Britek get ready to head west with Western Star Constellation

By: Graham Gardiner


Leading V8 Supercar outfit Britek Motorsport is powering across Australia with Western Star. Britek Motorsport field entries for Jason Bright’s #25

Leading V8 Supercar outfit Britek Motorsport is powering across Australia with Western Star.

Britek Motorsport field entries for Jason Bright’s #25 Fujitsu Racing Ford and the #26 IRWIN Racing Falcon of Marcus Marshall in all 15 events that make-up the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

Britek uses a Western Star Constellation Series 4800FXB model with 40-inch Stratosphere walk-through sleeper. Power comes from a Caterpillar C15, 550hp engine and other features include an Eaton Fuller 18-speed transmission, Meritor rear axles, Airliner rear suspension, Alcoa aluminium disc wheels and a Jost turntable.

"Western Star is pleased to be associated with the Britek Motorsport team," says Don Hanson, Marketing Manager Western Star Trucks Australia.

"Britek’s commitment to excellence certainly reflects Western Star’s approach to product quality and customer service.

"Western Star achieved the largest marketshare gain of any heavy-duty truck brand in Australia in 2007 (a gain of 1.5 percentage points to 8.4 percent), and the growth has continued in the first quarter of 2008 with a marketshare of 11.4 percent."

The importance of a quality prime mover is critical for the next round at Barbagallo Raceway north of Perth. The B-double Britek race hauler will leave on Saturday, May 3 on the 4,500km journey from its Dandenong base in Melbourne to Perth. Including the prime mover, plus the two trailers, the fully loaded 26-metre rig weighs in at 52 tonnes and with all the racing equipment aboard is valued at $3.5 million.

Joe Sullivan is Britek’s full-time truck driver, his experience in racing dates back to the early 1970s when he first worked with Murray Carter. Sullivan’s role with Britek is the fulltime management of the team transporter as well as the race tyres.

"Ensuring a safe and comfortable journey is crucial," he says. "The addition of the Western Star prime mover has been a welcome addition to Britek. On all events it is very important to have a quality prime mover, but on the long-haul races to Perth and Darwin it does make a huge difference. A good looking truck and trailer combination does attract plenty of attention. With the Western Star up front of our rig we certainly turn plenty of heads all over the country."

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