsubishi Triton
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