TOM TWEEDIE JOINS MW MOTORSPORT FOR FUJITSU V8 SUPERCAR SERIES CAMPAIGN Formula 3 star Tom Tweedie will make the transition to V8 Supercar racing next year after today confirming a deal to race an Ex-Ford Performance Racing BF Falcon for ...
TOM TWEEDIE JOINS MW MOTORSPORT FOR FUJITSU V8 SUPERCAR SERIES CAMPAIGN
Formula 3 star Tom Tweedie will make the transition to V8 Supercar racing next year after today confirming a deal to race an Ex-Ford Performance Racing BF Falcon for MW Motorsport in the 2011 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series.
21-year-old Tweedie, from Hunters Hill in Sydney's Northern suburbs, will debut on home turf at next weekend's Sydney Telstra 500 in an effort to get one-up on his competition ahead of his full-season campaign next year.
After finishing third outright in this year's Formula 3 Australian Drivers' Championship and sealing his second National Class title, Tweedie tested a V8 Supercar at Wakefield Park recently and adapted quickly to the 1350kg, 600-horsepower Touring Car.
MW Motorsport are the current Fujitsu series champions, having won eight racesand the title in 2009 with Jonathan Webb.
After winning three times and scoring seventeen podiums in this year's hotly contested Gold Star championship, Tweedie said he was looking forward to the new challenge of V8 Supercar racing that begins next weekend.
"I'm really excited to have the opportunity to race for Matthew White Motorsport. They are a front running team and I know they will provide me with a great car," he said.
"Racing at Homebush will be like being thrown into the deep end as I've only had minimal laps behind the wheel of a V8 Supercar, but I'm fortunate that I am racing with Matt's team as there are few more experienced outfits in the Fujitsu series to assist my transition.
"I'm going to approach the weekend with a level head. It's a learning experience but I will still give it 100%, with the main aim to finish the races in the top 10 and, importantly, make sure I stay out of trouble."
Tweedie will aim to follow in the footsteps of recent Formula 3 Alumni Michael Caruso, Tim Slade and Karl Reindler in making a successful transition from 'wings and slicks' racing to V8 Supercars.
"I tested in V8 Supercar at Wakefield Park two weeks ago and felt really comfortable in the car straight away, which was a big turning point towards my decision to racing V8's as opposed to going to Europe," he said.
"My contacts and support here in Australia are also a major reason I feel I can give V8 Supercars everything I've got.
"In racing next weekend and with some additional testing I should be able to go to the Clipsal 500 next year and be competitive from lap one."
MW Motorsport team owner Matthew White said Tweedie's results this year proved he was up to the task of competing at the front in a Fujitsu V8 Supercar.
"We're thrilled to have Tom on board. He's a real talent and proved this year to be a championship contender," White said.
"We had (Tom's F3 championship rival) Ben Barker in the car at Bathurst and he did an excellent job so we have no reason to expect anything different from Tom. He looks very capable and quick and I think he will be a perfect fit for our team.
White said throwing Tweedie into the deep-end at Homebush next weekend was a strategic, long-term move.
"It was going to be Homebush or Clipsal next year, so there really wouldn't be much difference," He explained.
"Next weekend will basically be like a three-day test for Tom, it's all about getting miles and experience ahead of next season so it's a smart decision to make his debut now ahead of next year.
"It will also be a good chance to establish the relationship with Tom, and allow him to get to know and work with our engineers and get everything working smoothly.
"We're looking forward to working with him next weekend and into 2011."
First practice for the final round of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar series, at the Sydney Telstra 500, begins on Friday, December 3rd with two, 17-lap races concluding the 2010 Fujitsu series across the weekend of December 4-5.