Dontas set for V8 Ute busy season with top end hit out
Adelaide’s Craig Dontas has enjoyed an extended break ahead of the third round of the East Coast Bullbars Australian V8 Ute Racing Series which will begin a busy period for the series, starting with a hit out at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway before making the journey to Townsville just three weeks later. Dontas is aiming to place the Just Car Insurance Racing Holden V8 Ute on the podium for the first time this season.
With the last round at Perth’s Barbagallo Raceway showing strong improvements from the opening event in Adelaide, Craig is looking forward to returning to the track following a break between the two rounds, identifying it as a key opportunity to further develop the Just Car Insurance Racing Holden V8 Ute and claim his first podium of the year.
We definitely showed good pace at the last round in Barbagallo and as a team we have made a lot of developments both on and off track. With that, I feel as though we are well placed to come away with a good result in Darwin. The whole crew at Erebus Motorsport have worked very hard to deliver me a good car so now it’s time to achieve more results at the top end of the field,” Dontas said.
Darwin’s Hidden Valley track is one that is different again in layout from the two circuits already visited this season and with a new surface laid since last year’s event, Dontas is upbeat with new lap records expected and an opportunity to stamp his authority at a critical point in the season.
The Hidden Valley circuit is one with plenty of variety. The long straight provides an excellent slipstreaming opportunity into a tight turn one and it’s a busy track through the middle section around the hairpin. With the new surface it should deliver some quick times and that will be even more interesting to adapt our setup accordingly,” Dontas added.
With just three weeks separating the Darwin event from round four on the streets of Townsville, Craig is looking forward to more regular seat time, admitting the event this weekend will be important to isolate a fast setup to improve the team’s chances further of more success.
It’s a busy period ahead with Darwin and Townsville close together and that will be a good challenge for everyone. The two tracks are very different to each other - from the more traditional permanent circuit in Darwin to the tight concrete jungle that is Townsville, but I’m genuinely looking forward to both events and to gain some critical Championship points,” Dontas concluded.
Craig has two practice sessions on Friday with qualifying and race one on Saturday and race two and three on Sunday.
Round three of the 2015 East Coast Bullbars Australian V8 Ute Racing Series takes place at the Skycity Triple Crown, Hidden Valley, Darwin, NT from June 19-21 with all races to be televised LIVE on FOX Sports.