Sieders to build third Mitsubishi SuperUte
By Joshua Makhoul
A third Mitsubishi Triton will join the ECB SuperUtes Series for the category's sophomore season.
Team Triton will run the new addition, adding to the squad's current two-car line-up, with the build expected to commence early next year.
Sieders Racing will prepare the new Triton, expanding team owner Luke Sieders' build tally to eight SuperUtes.
The team has already built four Toyotas and three Mitsubishis, including the original #45 Triton that was written-off at Queensland Raceway in July.
The newest Triton's pilot, along with the squad's driver line-up for the other two Mitsubishi entries, is yet to be revealed.
"We are going to add a third Mitsubishi to the field, we'll start doing that early in the new year, we're just working through the process of getting that happening now," Sieders told Supercars.com.
"We'll get the third car in the build process very shortly.
"That'll knock us up to seven cars for the year, as we've got the four Western Sydney Motorsport Toyotas that we're looking after and the three Mitsubishis.
"Who's driving what and who will be in what is still getting pieced together, but it is pretty close."
The squad ran two factory-backed Triton's in the category's inaugural season and had six different drivers jump between the #87 and #45 entries throughout.
Michael Sieders, Craig Dontas, Elliot Barbour, Toby Price, Cameron Crick and Aaren Russell were the six, with Sieders finishing as the lead Mitsubishi driver in the points.
The idea of running multiple drivers throughout the season could well play into 2019, as Luke Sieders weighs up his options for the newest Triton.
"We are actually thinking of putting the word out there to people, if they're interested in doing something with the category and if there's enough interest," Sieders added.
"There is always the potential to add another car into the mix if we get enough interest, even if they want to do a one-off or something like that.
"Say they lived in Perth and they wanted to do their local round at a Supercars event, that is a way of doing it.
"I've been thinking, if it is something that we could potentially start doing, an overflow type car, that we could lease out round-by-round to people.
"I've had a lot of interest to do stuff at Bathurst and Newcastle this year, I just didn't have the cars to do it, so if I had an extra car, then maybe there's an opportunity for the people to do their Perth round and so fourth.
"People that want to get into them for the one-off, they don't have the budget for the whole year, but they do have the budget for one or two rounds, then this might be a way of facilitating that consumer need."
The eight-round 2019 ECB SuperUtes Series kicks-off in Adelaide on February 28-March 3, as part of the Superloop Adelaide 500.