Former Australian Supersport champion Mitchell Carr will make his MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship debut in 2014 as he completes the line up in the new look Anvil Hire TAG Racing team alongside former National Superstock champion Richard Cooper.
Carr lifted the 2012 Australian Supersport title during an impressive campaign, scoring wins in each of the 15 Western Australian state races.
The 26-year old racer from Wollongong then progressed to the World Supersport Championship before securing his position in MCE BSB this season with TAG Racing.
The team have also announced a new title partnership with Burton-upon-Trent plant hire specialists Anvil Hire ahead of their ascendancy to the premier class.
Anvil Hire TAG Racing will also make entries in the Motorpoint British Supersport and Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championships, with a line up to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
Carr 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. 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,” continued Carr.
TAG Racing team Principal Rob Winfield added: “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.
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“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. We first got to know him in 2011, when we provided some technical assistance to his team in Australia, and we have kept in touch ever since. 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. We feel that he will be a great asset to both our team and the championship and we’ll be working hard to develop our bikes and give our riders the tools to really showcase their talents,” added Winfield.
Rob Brown, Director of Anvil Hire, concluded: “We’re a Burton company and are very passionate about supporting sport in the local community. Our customers come from the Burton area and this is a great way for us to raise awareness of our business, while keeping our sponsorship in the region. TAG Racing is a very professional team entering the UK’s leading motorcycle racing championship and we’re delighted to be working with them at this exciting time. We wish them all the best for the season ahead and will be look forward to working with them throughout the year.”