Newly-crowned V8 development series champion Steve Owen has been signed to the Steve Owen has signed for Paul Morris MotorsportPaul Morris Motorsport team for a return stint in the top flight of the V8 Supercar Championship for 2011.

Owen had guest roles in the Triple 8 outfit during the 2010 season’s endurance races at Phillip Island and Bathurst (finishing runner-up), while also contesting the development Fujitsu series in a Greg Murphy Racing Holden Commodore.

It is perhaps with some irony that Owen replaces the outgoing Murphy at PMM for next season, with the New Zealander rumoured to be taking himself (and his iconic #51 racing number) to the Kelly Racing team.

Owen’s car will be rebranded to reflect its new backing from Queensland-based company VIP Petfoods.

Owen has previously had full-time roles in the V8 Supercars championship between 2005-7 with Britek and Rod Nash Racing, before dropping back to the development series and winning the Fujitsu title in 2008, a feat he repeated two years later.

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