February 20, 2001 - A weekend of firsts await 25 year old Canberra V8 Supercar driver Dale Brede and his Melbourne based NRC Racing V8 Supercar team who will be making their Konica V8 Supercar Series debut this Sunday at Goulburn's Wakefield Park...
February 20, 2001 - A weekend of firsts await 25 year old Canberra V8 Supercar driver Dale Brede and his Melbourne based NRC Racing V8 Supercar team who will be making their Konica V8 Supercar Series debut this Sunday at Goulburn's Wakefield Park circuit.
The bumper opening round includes no fewer than 28 entries and heralds the start of another exciting Australian V8 Supercar racing season. After three seasons of Formula Holden competition, this round represents a major step in Brede's career, while it is also an exciting time for NRC Racing - who make the move to V8 Supercar racing after seven seasons of competing to win in Formula Holden.
"While it will be a whole new racing experience for us in terms of the Konica Series, I think that we are going to surprise a few people after our extensive pre-season car preparation and testing," says Brede. "The fact that we have tested the NRC Racing VT Commodore at Wakefield Park is an added advantage - we have a good idea of what to expect in terms of tyre wear and other set up requirements," Dale added.
The opening Konica V8 Supercar Series round will also have added significance for Brede as it is the closest racing circuit to his home town of Canberra, with many ACT based racing enthusiasts visiting Wakefield for the first V8 Supercar action of 2001.
NRC Racing will also unveil their striking new V8 Supercar livery at Wakefield Park, the team opting for a combination of red - (synonymous with the team's successful Formula Holdens over the years), metallic blue and pearl white - ensuring that this car will stand out from the crowd at all V8 Supercar events contested during 2001.
NRC Racing team owner Arthur Abrahams is looking forward to the team's debut in V8 Supercar racing this Sunday. "We have worked solidly to be ready for the season opener and have assembled a strong team that I am sure will deliver the highest performance possible from the NRC Racing VT Commodore. Dale has worked very hard in pre-season testing and on his physical fitness and I have no doubt that he is up to the task ahead. Our goal is to be as consistent as possible and we are aiming for a podium result," Abrahams said.
Konica V8 Supercar action starts at the Wakefield Park circuit with Saturday practice sessions at 9.15am and 11.15am and qualifying at 2.15 pm. The three 20 minute V8 Supercar races are scheduled from 11.30 am. /ends.