SBR APPLAUDS AVESCO DECISION TO KEEP NZ EVENT V8 Supercar series defending champions Stone Brothers Racing have applauded the decision by the Australian Vee Eight SuperCar Company (AVESCO) to return to New Zealand in 2006 and 2007. AVESCO ...
SBR APPLAUDS AVESCO DECISION TO KEEP NZ EVENT
V8 Supercar series defending champions Stone Brothers Racing have applauded the decision by the Australian Vee Eight SuperCar Company (AVESCO) to return to New Zealand in 2006 and 2007.
AVESCO Chairman Mr Cochrane announced today that his company had successfully reached agreement with a new promoter to stage a V8 Supercar Championship Series event at Pukekohe Park Raceway for the next two years.
SBR is owned by Ross and Jimmy Stone who both embarked on successful international motorsport careers after growing up at Onewhero just a few kilometers from the Pukekohe circuit just south of Auckland.
The team became the first organisation in 11 years to finish 1-2 in the V8 Supercar Championship when Marcos Ambrose (Pirtek Falcon) and Russell Ingall (Caltex Ford) finished at the top of the championship table last season.
Ambrose and Ingall currently sit first and third in this year's championship after six rounds.
The NZ event will be known as the PlaceMakers V8 Supercars, with the prominent New Zealand company PlaceMakers announcing that it will continue to support the event as naming sponsor for at least the next two years.
Despite a lot of success at the circuit in past and recent years, SBR is yet to take an outright V8 Supercar victory at the short, but fast Pukekohe circuit.
"There is no doubt that we have some unfinished business at Pukekohe," said Ross Stone.
"If there is one V8 Supercar race we want to win, then Pukekohe is it.
"There are some race tracks that you go to that have no atmosphere at all, but that's not Pukekohe.
"The place always has a great buzz and the fans really have a great interest and fantastic knowledge of the category.
"The track is also one of those places that really produces great competition and terrific contests and that's what our sport is all about.
"AVESCO should be applauded for ensuring we are heading back to New Zealand."
As part of the agreement AVESCO and Capital Streetrace Management Limited have agreed to meet the new requirements including the airfreight of 32 V8 Supercar Teams and the commitment to continue to search for a new location in New Zealand from 2008 onwards.
Mr Cochrane would not comment on potential locations beyond 2007. No proposals of any substance have been tabled to AVESCO.
The new promoters are headed by Dean Calvert, previously General Manager of IMG NZ, which promoted the Pukekohe event for the last five years.
The 2006 PlaceMakers V8 Supercars is likely to be staged in April and tickets are already on sale through Ticketek.