TKR signs V8 Development series champion to drive the Falcon at Adelaide after Paul Radisich says he’s not fit enough to race.
February 26, 2007. Australian Adam Macrow will substitute for the injured Paul Radisich in the Team Kiwi Racing Ford Falcon in the 2007 V8 Supercar series opener at Adelaide this weekend. Macrow is the 2006 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Development Series champion.
Radisich announced last week that he wasn’t yet fit enough to cope with the demands of the South Australian street circuit. Radisich broke his breast bone and left ankle in a huge crash at Bathurst last October.
“We’ve got a very competitive package this year so it was even more imperative that I needed to be 110 percent recovered to face the challenges of Adelaide,” Radisich said. “If it was a sprint race then I could have managed it but Clipsal is such a tough and physically demanding test.”
TKR owners David John said New Zealanders Craig Baird and Kayne Scott had other driver commitments and Matt Halliday couldn’t get the correct level one CAMS licence now required to race in the Australian V8 Supercar Championship in time for Adelaide.
“That exhausted the current race fit New Zealanders with the experience needed for the Clipsal 500 and also with the overall race package we have this year.
“Our philosophy won’t change in that TKR will continue to promote New Zealanders throughout our team but this weekend is just too important and it’s definitely not the place or race to blood anyone who is not experienced in V8 Supercars or 100 percent race fit.”
Macrow (29) took the Fujitsu series last year winning five of the seven rounds including both races in Adelaide.
“Adam is a top notch prospect,” says John. “He knows the track and he knows the car. We’re not expecting miracles but we’re confident Adam will do a good solid job and then return the car to us in top notch shape for Paul to drive at Perth in the second round.
“That should have us well set up before we aim for a really big push for a top result when we come home to race at Pukekohe. That’s where we want to do well. Nothing would be better than to be on the podium in the final race for V8 Supercars at Pukekohe in front of our home fans.”
Photo caption: Adam Macrow (left) will substitute for Paul Radisich at Adelaide.