VE and BF ready to duke it out

THE newest arrival into the V8 Supercar Championship Series, the Holden VE Commodore, will be even more anticipated after winning 2006 Wheels Car of the Year.

The VE and the new Ford BF Falcon will debut on the grid in front of more than 250,000 fans at round one of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, in just over a month’s time.

“What an outstanding achievement this is for Holden Australia,” V8 Supercars Australia chairman Tony Cochrane said.

Both models, the new-look VE and the new-look BF, were approved to contest the series late last year after several months of evaluation and rigorous testing.

The V8 Supercar teams have been feverishly building new cars in preparation for the Adelaide event, which begins the 14-round season.

The VE Commodore is an all-new car while the BF Falcon has had a major facelift from the current model.

The VZ Commodore remains eligible for competition in the championship while the current BA model will only be permitted in the secondary Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series.

- Caterpillar will continue its strong association with the V8 Supercars series with the announcement of a key sponsorship of Britek Motorsport and Jason Bright’s No.25 Fujitsu Racing BF Falcon.

After a preliminary two-year partnership with the team, Caterpillar will increase its involvement for this year.

Britek Motorsport will unveil both its racing Falcons early next month with Irwin Industrial Tools the naming rights sponsor of the No.26 Falcon, to be driven by new signing Alan Gurr.

- WPS Racing and team principal Mark Larkham have ended their relationship as part of a total restructure of the Gold Coast-based team.

Team owner Craig Gore will assume Larkham’s responsibilities over the next few weeks as a total restructure is completed and suitable replacements found.

Larkham, a former successful driver, joined WPS Racing when it merged with his own Larkham Motor Sport operation early in 2006.

“Mark Larkham was a major contributor to the increased success of this race team in 2006,” Gore said.

“He is part of V8 Supercar racing, but as we went down the road of a total restructure needed to take this operation to the next level, it evolved that Mark would not be part of the plan.”

Larkham said:

“I want everyone to understand that I support this restructure 100 per cent and that Craig Gore and myself retain a terrific ongoing business relationship and friendship.”