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Old 01-30-2002, 22:07   #1 (permalink)
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Ritter for 3rd DJR Car

31 January 2002
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SHELL HELIX RACING EXPAND TO THIRD CAR

Shell Helix Racing has announced that Greg Ritter will drive a third Ford Falcon XR8 in selected rounds of this year's V8 Supercar Series and once again be part of the driving squad at the Queensland 500 and Bathurst 1000 endurance events.

The 28-year-old drove for the Queensland-based team in last year's long distance races earning high praise for his efforts in qualifying and the races themselves. The highlight of his campaign was a fourth place finish at Bathurst.

Ritter will join SHR full time, sharing test driver duties, race driving, and other responsibilities at DJR's Queensland complex.

"Greg did an outstanding job for us last season and together with the
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of the V8 Supercar field, convinced us of the need to work towards full time V8 drivers in every event," said team owner Dick Johnson.

"Our aim is to build strongly for the future. We see Greg as part of that plan and we are delighted that he will be with us in 2002 and beyond."

For Ritter the opportunity to race and become closer involved with one of Australia's premier motor sports teams is an opportunity he's prepared to make the most of.

"I will be moving from Melbourne to South East Queensland immediately," said Ritter.

"I do have a great relationship with Dick and the entire team already, but working and being part of the team environment full time will make the situation a whole lot stronger.

"I could have gone for a smaller team and driven in more races, but that would have put me at a major disadvantage at the big races.

"I've guaranteed the Shell Helix Racing team that I won't sit back and wait for things to happen.

"I'm setting my sights on proving my worth to the team and achieving my ambition of winning Bathurst".

It's yet to be announced which extra races Ritter will compete in, however it has been confirmed that his Falcon will carry the number #71.

The Shell Helix Racing team will stick with two cars for the endurance events, the driver pairings and the announcement of the team's final driver will be made in the coming months.


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I guess it is good news. Not sure about this 3 car stuff when we don't seem to be able to get one car form any one team competitive
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Old 01-31-2002, 03:22   #3 (permalink)
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Good luck to them I was at DJR last week & they wouldn't explain why they were setting up 3 cars well know we know
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Good news for DJR, Ford Racing & Greg Ritter. I'm sure he will do well & give DJR a boost in fortunes
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I hope this doesn't make an extra strain to get the cars fully working. I guess 3 cars does give us more of a chance to win but I would still rather one winning car than 3 losing. I hope this works out good for DJR and us Ford fans. Good luck Ritter.
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Ritter to race 3rd Shell Helix Falcon in 2002

Greg Ritter, a most impressive enduro import for Dick Johnson Racing last season, has been invited back to the team for this years campaign, it was announced today.

But rather than make a cameo appearance come the Queensland 500 and Bathurst V8 Supercar 1000, Ritter will become a full-time employee: testing for the team, working at Johnsons south Brisbane headquarters, and racing a third Shell Helix Falcon, alongside Paul Radisich and Steven Johnson, at selected rounds of the V8 Supercar championship.

DJR joins a number of teams entering supplementary cars in the championship, ensuring, come endurance time, the bulk of the driving squad are in peek form.

After Ritters attention-grabbing performances in last years endurance events, including a fourth-place finish at Bathurst with Cameron McLean, Johnson earmarked the 28-year-old Victorian as a rising star.

"Greg did an outstanding job for us last season and together with the competitiveness of the V8 Supercar field, convinced us of the need to work towards full-time V8 drivers in every event," Johnson said.

"Our aim is to build strongly for the future. We see Greg as part of that plan and we are delighted that he will be with us in 2002 and beyond."

Ritter will move from Melbourne to Queensland immediately to take up the position.

"I do have a great relationship with Dick and the entire team already, but working and being part of the team environment full-time will make the situation a whole lot stronger, Ritter, the 1999 Formula Ford champion, said.

"I could have gone for a smaller team and driven in more races, but that would have put me at a major disadvantage at the big races.

"I've guaranteed the Shell Helix Racing team that I won't sit back and wait for things to happen.

Ritter will race with No. 71 this year, though its yet to be confirmed which events he will participate in.
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This is very good news for Ritter but seriously AVESCO should look at staging a round at Le Man because it is about the only track that could fit all these race cars on it at once.
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Good stuff! The way the V8 situation is going it may be spit into three categories soon.
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strange that brigs wouldn't give him the drive but then he does a deal with djr

i still think that if everyone is going to run 3 cars then its no advantage anymore so may as well limit all the teams to 2 cars

what happens if next year mr packer decides he wants a 10 car toyota team and pays millions to get the rules changed and then starts ruining the series lol
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