In it lock, Pro Stock and bar­rel

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motorsport - STEPHEN OT­T­LEY

CHRYSLER Aus­tralia has in­creased its mo­tor rac­ing in­volve­ment, de­spite rul­ing out a move into V8 Su­per­cars.

The com­pany an­nounced this week it will spon­sor lead­ing Aus­tralian drag racer Lee Bek­tash in this sea­son’s Pro Stock di­vi­sion.

Bek­tash’s Dodge Avenger Pro Stock ma­chine uses a Mopar en­gine and Don Ness chas­sis, and has been re-birthed in a strik­ing Mopar liv­ery.

‘‘I’ve al­ways been for­tu­nate enough to have great peo­ple around me and I’m now ex­cited to have a great spon­sor on board,’’ Bek­tash says.

Chrysler’s only other motorsport spon­sor­ship in Aus­tralia is its role as the of­fi­cial safety car for the V8 Su­per­car cham­pi­onship.

De­spite re­cent at­tempts to in­tro­duce a third man­u­fac­turer into the Holden-Ford con­test, Chrysler Aus­tralia has de­clared it isn’t in­ter­ested in mak­ing the move.

‘‘We’re proud to be in­volved with Lee and his team,’’ Chrysler Aus­tralia ser­vice and parts gen­eral man­ager Robert Moor­croft says.

‘‘They’re a small op­er­a­tion with a big heart and com­pet­i­tive quar­ter-mile times.

‘‘Our Mopar team within Chrysler Aus­tralia are ex­tremely ex­cited to work with Lee and sup­port him in ev­ery way we can. We’re in­volved in the V8 Su­per­car se­ries with our 300C SRT8 pace cars and now in Pro Stock drag rac­ing. Com­bined, they’re a great fit for our brands.’’

With his new back­ing, Bek­tash is ready to make a run at the Pro Stock ti­tle af­ter fin­ish­ing sixth in last year’s stand­ings, de­spite only com­pet­ing in half the events.

‘‘We’re not in it for our good looks. Our pas­sion for rac­ing is what gets us over the line and we have one goal — to win the cham­pi­onship,’’ he says.

Ti­tle chase: Lee Bek­tash’s Dodge Avenger Pro Stock drag racer has gained Chrysler spon­sor­ship.

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