INTERNATIONAL FLAVOUR FOR ORRCON RACING Larkham -- Orrcon Racing will be joined by a pair of international drivers for the upcoming endurance races, the Betta Electrical Sandown 500 and the Super Cheap Auto 1000 at Bathurst. Joining regular...
INTERNATIONAL FLAVOUR FOR ORRCON RACING
Larkham -- Orrcon Racing will be joined by a pair of international drivers for the upcoming endurance races, the Betta Electrical Sandown 500 and the Super Cheap Auto 1000 at Bathurst.
Joining regular drivers Jason Bargwanna and Mark Winterbottom for the 2005 enduros will be experienced Swiss-born Englishman Alain Menu and rising New Zealand star Matt Halliday.
With Bargwanna and Winterbottom set to pair up in the Number 10 Orrcon Racing Falcon, as they did successfully last year, Menu and Halliday will take the reigns of the Number 20 Orrcon Racing Falcon regularly driven in the Championship by Winterbottom.
Menu, 42, is one of the most experienced touring car drivers in the world. Throughout his career he has captured two British Touring Car Championships and finished runner-up on three occasions. He has also won the Tourist Trophy Race at Donnington Park twice and won the GTS class at the 1000 Miles of Petit LeMans.
He made his V8 Supercar debut at Bathurst in 1998 when he teamed up with Thomas Mezera. In 2000 he partnered Mark Larkham to 18th position before returning to Australia last year for his third start in Australia's great race, this time with Adam Macrow.
Halliday began his career at age nine in go-karts and has since competed in a variety of categories including Formula Ford, Formula Holden, Indy Lights, Infinity Pro Series (IRL), Formula Renault V6 Eurocup, Trans Tasman GT3 Cup and Carrera Cup.
Halliday made his V8 Supercar debut with the team at last year's Betta Electrical Sandown 500 teaming up with Larkham. In his first look at the Bathurst circuit Halliday was impressive with his consistent pace and alongside Larkham finished a creditable 11th.
Earlier this year the Kiwi finished runner-up in the 2005 New Zealand Porsche GT3 Championship. In the 2004 Trans Tasman GT3 Cup he also finished runner up, this time behind multiple Bathurst and Australian touring car Champion Jim Richards.
Halliday was also one of two New Zealanders to drive at the first A1 World Cup Grand Prix test day last week at Britain's Silverston circuit.
"Obviously I am pleased to re-sign two drivers that we have worked with in the past which was a big part of the decision as both drivers have done a highly competent and professional job at these events before, that demand nothing less," said team owner Mark Larkham.
"At the same time I think it is a really nice blend of youth and experience."
Larkham -- Orrcon Racing's regular drivers, Bargwanna and Winterbottom, will line up this weekend for Round 8 of the V8 Supercar Championship at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway.