12 HOUR CHAMPIONS GET ADDED PEDIGREE FOR 2010 RACE PEDIGREE Petfoods will sponsor the ...
12 HOUR CHAMPIONS GET ADDED PEDIGREE FOR 2010 RACE
PEDIGREE Petfoods will sponsor the #1 TMR Australia Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X RS driven by Rod Salmon, Damien White and Inky Tulloch that will race in the 2010 Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour Enduro to be held this weekend.
Artwork released shows the striking yellow livery will adorn the sides, bonnet and roof of the defending race champions' entry, already well known thanks to its existing bright red Skwirk.com.au livery.
The car will be unveiled to the public in the Mount Panorama circuit pit lane on Thursday, February 11th.
"It's a great sign of confidence for the event, for the category, for our team and for motorsport in general that a respected brand like Pedigree has agreed to sponsor the car this weekend," said TMR Australia owner / manager Alan Heaphy.
"It's always fantastic to associate with a great brand and that's what we have in Pedigree. It's also very good for the sport to attract a sponsor from outside the realms of motoring or motorsport. We're hoping we can give them some good return on investment this weekend and make it worthwhile for them."
Just days out from the event, the experienced Heaphy - who has guided teams to victory in both the Bathurst 1000 and 12-hour race - believes the team is as well prepared as ever.
Melbourne-based TMR Australia will prepare two cars in this years' race; the #1 Pedigree entry and the #55 West Surfing Products car of Glyn Crimp, Stuart Kostera and Warren Luff.
"I think our preparation has been first-class," Heaphy said.
"Everything is in place and we are looking forward to getting the cars to the track Wednesday to begin setting up. From there we'll go out on Friday and see how things stand. We will then progress forward from that point and see where the car is ahead of qualifying.
"We don't get too worried about Friday and Saturday - it's the Sunday that counts."
Heaphy believes the race has developed into a full-on sprint and that merely running consistently to the finish was no longer an option.
"Gone are the days where you can play it conservative and rely on getting to the finish to get a result," said Heaphy, one of the most experienced race tacticians in Australia.
"The first two or three hours sees everyone pushing quite hard, it gets quite hectic, and I think this years' pace will be pretty hot. It's a very competitive field so everyone will be pressing on to try and get an advantage.
"The key is to drive the car hard but with respect. We want to wear out our competitors and not our own cars!"
The Armor All 12 Hour kicks off with practice on Friday, February 12th before qualifying on Saturday the 13th and the 12 hour race starting at 0630am on Sunday, February 14th.
-source: tmr australia