BVC local utes on the grid
By SHAWN MORTIMER
LOCALLY-based V8 ute racing team BVC Racing is set to take on the big guns of the Cleanaway 2005 V8 Ute Championship with the launch of a two-car race team at Billinudgel this week.
The two identical BVC/Roguestock Ford Falcon XR 8 Utes were unveiled boasting a new look paint scheme and purpose built race engines that have the team drivers, Brunswick's Rob Jarvis and the Gold Coast's Adam Brand, confident of stronger showings throughout this year's series.
The 10-round competitions kicks off as part the support program to next week's Melbourne Grand Prix with the remainder of the season supporting the V8 Supercar program with meetings scheduled in most States.
Rob Jarvis believes the experience gained over two previous seasons has the team in good stead for some solid results in what he describes as a very competitive motor racing division.
"All the cars are identical with a strict set of specifications to adhere to," Jarvis said.
The team is both excited and convinced that top 10 results are possible.
"We have a great team packed with former speedway champions," he said.
Nev Pezzutti, Wayne Reynolds, Dave Brien and rookie V8 Dirt Modified driver Allan Jarvis are a crew committed to transferring their success on dirt to that of the more recognised Australian bitumen raceways like Adelaide and Eastern Creek.
Rob's wife Julie takes care of the logistics in attending the shows and then makes sure the boys don't go hungry on the busy race days.
Rob Jarvis will compete at the Melbourne venue for the first time during the Grand Prix and claims the concrete fencing surrounding the circuit is a little intimidating at this point.
"Even though we have speedway experience at tracks that have outside concrete walls, it's a little different when you have barriers down both sides of the track and 32 growling utes attempting to make it through turn one," Jarvis said.
"Thus, qualifying will be important, as the layout of the Melbourne track provides few passing opportunities."
Brand, a popular country music star, is disappointed to miss the first round due to tour commitments, with Sydney's Ian Luff taking the reigns of the Number 5.
Luff, father of Supercar driver Warren Luff, is also confident of a strong showing considering he has two days of testing prior to the Grand Prix weekend.