IRWIN Racing has announced that open-wheel racer Matt Halliday is to join Marcus Marshall in its Ford Falcon for the V8 Supercar enduro events at Phillip Island and Bathurst.
The 29-year-old Kiwi, who has previously competed at Bathurst for the likes of Larkham Motor Sport and FPR, will return to the series having spent recent seasons in open-wheel competition – including select outings in the Champ Car World Series and as one of the front-runners in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.
"I'm delighted to be teaming up with Marcus and the entire IRWIN Racing team for Phillip Island and Bathurst," he said. "Marcus has always been strong in the endurance races and I'm confident that we will combine to be a strong pairing.
"I'm keen to be part of the team as quickly as possible. The plan is to test as well as drive in Friday practice sessions at Queensland Raceway and Winton ahead of the Phillip Island 500."
Halliday's performance in a range of different disciplines proved to be key in him securing the driver, with team managing director Jason Bright admitting that he wanted a driver who was prepared for anything that could be thrown at him.
"Along with Marcus Marshall, the IRWIN Racing entry has a very strong line-up," he said. "In the long races you need two drivers that really complement each other. In the past Matt has shown outstanding speed and consistency at Bathurst. Phillip Island will be new to him, but it's a new experience for all the teams.
"Importantly Matt has raced in many categories and seen just about every scenario you can think of. September at Phillip Island could see four seasons in one afternoon – plus the challenge of Mount Panorama is without doubt the greatest test in V8 Supercars.
"We are placing equal-importance on the IRWIN Racing and my own Fujitsu Racing entry for these two races. No car is going to be sacrificed over the other – we want both cars to finish towards the front."