Dodo Racing to audition talent for 2006 V8 Supercar race seat
Youlden, Pretty and Jones joined by Formula Ford competition winner
Dodo Racing will test a select group of drivers this Monday (December 12) at Winton Motor Raceway in Victoria as it decides who will join Jason Richards in its two-car Holden Commodore squad for the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series.
A number of experienced drivers will join the team for the test, which will be keenly watched over by team Managing Director Kevin Murphy, Technical Director Ron Harrop and Chief Engineer Wally Storey.
Andrew Jones, Luke Youlden and Nathan Pretty, who ironically finished fourth, fifth and sixth respectively in this year's Bathurst 1000, will join the team to test.
However there is also the potential that a fourth, unnamed - though just as experienced - V8 Supercar driver will join them on the day. Final details of the mystery driver's participation are yet to be fully confirmed.
Tasman Motorsport Search for a V8 Superstar competition winner John Martin will also be in attendance though and sample a V8 Supercar for the first time.
The young New South Welshman won a test with the team courtesy of winning the competition that was run in conjunction with the NSW Formula Ford Championship.
"We've carefully studied the drivers and by giving some of them a test we can learn more about them and they can learn about us," said Kevin Murphy.
"It's really an evaluation opportunity for us to choose the most complete package for next year's series. All of them have plenty of experience in V8 Supercars and have shown with their previous results that they are worthy of a spot in the main series on a full-time basis.
"We're also happy to give John Martin his first drive of a V8 Supercar. He was a worthy winner of the competition in New South Wales this year and a guy we'll keep an eye on for the future."
The team will conduct its annual sponsor ride day on the following day and expects to make a decision on who will partner Richards in 2006 by Christmas.