Tasman Motorsport today unveiled an expansion into the New Zealand V8 Touring Car Championship with twotime NZ V8 champion Andy Booth.
On the eve of the beginning of the 2006/2007 series this weekend at Pukekohe, Booth will be joined by Tasman Team Principal Kevin Murphy and its foundation V8 Supercar driver Jason Richards trackside tomorrow to kickoff the partnership.
Part of Tasman's strengthening of its relationship with Holden New Zealand, the new arrangement will see Booth carry Tasman's familiar #3 number on his Commodore as his aims to win his third NZ V8 crown.
The car will run in identical livery to its V8 Supercar 'cousin' in Australia and will include a wide range of support including technical, commercial and sporting assistance.
Booth, 32, debuted in the NZ V8s in 2001/02 after competing in Formula Ford, Formula Palmer Audi in the UK, Formula Holden and Indy Lights in the United States.
He will also test drive one of the Tasman Motorsport V8 Supercar Commodore VEs in 2007 as part of the new deal.
"Our association with Andy and the NZ V8 series is really an extension of our current V8 Supercar program," said Team Principal Kevin Murphy.
"New Zealand is a very important market for our team as we are certainly a TransTasman outfit with strong foundations in both Australia and New Zealand.
"The NZ V8 series is well thought of and proven to be highly competitive. Plenty of drivers have come to Australia and tasted V8 Supercars after competing in their domestic series and some Aussies have even gone the other way to join the Kiwis.
"This new partnership offers Andy's best chance of scoring his third win in the championship."
Booth is ready to go for the sevenround championship, which runs over summer in New Zealand and features a full field of 400horsepower Commodores and Falcons.
"I am extremely excited and proud that Tasman has chosen to partner with me for their expansion in to the NZ V8s," Booth said.
"It shows the strength of the series for a team like Tasman to get involved.
"I now have the opportunity to utilise their technical and commercial expertise and that places us in an even better position to secure further championships."
Holden New Zealand Managing Director, Peter Keley welcomed Tasman Motorsport's plan to add NZ V8s in their portfolio of racing disciplines.
"Tasman are an incredibly dynamic team, that are renown for producing something special on race day, their presence in the New Zealand series will be great for the category and racing enthusiasts alike," Keley said.
Tasman Motorsport will unveil further plans later in the year for a wide range of developments that will further cement the team in the New Zealand market.