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TKR is back on track


Team Kiwi Racing will be on the grid at Symmons Plains with Craig Baird behind the wheel of the team's leased Commodore.

Baird has agreed to drive for the team at Symmons Plains and Phillip Island, but will miss the Bahrain round because of a date clash with his NZ Porsche Cup commitments.

He has also waived his payment in order to help the team out of its current financial woes.

That has left team manager David John looking for a Kiwi driver to step in for Bahrain, but with obvious candidates Fabian Coulthard and Matt Halliday also committed to the NZ Porsche round, John admitted he is running out of options.

"One driver we'd like is Jim Richards," he said. "I've put a call through to Jim, but Jim has said he's not really interested."

However, John remained hopeful that Richards would change his mind.

John also named Fujitsu V8 series young gun Chris Pither as a possible stand-in for Bahrain.

Meanwhile, TKR continues to rebuild after its disastrous Bathurst round where the team's Commodore was destroyed and its driver, Paul Radisich, injured.

With TKR committed to switching to Ford in 2007 and with a $400,000 payment due to be made to FPR on December 1, the team is in fund-raising overdrive.

John said donations had been flooding in to the team via its website and that merchandise sales were up three-fold on the same time last year.

However the team was still well-short of the $400,000 needed for next year.

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