ORIX New Zealand, which has supported Auckland driver, Paul Manuell, for the past four seasons in the NZV8 Touring Car Championship, is pleased to announce its continued support for Manuell in the forthcoming 2006/7 Parker Enzed NZV8 series.
Manuell will again be driving a Holden Commodore, but for this season it will be owned and prepared by Wayne Anderson, who will also run the sister car of Andy Booth, in which Booth won the 2003/4 and 2004/5 championships. Both drivers will again compete within the same team, sharing data, logistics and race strategy.
“ORIX Fleet and Finance has been extremely happy with both the exposure and resultant business benefits we have received from our involvement in this motor sport category, and we are delighted to have the opportunity of continuing this association,” says Chris Briggs, acting General Manager of ORIX New Zealand Ltd.
“In addition to our family of loyal sponsors, I would also like to welcome two new supporters joining us this season – Konica Minolta and Pacific Sheet & Coil - who we look forward to having on board.”
“With a striking new livery, Wayne’s renowned car preparation skills, and Paul’s proven ability to deliver results, we are confident the current success of the Toll/ORIX V8 Holden Supercar Team that is currently leading the Australian V8 Supercar Championship, will be replicated within this team,” said Briggs.
“ORIX and our associated team sponsors will continue to host our mutual guests trackside in our dedicated mobile hospitality unit, a part of our involvement we consider to be as important as our on track performance,” commented Briggs.
Paul Manuell the 2000/2001 NZV8 Champion, is feeling extremely confident about the up-coming season and is looking forward to doing battle without the added pressure of team ownership and its associated distractions.
“We can now focus 100% on the job at hand in addition to planning the most significant pre season testing campaign we have ever embarked on, as in this class, testing is the key to results - no question,” says Paul.