Tyrepower GET THE POWER OF AUSTRALIAS BIGGEST INDEPENDANT banner ad
Tyrepower GET THE POWER banner ad

2024 Drivers

Aaron "A A Ron" Borg

Team Motion Racing | Isuzu D-MAX

In 2024, two-time V8 SuperUte Series champion Aaron Borg switches to Team Motion Racing, steering the same title-winning Isuzu D-MAX for a second year in a row. Making his karting debut in 2000 at Oran Park, Borgy made his circuit racing debut in the original V8 Ute Racing Series in 2014 and jumped to the V8 SuperUtes in 2021 after winning the 2019 Toyota 86 Racing Series Championship. The defending champion raced a Toyota HiLux in 2021, a Holden Colorado to outright victory in 2022 and the Isuzu D-MAX to the 2023 title. 

1

David "Sideways" Sieders

Yuasa Batteries Racing | Mazda BT-50

The new Brand Ambassador for Yuasa Batteries, David Sieders is a former V8 Ute Racing Series champion from 2016 and finished runner-up an additional three times (2011, 2012, 2014). His early career include competing in Aussie Racing Cars (9th in 2004), Australian Formula Ford (3rd in 2005), Lotus Trophy Series (Champion in 2006), Toyota 86 Series (2nd in 2016) and has numerous Supercars starts. “Sideways” is chasing his first title in V8 SuperUtes after finishing 5th in 2022 and 4th in 2023.

3

Cameron "Camshaft" Crick

SCTR Racing | Ford Ranger

Second-generation racer Cameron Crick has re-joined the V8 SuperUtes in 2024 full-time after making a successful one-off appearance at The Bend in 2023. Son of the late truck racing legend Rodney, “Camshaft” began his racing career in karting in 2014 before graduating to circuit racing with the inaugural Toyota 86 Racing Series in 2016. Finishing 3rd in 2018, the following year he joined V8 SuperUtes and finished 2nd outright. Crick made his Supercars debut in 2022 and in 2024 will be racing double duties in Super2 alongside V8 SuperUtes. 

7

Ben "The Jet" Walsh

Western Sydney Motorsport | Toyota HiLux

Restauranteur and hotelier by day, racer by weekend, Ben Walsh has an extensive racing CV enviable of many young racers. After a successful career in karting and HQ Holdens in the early 1990s, Walsh made the move overseas, racing in British Formula Ford and French Formula Renault, before contesting selected Asian open-wheel categories. The Gold Coast-based racer won the prestigious FIA International Asian Drivers’ Championship in 1998 and received a Toyota drive in the Japanese F3 Championship in 1999. A heavy crash sidelined his international racing ambitions, but after many years out of the sport Ben returned to the sport in 2016 and claimed the Aussie Racing Cars Masters Cup title. Walsh also finished 4th in the V8 SuperUtes in 2021, and 3rd in 2022.

8

Amar "The Cub" Sharma

City Rural Insurance Brokers | Mazda BT-50

Amar Sharma is the son of Raj “The Tiger” Sharma who was a long-time V8 Utes Racing Series racer. His nickname “The Cub” comes from being Raj’s son and carrying on the family’s racing legacy. Racing career highlights include being placed top 100 (out of 10,000 entries) in the Force One India Driver Search in 2011, finishing 6th outright in the 2014 Indian Formula BMW, with additional experience in the Suzuki Swift series, Excel Cup, and other production cars championships. In 2021 Amar placed 3rd in Class E at the Bathurst 6 Hour, and won the 2022 Australian Production Cars Championship in Class D. Amar made his V8 SuperUtes debut at the Gold Coast finale in 2023.

9

Adam "The Menace" Marjoram

Team Motion Racing | Isuzu D-MAX

Born and bred in Perth, Adam Marjoram’s racing career includes karting, Saloon Cars and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge before switching to the V8 Ute Racing Series in 2013, catching the eye of Erebus Motorsport owner Betty Klimenko and becoming a Erebus Academy driver. “The Menace” finished a credible 4th in the V8 Ute Racing Series in 2015 before stepping up to Super2 with Matt Stone Racing in 2016. Making a one-off appearance in V8 SuperUtes in 2022 at The Bend, which he won the round, Marj finished a close 2nd in the 2023 title behind current 2024 teammate Aaron Borg. 

15

Cody "Rooster" Brewczynski

Western Sydney Motorsport | Toyota HiLux

Cody Brewczynski is a full time driver coach and karting instructor from Sydney who won 8 state championships and one Australian championship in his early karting career, before representing Australia at the Rotax World Championships in Italy (2016) and Portugal (2017). A previous multiple round winner, multiple polesitter and fastest laps winner in the Aussie Racing Cars – including qualifying on pole and winning his first race on debut at Sydney Motorsport Park – “Rooster” made his debut in V8 SuperUtes in 2023 at The Bend.

18

George "El Gringo" Gutierrez

Plenti Racing | Holden Colorado

South Australian George Gutierrez is a qualified electrican by day, while also running a successful motorsport team in V8 SuperUtes and focussing on pathways for upcoming youth in junior categories. Making his karting debut in 2005, Gutierrez has racing in Formula Vee, Aussie Racing Cars, the V8 Ute Racing Series, Improved Production (where he was champion in 2018) and the Toyota 86 Series. Debuting in V8 SuperUtes in 2021, “El Gringo” is a racer winner and has achieved numerous podium finishes. In 2024, George unveiled a newly sponsored Plenti Racing team in association with Apogee Motorsport Services.

19

Adrian "Kotty" Cottrell

Follow

Team Forty One | Holden Colorado

South Australian Adrian Cottrell has an eclectic motorsport history. His accolades including being a former Aussie Racing Car National Champion, National Speedway champion, BMX National Champion as well has wins in karting and Formula 3. “Kotty” joined the series as part of two-car Holden Colorado assault for the 2023 season and will step out into his own team in 2024. The Colorado he steers is the same V8 SuperUte formerly driven in 2022 by two-time champion Aaron Borg.

41

Jimmy "The Phantom" Vernon

Hunter Pacific Ceiling Fans | Mitsubishi Triton

Jimmy Vernon has been addicted to motorsport from the age of seven where he competed in motocross until age 13. Followed by a year in karting and then being allowed to race Formula Ford at age 14, Jimmy raced in the 2015 Australian F4 Championship and contested the 2016 Bathurst 12-hour for MARC Cars. In 2017 “the Phantom” moved into the Toyota 86 Racing Series which he won outright with a round to spare. Other accolades include finishing 3rd in the 2020 National Trans Am Series and the A1 Class winner in the 2022 Australian Production Car Championship. Jimmy is a huge advocate for the Kids for Cancer Foundation giving 20% of his sponsorship proceeds direct to families who’s kids are gonig through cancer treatment. In 2023 Jimmy won was the V8 SuperUtes Rookie of the Year, claiming the inaugural Craig Jenner Perpetual Cup.

50

Michael "Hooligan" Sherwell

Nova Air and Electrical | Mitsubishi Triton

Michael Sherwell from Newcastle has a history of doing things differently, including starting his racing career at 40. His father was a keen motorbike racer in the 1970s and when Michael showed the same curiosity, was told to learn how to fix them before he could ride them. And so he did. 2023 was a big year for Michael, competing in his third year of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia 86 Series and also making his debut in the V8 SuperUtes at the non-championship VAILO Adelaide 500 event. “Hooligan” aims to make it into the top-10 in his first full season of V8 SuperUtes.

55

Ryal "Shoey" Harris

EFS 4x4 Accessories & Super Butcher | Ford Ranger

The most-successful Utes driver in Australia motorsport history, Harris has won five titles in total across three eras; three titles in the original V8 Utes Racing Series formula, the inaugural diesel-powered SuperUtes title in 2018, plus the 2021 title in the current V8 era. Starting in karts age 11, “The Kid” was a regular winner on the local circuit with 14 state and national karting titles by the age of 16. He made his debut in the V8 Utes Racing Series in 2004, claimed back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013 plus a third title in 2015. Switching to V8 SuperUtes in 2018, he won his first title at the Newcastle finale followed by wrapping up the 2021 series at Mount Panorama. A one-off outing at the 2022 Gold Coast event saw Ryal claim three out of four race wins and the overall round victory before committing to a full attack in 2023 where he finished 3rd outright. Ryal is also the driver who invented the “Shoey” craze.

58

Craig "Big Sexy" Woods

Western Sydney Motorsport | Toyota HiLux

Craig Woods began his racing career in Superkarts, where he finished 2nd in the 2011 NSW State Championship before progressing to Aussie Racing Cars. Woodsy finished top-10 in his debut season and subsequently recorded championship results of 8th, 8th, 3rd, 2nd and 5th, before making his V8 Ute Racing Series debut in 2016. Through his Western Sydney Motorsport association, a jump to V8 SuperUtes in its inaugural year was only natural and he finished 2nd outright in 2018 behind Ryal Harris, 5th outright in 2019 and 2nd outright in 2022.

64

Ellexandra "The Original" Best

Best Leisure Industries | Mazda BT-50

A Girls on Track ambassador, Ellexandra Best has raced in Excels, Toyota 86s, a variety of production cars where she is an APCC race winner, and boasts two Bathurst 6 Hour podium results to her credit; including 2nd in 2023 in an all-female team. The Victorian made her debut in the V8 SuperUtes in late 2021, impressing with four top-10 results, and is one of two females in the series in 2024Ellex is the older sister of Super2 racer Zak Best, hence why her nickname is “The Original”.

76

Jason "Lando" Norris

Auto Masters Racing | Toyota HiLux

Queenslander Jason Norris started in dirt go-karts at the age 11, before moving to dirt circuit racing from the age of 14. Transitioning into speedway in the Formula 500 Sprint Cars, Jason left dirt circuit a decade ago to focus on a career within the automotive industry. He made his debut in V8 SuperUtes at Sandown 2023 and is supported by Peters Motorsport. 

88

Jayden "Maverick" Wanzek

Sieders Racing Team | Mitsubishi Triton

Jayden Wanzek from South Australia is a “First Dan Black Belt” in Karate when he’s not driving morethan 200km/h on race tracks. Having competed in Circuit Excel SA from 2019-2021, he came 2nd in 2020 with 15 race wins. Jayden moved to Toyota 86s in 2022 and in 2023 ran his own racing team with family and his racing coach Simon Wills (former Supercars driver). Jayden is very hands-on with his racing, having worked on his previous Toyota 86 from panel beating, to replacing engines, gearboxes, suspension, wiring, painting etc and is working on project cars this year to film for his YouTube channel.

90

Ryan "The Hunter" How

Gtechniq Racing | Ford Ranger

Melbournian Ryan How is a winner in Australian Formula 3 and Australian GT and is one of few drivers in the country to be given special dispensation at age 14 to race professionally. With a history of race wins, round wins, pole positions and breaking track records along the way, Ryan finished 2023 as runner-up in Australian Formula Open (F3 Dallara) and stepped up to V8 SuperUtes in 2024 with backing from Gtechniq. He’s a trained mechanic and also works for Mercedes AMG at their event drive days as an instructor. 

125

Rossi "The Territorian" Johnson

Plenti Racing | Holden Colorado

Heralding from Darwin, Rossi Johnson comes from a motocross background before racing in the Toyota 86 Series the last few years. Part of newly formed Apogee Motorsport Services outfit alongside teammate George Gutierrez, Rossi made his debut in V8 SuperUtes at the VAILO Adelaide 500 in November 2023.

333

Holly "Hollypop" Espray

Holly Espray Racing | Isuzu D-MAX

Queenslander Holly Espray began her career in karting age seven and raced BMX and motorbikes before moving to cars at age 13. She won the 2020 Track Attack Australia Championship in Queensland, and in 2021 raced a Formula Vee, finishing 3rd overall in her first weekend of racing. Making her debut in V8 SuperUtes in 2023 (Sydney Motorsport Park), Holly was the highest placed female on track in her first season.

777

Jensen "Dustbuster" Engelhardt

Jensen Engelhardt​ Racing | Toyota HiLux

Jensen Engelhardt from Victoria learned to driver on his family farm at age six and the first car he drove on a racetrack was a Holden Astra at Winton Raceway’s skidpan before he was a teenager. Having completed Motorsport Australia’s junior development program “Riccardo’s Racers”, Jensen made the bold decision to join the V8 SuperUtes in 2023 at Sydney Motorsport Park as his circuit racing debut and was part of JKD Racing, owned by his stepfather Dean Brooking.

805