I’ve always had a soft spot for TKR
June 8, 2007, 4pm. News that Team Kiwi won’t line up on the grid for this weekend’s fifth round of the V8s at Eastern Creek in Sydney is disappointing.
Over the past few days there’s been plenty of rumours, innuendo and speculation about what’s gone on between TKR and Ford Performance Racing, which was supplying TKR its car this year.
FPR’s saying it has terminated its agreement with TKR, while TKR head honcho David John saying his team would still be at the Creek despite no longer having an FPR Falcon.
And now word has come through that Paul Radisich has terminated his contract with the team.
Not knowing the full facts I can’t really comment, but having been given my start in the V8 Supercar championship by the team there’s always been a soft spot for TKR with me.
I feel extremely disappointed for Kiwi sponsors and the fans that not only supported TKR, but dipped into their pockets and donated cash during its public appeal late last year following The Rat’s crash at Bathurst which wrote off the TKR Commodore.
There can be no doubt after this that V8 Supercars is a tough business, and generating revenue is a major part of that.
Tasman Motorsport’s management didn’t agree with the TKR business model and its public appeals and adopted a structure entirely different – the results both on and off track evident that its long term strategy is proving to be decidedly better.
With Tasman Motorsport, V8 fans can take heart that there is a Kiwi team out there representing them with a competitive effort.
We stepped into the void for NZ Holden fans when TKR jumped ship at season’s beginning and we hope Murph and I can give all Kiwis something to cheer about.
Jason Richards' column is exclusive to autotrader.co.nz and Auto Trader magazine.