The Tekno Autosports team has announced that it has signed Michael Patrizi to drive its new #91 Holden Commodore for the upcoming season, with the deal meaning that the West Australian driver will make a full-time return to the championship after a two-year absence.
Patrizi join’s the team’s expanded line-up, after its driver/owner Jonathon Webb secured the license to run one of Paul Morris Motorsport’s entries for the upcoming season.
Patrizi has contested two full seasons of V8 Supercars competition, driving for the Ford Rising Stars Racing team in 2008, and Paul Cruickshank Racing in 2009 (pictured left). His best finish was a ninth place at Symmons Plains in 2009.
In recent years, he’s competed in the Porsche Carrera Cup, while also serving as co-driver for Dean Fiore (Triple F Racing) at the V8 Supercars endurance races at Philip Island and Bathurst.
“I am thrilled to have secured the drive with Tekno alongside Jonathon for the season,” Patrizi is quoted as saying.
“The team has big plans both on and off the track this year, particularly transitioning into a two-car Holden team. I’m stoked to be given the opportunity to be a part of such an exciting team.”
Webb’s single-car Ford entry struggled at the rear of the field, but took the decision at the end of the year to expand to a two-car operation and switch to Holden power.
Patrizi will drive the Commodore races by Steve Owen (Paul Morris Motorsports) in last year’s championship, while Webb has secured a brand-new Commodore that has been assembled by Triple Eight Racing.
Both drivers will get their first major opportunities to sample their new machines at next week’s open pre-season test session at Sandown Raceway.