Preston Hire Racing, the newest V8 Supercar team coming out of Australia, has announced its plan to enter in the upcoming 2016 International V8 Supercars Champion-ship.
Australian specialist equipment hire provider Preston Hire will sponsor the new team, which will backed by businessman Charlie Schwerkolt.
“I am very proud to confirm Preston Hire as our naming rights sponsor for 2016. We couldn’t go racing without them, they are really good people and a great Australian com-pany; they are in for a big year ahead,” Schwerkolt said in the Australian V8 Supercars website.
He added he has always dreamed of steering his own racing organization and reiterated that he feels good about his new venture with the team.
“This is a dream for me to do my own show, I probably didn’t think it would ever happen but it feels really good,” he stated.
According to Schwerkolt, the team’s goal is to finish each race of the season with the best performance that they can achieve.
“We are going to do our best, whatever it is; we are independent and small if there are problems we can sort them quick without any red tape,” he added.
Leading the team will be headlined by veteran driver Lee Holdsworth who will be joined by team manager Jeff Grech and Jason Bush as lead engineer.
“It’s Lee’s time to shine now. We are giving him everything he needs, a new car, his own team – there are no other drivers for him to beat so it’s all about him,” Schwerkolt stressed.
Holdsworth, the Driver’s Driver Award winner in the 2015 V8 Supercars Gala Awards, will be at the cockpit of a Triple Eight-built Car Holden Commodore anew with his new racing outfit.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity, we couldn’t have asked for a better bunch of people, we have a very good package to work with, good equipment to work with and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t end up with some good results,” the 33-year-old Aus-tralian driver explained.
Holdsworth, on the other hand, maintained he is prepared to give his best to mark a strong debut season for his new team.
“I want to do as well as I can, if we can come out in the top 10 after Clipsal. I think that would be a good start to the year and we could build on it from there,” added.