The Dexion Racing Falcon will be back on track for the 2007 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Championship. Tim Slade, pictured, will step into the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Championship in 2007. Dexion Racing will return to contest the Fujitsu V8 ...
The Dexion Racing Falcon will be back on track for the 2007 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Championship.
Tim Slade, pictured, will step into the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Championship in 2007.
Dexion Racing will return to contest the Fujitsu V8 Supercar championship series in 2007 with Formula Ford sensation Tim Slade behind the wheel of the teams BA Falcon.
Experienced driver and team owner Tony Evangelou, who finished 14th in the 2006 championship despite missing the final round whilst making his V8 Supercar championship debut -- will take a hands-on approach as team owner, overseeing Slade's debut year in V8 Supercar competition.
Slade, 20, set the Formula Ford world on fire in 2006, finishing a narrow second in the championship thanks to a series of storming performances that have established the young Victorian-based South Australian as a star of the very near future.
Tim won five races in 2006, scored three consecutive pole positions and set a number of new lap records.
Slade joined the Dexion team midway through the 2006 season and tested the Dexion Racing BA Falcon in the latter half of the year. More testing is planed before the start of the new season.
The early conformation of his 2007 plans has given Tim a strong lead up for the new racing year.
"To know my plans for the next season this early is a fantastic boost. In the past I've always gone into the new year wondering what I would be doing, so to be able to confirm that my relationship with Dexion Racing will continue is fantastic," he said.
"I see my future with Dexion. They were a huge support to my Formula Ford title aspirations in 2006 and I'm looking forward to progressing my career alongside them this year.
"The potential that the car and team showed throughout 2006 is encouraging and I think if the package is right we should be right on the money from the first round. I'm very grateful to (Team Owner) Tony Evangelou and Dexion for giving me this opportunity.
"It's a good car, a good team and a good chance for me to race at the front in the Fujitsu series." Slade said.
As a V8 Supercar rookie the 20-year-old was hesitant about predicting results but said that he expected to be amongst the leading bunch.
"It's such a competitive series and it gets stronger each year -- but I think that top five race finishes in my first season -- if not higher -- are very possible."
Dexion's commitment to Motorsport grows further with today's announcement, the company solidifying its position as a sponsor dedicated to the future of the sport locally, whilst continuing its successful relationship with Tony Evangelou's V8 Supercar team.
"We have worked closely with Tim in the latter half of the '06 season and have been impressed by his attitude," said Dexion's Andrew Angus.
"He is a determined and focused young man clearly ready to take the next step in his Motorsport career. He thoroughly deserves this opportunity and I know that Tony Evangelou will provide Tim with the hands-on advice that he will need to be competitive at the pointy end of the Fujitsu Series in 2007.
"All in all, Dexion is very happy to personally support Tim and Tony Evangelou's team next year. Our customers just love feeling a part of the team on race weekends." He said.
"There are still a few things that need to be put in place, but I think Tim has the potential to do a really good job in 2007," Said Dexion Racing team owner Tony Evangelou.
"We got a lot of setup information and data throughout 2006 with the new car from FPR. The package is good so it should be a strong year."
The opening round of the 2007 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Championship Series will be held at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide, on March 1 -- 4. Slade, who lived in the South Australian town of McLaren Vale before moving to Victoria in 2006, counts the round as his home event.