MATT HALLIDAY RETURNS TO FPR AT SANDOWN AND BATHURST March 30, 2007 - Defending Sandown 500 Champion team Ford Performance Racing (FPR) is pleased to announce that highly experienced New Zealand driver Matt Halliday will be re-joining Ford's...
MATT HALLIDAY RETURNS TO FPR AT SANDOWN AND BATHURST
March 30, 2007 - Defending Sandown 500 Champion team Ford Performance Racing (FPR) is pleased to announce that highly experienced New Zealand driver Matt Halliday will be re-joining Ford's major V8 Supercar team at both 2007 V8 Supercar endurance races.
Halliday, who drove the number five FPR Falcon during the 2006 endurance race season, will again race with the Prodrive team at the Sandown 500 (September 14th-16th) and the Bathurst 1000 (October 4th-7th).
The 27 year old's most recent achievements include piloting New Zealand's A1GP entry to a front row start in the South African A1GP at Durban, following this up with two third places in both highly competitive races.
A highlight of 2007 was Halliday's successful Champ Car test held earlier this month at Laguna Seca Raceway in the United States, where he set a top ten pace, placing the FPR endurance race driver in contention for a season or selected race driving position. Halliday's speed and versatility makes him a strong addition to FPR's 2007 enduro driver line up. He is currently placed second in the New Zealand Porsche GT3 Challenge Cup after a highly successful season which has seen Halliday gain a remarkable seven victories from his past nine starts.
The Kiwi driver is looking forward to re-joining FPR with the goal of achieving success in V8 Supercars. "It's great to be re-joining FPR which is one of the most professional teams I have driven with. After two good races and getting to know the team well in 2006, I'm looking forward to contributing to major results in the major Sandown and Bathurst endurance races later this year."
Halliday is one of New Zealand's most successful young racing drivers, finishing sixth overall in the United States based 2001 Indy Lights Championship (USA), progressing to several podium finishes in the 2003 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup series.
Motorsport New Zealand publicly recognised Halliday's talent in 2006 by awarding him with the country's highest motor racing accolade, the Jim Clark Trophy. Besides his endurance racing co-driver role with FPR in 2006, Halliday's previous V8 Supercar experience includes endurance race co-driving for Ford team Larkham Motor Sport in the 2004 and 2005 Sandown and Bathurst endurance races.
According to FPR Motorsport Director Tim Edwards, "Matt Halliday is a highly talented driver who we feel has yet to reach his full potential in V8 Supercars. He has now gained significant experience at Sandown and Bathurst and we are sure that he will make a significant contribution to our 2007 endurance race effort. He is in the midst of a busy and highly successful international racing season, which will prepare him well for our two major races in September and October."
Last season Halliday debuted for FPR finishing 15th in the Sandown 500 with co-driver Cameron Mclean. He then joined international Sportscar Champion driver David Brabham at the Bathurst 1000.
FPR will announce the team's fourth enduro driver and its driver pairings for each of the endurance races in due course.