The SuperCheap Auto Racing team has shown off its 2014 driver line-up and livery scheme ahead of this weekend’s Clipsal 500 at Adelaide.

Main driver Tim Slade, who drove with the Erebus Motorsport team last year, will make a homecoming of sorts with the auto retailer, under whose colours he drove when he made his V8 Supercars Championship debut in 2009.

The updated livery was shown off during the sunrise at the Adelaide parklands circuit this morning.

“The car looks spectacular and will stand out on the track. The new look, ‘new ‘ driver and a ‘new’ team for me mark a fresh new era for the Supercheap Auto Racing team,” Slade said.

Slade and D'Alberto“We’ve got a very competitive package – the Walkinshaw cars showed great speed on street circuits late last year, so we’re heading into the season with confidence.

“This season, I want to be back in the top-five consistently, and win my first V8 race.”

The team also confirmed that Slade will be partner by former series regular, Tony D’Alberto, for the three Pirtek Enduro Cup rounds at Sandown, Bathurst and the Gold Coast.

D’Alberto was forced to close down his own family-run racing team at the end of the season after being unable to secure enough sponsorship backing to keep his one-car operation going for another year.

“Joining Supercheap Auto Racing for the PIRTEK Enduro Cup is a fantastic opportunity, and it gives me a great chance of success at some of the year’s most important races,” he said.

In other driver pairing news, Ford Performance Racing has announced that its young hotshot, Chaz Mostert, will be joined by endurance stalwart Paul Morris for the Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600 events later in the year.

“Paul has driven every type of race car in every condition so he brings a level of experience which I am keen to draw upon during my first season with Ford’s factory team. Having raced against him I know how competitive he is so I am happy he is sharing my car,” Mostert said of his new co-driver.

After Mostert was drafted in for a hugely impressive part-season with Dick Johnson Racing last year, the long-term FPR sign-up was promoted into the works-support team for the 2014 season, replacing the Erebus-bound Will Davison.

Images via Tony D’Alberto and V8 Supercars Championship Media

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