JUST CAR - JUST UTES IN 2014
A partnership between Just Car Insurance and Dontas Management will see newly crowned V8 Ute Series - Rookie of the Year - Elliot Barbour, join leading Holden outfit, Murphy Motorsport to take on a full tilt at next year’s championship.
'This is a huge step forward for us, we have some seasoned campaigners within our stable. The drivers, Craig Dontas and Nathan Pretty will now be able to help young Elliot. This kid has showed great speed all year. Nathan can help him with his driving and Craig can help him commercially, he is a star of the future.' Team owner, David Murphy.
Just Car Insurance is a name etched in Australian motorsport history, with the celebration earlier this year of the tenth anniversary of its famous Bathurst 24hr win with the late Peter Brock.
'Just Car Insurance are the leading insurer for imported, high performance and modified cars, so the move to position our brand with V8 Ute Racing and the popularity of Utes amongst our audience makes great sense. Our aim is to further grow Just Car Insurance by leveraging the popularity of the Utes and the significant branding we can receive.
We are very excited to have Elliot on board, plus our partnership with Murphy Motorsport will see us align ourselves with Nathan Pretty, who was one of our drivers when we won Bathurst ten years ago in the Monaro 427. It is a great feeling to be back!' Mark Behr, Just Car Insurance Marketing Manager.
A driver with a background in Porsche Racing, Formula Ford and Development Series V8 Supercars, Elliot Barbour has shown raw speed throughout his rookie season. A move to Murphy Motorsport feels like the right fit for the 22 year old Victorian.
'This is an opportunity of a lifetime, it has been a roller coaster ride this year for me, the speed has been there but at times I have thrown away some good results. It is a great feeling that Craig, Dave, the team and especially Just Car Insurance have put their faith in me. They recognize my strengths and are prepared to help me develop into that complete race driver. I am excited for what lies ahead.' Elliot Barbour, Just Car Insurance Driver.
The Just Car Insurance Racing team and Barbour plan to have their first hit out in mid January, then it’s onto the Clipsal 500 for Round One of the 2014 V8 Ute Series in late February.
Stay tuned for more and for a full team launch prior to the Clipsal 500.