New Zealand international racer Matt Halliday is the final driver appointment to be confirmed for the upcoming Pirtek Endurance Cup leg of this year’s V8 Supercars Championship.
The veteran endurance racer will reunite with Dean Fiore in Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden, following the pair’s partnership at last year’s Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 events when Fiore drove for Dick Johnson Racing.
Halliday’s appointment will add further experience to the two-car LDM operation, joining fellow co-driver Paul Morris in completing the team’s driver line-up for the season’s endurance racing leg, which concludes with the Gold Coast 600 in October.
This will be Halliday’s ninth appearance at the Bathurst 1000, and he’ll be hoping to improve on his best finish of fourth at Mount Panorama, which he earned in 2010 driving alongside Jason Bright.
Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport has struggled in its first season as a two-car operation, with Fiore and teammate Scott Pye languishing in 20th and 26th in the championship standings.
The pair has been unable to come close to their early-season form shown at the season-opening Clipsal 500, and resorted to calling upon championship leader Jamie Whincup to pilot one of its cars at a recent test at Winton Raceway – Whincup races for Triple Eight Engineering, from whom LDM’s cars are built.
Triple Eight Engineering has announced that it will field a third wildcard entry for the Bathurst 1000. While it is yet to confirm who will pilot its extra car, it is widely expected that former MotoGP champion Casey Stoner – who is competing in his maiden season in the V8 Supercars Development Series – will be one of the drivers.
The Endurance Cup driver line-up is as follows:
|No.||Entry / Team||Lead Driver||Co-Driver|
|1.||Triple 8 Engineering||Jamie Whincup||Paul Dumbrell|
|2.||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Nick Percat|
|3.||Tony D’Alberto Racing||Tony D’Alberto||Jonny Reid|
|4.||Erebus Motorsport||Lee Holdsworth||Craig Baird|
|5.||Ford Performance Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Steven Richards|
|6.||Ford Performance Racing||Will Davison||Steve Owen|
|7.||Nissan Motorsport||Todd Kelly||David Russell|
|8.||Brad Jones Racing||Jason Bright||Andrew Jones|
|9.||Erebus Motorsport||Maro Engel||Steven Johnson|
|12.||Dick Johnson Racing||Chaz Mostert||Dale Wood|
|14.||Brad Jones Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Luke Youlden|
|15.||Nissan Motorsport||Rick Kelly||Karl Reindler|
|17.||Dick Johnson Racing||Tim Blanchard||Ashley Walsh|
|18.||Ford Performance Racing||Alex Davison||John McIntyre|
|19.||Tekno Autosports||Jonathon Webb||Marc Lieb|
|21.||Brad Jones Racing||David Wall||Chris Pither|
|22.||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Greg Murphy|
|33.||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Scott McLaughlin||Jack Perkins|
|34.||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Alexandre Prémat||Greg Ritter|
|36.||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Daniel Gaunt|
|47.||Erebus Motorsport||Tim Slade||Andrew Thompson|
|55.||Ford Performance Racing||David Reynolds||Dean Canto|
|66.||SuperCheap Auto Racing||Russell Ingall||Ryan Briscoe|
|80.||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||Scott Pye||Paul Morris|
|88.||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||Dean Fiore||Matt Halliday|
|97.||Tekno Autosports||Shane van Gisbergen||Jeroen Bleekemolen|
|360.||Nissan Motorsport||James Moffat||Taz Douglas|
|888.||Triple 8 Engineering||Craig Lowndes||Warren Luff|