New Triton joins rest of the rattlers

Riley Riley

Mitsubishi’s brand new Triton will join the rest of the mob racing in the 2019 SuperUte Series at the Superloop Adelaide 500 from February 28 to March 3.

Team Triton which ran two utes in the 2018 series has added a third car to the team to be driven by Elliot Barbour and Cameron Crick with dual Dakar Rally Champion Toby Price also driving for the team in select rounds.

Sorry if we’re not excited, but the sight of a few 4×4 utes (sorry make that rear-wheel drive utes) doing rounders instead of the good old fashioned V8 powered-Aussie utes leaves something to be desired.

Could that be the timeless roar of a hot V8?

Nevertheless, without the Australian made V8s to call upon anymore, the organisers had little choice.

It was a case of sink or swim.

Team Triton’s major sponsor Mitsubishi Motors Australia has increased its factory backing just as improvements have been made to the SuperUte Series, including new race tyres, lower ride heights, more performance and louder exhausts.

The Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Triton, Isuzu D-Max, Holden Colorado and Mazda BT-50 make up the six utes already homologated for the series.

Production turbo diesels power the utes and produce 253kW and a torque figure of 677Nm.

A category controlled Motec ECU will monitor performance across the cars.

The rear-wheel drive vehicles weigh 1800kg and also feature control components including a CAMS approved roll cage, brakes, tyres, wheels, springs and dampers.

The drivetrain will include a control gearbox and ratios as well as rear axle assembly.

ECB SuperUtes Series Adelaide entry list

# Team Driver Model
7 Total Tools Team Triton Cameron Crick Mitsubishi Triton
8 Fat Freddy’s/WSM Ben Walsh Toyota Hilux
10 Western Sydney Motorsport Michael Sieders Toyota Hilux
11 Western Sydney Motorsport Luke Vanna Toyota Hilux
17 Tank Pool Benjamin Falk Holden Colorado
18 ACDelco Racing Dean Canto Holden Colorado
22 Caltex Delo Racing Tom Alexander Isuzu D-MAX
49 Allate Auto Doors Christopher Formosa Ford Randger
58 EFS 4×4 Racing Ryal Harris Mazda BT-50
64 Western Sydney Motorsport Craig Woods Toyota Hilux
78 Mitsubishi Team Triton Elliot Barbour Mitsubishi Triton
87 Mitsubishi Team Triton Craig Dontas Mitsubishi Triton
95 West End Mazda Adam Dodd Mazda BT-50

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