19 September, 2003 - Craft Disbury Racing are pleased to announce another two of their corporate partners for an assault on the World Series Sprintcars Championship this year, PK Automotive and Mattrans. The Managing Director of PK Automotive is...
19 September, 2003 - Craft Disbury Racing are pleased to announce another two of their corporate partners for an assault on the World Series Sprintcars Championship this year, PK Automotive and Mattrans.
The Managing Director of PK Automotive is New South Wales Speedway stalwart, Paul Knott who's relationship with Brad Heywood goes back some 31 years when a young Heywood walked into the workshop where Knott was managing.
"My first thoughts way back then was this kid has got a lot of confidence and will be a good business man in the future. Just another thing he has proved me right in" said Knott about the first time he met Heywood.
Now in it's 29th year and with four staff members PK Automotive specialize in classic car conversions and specialised repair work. Currently some of the projects in the workshop of PK Automotive include a Corvette, Ford Mustang and a 5lt MGB. The team at PK Automotive are also dab hands at specialty tuning of engines.
Knott will also be more than a corporate partner of CDR this season he will also be responsible for the engine program aboard the car piloted by former World Series Champion, Heywood.
In the past Knott has been a driving force in his son, Joel's Sprintcar campaigns. "This year will be a relatively low pressure year for me compared to the past, I have one thing to worry about rather than 20. And I will be able to purely focus on the powerplant," says 53-year-old Knott.
Led by Matthew Haynes, Mattrans is one of the largest floral transport company in Australia specialising in fresh flower carting with their major client being the largest flower grower in the Southern Hemisphere. With 54 vehicles in their fleet Mattrans cover literally thousands of kilometres a day on the Eastern seaboard of Australia.
Haynes has been around speedway for the majority of his life and competed in several divisions over the past 17 years.
"The Craft Disbury team seem to be really moving forward and aiming for big things this year which I am delighted to be a part of," comments Haynes. "It is a hobby for me that I love being involved with and I am greatful the team have given me the opportunity to be involved with one of the best Sprintcar teams in the country."
This is the second of numerous corporate partnership announcements that will be made by Craft Disbury Racing in the leading up to the announcement of their major partners at the season launch on October 26.