Craig Dontas Secures RYCO 24•7 Sponsorship for Racing Return

Craig Dontas Secures RYCO 24•7 Sponsorship for Racing Return

Craig Dontas has announced his return to motorsport competition after a two-year hiatus, securing a major commercial partnership with RYCO 24•7 Australia to compete in the Haltech V8 SuperUte Series with Team Triton.

Dontas was a front-running competitor in the V8 Ute Racing Series for a number of seasons, and also participated in the 2018 and ’19 SuperUtes aboard a diesel-powered Triton.

RYCO 24•7 also has a distinguished history in motorsport, having supported a number of teams and categories in both Australia and New Zealand.

According to RYCO General Manager – Sales & Marketing APAC Sean Babbage, the partnership with Dontas is an effective platform to promote the brand’s consumer benefits.

“It’s really all about building the brand and using motorsport to reinforce the qualities of RYCO 24•7 – speed to market and speed to service,” Babbage explained.

“We’re all very excited to be a part of the new V8 SuperUte category. Bring on Round #1 at Tailem Bend!”

Dontas is looking forward to his full-time return to motorsport.

“I’m really excited to be back and racing a V8 powered ute, this is my heritage and feels like a great homecoming,” Dontas said.

“Running the factory Mitsubishi team with the diesels was enjoyable, so was helping out some new talent, but after sitting out for so long I felt it was time to step back in and have a go!”

The Haltech V8 SuperUte Series commences at The Bend Motorsport Park next weekend, 8-9 May, with the final entry list to be announced early next week.

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RYCO 24•7 Major Sponsors of V8 SuperUtes –  Team Triton & Craig Dontas

RYCO 24•7 Major Sponsors of V8 SuperUtes – Team Triton & Craig Dontas

V8 Utes has been an exciting motorsport around the globe.

A new category introduced to the Supercars Championship is the V8 SuperUte Series and RYCO 24•7 are proud to sponsor Team Triton and Craig Dontas.

Craig Dontas started competing in superkarts and production cars in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Fast forward to today and Dontas is very much part of the V8 SuperUtes fraternity, working tirelessly behind the scenes to generate commercial support for the Utes Series and scoring numerous race wins and podium finishes.

While the off-track business work keeps him occupied on most race weekends, Dontas still can’t resist the opportunity to slot behind the wheel when there’s an opportunity, and he finished on the podium in last year’s Bathurst round aboard a Mitsubishi Triton. “For me, returning to the hot seat is exciting, feels like old times really, so will be a lot of fun. The utes are fast, loud and lively”, said Dontas.

The V8 SuperUte Series consists of five rounds including Bathurst 1000.

The team at RYCO 24•7 provide speed to market, providing you with hydraulic hose and fitting service 24 hours / 7 days a week.

V8 SuperUtes 2021 Calendar:

MAY
07 – 09
OTR Super Sprint
The Bend Motorsport Park – Tailem Bend, SA

CATEGORIES
Repco Supercars Championship

MAY
29 – 30
Winton SuperSprint
Winton Motor Raceway, Winton, VIC

CATEGORIES
Repco Supercars Championship / Dunlop Super2 Series

AUGUST
20 – 22
Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight
Sydney Motorsport Park – Eastern Creek, NSW

CATEGORIES
Repco Supercars Championship / Dunlop Super2 Series

SEPTEMBER
11 – 12
Bunnings Trade Perth SuperNight
Wanneroo Raceway – Perth, WA

CATEGORIES
Repco Supercars Championship

OCTOBER
07 – 10
Repco Bathurst 1000
Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit – Bathurst, NSW

CATEGORIES
Repco Supercars Championship / Dunlop Super2 Series

As major sponsors of Team Triton, RYCO 24•7 wish them all the best in their upcoming race season.

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Paul Manuell Wins RYCO 24•7 NZ V8 Utes  Series In Taupo Thriller

Paul Manuell Wins RYCO 24•7 NZ V8 Utes Series In Taupo Thriller

Coming into the final round of the RYCO 24•7 New Zealand V8 Utes Racing Championship, Paul Manuell had a big lead. Yet with the season’s largest field assembled for the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park event, it wasn’t going to be easy for him.

Come Race #1 that afternoon, Manuell stormed ahead of the pack. By lap 2, Manuell was stretching his lead, but nothing could separate positions 2 to 5 as the Dias/Rudd/Ward/Gibson show hit the road. Lap after lap, they traded blows but not places.

The reverse-grid Race #2 on Sunday morning, a strong contingent of RYCO 24•7 staff and customers looked on at such intensity and rivalry between the drivers.

With Manuell now holding an unassailable championship lead, Race #3 late in the afternoon would decide the remaining places. The intensity showed right from the start as Manuell, Rudd, and Dias ran three-wide around turn 1, Manuell eventually getting his nose in front.

Come to the final lap, he carried a huge lead through to the chequered flag; such was the dominance of Manuell, to become a second-time winner of the RYCO 24•7 New Zealand V8 Utes championship. As the curtain came down on his V8 utes career, RYCO 24•7 Operations Supervisor, New Zealand – Caroline Thompson presented Manuell with his trophy at the evening’s prize giving.

Manuell leaves the V8 Utes category in a strong position, clearing the way for a new champion to emerge as the new season begins in late 2021.

The RYCO 24•7 New Zealand V8 Utes Championship leader board:

1st Paul Manuell HOLDEN 408 points
2nd Peter Ward HOLDEN 316 points
3rd Shane Dias HOLDEN 315 points
4th Simon Ussher F FORD 249 points
5TH Stuart Monteith HOLDEN 204 points
6th Greg Kroef FORD 203 points
7th Paul Fougere HOLDEN 198 points
8th Phil Ross HOLDEN 192 points
9th Brett Rudd FORD 165 points
10th Brad Kroef FORD 102 points
11th Matt Spratt FORD 101 points
12th Jake Stoneman FORD 84 points
13th Jeff Kernohan FORD 67 points
14th Matt Gibson HOLDEN 57 points
15th Shaggy Lowe FORD 51 points
16th Dave Kernohan FORD 34 points
17th Liam Porter FORD 30 points

RYCO 24•7 has had a long and successful history in motorsport and will continue to do so moving forward.

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RYCO 24•7 V8 NZ Utes 2020-2021  Finale Showdown

RYCO 24•7 V8 NZ Utes 2020-2021 Finale Showdown

The booming popularity of the RYCO 24•7 V8 Utes Racing Series in New Zealand has resulted in a huge 40% increase in the field!

Catch the RYCO 24•7 New Zealand V8 Utes category for the season finale at Taupo on April 16th – 18th.

The weekend kicks off with practice sessions at 10:05am and 3:10pm on Friday 16th April 16th. Qualifying rounds will be held on Saturday at 10:15am with the first race scheduled for a 2:35pm start. Race 2 is at 11.44am Sunday with the final race and potentially the championship decider at 3:43pm that afternoon.

With the championship on the line, last year’s winner Paul Manuell is looking comfortable at the top of the pecking order (307 points). Yet Peter Ward (255 points) and Shane Dias (230 points) are very much in contention and will be piling on the pressure. Add to that several new drivers and the return of some seasoned campaigners swelling the grid to a 15-ute field, we can expect some volatile on-track drama.

Matt Gibson is the latest to take the plunge, stepping into the driver’s seat of Peter Ward’s ‘spare’ Holden ute. Utilising skills honed over a decade-long career spanning go karts, Formula First, Toyota TR 86s and Sang Yong Actyon Utes, Matt will be one to watch having achieved 39 podiums to date and raced a V8 Ute several years ago. Brett ‘The Scud’ Rudd – still beaming from his 4th placing in the last round – is also back for more.

The 2020-21 season has thrown up some exciting themes. Newcomers Shane Dias and Phil Ross are already enjoying considerable success in the series, while Brad Kroef in his first ever V8 Utes event made an immediate impact last month. We can’t work out whether it’s the heated competition – or the camaraderie in the pits afterwards – that’s reviving the competitive spirit of seasoned racers and new talents alike.

RYCO 24•7 has had a long and successful history in motorsport and will continue to do so moving forward.

Join us at RYCO 24•7 New Zealand V8 Ute Championship Round #4 on 16th – 18th April at Taupo.

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RYCO 24•7 Continues Sponsorship With The Race Category With Attitude – NZ V8 Utes

RYCO 24•7 Continues Sponsorship With The Race Category With Attitude – NZ V8 Utes

The New Zealand V8 Ute Racing Championship, one of the longest standing championships in the motorsport community, has confirmed plans for its 2020-2021 season – it’s 16th edition. And RYCO 24•7 is excited to announce we are continuing our sponsorship for another year!

After an initial year as naming rights sponsor of the long standing category, RYCO 24•7 is back for another season that will see the category race at four events.

Securing the title sponsor again is great news for the category, particularly with their enthusiasm for the category.

“RYCO 24•7 is excited to sponsor New Zealand V8 Ute 2020/2021 championship season! We enjoy supporting New Zealanders and we can’t wait to continue our involvement with such an exciting motorsport category. Bring on Round 1”, said New Zealand Sales and Operations Manager Azim Aslam.

The category will once again be airing a highlights package on terrestrial television on Sundays after each race weekend on CRC Motorsport on TV3. It has been one of most popular racing categories on the show for years in terms of audience share and this year’s field should continue that trend with its classic Ford vs Holden battles on the agenda.

The on-going effects of the global COVID 19 pandemic have meant that it will be a modest start for the category at Pukekohe, with a likely field of 10-12 cars but more are likely to find their way out of sheds for the 2021 races.

Heading the entry will be two-time champion and current title holder Paul Manuell in his Digga Bits Holden. His most likely challengers are Peter Ward in his Ward Demolition Holden and former champion Matthew Spratt in the rapid Primogrow Ford Falcon FG.

2020-’21 RYCO 24•7 New Zealand V8 Utes Championship Series:
Round Circuit Date
1 Pukekohe Park, Auckland 4 – 6 December 2020
2 Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, Waikato 22 – 24 January 2021
3 Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon, Feilding 5 – 7 March 2021
4 Hampton Down Motorsport Park, Waikato 26 -28 March 2021

RYCO 24•7 as proud naming sponsors and wish the V8 Utes Team all the best in their upcoming race season.

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RYCO 24•7 NZ V8 Ute Final Showdown

RYCO 24•7 NZ V8 Ute Final Showdown

What an end to the RYCO 24•7 New Zealand V8 Ute 2019-2020 Championship Series!

Paul Manuell has secured the 2019-2020 RYCO 24•7 New Zealand V8 Ute title after a dramatic day of racing at Hampton Downs on Saturday 19th September.

It was a close one – Manuell secured his second V8 ute racing title by just six points from Glen Collinson after a day of drama when he missed the first race, misfired on the second race and was forced to start from the pit lane.

“It was close today, really close but the team pulled out all the stops to get me out there and thankfully we got home to the title.” Manuell explained.

“We’ve all waited a long time for this final round, and I’d hoped it would be a bit easier, but the racing has been brilliant, and I’m just stoked to win. Hats off to Glen and the others for making it such a thriller,” he said.

Matt Spratt won the round on his return to the category with two wins and second place.

Final Championship Positions:

1 Paul Manuell Holden Commodore 328
2 Glen Collinson Ford Falcon FG 322
3 Andrew Porter Ford Falcon FG 289
4 Peter Ward Holden Commodore 254
5 Matthew Spratt Ford Falcon FG 241
6 Simon Ussher Ford Falcon FG 227
7 Liam Porter Ford Falcon BF 210
8 Dave Lowe Ford Falcon BF 173
9 Roger Nees Ford Falcon BF 168
10= Stu Monteith Holden Commodore 167
10= Paul Fougere Ford Falcon BF 167
12 Greg Kroef Ford Falcon BF 159
13 Brett Rudd Holden Commodore 139
14 Brent Main Ford Falcon BF 128
15 James Parker Holden Commodore 106
16 Jake Stoneman Ford Falcon FG 101
17 Matt Griffin Holden Commodore 73
18 Phil Ross Holden Commodore 47
19 Geoff Spencer Holden Commodore 44
20 Joe Farre (USA) Holden Commodore 42
21 Bruce Gay Ford Falcon FG 14

From Pukekohe, Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, Manfield Circuit back to Hampton Downs – what a year it has been!

The series has run over four rounds and featured several favourites like current champion Paul Manuell, former champion Matthew Spratt, Brett Rudd, Glenn Collinson, Peter Ward and Andrew Porter.

RYCO has had a long and successful history in motorsport and will continue to do so moving forward.

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