V8SDS: Holden names Young Lions cub class of 2006

Holden names Young Lions cub class of 2006 HOLDEN will revive its Holden Young Lions driver scheme for the 2006 V8 Supercar Series, lending support to five young drivers racing Commodores in both the main V8 series and the Fujitsu V8 Supercar...

Holden names Young Lions cub class of 2006

HOLDEN will revive its Holden Young Lions driver scheme for the 2006 V8 Supercar Series, lending support to five young drivers racing Commodores in both the main V8 series and the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Development Series.

V8 Supercar Championship Series drivers Alan Gurr and Fabian Coulthard as well as Fujitsu Series drivers Jack Perkins, Shane Price and Tony D'Alberto will be a part of the Holden Young Lions program in 2006.

The five drivers will have access to assistance from Holden Motorsport and be able to utilise the resources of GM Holden among a range of other benefits.

Gurr, 24, and Coulthard, 23, will share the #39 Team Sirromet Wines Commodore in alternate rounds of the main V8 Supercar Series, while Price, 19, and Perkins, 19, will drive for Perkins Motorsport in a pair of Commodores in the Fujitsu Series.

D'Alberto, 20, will drive an ex-HSV Dealer Team Commodore for GMAC Racing in this year's Fujitsu Series after finishing fifth in last year's championship. He drove for Tasman Motorsport in last year's endurance events with Coulthard.

"The Young Lions program has produced so much success that we want to be able to give some of its benefits to the emerging Holden drivers of the future," said Holden Motorsport Manager Simon McNamara.

"We'll open doors for them in the areas of media coaching and training, assist with introductions to relevant and important industry figures and generally help them develop their careers."

Formed in 1997, the Holden Young Lions program helped launch the careers of a number of drivers, notably Todd Kelly and younger brother Rick.

The former drove a Young Lions Commodore to victory in a race in the Canberra 400 in 2000 and has since become a factory Holden Racing Team driver.

The latter won the Australian Drivers Championship in a HYL-backed Formula Holden in 2001 before stepping into V8 Supercars in a Young Lions Commodore in 2002, finishing fourth at Bathurst with Nathan Pretty.

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Series Supercars , CAMS
Drivers Nathan Pretty , Fabian Coulthard , Todd Kelly , Alan Gurr , Tony D'Alberto , Jack Perkins , Shane Price , Simon McNamara
Teams Holden Racing Team