'Hitch' Dixon with Mates in Tow heads Hayman Reese V8 Ute to Bathurst

July 18, 2013
'Hitch' Dixon with Mates in Tow heads Hayman Reese V8 Ute to Bathurst

V8 Ute race driver Jesse 'Hitch' Dixon is bound for Bathurst in October with his Mates in Tow. His 'Mates' include a sponsor he and GoSeeAustralia share, Hayman Reese. And like GSA Jesse has covered a lot of kilometres towing with HR gear.

'Hitch' said today that the 12 tonne race team transporter carries the Hayman Reese RacingV8 Ute and tows the teams Show ute behind. The big rig has covered about 13,000km with about 3 tonne on the HR towbar, he says.

Jesse's road touring with the Hayman Reese show ute this week includes Bundaberg to the Gold Coast, Gold Coast to Sydney and Sydney to Melbourne. It is a long haul as he says on his Facebook site - If only there were frequent flier points for driving. The GoSeeAustralia free Plan a Trip says that is 2154km via the Gold Coast.

But along the way he found time to try a genuine Australian motorsports icon a Ford Phase 3 GT-HO on July 13. It was a short aquaintance but the Ford heavyweight impressed him as an amazing supercar, he says.

Bathurst is a pilgrimage for Jesse. He promised his late father that he would be part of the pinnacle of motorsport as a driver and that is what he is going to do in October.

V8 Ute racing is different to the V8 Supercar racing eventsheld in each state of Australia, Hamilton in NZ and Abu Dhabi see GoSee Calendar for remaining events this year. But Bathurst is 'THE' event of the year with a few more rounds for drivers to earn winning points for the end of year championship.

Ute racing allows younger generation drivers to enter racing at lesser cost in somewhat standard racing vehicles rather than full race cars although they feature all the safety racing gear.

There is a lot of road travel on the long haul to Bathurst, New South Wales and Jesse says, as resources are precious, he tries to give back to his team in every way he can. That includes stints at the wheel of the 12 tonne transporter. It gives me time to think and prepare for the next race, he said.

And it allows me to be a lot more involved in all of the hard work that goes in before we get to the track, which I think is very important for a young driver, he said. Jesse is a planner and his voice reflects a meticulous involvement when he talks about Bathurst.

Bathurst is an incredible track! he says. The track drops 174m from top to bottom. The race begins at the bottom of Mount Panorama and follows a series of sharp turns, steep straights and huge drops. The V8 Supercarscan reach up to 300km/hour down Conrod Straight, the longest racing straight in Australia (1.9km in length).

Power and a well set-up race car are the Bathurst must haves in a vehicle, he says and the Hayman Reese Racing Ute he punts along fills the bill. V8's are one ofthe greatest touring car categories in the world, Jesse said.

Hitch Dixon wheel up as  power  bites
Hitch Dixon wheel up as power bites

Bathurst is also a big one for caravan parks which help provide accommodation for the thousands of fans who gather for The Great Race in October.

Bathurst was once a yearly camping trip for Jesse and he shares that experience with GoSeeAustralia's Sales Manager, Alan Hislop, who as a confessed Holden Rev Head and former hill climb racer, camped on top of The Mountain to help thousands cheer Australian motor racing legend Peter Brock to victory.

Jesse and Alan, share Bathurst fever with thousands of race fans in the same way.

They agree, it is the great atmosphere, the noise and the smell, which helps make Bathurst racing an annual pilgrimage for Australians.

Editors note: From Wikipedea the free online encyclopedia. The V8 Ute Racing Series is an Australian motor racing series for utilities, derived from the Australian Production Car Championship. It was conceived in 2000 by PROCAR chief Ross Palmer and launched March 2001, as V8 Brute Utes, at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.

The series was instantly popular, in part because of aggressive driving style of competitors, a style encouraged by the use of reverse grid racing. In reverse grid racing the starting order of a race is reversed, so that the driver on pole position, starts last.

Entry into V8 Utes racing is via a franchise, which has been limited to 32, 16 specifically to be Ford Falcon XR8 Utes, 16 Holden SS Utes. All the rounds are shared with V8 Supercars, Australia's top motorsport championship.

Bathurst 1000 October 10-13 2013. The Bathurst 1000 (currently called the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000) is a 1,000-kilometre touring car race held annually at Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia.

The race was traditionally run on the first Sunday in October but in recent years has been held on the second Sunday; the 2012 V8 Supercars race calendar returns the race to its traditional first Sunday of the month. The race traces its lineage to the 1960 Armstrong 500.

Jesse HR Ute transporter and The Team
Jesse HR Ute transporter and The Team

Since then 52 races have taken place under the combined history of two events at two venues in two states. It is known among fans and broadcasters as The Great Race, and is widely regarded as the pinnacle of Australian motorsport.

Since 1999, the race has been run exclusively for V8 Supercars and is now a round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

The race winners receive the Peter Brock Trophy which was introduced at the 2006 race in honour of deceased nine-time Bathurst winner Peter Brock, most successful driver in the history of the race.

He won in 1972, 1975, 197880, 198284 and 1987 and earned the nickname King of the Mountain. The Armstrong 500, which became the Hardie Ferodo 500/1000 and later the Bathurst 1000, was first held on 20 November 1960 at Phillip Island in Victoria over 500-mile (800 km) to determine which car had the best combination of speed, performance and reliability.

The track itself is the most famous landmark in the small inland city of Bathurst. The track drops 174m from top to bottom.

The race begins at the bottom of Mount Panorama and follows a series of sharp turns, steep straights and huge drops.

The V8 Supercarscars can reach up to 300km/hour down Conrod Straight, the longest racing straight in Australia (1.9km in length).

Jesse has a busy Facebook page www.facebook.com/jessedixon10

GSA Sales Manager Alan Hislop with Hayman Reese Racing
GSA Sales Manager Alan Hislop with Hayman Reese Racing
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