All eyes are on Craig Dontas for the final rounds of the 2016 V8 Ute Racing Series

CRC Racing’s Craig Dontas is sitting 3rd in the Championship Standings at series mid point of the 2016 Australian V8 Ute Racing Series and is prepared for a title fight.

Craig Dontas 2016 ute

Off of the track, Dontas has been keeping busy attending promotions with Total Tools Displays and CRC as well as joining Clipsal Australia for some Endurance Go Kart Racing before the upcoming Deni Ute Muster with Milwaukee.

“We’ve done a couple of promotions with Total Tools and CRC and have been doing a heap for Clipsal Australia where we have come off of the back of a fairly big trade campaign with them where we won a couple of Go Kart races as well,” Dontas said.

The #45 Ute has undergone several changes at the Sieders Racing Team Sydney Workshop, with the inclusion of a new engine and total car rebuild.

Dontas and the CRC Racing Crew will be shaking the new Ute down in the coming weeks at Sydney Motorsport Park, taking advantage of unlimited testing sessions for the category.

“The freshest engine to get us up the mountain will be great, testing has been opened up this year with the move to Supercars we’ve got a bit more freedom which is good, we probably could have done more testing but things have been going pretty well so we haven’t had to,” Dontas said.

Three mammoth rounds and six races remain in the 2016 Australian V8 Ute Racing Series; the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, the Castrol Gold Coast 600 and the Sydney 500.

Dontas has stood on the podium for three of the five rounds so far of the V8 Utes Series, achieving P2 at Clipsal, Townsville and Winton, and is confident he is closing in on a P1 overall finish. Dontas has only claimed one race win so far, but has been continuously present in Top 3 for eight races achieving four P2 and three P3 finishes.

The CRC Racer is sitting 3rd in the championship on 699 points, trailing Ryan Hansford on 723 points and leader David Sieders on 793.

Craig Dontas

A mechanical issue at Phillip Island cost Dontas valuable Championship points, but he is confident that lost round can be made up in the remainder of the series.

“It’s about getting in striking distance of first and second place championship guys that haven’t had their issues yet, we are the first of the bunch to have a bad race so we will be the first in line to pounce if one of the those guys have a bad day,” Dontas said.

Dontas is expecting repeated success in the leadup to Bathurst after having a year of balance and consistency.

"Being there and being present is the name of the game now,” Dontas said. 

Craig and the team will be at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 for their next race event which is held on the 6th - 9th October 2016