Brett 'The Scud' Rudd will be back in the PORTERGROUP V8 Ute Championship for the 2018-2019 season, coming out of an enforced early retirement with the ex-Richard Moore Holden and with a championship challenge firmly in his sights.
Rudd, one of the most popular drivers in the series in recent seasons, and a racer with two title runner up spots to his name in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, was injured in an horrific crash last season at the penultimate round of the series at Hampton Downs, and at the time it seemed he would call it a day with the LOSCAM and Pallet Supplies ute completely destroyed in the shunt.
Six months down the line however, and after recovering from his injuries, he's confirmed he's going to be back in the saddle again next year.
"My General Manager is in a band and having thought about the accident and having to stop, I said to him it's a bit like him playing his best song to an audience, someone comes onto the stage and smashes his guitar and he has to stop. That's unfinished business in every sense of the phrase. I love the V8 Ute community and more than anything I used to look forward to the racing that was ahead every weekend.
"I had the sponsors in place to carry on and decided that I would. There's plenty of racing left in the Scud and I'll be out there to win."
Rudd fractured a tibia in the crash, and went undiagnosed for three weeks afterwards, a period which included a painful trip to watch the Australian Grand Prix.
Now fit and healthy again, he has been training hard ahead of the new season and has already raced the new Ute at the Manfeild one hour race in the North Island Endurance Series. A full reveal of the Holden in a brand new livery will take place in early October.
The 2018-2019 PORTERGROUP V8 Utes hit the track again at Pukekohe Park in December for the first round of a four round championship that will include a trip to Highlands Motorsport Park and being on the support card once more for the New Zealand Grand Prix meeting at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon in February before concluding the championship at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park in March.