Glen Collinson back for what could be last shot at V8 Ute title

Glen Collinson has launched his 2018­–‘19 V8 Ute Series campaign and is firmly hoping for better luck as he mounts another challenge for the title. Last season the DNA paints-backed Ford Falcon FG had pace to score consistent points and win races every time out, but was effectively destroyed in a huge crash at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park.

An eventual sixth place in the championship was poor reward for the popular and hardworking Hamilton-based Panorama Motorsport outfit.

“It’s fair to say we hit rock bottom with our luck last season and it’s a fact that we got close to pulling the pin,” Collinson said.

“However, everyone who knows us also knows we are old school racers and have an itch to scratch with this championship.”

Recent rumours have suggested Collinson was in the market for a suitable vehicle to move up to the premier BNT V8 class, or a move to GT racing with a Ford-based project the team have built but had under wraps for a couple of seasons. However, Collinson says he’s focused on the present rather than the future. “Who knows what the future will bring for the team beyond this next season, but for now we are concentrating on securing the V8 Utes title.

“We know we’ve got the speed, we just need good old Lady Luck to give us the nod every now and then.

The team revealed the new livery for the car at Pukekohe Park today while shaking down a new engine in the car and confirming DNA once again as the car’s lead sponsor for the third consecutive season.

Betta Autoparts, Civiltrain, Rhys & Co, Link Up Paints and The Machine Shop are also on board for the campaign.

Also remaining for the first time in V8 Utes, the Panorama engineering and support crew will be the same as last season as Collinson aims to rebuild the momentum they saw on several occasions last time out.