RYCO 24•7 V8 Utes 2020-2021  Finale Showdown

RYCO 24•7 V8 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 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 NZ V8 Ute Championship Round #4 on 16th – 18th April at Taupo.

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Title Sponsor Announced for New-Look V8 UTES Championship

Title Sponsor Announced for New-Look V8 UTES Championship

Hydraulic hose repair and fitting service provider RYCO 24•7 has this week been confirmed as the title sponsor for the new-look NZ V8 Ute Racing Championship.

Now entering its 13th season, the series will be known as the RYCO 24•7 V8 Utes Championship. Once again the series will see the classic Ford versus Holden battles with the 1800 kg, 400-plus horsepower Falcon FG and BF models duelling with the Commodore VE runners.

The season will run over four rounds – a format piloted successfully last season – and will commence at Pukekohe Park in December then heads to Hampton Downs Motorsport Park in the new year. The series will feature at Manfield Circuit Chris Amon as part of the New Zealand Grand Prix race weekend and features all of the country’s major racing classes. The series finishes up once again at Hampton Downs in March

Up to 18 cars are expected for the first round and will include several old favourites like former champion Paul Manuell, current champion Matthew Spratt, Brett Rudd, Glenn Collinson, Peter Ward and Andrew Porter.

The series is also set to confirm a host of new runners. A number of V8 Utes that have been sat in sheds have been sold to potential runners or dusted off for a fresh campaign by their owners over the off-season and the big field will include at least one – and possibly two – RYCO 24•7 liveried Fords.

As well as naming rights, RYCO 24•7 will feature on all of the windscreen banners and headlights of the fleet and the iconic big V8 Ute logos carried by the fleet over the years has been adapted to include the RYCO 24•7 logo.

Ryco has a long and successful history in motorsport. In 2009 the company co-sponsored two V8 Utes in the Australian V8 Ute championship. Closer to home, BNT V8 racer Nick Ross has carried the branding on his cars since 2006 and Concept Motorsport will once again be backed by RYCO 24•7 during the forthcoming season, giving the brand a very healthy presence in domestic New Zealand motorsport.

“It’s really all about building the brand and using motorsport to reinforce the qualities of the RYCO 24•7 product,” RYCO 24•7 Sales and Operations Manager Azim Aslam said.

“We enjoy supporting New Zealanders and it’s definitely going to be a busy season for us. We’re all very excited to now be a part of an established and exciting category like V8 Utes.”

It’s all good news for the category, which has produced some of the most exciting and spectacular circuit racing in New Zealand for well over a decade.

“It’s fantastic to have such a supportive title sponsor on board for the category,”new category manager Cherie Brown said.

“We’ve got a great line-up of talent on the grid and also welcoming some exciting new blood into the Ute family. Of course the guys get serious once the helmets on, but the category creates strong camaderie and the pit lane banter is magic.

“We’re very excited , it’s a great beginning to the season with a strong future ahead, with RYCO 24•7, live TV coverage on SKY and a dedicated motorsport show. Bring it on!”

2019–’20 RYCO 24•7 V8 Utes Championship

Round Circuit Date
1 Pukekohe Park, Auckland 29 November–1 December 2019
2 Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, Waikato 31 January–2 February 2020
3 Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon, Feilding 14–16 February 2020
4 Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, Waikato 27–29 March 2020

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