CAT Racing appoints new team manger

The behind the scenes team for John Bowe's attack for V8 Supercar success has been boosted by the recruitment of experienced team manger, Alan Heaphy. Heaphy's decision to join the Queensland based team provides added experience to the...

The behind the scenes team for John Bowe's attack for V8 Supercar success has been boosted by the recruitment of experienced team manger, Alan Heaphy.

Heaphy's decision to join the Queensland based team provides added experience to the squad which has been headed by engine expert Alan Draper throughout 2000.

Heaphy last year masterminded Wynns Racing's Bathurst winning Holden Commodore team and Bowe believes the new "recruit" will play an important role in the development of the team.

"We have asked a lot of Alan Draper to head our engine program as well as run the entire team and having Alan Heaphy on board brings us another step closer to challenging at the sharp end of the grid on a consistent basis," Bowe said.

"With the two Alans, we now have two of the most experienced guys in V8 Supercar racing in our team.

"To be successful, there is more to it than just driving well - you need a great team of people behind you.

"You have to build towards that success and I congratulate our team owner John Briggs in grabbing a key player like Alan Heaphy."

Heaphy's C.V. includes some impressive achievements including overseas stints in the World Rally Championship (84-87), Nissan's European Touring Car Championship team in 1988, its World Sportscar Championship squad in 1989 and 90, as well as the Japanese manufacturer's Super Touring British Touring Car Championship team in 1992 and 93.

He was the team manager for Gibson Motorsport with the legendary "Godzilla" Nissan Skyline GT-R in 1991 and 92 and also ran Wayne Gardner Racing from 93 to 97 before rejoining Gibson Motorsport over the past two years.

Heaphy is excited at the opportunity to work with Bowe as well as being re-united with ex-Nissan star Jim Richards for the endurance races.

"I think this team has enormous potential and I am thrilled with the opportunity that John Briggs has given me," Heaphy said.

"The team has some very exciting plans ahead and I believe we have all the ingredients to be a very good team.

"By the time the endurance races come around at Queensland Raceway and Bathurst, I really think we can be a force to be reckoned with.

"John Bowe is one of the best in the business and I am really looking forward to working with Jim Richards again.

"'Richo' and I have had some great success in the past with Nissan and to have him teamed up with 'JB' is a gem of a pairing."

Heaphy kicks off his career in Cat Racing colours this weekend for round eight of the championship at Winton Motor Raceway.

Team owner John Briggs is delighted with his latest "signing."

"People with Alan Heaphy's experience don't become available every day of the week," Briggs said.

"Building a successful race team is a tough job. It took the Holden Racing Team years to get to stage where they are now.

"In real terms, our team is still not even 12 months old so we still have a long way to go, but we are gradually putting all the pieces of the puzzle together.

"We are working on some very exciting developments and although we have shown glimpses of outstanding form - I really believe we will make a lot of people sit up and take notice in the year's ahead."

Paul Ryan

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