Pirtek returns to V8s as part of Casey Stoner entry
Former V8 Supercars Championship winning sponsor, Pirtek, will re-enter the category this season as the co-sponsor of Casey Stoner’s Red Bull Holden in the Dunlop Series.
Stoner has officially confirmed his entry into the full seven-round Dunlop Series earlier today CLICK HERE.
The hydraulic and industrial hose products and services provider was the naming rights sponsor of Marcos Ambrose’s 2003 and 2004 championship winning Fords as part of an eight-year partnership with Stone Brothers Racing.
Stoner’s Red Bull/Pirtek livery is set to be unveiled in Adelaide on Wednesday February 27, just two days before his debut in the seven-round series.
Pirtek Group General Manager, Stephen Dutton, said the opportunity to link with Stoner was the catalyst for re-entering the sport.
“We have always been keen to play a role in the development of young talent, whether that is in the general community or on the race track, football field, golf course or athletics track,” he said.
“Although Casey is a two-time world champion, he comes into this series as a rookie and we are excited to be a part of his entry into V8 Supercars with a successful team like Triple Eight and a co-sponsor with the profile of Red Bull.
“We have no on-track expectations given Casey’s V8 experience, but his work ethic, attitude and desire to be successful is a perfect fit for Pirtek and our franchisees and customers.”
Triple Eight principal Roland Dane and two-time MotoGP world champion Stoner also expressed their pleasure at the deal.
“It has always been important for Triple Eight Race Engineering to have partnerships with strong brands and good people and we get both those things with Pirtek in this program,” said Dane.
“Obviously Pirtek had some great years with SBR and Marcos and what was achieved during that era still resonates with the fans.
“Like Marcos, Casey is the ultimate professional and I think everyone involved is looking forward to being a part of his transition from two to four wheels.”
Added Stoner: “I am not promising we can deliver what Marcos did before heading off to NASCAR, but we will be trying to learn and develop as quickly as we can and see what that brings.”
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