One of the most spectacular incidents in the V8 Utes 12 year history marred the final race of Round 7 of at the ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600. Nathan “Nitrous” Pretty managed to walk away with the Round win. Reigning champ, Gold Coast based Ryal Harris, has moved back into the Championship lead after Race 3, which was deemed a non-race on the Streets of the Gold Coast on Sunday, 27th October 2013.
The incident happened at the back chicane only seconds into the start of the race. Sieders clipped the wall at turn 6 after contact with Wayne Wakefield, triggering a high speed game of motorised paint ball which unfortunately wrote off Adam Marjoram’s Auto One Holden, Cam Wilson’s Ford and the Sieder’s Ford. The race was immediately red flagged while officials checked all drivers were OK. All were cleared from the medical centre following post-race checks.
The Gold Coast 600 was a great hit for Team XFORCE. Off the track many spectators dropped by our tent to check out our VAREX systems…
Or grab a photo with our lovely XFORCE girls.
Our very own DriftKid was on the job all weekend with 4 drift demos – drifting the full Gold Coast track in front of thousands of spectators and boy did they love the sound of the high powered V8.
The V8 Utes will be back on track for the final Round of the Series at the Sydney Telstra 500 6 – 8 December at Sydney Olympic Park.
Team XFORCE finished 7th overall at World Time Attack Challenge’s Tectaloy International Drift Challenge. What a wild weekend of Drift for Nick & Team XFORCE.
Our weekend didn’t start too well with our 6.8lt Engine loosing oil pressure on the 3rd practice lap. We didn’t want to risk damaging it so we decided on swapping in a donor engine on the Friday morning. A big thanks to Matty Mingay for the loan of his spare engine & Kent from Hi-Torque Performance for putting it in & also Powertune Australia for lending us their workshop. Seriously without these 3 guys we would probably be on our way home early. Now with an engine 100kw down on our stroker Nick had to make every bit of this donor engine work & still chasing an intermittent power steering issue he defiantly had his work cut out for him.
Qualifying went well & he put in some good laps but somehow the scores were tallied up wrong & they used Nick’s lowest score (222) for his battle position & not the (240) from his second run. We didn’t find this out until after the top 32 which Nick won a close battle against Jason Ferron putting Nick through to the main game on Saturday Night.
The Next battle was against Number 1 Qualifier Tsutomu “The Terminator” Fujio & D1 GRAND PRIX SERIES Driver. This was always going to be a hard battle let alone with the hurdles the last few days had given him, but Nick being the true battler he went out & gave it his all. Nick was all over Tsutomu right from the first entry & didn’t let go all the way to the finish line. This is where a bit of controversy happened, as Tsutomu Crossed the finish line he back off quite aggressively & with 1600kg of VE Commodore on his Door Nick only just managed to pull it up giving Tsutomu a slight kiss after the finish line. This was apparently enough of a hit to send him into the kitty litter & had to wait to be pulled out by a recovery vehicle. This was not in a judged area & didn’t affect the battle scores.
Tsutomu then called 5 minutes mechanical while his team check over the vehicle & soon came out for the rest of the battle. Nick took the lead & threw the VE hard into the first corner with Tsutomu close on entry but as they transitioned into the second corner Tsutomu had a correction & lost some ground & couldn’t get back on Nick’s door awarding the win to Nick. This was a huge victory for Nick to beat a Driver of his calibre with the issues he had.
Through to the Top 8 now against fellow Aussie Michael Prosenik in his V8 S13. Nick gave chase & was on Michael’s door on entry but lost ground as the lighter and more powerful S13 transition into the 2nd corner leaving a gap that Nick couldn’t close. On the switch around Michael took position on Nick’s door & pushed him all the way to the finish line awarding Michael the win. Finishing in 7th overall with the issues we had was an amazing effort from Nick & we were all ecstatic with the result.
A big congratulations to Nick, who dove great all weekend & handled himself with an amazing amount of professionalism from a weekend of controversy on & off the track. Well done!
This Friday & Saturday Night we take on some of the world’s best Drifters at World Time Attack Challenge‘s Tectaloy International Drift Challenge. This is going to be one of the best field of Drivers & Teams Australia has seen in one place with international superstars such as Max Orido, Daigo Saito and Mad Mike also competing. If you’re a drift or time attack fan make sure you come on down and visit Team XFORCE at World Time Attack Challenge (18-19 October).
The Bathurst round was only the second round where all 32 Holden and Ford V8 Utes were equipped with the newly designed XFORCE Race Headers. The new headers mated to the existing XFORCE custom cat back system expelled great sounds at full throttle around Mount Panorama – receiving praises from spectators and competing drivers.
The team behind XFORCE made the trip up to Bathurst to enjoy an action packed weekend of racing. Our catback exhaust systems were on display all weekend for all spectators to get up close and have a look.
David Sieders is the new series leader in the Auto One V8 Utes after taking out Round 6 at Mount Panorama.
It was Kim Jane, however, who collected line honours in the final race of the weekend in a lights-to-flag effort, despite the close attention of first Stephen White and then Sieders.
Jane was fastest away from the front row and managed to keep White at bay until the Erebus Commodore driver, at that stage on track for the round win, ran straight on and clouted the Forrest’s Elbow wall on Lap 5.
While Jane was afforded temporary respite, he soon had Sieders all over the rear of the Bob Jane T-Marts machine but managed to hold on to win by barely two tenths of a second.
Despite the previous series leader being well back, Sieders was in no mood to play conservatively.
Earlier, he executed a heart-stopping pass of Ryan Hansford around the outside of The Chase’s right-hand sweep to take second on Lap 5, perhaps motivated by the double-waved yellows for the stricken Warren Millett at the left-hander.
“Happy’s an understatement,” enthused Sieders of the series lead change.
“Hopefully I can remain as strong as I have been over the last two events.
“I’ve been on the podium at both tracks we’re going to a couple of times now, so I think I should be strong there.”
Hansford remained in third to finish runner-up for the round, from Jane.
Nathan Pretty’s title aspirations took yet another hit – literally and metaphorically – when he was forced to pit for a new tyre after being caught in a first corner melee, and ultimately finished the race in 20th. This said he was all smiles when he came to visit the Xforce stand with our girls Tiffany and Ellie.
The V8 Utes series continues with Round 7 at the Gold Coast 600 in a fortnight.
Toymods car club put on TOYOTAFEST 2013 yesterday in Castle Hill, their 10th Anniversary Show! Sydney turned on the heat, and it was hot on the rooftop, with many punters dropping by just to say G’Day and grab a bit of shade under our tent. 175+ Toyotas were on display and there was definitely something for everyone.
ToyotaFest is an annual event aimed at promoting and celebrating the enthusiasm of Toyota Owners by providing an event where they can come together, display their pride and joy and chat with likeminded individuals.
Toyotafest is run by the Toymods Car club who noticed a distinct lack of Toyota focused Show n Shine style events that catered to the wider Toyota Community, so after looking at the related automotive calendar the first ToyotaFest was held on Sunday 3rd of October 2004 and has been held on the Sunday of the October long weekend ever since.
You didn’t have to be a part of a car club or own a Show car to enter ToyotaFest. In fact the guys at Toymods encourage all Toyota car enthusiasts to get involved whether your Toyota is well presented, rare, or just something you think other Toyota enthusiasts would like to look at.
Since its commencement ToyotaFest has grown to become the largest all Toyota car show held in NSW (possibly Australia) and we look forward to its continued growth in years to come.
There are Trophy classes to cover everything from Show cars to classic originals, Modifeds to commercials, competition vehicles and latest model releases. There is no model Toyota we don’t want to see and we don’t care what running gear is hiding under the bonnet either.
Honda F20C in the engine bay of this Corolla. Neat!
Our friends from Zen Garage had their stand setup for the day where we displayed had a small XFORCE display of headers and mufflers for the Toyota 86.
This lucky gentleman won himself the XFORCE VAREX muffler prize which we donated to the event.
Check out this video of the full XFORCE 3” Turbo Back Exhaust System installed on a VW Golf GTi.
XFORCE VW Golf GTi Stainless Steel 3″ Turbo Back Performance Exhaust System. Wide Open 3″ Dump Pipe, 3″ 100 Cell Racing Metallic High Flow Cat, 3″ Cat-Back System with Round Centre Resonator and Large Oval Rear Muffler.
Back in March we launched our sponsorship and involvement with the Australian V8 Ute Racing Series at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide. XFORCE Performance Exhaust is the Official Exhaust Supplier for the series, supplying all 32 Holden and Ford UTES with custom XFORCE cat-back systems.
XFORCE chooses to conduct and engage in various areas of Research and Development. We believe our involvement with motorsports plays a vital role for our company and creating durable performance products with proven results. Our intentions are to make discoveries that lead to the development of new products or procedures, or the improvement of existing products or procedures. Research and development is one of the means by which our company continues to grow by developing new products and processes to improve and expand our operations.
It’s been a crazy few months since announcing our involvement with the V8 UTE series but we are absolutely enjoying every minute of it. It has been great working with all the teams, our engineers have been hard at work at the manufacturing labs and we can’t wait to reveal our latest creation for all competitors.
Last week we decided to make a trip out to our friends at Terry Bull Racing who have three V8 UTE’s currently competing in the 2013 season. As we arrived at the workshop we were greeted by the STRATCO Transporter and Rhys McNally’s VE Commodore peeking out the window.
As we knocked on the door we were greeted by the man himself, Terry Bull. Terry has been in the racing business for many, many years so we thought we’d ask him a few questions about his background and the V8 UTE series. XFORCE: So can you tell us a bit about Terry Bull Racing? We know you’ve been in the business for quite some time. Where has the racing world taken you all these years?
Terry Bull: I’ve been doing this for many many years. To sum it up as short as I can, I started with Allan Moffat in 1976 and have spent 5 years in Europe. I’ve been a part of F3000, Formula 3 (we won the F3 championship in Germany), Formula 1 and even Touring Car teams. But these days I’m back in Australia racing three V8 UTES. XFORCE: So who drives the red STRATCO Holden?
Terry: Car 26 is driven by Rhys McNally. He’s a young gun from Perth – a very skilled driver and after the Townsville 400 round he is currently 4th in the championship. Rhys still has a very good chance at taking out the championship. I also look after two other cars, this Holden here driven by Richard Bloomfield and the Ford in the corner driven by former Rugby League player Jack Elsegood. We won the championship with Jack back in 2009. XFORCE: Could you give us a quick rundown on the rules and regulations of the V8 UTEs series?
Terry: Basically all the cars are designed to be exactly the same. In terms of the brake package: everyone’s got the same brakes. The same pads, the same discs and callipers are all the same. The ABS is disconnected. The spring and shock absorbers are all made by the same company and are adjustable on bump and rebound. We all run the same tyres and are usually limited to 6 tyres per weekend. Both Holden and Fords retain the standard gearbox but the Holden ratios have been changed to be the same as the Ford. (Diff ratio is the same) The engines are standard and we’re not allowed to fiddle with it – all engines are put together by a prescribe engine builder. The engines are controlled by a Motec computer system which is locked for all competitors. And of course our exhausts are all custom systems by XFORCE Performance Exhausts. XFORCE: What do you think about XFORCE coming on board as a sponsor for the Australian V8 Ute Racing Series?
“I think it’s fantastic. I think it’s great for the series. It’s another step up for us. XFORCE coming on board as the Official Exhaust supplier this year has given us more power and more torque. The cars are faster and fun for the drivers and this means better racing. It’s been amazing to work with XFORCE. We’ve fitted the new systems onto all our cars and they’ve been perfect. They produce more noise too so fantastic for the spectators.
Pictured here is, Patrick. Terry’s right hand man at the workshop and all race meetings. Together with Terry, Patrick prepares all 3 cars for each round during the year.
The Holden runs a Twin 3 inch mandrel bent system with two perforated “hot dog” style resonators per side and also features the “X” pipe exhaust gas balancing system which increase power and torque.
The Fords also run a Twin 3″ mandrel bent system with two perforated “hot dog” style resonators in the intermediate section and one “twin in, twin out” 3″ muffler at the rear.