New driver for Pacific Hoists / Nandi Kiss race team
Sydney V8 Supercar driver Nandi Kiss has withdrawn from active driving duties on the eve of the 2013 Dunlop Series. Kiss, who spent seven years racing in the flourishing V8 Ute Series before making his debut in the Dunlop Series in 2012, cites growing business commitments behind his decision to step from behind the wheel. “Driving these cars requires total concentration and commitment that I was finding hard to maintain. With so much going on around me during the weekdays when it came to race weekends I just couldn’t flick over to race mode and leave the pressures of work behind,” Nandi concedes. Kiss also believes that, with the benefit of hindsight, he probably left his entry into the world of Supercars too late. “Without any regrets, looking back on it, spending 7 years in v8 ute was probably too long in the case of the skills you need to drive a v8 supercar. I should have tried this earlier in my career.”
Whilst Kiss steps out of the driver’s seat however, he’s by no means leaving the sport and will still field the #24 Holden, this time with versatile Sydneysider Chris Alajajian sliding into the hot seat. “Motorsport is still my passion,” he explains, “I’ll still be very hands on with the racecar and will take on the role of Team Manager. I’ll be at all the rounds and giving Chris every level of support he needs to make a fist of 2013.”
Over the last few seasons in V8 Utes and the Dunlop Series Kiss has introduced and nurtured several sponsors to his racing efforts, and he’s pleased to announce that those sponsors are continuing on in 2013. “Our longtime sponsors Pacific Hoists, Hitachi and JD Neuhaus are excited to continue on with the team’s new direction and I know we’re going to enter a new level of competition and exposure for those fine companies as reward,” believes Kiss. Pacific Hoists CEO Richard Crake is upbeat also about the future. “We’ve enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with Nandi Kiss Racing over the last few seasons and I can see that things can only get better with Nandi managing the team and young Chris driving in 2013. We’re excited about the road ahead.”
Chris Alajajian comes into the NKR operation with a wide variety of Motorsport experience, at a time when the team moves to a new motor program with a Kelly Racing powerplant slotted into the #24 car. “I’ve watched Chris’ career with interest for some time,” explains Nandi, “he’s got a wealth of experience in so many forms of motor racing, including of course V8 Supercar Development Series. I’m really pleased to offer him this opportunity to drive for us.” Indeed Alajajian’s career spans some 16 years, during which he’s driven karts, NZ Formula Challenge, extensive Production Car competition including many class wins, Performance Car Racing, Formula Three, a brief stint in the Australian Rally Championship, MINI Challenge, V8 Supercars and even a year in the now defunct A1 World Cup of Motorsport where he represented Team Lebanon.
With the season blast off at The Clipsal 500 at the end of the month Nandi Kiss Racing has much to do in a short space of time. “It’s an exciting time for us,” smiles Kiss, “we’ve got an exciting new driver, a new motor program, a wonderful sponsorship team behind us and full season ahead that promises some fantastic competition in the Dunlop Series. I can’t wait to get started.”
The first round of the V8 Dunlop Series will be at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide from 28th April to 2nd March 2013. To stay up-to-date with the latest V8 news, like Pacific Hoists on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pacific-Hoists/108064999268010 or visit the V8 Supercars website http://www.v8supercars.com.au
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