Team Kiwi Racing have been forced to stretch the spirit of cooperation
across the Tasman in naming champion Australian driver Adam Macrow to pilot the TKR All Black machine in the opening round of the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship in Adelaide this weekend.
Macrow, the 2006 Fujitsu champion – Australia’s development series, will stand in for the injured Paul Radisich in the new TKR Ford for the Clipsal 500 street race.
Radisich, seriously injured in a crash at Bathurst last year, ruled himself out of contention for the gruelling season opener after testing in Melbourne last week. While Radisich is on the mend, he was not quite ready to handle the acknowledged toughest single driver test of the season with twin 250km races on an unforgiving street circuit.
“We have got a very competitive package this year so it was even more imperative that I needed to be 110 per cent recovered to face the challenges of Adelaide,” Radisich said.
“If it was a sprint race then I could have managed it but Clipsal is such a tough and physically demanding test.”
That demanded that Team Kiwi Racing find a replacement driver with recent V8 Supercar experience but both Craig Baird and Kayne Scott had other driver commitments and Matt Halliday could not get the correct level one CAMS licence now required to race in the Australian V8 Supercar Championship in time for Adelaide.
“That exhausted the current race fit New Zealanders with the experience needed for the Clipsal 500 and also with the overall race package we have this year,” TKR owner David John said.
“Our philosophy won’t change in that TKR will continue to promote New Zealanders throughout our team but this weekend is just too important and it is definitely not the place and or race to blood anyone who is not experienced in V8 Supercars and or 100 per cent race fit.”
John was lucky enough to grab the services of 29 year old Macrow, who won the Fujitsu series last year winning five of the seven rounds in the championship including both races at the Adelaide Clipsal 500 event.
“Adam is a top notch prospect. He knows the track and he knows the car. We are not expecting miracles but we are confident Adam will do a good solid job and then return the car to us in top notch shape for Paul to drive at Perth in the second round.
“That should have us well set up before we aim for a really big push for a top result when we come home for the last time to race at Pukekohe. That’s where we want to do well. Nothing would be better than to be on the podium in the final race for V8 Supercars at Pukekohe in front of our home fans.”
Practice for Adelaide is on Friday with qualifying and first 250km race on Saturday and second 250km race on Sunday.