Paul Radisich returns to racing a Holden Commodore with the Australian V8 Supercar championship-leading Toll HSV Dealer Team in the endurances races at Sandown and Bathurst.
He’ll join fellow Kiwi Craig Baird and regular drivers Rick Kelly and Garth Tander in the Toll HSV ranks.
The formal announcement was put on hold until Australian Porsche Carrera Cup star and Bathurst rookie David Reynolds was signed and sealed with Super Cheap Auto Racing for the enduros.
Reynolds had been in line for a drive with Toll HSV in the big races in September and October, but was happy to transfer to Super Cheap for his V8 Supercar debut without the potential pressure of a fellow driver’s championship hanging over him.
Tander and Kelly are going into the enduros locked together in a battle for the title. After seven rounds, Tander leads Kelly by 10 points.
The Victoria-based Toll HSV outfit was Radisich’s team of choice for the endurance races after severing ties with Team Kiwi Racing in May.
He said that after enduring difficulties with the struggling TKR Ford Falcon earlier this season he was delighted to have ended up with the “best ride in the endurance races” with a genuine chance at his first Bathurst win after twice being runner-up in his 15 attempts.
“All of the Toll HSV drivers are experienced guys, and I would be happy to drive with any of them,” he said.
“It’s a strong combination – one of the strongest – and I’m so happy to get this opportunity so late in the season.”
Radisich recently had corrective surgery to remove loose bone from the ankle he broke in a crash at Bathurst last year, but says he’ll be fully fit and raring to go come September.
“Paul and Craig Baird are both proven champions with lots of experience in V8 Supercars at Bathurst,” says Toll HSV team manager Rob Crawford.
“We know that we can just put them in the car with a job to do and they will be able to carry it out.”
Crawford said no decision on Toll HSV driver pairings would be made until after the Oran Park round of the V8 Supercar Series next month.