Australian GT racer and former offshore powerboat racer Sam Fillmore is the latest racer to sign up for the 2017-2018 PORTERGROUP V8 Ute championship.

Fillmore has raced in the North and South Island Endurance series for the past five years and won the 2016 championships in both. He has also started four Bathurst 12 hour races and his GT experience extends across Porsche, Lamborghini, Audi and Ferrari machinery.

When he takes the start in his first V8 ute race at the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park in December, however, he will be at the wheel of a V8-powered Alliance Services backed Holden racing ute and that's a notable departure for the Auckland based driver. The Holden will be the Flex Group supported vehicle from former competitor James Urquhart’s stable.

"I know a lot of the guys in the series, and it's a good bunch of people and looks like an awful lot of fun, which is what racing should be about," he explained. "It's very different from the track racing I am used to but I am looking forward to the new experience and the challenge of driving something new in a highly competitive field."

Sam's skills won't be lost to GT racing however, as he will dovetail his campaign in the PORTERGROUP V8 Ute series with drives in a brand new 2018 GT3 Porsche which will be run out of Newport Beach California in the Creventic series which focuses on long distance endurance races. His first run out will be at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin on November 10th and from there it will be into the V8 ute for Taupo.

He will join one of the larger V8 ute fields of recent seasons, with most of the series regulars back for another tilt at what is now a four round national championship series and being joined by some new faces.