V8SDS: Decina Racing ready for debut

NEW DECINA RACING COLOURS UNVEILED IN ADELAIDE Decina Racing's Warren Luff will officially launch his weapon of choice for this year's V8 Development Series in Adelaide on Monday. The BA Falcon has been purchased from Stone Brothers Racing in...

NEW DECINA RACING COLOURS UNVEILED IN ADELAIDE

Decina Racing's Warren Luff will officially launch his weapon of choice for this year's V8 Development Series in Adelaide on Monday.

The BA Falcon has been purchased from Stone Brothers Racing in the off-season after being driven to second place in the V8 Supercar Championship Series by Caltex Racing's Russell Ingall in 2004.

Luff, 25, will unveil the simple yet stunning new-look Decina Falcon at Adelaide's Tradelink store 6pm Monday and will then have his first practice session for this weekend's Clipsal 500 on Thursday at 10.15am

The first round of the V8 Development Series will include a 24-lap twilight race at 6.45pm on Friday and then another 24-lap race at 9.55am on Saturday.

The Decina Racing Falcon is being prepared by Paul Cruickshank Racing on Queensland's Gold Coast and completed a successful test at Queensland Raceway on Wednesday, although the new look and feel of the car has been kept under wraps until Monday.

Luff, who was last year's V8 Supercar "Rookie of the Year", just wants to get the season underway.

"Obviously I'm looking forward to a successful year and looking to kick the season off with a win in Adelaide. This year we are really targeting the championship as we believe we have the package to do it," said Luff.

"Everyone at PCR is a really dedicated and enthusiastic and the amount of work they have put in to get us to Adelaide is awesome."

Decina Racing team manager Jim Morton sees 2005 as a welcome challenge and believes if the look of the new BA is anything to go by, things are on the up for the coming championship.

"We are very happy with the new look of the car for 2005. The BA is a different styling to the AU and as such we went for something simpler this time out," said Morton.

"We gave young graphic artist Peter Bryant, who does some work for team sponsor Decina, the challenge of designing the new car and we believe he has come up with something that not only looks good up close, but looks stunning on the track as well."

The recent test for the Decina team has Luff, Morton and PCR team principal Paul Cruickshank positive for Adelaide and the coming championship campaign.

However, Luff, who will also be contesting the V8 Supercar endurance rounds at Sandown and Bathurst for Stone Brothers Racing, admitted to being down in overall car speed because of a late rule adjustment which will see each V8 Development Series car carry an extra 100kgs this season.

"While there is an obvious difference, I'm really happy with the overall performance of the car after our first test a Queensland Raceway," said Luff.

"After making a few subtle changes the car responded well and accommodated the extra 100 kilos of weight and overall it felt very competitive."

The V8 Development Series cars carry an extra 100 kilos in weight to differentiate them from their V8 Supercar Championship Series "cousins".

Morton believes with the changes in the team and package Decina Racing has put together a "level one" standard operation.

"We expect to be at the front and hopefully put on a good show for the championship," said Morton.

"We are very fortunate to have someone like Warren join the team as we believe that his experience will help put the car towards the front of the pack.

"But there are no guarantees and nothing is ever easy in motorsport."

Morton said he believed however that the combined experience of Speed FX and PCR would lead the team to its desired place as level one team in the V8 Supercar Championship.

ABOUT DECINA

The Team's signature partner Decina Bathroomware is Australia's largest specialist bath/spa bath manufacturer. Decina baths, showers and spa baths are sold nationally through plumbing supply outlets, bathroomware shops and building centres.

Decina is also a Queensland based company, employing 80+ people in their Carole Park manufacturing plant and in their branches around Australia. It has a significant share of the Australian bath market and has gained an enviable reputation for quality, service and innovation. Early in the New Year they will launch a new range of ergonomically designed hydrotherapy baths called Dolce Vita Line.

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Drivers Warren Luff , Paul Cruickshank