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Old 12-14-2004, 21:44   #1 (permalink)
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Australia's newest V8 Supercar team officially launched

Release Date: 15/12/2004

Australia’s newest V8 Supercar team Decina Racing was officially launched on the Gold Coast today. The two-car team will be operated by Paul Cruickshank Racing at Southport and will field Warren Luff as its lead driver in the V8 Supercar development championship, formerly known as the Konica Minolta Series.

Luff, who was named 2004 Rookie of the Year at last Friday night’s gala dinner after an impressive debut season with Dick Johnson Racing, will also drive for Stone Brothers Racing at the Betta Electrical Sandown 500 in Melbourne in September and the Bathurst 1000 in October.

The new team is a hybrid of PCR and Jim Morton’s Speed FX team which campaigned an ex-Mark Winterbottom Falcon in this year’s Konica Minolta Series for Greg Ritter with some success.

Joining Luff will be Melbourne youngster Marcus Zukanovic, who will head into his second season in the development series with PCR.

“It makes sense for us to combine with Paul who has level one standard facilities and a very experienced crew”, said Morton.

“We both enjoy a strong relationship and unfortunately there is very little V8 Supercar infrastructure in Sydney.

“There is no doubt that Warren will be a terrific asset for us and that Marcus will continue to grow with us in and out of the car.”

Paul Cruickshank Racing has made plenty of impressions since its establishment at the beginning of 2003. The team will not only campaign the two AU Falcons in the development series, but also a couple of cars in the 2005 Porsche Carrera Cup.

Team owner Paul Cruickshank was delighted to come to an agreement with Speed FX and Luff.

“The signing of Warren Luff for our Team in the Development Series is a major coup for all concerned”, said Cruickshank.

“Warren had an excellent rookie year in the main Series with a third at Sandown the highlight. As a proven level one driver we can expect to fully realise the potential of the car which has been a round winner in both the last two years.

“This is definitely the next step in the development of our team, which we would like to see in the main V8 Supercar Championship Series within three years.”

Luff, who officially broke ties with DJR last week, said he was looking forward to an exciting future with Decina Racing and SBR for the endurance races.

“I think this provides an exciting opportunity to keep my backside in a race seat full-time, while developing a relationship with the best team in the business in SBR,” said Luff.

“Paul Cruickshank is extremely experienced and takes his racing as seriously as anyone I know.

“Jim Morton also has years of knowledge at all levels of the sport and I think we can all work together to give Decina and our others sponsors the results they deserve.

“I have to thank everyone involved for the opportunity and I cannot wait to get out there in the Decina and SBR colours at different stages of the year.”

The Team’s signature partner Decina Bathroomware is Australia’s largest specialist bath/spa bath manufacturer. Decina baths, showers and spa baths are sold nationally through plumbing supply outlets, bathroomware shops and building centres.

Decina is also a Queensland based company, employing 80+ people in their Carole Park manufacturing plant and in their branches around Australia. It has a significant share of the Australian bath market and has gained an enviable reputation for quality, service and innovation. Early in the New Year they will launch a new range of ergonomically designed hydrotherapy baths called Dolce Vita Line.

Decina Racing is expected to have its first test early in the year and Luff will have his first race for the team at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide from March 17-20.
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Old 12-14-2004, 21:47   #2 (permalink)
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SBR signs Luff for endurance drives
Release Date: 15/12/2004
Back-to-back champions Stone Brothers Racing have wasted no time in getting its attack together for next year’s V8 Supercar championship series. SBR announced today that it has signed 2004 Rookie of the Year Warren Luff as a co-driver for either Marcos Ambrose or Russell Ingall for next year’s Betta Electrical Sandown 500 in Melbourne and the Bathurst 1000 at Mt Panorama.

After a successful season with Dick Johnson Racing, Luff will drive for Decina Racing in next year’s V8 Supercar Development Series under the watchful eye of team manager Paul Cruickshank before teaming up with SBR for the enduros.

The Development Series, formerly known as the Konica-Minolta championship, will consist of seven rounds, four of which will be on the same program as the V8 Supercars.

“Warren showed a lot of maturity in so many areas this season and when we knew he was on the market we were very keen to talk with him,” said Stone.

“He showed consistent speed in the DJR car this year and really earned his Rookie of the Year award.

“We are looking forward to watching Warren develop with Paul Cruickshank at Decina Racing next season and then having him on board at SBR for Sandown and Bathurst.

“It is becoming more and more important to get your endurance drivers together early and hopefully we can be in a position to announce our fourth and final driver in the next few weeks.”

Luff was obviously delighted to be offered a fantastic opportunity at this stage of his career.

“There is no doubt that SBR is the new benchmark in V8 Supercar racing and I am thrilled to be in a position to develop a relationship with Ross and Jimmy Stone and everyone at Stone Brothers Racing,” said Luff.

“You do not finish 1-2 in this championship unless you are focused on the job and the SBR operation is as professional as they come.

“I am looking forward to my season with Decina Racing and Paul Cruickshank’s operation and then stepping up for the endurance events with SBR.

“Whether I am driving with Marcos (Ambrose) or Russell (Ingall) I know I am going to be with one of the two best drivers in the country and that’s not a bad situation to be in.”

Both SBR and Decina Racing will make their 2005 debuts at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, March 17-20.
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That sucks he has to go to the " V8 Supercar development championship" for a drive, IMO he deserves a race seat in the main championship
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Re: Luffy has a new home - take 2

well done to all concerned

Luff did a great job for DJR this year (considering...) and im sure he will do well with SBR in the enduros!
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Fancing winning rookie of the year in the Main series and then having to drive in Konica! Good to see DJR throwing the drivers out after a year.

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I think it says a little something about DJR. I've got nothing against DJR, but Luffy has just proved (winning Rookie of the Year) that he can do the job. I think they could've at least kept him for another season to see how he improved then make the big decision.
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I'm sorry to see that he didn't get a permanant ride in the Championship series this year.. but at least he is signed on for the enduro's!

Well done to him for getting Rookie of the Year!!!
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