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PAUL MANUELL TAKES A BREATHER
FOR 2014 SPRINT SERIES

The beginning of 2014 and the new V8 SuperTourer season sees some changes to the M3 Racing Team. Paul Manuell, after 16 consecutive summer seasons of racing in NZ’s premier classes, will vacate the driver’s seat for the first part of this year’s V8 Supertourers Series however will return for the endurance rounds later in the year.

“I have elected to take a break from sprint series racing for personal reasons however I am very thankful to my fantastic partners in their understanding of this decision,” says Paul. “They have been very supportive of what has been a tough decision and for this I am extremely grateful.”

It is with great excitement that M3 Racing welcomes Morgan Haber, 2013 Bathurst 12 Hour Endurance Race Champion to the M3 Team. Morgan joins the team with an extensive background in Australian tin-top Racing including the Suzuki Swift Series, Kumho Touring Cars, and most recently the V8 Supercar Dunlop Series.

Paul and the team are eager to see Morgan in action and are confident of his ability to start the season off with a stellar performance.  “I am excited to see what Morgan can bring to the team, and to be back in the seat for the enduro’s where ORIX Team Racing thrived in 2013,” says Paul.

“I wish Morgan, Murph, Richard and the M3 Racing contingent the very best luck for Round One at Cromwell later this month.  I will be track side to help out and will still be very involved. Morgan comes to the team with great ability and I am confident he will do my valued sponsor group and associated supporters proud.”

M3 RACING CELEBRATE 2013 V8 SUPERTOURERS SERIES CHAMPIONS

M3 Racing celebrated sweet success last weekend at Pukekohe Park Raceway when Greg Murphy stepped on the top step of the podium securing the 2013 V8 Supertourers series Crown after a fierce battle with Ant Pederson throughout the entire weekend.

Fellow team member and ORIX Team Racing driver Paul Manuell, who teamed up with former Bathurst Champion Nick Percat for the long distance endurance events also came tantalizing close to tasting champagne after a stellar drive in the 70 lap feature race where they placed a credible 5th place over the finish line from a starting position of 17th position.

The weekend did however deliver some significant challenges for the M3 Team as a rare mechanical issue with the power steering system severely hampered the ORIX Commodore in race two which culminated in two additional pit stops netting the first DNF of the season. Furthermore the ORIX Commodore was “tagged” into the wall on the first lap of qualifying where it suffered significant damage which challenged the team who engaged in time consuming repairs which sacrificed any chance of a top qualifying position.

“Were extremely happy with the over result said Paul Manuell, our the M3 team finished the series with all three cars within the top ten in arguably the most competitive championship New Zealand V8 tin-top racing has seen in many years. I also pass on my congratulations to team mate Richard Moore who finished a credible 4th overall in only his second full season of V8 racing”.

280 ORIX guests also enjoyed the success of the M3 Team within the well positioned ORIX hospitality suite delivered by ORIX’s team of volunteers. Paul wishes to personally thank Glenn Middleton and the entire dedicated ORIX Crew who have over the years created a highly professional and family friendly hospitality product.

 

ORIX TEAM RACING READY FOR SHOWDOWN ON HOME TURF!

After seeing some of the most exciting races ORIX Team Racing has seen this season, M3 Racing and Paul Manuell are thrilled to have co-driver Nick Percat back behind the wheel for the 2013 V8 Supertourers season finale this weekend at Pukekohe Park Raceway.

Paul Manuell and Nick Percat are entering Round Seven of the 2013 V8 Supertourers Championship and Round Three of the 2013 Endurance Series in 8th position, both with full intention to launch the ORIX Team up the ladder this weekend. “We have a great car, one of the best co-drivers and I’m here at home at Pukekohe. We could never be any more ready!” says Paul.

Pukekohe Park Raceway is home for Paul and the ORIX Racing Team, and in terms of Paul’s criteria Pukekohe is New Zealand’s best. For the final showdown, ORIX New Zealand will be doing hospitality in style, taking over the whole of the turn one bank for prime viewing of ORIX Team Racing Holden Commodore as the 2013 season concludes.

“With some great support classes and one of the best fields NZ V8 Supertourers has had, the final showdown won’t be one to miss!” says Paul. The team at M3 and Paul Manuell Racing are certain this final round at Pukekohe will some of the most intense, exhilarating long distance endurance races NZ motorsport has seen.

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CLEAN CUT AT HAMPTON DOWNS ENDURANCE ROUND

 

ORIX Team Racing driver Paul Manuell applied a slightly unorthodox but very streamlined approach to the endurance sector of the highly competitive Supertourer Series at the technical circuit Hampton Downs over the weekend. Paul agreed to contribute his full crop of hair by having it shaved by M3 team-mate and motorsport legend Greg Murphy as his contribution to Canteen New Zealand who do a fantastic job of supporting young people living with cancer. “It’s been a real eye opener and absolute honor to support this very important charity” said Paul who’s hair-shedding effort netted over $7,000 to the $40,000 raised.

Paul’s new streamlined look also delivered a performance gain on the circuit as Paul qualified the ORIX Commodore in a strong seventh spot amongst a classy field littered with some of the best touring car drivers in Australasia.

Paul’s endurance co-driver John Penny, who endured a more difficult qualifying session, commenced race one from the back of the grid however experience counted as the two drivers gained valuable positions both on the circuit and in the pits with a very slick driver change netting them a well deserved eighth spot by the end of the nearly one hour endurance race.

Unfortunately race two was a significantly shorter affair as the ORIX Commodore suffered a rare mechanical failure when the transmission failed on the warm up lap.

The M3 crew worked their magic replacing the transmission in slick time and the ORIX Commodore again starting near the rear of the field due to the race two DNF. The well-rehearsed driver changes combined with a superb handing ORIX Commodore again paid off both Paul and John worked through the field to a credible 11th place by race end.

“We still had a strong and consistent weekend considering the challenge faced proceeding race two however the car was handling very well netting us consistent and highly competitive lap times which bode well for the next endurance event scheduled at Hampton Downs in less than three weeks” says Paul.

 

All photos courtesy of Euan Cameron.

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PAUL COMBINES FORCES WITH HOLDEN RACING TEAM

ORIX Team Racing is delighted to announce that Paul Manuell has secured the services of Holden Racing Team driver and 2011 Bathurst Champion Nick Percat for the final two rounds of the V8 Supertourers Endurance Championship. Paul Manuell Racing wishes to thank Enterprise IT for their support in bringing Nick to New Zealand for what will be two spectacular racing events.

Percat has held multiple major Australian Motorsport titles including the 2005 and 2009 Formula Ford Championship and currently is sitting in 51st place in the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship in his Coates Hire sponsored Holden Commodore VF.

Paul is implausibly pleased to secure the services of Nick, who is arguably one of the most talented touring car drivers in Australasia at this time. Paul is extremely confident that by combining forces with Nick will create a formidable driver combination with the experience to deliver a great result in endurance touring car racing.

 Paul is currently still in 8th place ahead of Round 6, just one week away. Over the 19th-20th of October both Paul and Nick will be looking to step up the game for the last of the three rounds held at Hampton Downs Raceway, and be using this result to carry them forward to the final round at Pukekohe on the 29th November-1st of December.

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PAUL AND JP READY TO TAKE ON HAMPTON DOWNS

A short, four week turnaround has kept the M3 Racing team busy leading up to Round One of the V8 Supertourers Endurance series at Hampton Downs this coming weekend. The crew at Paul Manuell racing are fortunate to be welcoming NZV8 driver John (JP) Penny back to join forces with Paul as his co·driver for the remainder of the season.

Paul and JP have been hard at work simulating mid race pit stops and driver changes. Both drivers are jubilant with the progress so far and are ready for the challenges Hampton Downs delivers.

This weekend will be the first of two endurance rounds at Hampton Downs, with the third at Pukekohe early December, which finishes the 2013 V8 Supertourers calendar. "We are really looking forward to the first of three,  just a little anxious about Friday's head shave. At least it will be cool in the helmet!" says Paul.

The ORIX Team Racing Holden Commodore is race ready and the team at M3 and Paul Manuell Racing are confident Hampton Downs will deliver a great racing spectacle. Paul believes consistency will be the key in netting a top result due to the trials and tribulations of long distance endurance racing.

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SUPERB DRIVE FROM 15TH TO FINISH
4TH IN FEATURE RACE

M3 team member and ORIX Team Racing driver Paul Manuell, a stalwart of New Zealand V8 Touring car racing use all his experience and cool head by finishing 4th position after starting 15th in Sundays 28 lap feature race at round four of the V8 Supertourer Championship in Taupo over the weekend.

Taupo bought on its fair share of challenges for Paul & the ORIX Racing Team. Practice and qualifying deemed tough for Paul as he sat in 13th position for race one & 12th for race two. Full credit given to the M3 team who did an exceptional job of repairing Richard Moore's car overnight, after a technical braking hindrance found Richard amongst the tyres with a smashed front end. Nevertheless, Moore's Whitehaven Commodore was ready for early morning hot laps for some lucky clients on Sunday.

Race one and two netted results of 13th and 12th where identifying the ultimate set up proved to be a challenge.

The final race of the day proved to be the most interesting of the series to date throwing up multiple leader changes, safety car interventions, accidents and thrilling races within the race itself. Paul used his experience and race craft to full effect by guiding his incredibly well handling car from start position 15th to a credible 4th position after 28 vigorous laps which lasted over an hour.

The M3 Racing team were victorious with Greg Murphy being crowned the V8 Supertourer Sprint Series title.
A wonderful endorsement for all crew, sponsors and supporters of the M3 Racing Team family.

Moving into the Enduro phase of the championship, Paul now sits in 8th position overall, Richard Moore in 6th and Greg Murphy still in 1st going into the next round at Hampton Downs 28th/29th of September. The M3 team now begins preparation for the first VS Supertourers Enduro round where they will be joined by experienced co-drivers John Penny (Manuell), Jack Perkins (Murphy) and Tim Slade (Moore).

Confirming that the Endurance rounds, which are the last three of the season will be LIVE on TV3 CRC Motorsport. Fantastic news!!

John Penny will be back in Paul Manuell's M3 Racing Holden for the endures and got re-acquainted with the ORIX beast today.

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ROUND ONE
Highlands Motorsport Park

Fuchs 250: 25-26 January 2014

2014 V8 SUPERTOURERS CALENDAR

SPRINT ROUNDS
(Sprint portion of Championship)

ROUND ONE: January 25/26 Highlands Park, Cromwell, South Island

ROUND TWO: February 8/9 Manfeild, Palmerston North

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