Orrcon Racing endurance lineup adds Halliday

Orrcon Racing are pleased to announce that New Zealander Matthew Halliday will be joining the team as the fourth driver in their line up for the Betta Electrical Sandown 500 and Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 events later this year. Halliday, 25, has ...

Orrcon Racing are pleased to announce that New Zealander Matthew Halliday will be joining the team as the fourth driver in their line up for the Betta Electrical Sandown 500 and Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 events later this year.

Halliday, 25, has claimed a host of victories across a wide variety of racing categories that has also including pole position and dominating the third round of the Formula Renault Championship before finishing second in Monaco last year.

The talented Kiwi finished sixth in the 2001 Indy Lights Championship and has twice finished third in the Australian Drivers Championship in 1999 and 2000.

More recently, Halliday has finished runner-up in the 2004 Trans Tasman GT3 Cup behind multiple Bathurst and Australian touring car Champion Jim Richards. He also took out two of the Carrera Cup races at the Melbourne Grand Prix earlier this year.

Over the past few months Halliday has spent the majority of his time as a driving instructor for Porsche New Zealand and won the support event at the New Zealand round of the V8 Supercar round in May.

Throughout his career that began at age nine in go-karts the Auckland resident has competed in a variety of categories including Formula Ford, Formula Holden, Indy Lights, Infinity Pro Series (IRL), Formula Renault V6 Eurocup, Trans Tasman GT3 Cup and Carrera Cup.

In September, V8 Supercars will be added to this substantial list with the Sandown event set to be his debut in Australia's premiere category.

"It is a great opportunity for me and my career, I simply can't wait," said Halliday.

"To race at Bathurst is any Australian or New Zealand drivers dream and to be able to achieve this goal with a team as professional as Orrcon Racing is unreal.

"I am confident that I will adapt well into the team and the characteristics of a V8."

Halliday will join team owner Mark Larkham and regular drivers Jason Bargwanna, Mark Winterbottom in the four driver line up for the 2004 endurance races.

Whilst the team is pleased to announce their drivers for the two events which drivers will line up alongside each other in the Number 10 and 20 Orrcon Racing Falcons is yet to be finalised.

"I feel that we have a great blend of youthfulness with experience in our line up this year," said Larkham who has previously claimed pole at Bathurst in 1999.

"As a team we have really grown this year and by adding another talented young driver for our endurance line up I am confident we can be up the pointy end in both events."

Halliday will test with the Orrcon Racing team prior to making his race debut at the Betta Electrical Sandown 500 at Sandown, Victoria on September 10-12.

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