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CLIPSAL NEWS WRAP

DOUGLAS IN AT LDM

Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport yesterday announced that Taz Douglas will partner Alex Rullo in the second of their Holden Commodores.

The deal is currently only for Clipsal but the reigning Kumho V8 Touring Car Series winner is hoping for a strong performance on the streets of Adelaide.

“When Lucas gave me the call up, there was no other option than to say yes,” said Douglas.

“Now I’m just going to make sure that I go out there and give it my all and bring the car home in one piece.”

Douglas gets his opportunity due to talks with the Russell family broke down during the week, and he returns to the team where he drove full time in the Supercars Championship for a single season in 2012.

Douglas finished last year’s Dunlop Series in fifth position and leader of the older spec Supercars.

STANAWAY CONFIRMED WITH WATERS

Richie Stanaway has been confirmed as co-driver to Cameron Waters for this year’s Pirtek Endurance Cup.

Stanaway was a standout during last year’s enduros with Waters confident that the pairing will be competitive and that he can learn a lot from the experienced Kiwi.

“It’ll be awesome to work with Richie in the enduros this year,” said Waters. “He has so much experience and really brings a lot to the team in terms of knowledge so I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Stanaway will be one to watch as he looks to improve on last year’s results.

“Being here and working with Prodrive Racing again for the second consecutive year is awesome, said Stanaway. “My experience last year was pretty surreal, particularly at Bathurst, but with more time in these cars I think I can push the bar higher again.”

BIG NAMES IN TCM

Johnson and Hansford are among the names that will take on Bowe and Richards in this year’s Touring Car Masters season.

Steve Johnson revealed the ex-John Bowe Ford Mustang, affectionately known as Sally, which he will campaign in TCM for 2017.

“We’re really excited to launch ‘​Team Johnson​’​ and show off the Mustang for the first time,” Johnson said at the launch in the pit paddock at Adelaide.

“As always with any race team there are people behind the scenes that work really hard to make things happen. A huge thanks has to go to Ryan Story from DJRTP for helping to set up the whole ‘Team Johnson’ business.

“This was one of the integral parts that needed to be right from the word go for it to have any chance of success. Also Tony Warne for letting me contest the season in the Mustang, a car I have fond memories with from 2015. I hope I can continue its winning ways.”

Johnson drove sporadically in the series up until last year when he campaigned a Ford Falcon GT-HO full time. Johnson enjoys the category and hopes the class will continue to grow.

“TCM is ​a great series and we love being involved,” Johnson continued. “It’s a lot of fun but you can’t take it for granted. There is fierce competition on track​ with high quality cars and drivers involved. ​I love the challenge of racing against some of my childhood hero’s and mentors, and I still learn from them every time were racing wheel to wheel.”

Another driver to show off his new race car was former V8 Ute driver Ryan Hansford who will drive a Holden Torana SLR 5000 sponsored by long-time supporter Multispares.

The Torana is the ex-Cary McMahon car and has undergone a 40-lap shakedown at Queensland Raceway, which proved trouble-free.

“I am really excited for the season ahead and getting to Adelaide for the first round,” said Hansford. “The Torana is a fantastic car to drive and I am so stoked that Multispares and team boss Rod Dawson have been able to put this together at such late notice.”

“I have loved racing in the Ute series and it really has honed my racing, but this is on another level. The cars all have around 600HP, grippy slick tyres and great brakes.” “I would have to say it’s the best race car I have driven…. even more enjoyable than the DVS V8 Supercar I drove in 2010.”

Another car to debut at the Clipsal round will be Jesus Racing’s Ford Falcon GT-HO, nicknamed ‘Abigail’. It caused a huge response on Auto Action’s Facebook page and here it is below.

HEIMGARTNER JOINS CARRERA CUP

Andre Heimgartner will contest Porsche Carrera Cup this year with Sonic Racing.

After competing in last year’s Supercars Championship with Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport, Heimgartner will drive the #777 Bob Jane T-Marts Porsche 991 Cup Car that Ash Walsh drove to sixth in last year’s title.

“To sign up with a top ranking team within what is a prestigious and respected racing series is very exciting and I am really looking forward to seeing what we can do together in 2017,” Heimgartner said.

“I really appreciated the opportunities afforded to me in 2016 with Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport and send my thanks to all in the team for their support across last year’s season.”