Charman rookie V8 ute driver

FORMULA Ford state champion Steve Charman will switch motorsport codes in November and make his V8 ute debut at the Bathurst 1000.

The former Baulkham Hills resident was busy training last week at Eastern Creek Raceway in a bid to clock up valuable driving time in his new Pizza Hut ute.

Charman, 35, said he was confident he could take his skills from the Formula Ford series and transfer them into his new racing arena.

"There's similarities between the two and skills from Formula Ford I'll definitely be drawing on," Charman said.

"V8 utes is the next step in my progression towards the V8 Supercars.

"Like every racer this is everyone's dream to compete in the Supercars and I've set myself a three-year plan to dominate the ute series and then step up to the next level."

Before Charman's V8 Supercar dream can be achieved he must first make several key changes to be competitive in the V8 ute series championship.

Unlike the Formula Ford category, Charman will be driving with a closed roof for the first time in a car three times the weight of his former racer.

"It's a lot more physical in the V8 ute series," Charman said.

"In Formula Ford if you took a knock it would damage the car quite a bit, where as in the utes they can take much more in collisions."

This season Charman will compete in two rounds at Bathurst and Gold Coast 600.

He plans to contest all eight championship races for the V8 ute series in 2013. Despite still being new to the sport he's targeted the rookie of the year title next year and plans to win the series outright in 2014.

"Both my races this year are about learning how to better handle my new car," he said.

"Next year I believe I'll be very competitive winning races for my new racing team."

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