One of New Zealand's top female racers, Alexandra Whitley, is all set to race in the first round of the PORTERGROUP V8 Ute series at the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo, in December, but says she still has work to do to raise the budget to complete the four round championship.

She will race at Taupo in the ex-Matt Spratt Holden Commodore under the wing of V8 ute racing guru Jake Stoneman and is working hard to raise the budget to complete the series in that vehicle, including running her own hot lap day at Pukekohe Park next month.

"I'm determined to make it work and raise the funds I need to compete," she explained. "We all know motorsport is not cheap at any level and I am used to having to fight a little harder being a woman in what is still largely a man's sport but I will be at Round 1 and am doing everything I can to raise the budget for the championship, where I believe I can be very competitive."

Series organisers are also keen to see Whitley join a field which is looking increasingly likely to be one of its biggest for several seasons as new drivers and new utes are confirmed.

"We would love to have Alexandra in the series full time for 2017-2018," said PORTERGROUP V8 Ute series managing director Paul Isaac. "She has more than proved she can mix it out there with the men and she would be a contender in V8 utes for certain. She also represents a unique opportunity for any sponsor. In short, something different from the norm in our category and an addition to our field we would really like to see."

Whitley, one of the leading lights in the Ssangyong Actyon Ute series in recent series, also has experience in the company's Chevy-powered SuperUte and has clocked up plenty of endurance racing kilometres in the North Island Endurance Series.

Alexandra's fundraising hot lap day will take place at Pukekohe on Sunday November 19th and anyone wanting to support her by enjoying a hot lap experience around the track, or by sponsoring her, can get in touch with her at alexandra@ssangyong.nz