Former Australian Supersport champion Mitchell Carr has joined the new-look Anvil Hire TAG Racing team as he prepares for his debut in the MCE British Superbike Championship this season.

Carr, from Wollongong, joins former National Superstock 1000 champion Richard Cooper in the team, with the pair riding Kawasaki ZX-10R machines.

TAG Racing has obtained a new title sponsor in Burton-upon-Trent plant hire specialists Anvil Hire as the team steps up the BSB class this year.

Carr, who also has experience of competing in the World Supersport Championship, said: "I am really looking forward to joining the MCE BSB grid as the series has always been a stand out for talent and to be surrounded by world class riders will be a great experience for me.

"The success of fellow Australian racers there has really inspired me and it is proven with history that we can compete on a World level. I raced in the World Supersport Championship and that was a very big learning curve, but BSB presents a whole new challenge, however I am ready to take it all in my stride.

"I am very confident that the Anvil Hire TAG Racing team will provide me with every chance possible and I have great aspirations for the 2014 season," added the 26-year-old.

"I know I am with a competitive team; however, I do not take my competition lightly. I am just looking to gel with bike and improve with every outing.

"It will be an awesome experience, the greatest of my racing career yet to date. I am ready to take it all in and race the season of my life."

Anvil Hire TAG Racing will also contest the Motorpoint British Supersport and Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championships, with the rider-line up to be confirmed soon.

TAG Racing team Principal Rob Winfield said: "We're delighted to welcome both Anvil Hire and Mitchell to the team and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with them. Anvil Hire is a local company to us.

"They are a new name in motorcycle racing but are very passionate about backing local sport. It's great to work with people who are literally on our doorstep and Anvil Hire will be an integral part of the TAG family.

"Mitchell was brought to the team's attention a few years ago by our former rider Paul Young, who is a pretty shrewd judge of character and talent.

"He's had a difficult year in World Supersport, riding a virtually stock bike against some big budget efforts, but when he tested for us in the summer we were very impressed with both his riding and attitude and, as a result, we've been keen to get him on our bike."

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