QUICK KIWI COMPLETES LAUREN GRAY MOTORSPORT 12 HOUR SQUAD EXPERIENCED NEW ZEALAND RACER Tony Head will join Lauren Gray Motorsport at the 2010 ArmorAll Bathurst 12 Hour, completing the three-driver line-up that includes experienced 12-hour racer...
QUICK KIWI COMPLETES LAUREN GRAY MOTORSPORT 12 HOUR SQUAD
EXPERIENCED NEW ZEALAND RACER Tony Head will join Lauren Gray Motorsport at the 2010 ArmorAll Bathurst 12 Hour, completing the three-driver line-up that includes experienced 12-hour racer Lauren Gray and her dad, Michael.
Head, 43, hails from Hamilton on the North Island and is a nine-time veteran of Targa New Zealand, primarily driving Toyota products ranging from production-based Corollas to racing a fire-breathing 600hp twin-turbo Levin in a South Island endurance race.
Having enjoyed factory support from Toyota New Zealand for the past eight years, Head's experience and history with the Toyota product make him an ideal fit for Lauren Gray Motorsport's first tilt at the 12-hour race.
Though he only has road-car experience at Mount Panorama, Head believes that his past racing experiences will help his learning curve at one of the world's most challenging circuits.
"I have been racing for over 20 years in many forms of motorsport, from Tarmac Rallies to Gravel events and Touring Car sedan racing," he said.
"I am looking forward to the experience. I aim to be a level headed, focussed driver and I know what it takes to bring a car home to the finish whilst also performing at the highest possible levels. It's going to be a great challenge tackling the mountain with Lauren Gray Motorsport, and I can't wait to get out there."
Lauren Gray, who has twice tackled the Bathurst 12 hour and finished 21st last year driving a BMW, said the team was looking forward to welcoming Tony to the family.
"We are a family team and two-thirds of the driver line-up is made up of a father and daughter, so Tony really will be part of the family for the weekend!," Gray said.
"We are pleased to have him on board because of his experience racing a lot of different cars at different circuits, which will help him adapt to the track and the LGM Corolla quickly. He also has a background in engineering so he understands what goes into making one of these cars last for the 12 hours.
"Our aim is to get to the finish of the race and having someone of Tony's experience on board gives us a boost in achieving our goals."
Michael Gray and 12-hour race mechanic Terry Stott are currently in the final stages of preparation for the race, a new engine and gearbox completing the extensive preparations needed to make a car reliable over 12 hours and more than 1200 competitive kilometres.
The team aims to test at Winton in the coming weeks before heading to the Mountain in early February.
Should the Lauren Gray Motorsport Corolla take the start, it will be the first time that a father-daughter team will have started a multiple-driver event in Bathurst's long history of endurance races.
The Armor All Bathurst 12 hour will be held at Mount Panorama on February 12 - 14.
-source: lauren gray pr