Harris And Simpson Hoping For Start In VIP Petfoods Queensland 500 After Cementing Bathurst Deal

Queensland pair Craig Harris and Michael Simpson are desperately chasing the funds to be a part of next month's VIP Petfoods Queensland 500 after confirming their partnership for the V8 1000 at Bathurst in October.

Simpson, from the Gold Coast, was officially named as Harris' co-driver in his Castrol-backed Falcon for the V8 1000 at Bathurst this week and the pair is hoping to get some extra support to race in front of a home crowd at the Queensland Raceway on August 24-26.

The two have produced impressive results in this year's Konica V8 Supercar Series and are confident that their time behind the wheel during the season will help their cause in the endurance events.

Harris offered Simpson his Castrol Falcon for round four of the Konica series at Phillip Island after Simpson's Ford was badly damaged in round three at Winton and a bond has existed between the pair ever since.

"It's great that we have put together a deal with Michael for Bathurst, but we are hoping we can get the bucks together so we can get the 500kms of the Queensland 500 under our belts," said Harris, who is the leading Ford driver in the Konica Series.

"The atmosphere around the VIP Petfoods Queensland 500 is just fantastic this year and it would be great to be involved in such an event in front of our home crowd.

"Castrol has provided some great support for us this season, but the Queensland 500 was never on our schedule. I think the event is going to be so big that we cannot afford to miss it. We hope we can find a sponsor that thinks the same.

"Michael did a great job when he had our car at Phillip Island and I think would have gone close to winning the weekend if not for some engine problems.

"I think we will make a very solid combination."

Simpson, who has run at Bathurst in a whole range of cars, is looking forward to making his debut at Mt Panorama in a V8 Supercar.

"It was terrific for Craig to give us his car for the Phillip Island round and it's a good feeling to be extending the relationship," said Simpson.

"The Harris Racing organization is a very professional and well-run unit and I think we will be going to Bathurst with a good chance of a top-10 result.

"It would be a fantastic bonus if we can get on to the grid for the VIP Petfoods Queensland 500."

Simpson has produced some terrific results in this year's Konica Series in an older EL Falcon, which has received some strong support from Stone Brothers Racing one of the leading teams in this year's Shell Championship Series.

"Michael looked good the first time he stepped into the car," said Ross Stone, a co-owner of the Stone Brothers team with his brother Jim.

"He has got the ability and is not scared to have a real go.

"I certainly think he has a future in this sport."

Tickets for this year's VIP Petfoods Queensland 500 can be purchased Ticketthrough master7.com or by phoning 1 300 888 806.

-Queensland Raceway