Mazda squad adds Holden SuperUte
By Joshua Makhoul
Peters Motorsport expands to three entries for the 2019 ECB SuperUtes Series, adding a Holden SuperUte Colorado to the pair of Mazda BT-50s it fielded in the inaugural campaign.
It will lease the Supercars-owned Holden Colorado raced last year by Ross Stone Racing's Tom Alexander, who switches to an Isuzu D-MAX.
The son of long-time Supertruck and production-car racer John Falk, Ben Falk joins the team to make his SuperUtes debut in the Holden.
Ryal Harris stays on with Peters Motorsport for a title defence in his Mazda, while the second BT-50 finished fifth in 2018 with Aaron Cameron.
"Ben is one of these young fellas that has done everything; he has raced boats, he has raced motocross and he even jumped in a Supercar (in what's now the Dunlop Super2 Series) years ago," Peters told Supercars.com.
"He has sort of done a bit of everything and this is his chance to get back into a seat for a season."
Harris will dovetail his SuperUtes drive with a Peters Motorsport-run Touring Car Masters campaign, while Cameron's place is under a cloud as he searches for funding.
"We're not sure if Aaron's family will want to fund him through Adelaide, but we've got someone up our sleeve to drive it if they don't want to do that," Peters added.
"The car will be there. We'll give every chance we've got to have Aaron in the car, but we've got a couple of other proposals out there."
Toyota line-up locked in
Western Sydney Motorsport will, meanwhile, field a four-strong Toyota Hilux operation, prepared by Sieders Racing.
The 2018 runner-up, Craig Woods is signed on for another full season, as is Ben Walsh, who finished fourth.
Micheal Sieders and Luke Vanna are the additions; Sieders after contesting four rounds of the 2018 season with Team Triton and Vanna one in a WSM Toyota, below on the Gold Coast.
Sieders Racing built the four Toyotas Craig Thompson's WSM outfit runs and the three Team Triton Mitsubishishi.
"There's a bit on our plate, but we're pretty passionate about the series, so we've given it a red-hot crack," Luke Sieders told Supercars.com.
"It is a fairly big workload now and I wouldn't want to stretch ourselves any thinner then we are at the moment.
"I've got a good group of guys and we've got a good program at the moment that is working well, so we'll work on what we've got and work on making it successful.
"The Hiluxes have all had improvements here and there, there's the improvements that the category spoke about on a whole, as well as some team development stuff that we've worked on over the break."
The 2019 ECB SuperUtes Series starts on February 28-March 3, as part of the Superloop Adelaide 500 with the Holden SuperUte
Learn more about the ECB SuperUtes Series.