Australian V8 Supercar team Tasman Motorsport is opening an office in Auckland and has appointed double NZ V8 champion Andy Booth as its New Zealand general manager.
The Tasman team is financed largely by New Zealanders, is run by Greg Murphy’s father Kevin, and has Greg and fellow Kiwi Jason Richards as its drivers.
Kevin Murphy says the expansion comes in response to the overwhelming support the team has received from Kiwi V8 fans.
“Andy has represented Tasman Motorsport in the NZ V8 series with great professionalism and we’re excited he’s now joined the team fulltime to head up our expanded New Zealand operations. His prime role will be as point of contact for Kiwi race fans and our NZ-based corporate partners, while also allowing the Holden New Zealand dealer network closer access to the team.”
Murphy said the announcement had been some months in the planning.
“The response from Kiwi V8 fans looking for a team to cheer for has been outstanding and Andy’s appointment not only allows Tasman Motorsport to manage its presence there, but gives Kiwi fans confidence in their ‘own’ team.”
By Mike Stock