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Having spent the last 5 years racing an Aussie Racing Car, Craig Thompson Western Sydney Motorsport’s (WSM) team owner will jump into a SuperUte for the first time at Winton in a fortnight at the Supercars Super Sprint round.

As well as fielding 4-5 Aussie Racing Cars each round WSM own 3 Toyota Hilux SuperUtes, Craig Wood’s drives the Penrith Toyota Ute and Ben Walsh runs the “Fat Freddy’s ute, the third has been campaigned by a number of drivers, most recently by Mick Sieders at the Perth round two weeks ago.

“I’ve had a few people in my ear to have a drive of a SuperUte for sometime, I’ve always resisted mainly due to the fact it’s a completely different beast to what I’ve been driving for the past 5 years, stepping from a 600kg Aussie Racing Car into a turbo aspirated 1900kg car,  in the Aussie car we are hard on brakes or hard on acceleration there is nothing in between . With the superute its all about application of the throttle working the boost, and managing the huge brake pressures required from the Supercar brake system in the Utes, Thompson told Velocity magazine.

Thompson’s first real hit out will come at 9,25am on Friday May 24th when the SuperUtes have their first practice session at Winton.  Both the Aussie Racing Cars and the SuperUtes were at Winton for the SuperSprint last year.  However the Aussie Cars third round is not until the Darwin Supercars event. 

The WSM Toyota Hilux will be decked out in similar livery to Craig Woods’ Ute, but will carry the Hertz sponsorship and sport Thompson’s regular number #72.

Thompson’s regular drive is the WSM Mustang #72 – Photo: Velocity Mag (Darin Mandy)
The Penrith Toyota SuperUte is driven by Craig Woods – Barbagallo – Photo; Velocity Mag (Darin Mandy)

“I’ve been lucky enough to surround myself with lots of quality drivers inside our WSM setup , drivers like Justin Ruggier and Bryce Fullwood have been a huge bonus in developing my racing over the past 12 months, at Adelaide this year and the Gold Coast last year I was able to run up front near the top end of the grid. I don’t anticipate I’ll be doing that this round but the opportunity to race with my good mates like Woodsy and Ben Walsh is a big incentive” said Thompson.

The Winton Supercars SuperSprint runs from May 24-26 and Velocity Magazine will be there with our usual photographs and stories.


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