SUPERCARS Australia has announced a new category for 2017 called SuperUtes, replacing the current V8 Utes series.
It's an exciting and obvious move with so many different manufacturers selling turbo-diesel dual cab utes on our market, with that number set to increase in coming years.
Supercars Australia said the series would be open to all manufacturers, meaning we could see Supercars support races pitching production-based Toyota HiLuxes against Mazda BT-50s, Ford Rangers, Nissan Navaras, Holden Colorados, Mitsubishi Tritons, Isuzu D-Maxes, Volkswagen Amaroks and even offerings from Foton, SsangYong and Great Wall.
With double cab utes also expected soon from Mercedes-Benz, Renault and Hyundai it could be a grid flush with different manufacturers.
Supercars Managing Director Matt Braid said the introduction of SuperUtes was an exciting development for Australian motorsport.
"V8 Utes has been a popular and entertaining category but with the changing automotive market it's important that the Utes series becomes more market relevant," he said.
"Utilising production based turbo-diesel dual cab utes currently available for sale in the Australian market, SuperUtes will open the category to a variety of new manufacturers while still maintaining the spectacular and entertaining elements that make the category such a favourite with the fans."
The first event is planned to be Townsville next July, followed by Ipswich, Bathurst, Gold Coast and Newcastle.
The series would be further expanded in 2018.