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TEAM KIWI RACING ANSWER CALL FOR HELP WITH BATHURST 1000 RETURN

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19 years after the brand was first established to support Kiwi drivers, Team Kiwi Racing (TKR) is still working as a hard as they ever have to provide talented Kiwi drivers with the opportunity to secure a seat in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, with the potential to show case their talent at no better venue than the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Team owner David John and his sponsors are working tirelessly to see if they can help provide Chris van der Drift and Jaxon Evans with the opportunity to drive at Bathurst this year with a competitive race package, or not race at all.

The objective to raise the funds for the selected TKR drivers over the years including Van der Drift and Evans is no small task especially when TKR has never had the luxury of drivers being able to contribute money to the teams running budget seeing TKR having to fund the entire program themselves.

An agreement has been reached with Triple Eight Racing to purchase a ZB Commodore. While the internationally experienced Kiwi driver pairing of Jaxon Evans who has previously won the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia and most recently has secured the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Rookie Classification title along with fellow Kiwi, Chris van der Drift who has won three Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Championship titles along with three European Championship titles have signed to drive the TKR All Black machine, Evans having received approval from Porsche AG as their Junior Development driver in order to line up on the Bathurst 1000 grid with TKR.

“The opportunity to drive for Team Kiwi Racing is very personal to me as I was selected as the first ever TKR Junior Development Academy Driver in 2000 where I worked with TKR on weekends at their Head Quarters in Auckland alongside the late Jason Richards. To have the opportunity to line up at Bathurst 20 years later is a very special opportunity for me and will be a dream come true.” says van der Drift.

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Likewise, Jaxon Evans is also very passionate about the opportunity to jump in the TKR ALL Black Machine

“I am so grateful for TKR being prepared to take a rookie Supercars driver to Bathurst and give me the opportunity to repay their confidence in me,” said Evans.

“As a Kiwi I have grown up watching TKR over the years and the many Kiwi drivers they have assisted, and to be part of that motorsport history would be something very special for me.”

“I would also like to thank Porsche AG for allowing me to take up this special opportunity with TKR,” said Jaxon Evans.

Plans are to test the TKR All Black machine at Queensland Raceway later in the month as a final preparation for the Mount Panorama classic are also locked in.

The search for the right engineer has taken place in earnest, while the budget required to provide this opportunity sits at 80% of the total budget needed. These final two pieces of the puzzle are all that stands between Team Kiwi and a starting berth at the 2019 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

“Our objectives are achievable but it is going to be a very long week with numerous discussions ongoing to ensure we have the required budget and package that is at a level that matches the caliber of both van der Drift and Evans’ ability,” explained David John TKR team owner.

“We have a fantastic following here in New Zealand but also the Kiwi’s who call Australia home and from all the emails we receive each week I know they want to see a Kiwi team back in the Supercars Championship, which is evident from the 227 guests we had with us at the Pukekohe Supercars round on the weekend and another 112 that are ready to travel to Mount Panorama with TKR, even if we don’t make the grid this year.”

Team Kiwi Racing are on the brink of a successful 2019 Bathurst 1000 campaign, only the final budget and engineer that understands the ex 888 race machine is needed to get TKR over the line.

“I believe we have all the ingredients to make a real challenge in the Supercars at Bathurst, we don’t want to be a field filler team and with talented drivers such as Chris van der Drift and Jaxon Evans, the ex-Triple Eight car, along with the crew we have already assembled, I am sure that will not happen but if we cannot get all aspects of this campaign over the line by the end of this week we simply will not be at Bathurst this year.”

“Our focus will turn to have the TKR All Black machine on the grid at the opening round of the Supercars Championship in Adelaide for 2020. It will also be TKR’s 20th anniversary season since debuting in the Supercars Championship as the first ever Kiwi team to do so in 2000 at Bathurst Mount Panorama with Kiwi Jason Richards behind the wheel of the TKR ALL Black machine on debut.”

Team Kiwi Racing will make its final decision in conjunction with Supercars on the Bathurst campaign this coming Friday.

For further information and to support Team Kiwi’s call to action on the 2019 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, contact David John Team Owner at djohn@teamkiwiracing.co.nz or call 0011 64 21 636877


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