It’s been all go at Michael Holmes Racing this off season.
The always immaculately presented team enjoys some of the best support in the division and over the off season they have worked incredibly hard once again, with new equipment arriving and also the securing of a new sponsor.
“As the WA dealer for Barry Wright Race Cars we have imported and delivered two more BWRC Late Models,” says team owner Michael Holmes. “After a recent trip to the USA we have also secured the distributorship for Renegade Performance Oils, who also come on board as the teams naming rights sponsor this season”
With this now in place, Holmes is now putting the final touches on getting ready for the upcoming season.
“We will again be campaigning the ex-Clint Bowyer Racing BWRC that we ran for the second half of last season,” says Holmes. “We definitely felt we stepped it up a notch once we switched to that car from January last season with a win and several podium finishes.”
The team at this stage is planning to run the whole XLI Pro Dirt Series, as well as running the Australian Title in Murray Bridge, South Australia. All this on top of the return of perennial American visitor Steve Francis, who will be one of six Americans in town for the Di Candilo Steel City USA invasion Tour. Francis will once again running a car out of the Michael Holmes Racing stable as he has done for the last few years.
“We are again planning to have USA Hall of Famer Steve Francis race for us in the USA Invasion Tour,” says Holmes. “In some recent interviews in the USA Francis has hinted at retirement…could WA be the last place in the world anyone gets to the see the Kentucky Cornel race?”
Despite his predictions on Francis’ career, Holmes is not making any bold predictions on his racing here in Western Australia this season.
“I can’t make any solid predictions on our results this year – the competition here in WA is way too tough” says Holmes. “That’s not only from the established names here, but also the younger talent coming through. That being said, we are quietly hoping for another top five in the Pro Dirt Series – possibly even a top three.”