2016 CO-DRIVERS NAMED FOR PIRTEK ENDURO CUP SERIES - BRIAN BOYD COMMENTS
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
Brian Boyd congratulates Team PAYCE co-drivers named for 2016 Pirtek Enduro Cup Series.
Three Team PAYCE drivers will join the Supercars endurance rounds this year as co-drivers in the Wilson Security Racing GRM and Brad Jones Racing teams.
PAYCE Managing Director, Brian Boyd congratulated all three drivers on being selected by two of the country's leading Supercars teams.
GRM's Garry Rogers has announced that James "Bieber" Golding, who is competing in the 2016 Dunlop series for the team and the experienced David Wall, currently contesting the Porsche Carrera Cup series will join the Volvo squad for the Pirtek Enduro Cup races.
They will support Team PAYCE drivers, Scott McLaughlin in the #33 Volvo S60 and James Moffat in the #34 Volvo S60.
The PIRTEK Enduro Cup is awarded to the best two-driver team at the completion of the three classic V8 Supercar rounds on the Supercars calendar – the Sandown 500, the Bathurst 1000 and the Gold Coast 600, which comprises two 300 km races.
Praise from Brian Boyd for both PAYCE-sponsored drivers
Brian Boyd was full of praise for both PAYCE-sponsored drivers that have won seats in the GRM endurance squad.
"I am very pleased for both of them and I'm confident they will be ideal partners for Scotty and Moff, whichever way they are paired," Mr. Boyd said.
"Young James has already put some great results on the board in his short time in the V8 Dunlop Series.
"He had a great round at Phillip Island where he completed the weekend with three podiums, including his first win in the series,"continued Brian Boyd.
'In Perth he was equally impressive, with good practice times and just missing out on another win by a whisker. His current third position in the series' standings is indicative of his good performances this early in the season.
"David of course is very familiar with the Volvo and the Wilson Security Racing GRM team, so will have little trouble in settling in," confided Brian Boyd.
"In his last race in the Volvo at Homebush in 2014, he joined Scotty in the Top Ten Shootout and held a top ten position for some time before a half-spin sent him back down the order."
Garry Rogers Team yet to Decide on Pairings
Garry Rogers said no decision has been made at this stage on the pairings in his team, and he does not see this as an issue that requires an immediate decision.
"I do not think it matters who races with who at this stage and, over the next few months, both Bieber and David will be in and out of both #33 and #34 cars," he said.
"Both cars are identical in regards to build, except for a slightly different seating position.
"David offers great experience considering the laps that he has not only done in a Supercar, but of course the 2015 season in the Volvo.
"Bieber is obviously young, but he did a very creditable job in the 250 kilometre DVS race at Bathurst last year and overall performed well in the 2015 Development Series," Garry said.
"So far this season in the 'car of the future' chassis he has certainly shown he has the ability to develop further.
"I have absolutely no concerns with a developing driver joining our squad where we believe both cars have the potential to win.
"Sure, Bathurst in particular can be very intimidating for an "up and comer" but I have the upmost faith in Bieber," Garry said.
David Wall No Stranger to the Three Tracks He Will Race On - Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd said David is no stranger to the three tracks he will race on in the endurance events.
"Especially the challenging Bathurst track where earlier in the year he finished outright third and class winner in the 6-hour race in a Mitsubishi Evo9 partnering with John Bowe," Boyd said.
Macauley Jones Second Year Co-Driving in the Supercars Endurance Races - Brian Boyd
Macauley Jones will be paired with Brad Jones Racing's Tim Blanchard in the CoolRide #21 Holden Commodore. This will be his second year co-driving in the Supercars endurance races, following a good showing partnering Dale Wood last year. His best results were 11th at the Gold Coast 600 and 15th at Bathurst.
Brian Boyd said Macauley has a good head on his shoulders and has already shown maturity on and off the track well above his age.
"He has handled well all the challenges thrown at him to date and is having a great season in the Dunlop series, consistently qualifying and finishing inside the top 10," Boyd said.
"His run in the #21 Commodore of Tim Blanchard's at Winton last weekend was smooth and he showed he can quickly adapt to different conditions by posting 7th fastest time in the co-drivers' half-hour session and beating the times of quite a few more experienced drivers.
"I have no doubt he has a promising career ahead of him with a good team in Brad Jones Racing behind him."
All three drivers participated in the first of two dedicated practice sessions for co- drivers at Winton on 20 May where they posted some good consistent times.
As Garry Rogers said after: "You don't need a guy that can break a lap record one lap, and spear off into the sand trap or worse the next.
"If a so called co-driver can be steady and hand the car back to the lead driver in good condition that is what is needed. I was very happy with both boys' performances," he said.
The first endurance race is the Wilson Security Sandown 500 on 16-18 September, 2016.
Go Team PAYCE!