Cramp's new weapon ready for 2005 Performance Car stoush. (February 21st, 2005) Australian Performance Car Championship (Formally GT Performance) team CVW Manta Racing have professed themselves title contenders for season 2005, as the team ...
Cramp's new weapon ready for 2005 Performance Car stoush.
(February 21st, 2005) Australian Performance Car Championship (Formally GT Performance) team CVW Manta Racing have professed themselves title contenders for season 2005, as the team nears completion of their brand new VZ HSV Commodore that they have built from the ground up for the upcoming season.
Driver Steve Cramp, who took his CVW Engineering VX HSV to 12th on the GT performance points table in 2004, said that the creation of the new car has not only been trouble free, but should give the team an excellent chance to move up the order in the coming season
"The process of building the new car has been absolutely fantastic so far," he explained. "All the panels are on, so it's just about complete and ready to run. We will do some final set work up on the car this weekend to finish things off before we take it out for a test session at Mallala next weekend."
Cramp explained the team's decision to create a new car from a bare HSV shell, instead of overhauling the team's 2004 car, was purely based on giving them the best possible head start for the season ahead.
"This is a brand new car, which has had over 400-man hours put into it to get it to this stage. We believe that having a car built from scratch will give us a pace advantage over teams which are running updated versions of last year's machinery."
With the championship following the V8Supercar circus in 2005, Cramp said that the combination of tracks the series' visited -- mainly horsepower circuits like Hidden Valley, Eastern Creek and Symmons Plains -- would suit the big V8 Commodore down to the ground.
"We are confident that we will have the right package to have a really good shot at a Round victory at Clipsal, and subsequently a good shot at the Performance Car Championship. All but two of the tracks we visit, being Oran Park and Wakefield, really suit our car." He said.
Cramp also added that running on the AVESCO program would bring additional benefits to the closely fought series, which this year will be comprised of 7 rounds -- six with the V8 Supercar Championship, and one (at Wakefield) with the V8 Supercar development series.
"The series seems to be coming together really well. I think it's a great thing that we will be running with the V8 Supercars this season, It's going to give us great opportunities to showcase our product we have to a wider market.
"Racing at tracks like Hidden Valley in Darwin, where the series' has never been before, will help give fans a better appreciation what these cars can really do."
The Australian Performance Car Championship kicks off on the Streets of Adelaide as part of the Clipsal 500 carnival on March 17 -- 20.