Although the Clipsal 500 is celebrating it's 7th anniversary at the Adelaide street circuit this year, five drivers will be making their debut in Australia's premier motor sport category. Former Stone Bros Racing endurance driver Greg Ritter has...
Although the Clipsal 500 is celebrating it's 7th anniversary at the Adelaide street circuit this year, five drivers will be making their debut in Australia's premier motor sport category.
Former Stone Bros Racing endurance driver Greg Ritter has joined Ford Performance Racing while Alex Davison grabbed the seat at Autobarn Racing. Steve Owen moved to the newly formed Britek Racing team after several starts with WPS Racing at the end of 2004, after replacing former Formula One driver Alex Yoong.
Andrew Jones was fortunate in taking the second seat at Garry Rogers Motorsport which was vacated by Garth Tander while Matthew White partners Owen at Britek Racing.
The off season saw V8 Supercar's version of musical chairs with former Holden hero Craig Lowndes moving from Ford Performance Racing to Triple 888 Racing which suits him now that he is based on the Gold Coast. Lowndes is joined by Steve Ellery who after losing sponsorship during the latter part of 2005 was again forced to go it alone.
Jason Bright who last year appeared unhappy with his results at Paul Weel Racing, defected to Ford taking Lowndes' old seat in the CAT Falcon, and in the process as part of the deal set up his own 'future' team with young guns Owen and White behind the wheel.
Greg Murphy's move to PWR, now sponsored by Super Cheap Auto suggests that it might not have been all roses at K-Mart Racing in 2004. His former team mate Rick Kelly is now backed by HSV and Tander who is hungry for a championship believes this move provides him with this opportunity.
Paul Radisich was another driver who switched camps going from Ford's Triple 888 Racing to Holden's Team Kiwi Racing, which was available after fellow Kiwi Craig Baird moved to WPS Racing. One of Ford's favourite sons, Glenn Seaton joined Dick Johnson's backed Westpoint Racing and appears to be one of a few drivers who have remained loyal over the years.