One of the newest members of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Development series, Joel Spychala, is set to get a whole lot of Mount Panorama practice under his belt ahead of the 2008 season, with the 2004 NSW Formula Ford champion taking a start in next month's WPS Bathurst 12 hour.

The 25 year old from Tuncurry only recently enjoyed a shakedown run in the Fujitsu series at the Phillip Island final round, even managing to score series points, as he took to the track aboard the Mid Coast Ford ex-Gary Deane, V8Race prepared, BA Falcon.

Now facing up to a full-time drive in the 2008 series Spychala can see no better way to 'get his eye in' than by taking in some laps around Australia's spiritual home of motor racing aboard yet another V8Race entry, the V8Race Falcon GT.

"This will be my first ever time at Bathurst, and I really can't wait to get out there," said Spychala, who started his racing career in go-karts at the age of 15 before moving on to Formula Ford in 2003.

"I think the concept of the 12 hour race is just great, and what better way to prepare for my first full-time V8 Supercar drive than by taking in five or so hours around such a fantastic and challenging circuit.

"The car I will take into the development series next year has been purchased from V8Race, so it is a nice symmetry that I will be driving with them in the WPS Bathurst 12 hour -- they are a great team of guys and I am really looking forward to working with all of them."

Rod Dawson of V8Race said he was ecstatic to have Spychala on board for his team's WPS Bathurst 12 hour campaign.

"Joel is a great young guy, and it will be good for him to get in there and get a good number of laps under his belt before he steps up to the Fujitsu series full time after a great run at Phillip Island with us last year," said Dawson, who fields a number of cars in the series.

"As our lead driver, Joel will compliment our team and we think we can get out there and have a good go at getting the car up there.

"With these races, it's a lot to do with the whole tortoise and the hare concept -- so we will be looking at getting a pace together that will get us to the end, and get us there in a good position.

"Whatever happens, the whole team is just really excited to be involved -- this race is great for the industry and for the guys that are directly participating as well as the fans, to see all different kinds of cars out there on Mount Panorama like the days of old is just perfect."

Spychala will be joined in the cockpit of his V8Race/Mid Coast Ford/Announcer Financial Falcon GT by Lindsay Yelland, originally from Orange and now of Sydney, and V8Race Experience Melbourne's Operations Manager, Alex Saliba.

V8Race Experience are the pioneers of the real race experience with over 16 years in the industry offering customers the chance to drive or have hot laps in one of their fleet of 20 Ford / Holden fully prepared V8 race cars. In 2007 over 20,000 customers chose V8Race to thrill their friends or clients. V8Race Experience Drives or Hot Laps can be purchased online by visiting www.v8race.com or by phoning 03 9533 7900, with vouchers starting at $199.

The 2008 WPS Bathurst Motor Festival will be held at Mount Panorama on February 8-10, incorporating the WPS Bathurst 12 Hour on Sunday February 10.

For a detailed list of the eligible vehicles and classes please visit the WPS Bathurst Motor Festival website -- www.bathurstmotorfestival.com.au. For further technical information or entry forms, please contact Craig Denyer of WPS Bathurst 12 Hour Category Manager SPHERIX on 0417 600 610 or at craig@spherix.com.au. Entries close COB today, January 18, 2008.

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