Competitors revealed for all-new Supercars offshoot, Superutes
After months and even years of speculation and teaser drawings, Supercars has finally lifted the silky veil on two of competitors for the dual-cab all turbo diesel Superutes class, which will kick off in 2018.
The cars on show in Townsville were a Mitsubishi Triton and Ford Ranger, the latter one of Australia’s most popular vehicles. While only the Mitsubishi and Ford were on display at launch, Supercars, who runs the Superutes franchise, have confirmed that the Mazda BT-50, Toyota Hilux-again, one of Australia’s favourites, Isuzu D-Max and Holden Colorado will also take part in the eight-part series.
Ross Stone has invested time and resources into developing the category, and East Coast Bullbars (ECB) has signed on as a major sponsor.
Sieders Racing Team is the first team confirmed in the series, with the outfit running a couple of Mitsubishi Tritons, with Craig Dontas one of the team’s pilots.
Supercars Managing Director Matt Braid said that the Superutes category was appealing to competitors and spectators alike “these SuperUtes not only look stunning but are a purpose-built race car which will be amazing to drive, is market relevant, affordable and with the highest safety levels. This will be a fantastic Series to compete in and for spectators to watch.”
Track testing should commence within the next four weeks.
An official calendar for the first Superutes season has yet to be confirmed, but the first race should take place in Adelaide in March, then Hidden Valley, Townsville, Ipswich, Sydney Motorsport Park, Bathurst, the Gold Coast and finish up at Newcastle in November.
The final schedule is expected to be released alongside the 2018 Supercars calendar.