With the 2006/2007 NZV8s season just over two weeks away, Tracer Motorsport have been up-sizing their team ability to challenge the approaching race championship.
Following the early confirmation of Australian David Besnard in the #48 Hydraulink Racing Team Falcon, the team have confirmed the re-signing of Taupo's Pete Roberts in the #33 car, along with Auckland's Haydn Mackenzie in a third Ford Falcon.
The three car package will be run by the Tracer Motorsport team - who have built and will maintain the NZV8 cars for the season.
Able to retain his seat following tense times securing funding, Taupo's Pete Roberts expressed relief at being able to start the first round: "I'm rapt to be back in the team and am looking forward to driving with David Besnard as a team-mate - it's just another step forward to building my skill base," said Roberts.
"We've managed to raise enough funding to race in the series this year. And that comes with a big thanks to Tracer Motorsport for their assistance in running me again. Although I've still got naming rights available on the car and anyone interested should get in touch," laughed Roberts.
Boosting the team to three is 22-year old Haydn Mackenzie. Having contracted the Tracer Motorsport team to provide a new Ford Falcon car, he has taken further steps to have the crew prepare and run it for the season.
"With the class becoming more and more professional I had to step in to a professional team who could run the car," commented the young Aucklander.
"We were approaching the top-10 last season and now I want to be consistently inside the top-10. With the right team and a brand new car it's the only way I can achieve better results."
Also confirmed for another season with the team is media manager Lance Hastie, who recently completed a week at the Elite MotorSport Academy.
"It's a good thing," said team manager Greg Bellingham. "I know how much Lance put in to get ready for the Academy, and from what he's said, he's got a new found perspective on what our drivers endure to be front runners. So we're really pleased to have him back again and it should help our results in the news."
The 2006/2007 season starts on the 3rd of November at Pukekohe, covering seven rounds around the country to finish mid-April 2007 at the Pukekohe V8 Supercar weekend.