New deal sets Ryan Farquhar up for big year
by Paul Lindsay
Ryan Farquhar may have announced his retirement from full time competition following the untimely death of his uncle Trevor Ferguson at last year’s Manx Grand Prix — but the most successful national road racer in the history of our support has secured a lucrative deal with Northern Ireland’s Vauxhall Dealerships to commence phase two of his career.
Delighted to have finally ‘nailed the deal’ with Vauxhall’s local network, the KMR Kawasaki team owner explained: “I'm obviously delighted to welcome Vauxhall on board as the team's title sponsor.
“They have given me everything I could possibly need to lay the foundations for a highly successful 2013.
“After their involvement in last year's Supertwins race at the North West 200, they came on board as a personal sponsor and it's tremendous news that they've increased their involvement for 2013.
“I'm equally thrilled to retain all my previous loyal sponsors.”
The deal with Vauxhall, which is rumoured to be in the region of £80,000 will allow Farquhar to run a top-flight national and international road racing effort, with his main focus on nurturing young talent.
This is highlighted by the acquisition of new signing Conor Behan, while retaining last year’s top newcomer at the Isle of Man TT, 21-year-old local lad Jamie Hamilton.
Vauxhall’s 12 Northern Ireland dealers were impressed with Farquhar’s professionalism and commitment to the local scene and his enthusiasm to support up-and-coming talent, as explained by Regional Operations Manager Gordon Hannen.
“We are well aware how huge Road Racing is in Ireland, and with Ryan having more experience in the sport than almost anyone else, we believe the younger riders in his team can benefit from his expertise.”
Hannen added: “He runs a super professional set-up, and after the success he achieved with our support last season,we simply wanted more of the same.”
Hamilton will campaign a Kawasaki ZX-10R Superstock specification machine and an ER6 Supertwin Kawasaki in the all-new red, back and white KMR Vauxhall livery. And thanks to personal sponsor John Duggan, Hamilton will also have the use of a ZX-6R Supersport machine.
New signing Behan, 22, will contest the Irish Senior and Junior Support Championships on the national scene for new boss Farquhar .
“My personal involvement as a rider may have come to an end but I'm busier than ever and am really relishing my new role, eagerly looking forward to the first meetings in April,” added Farquhar.
“Today's announcement is just the first part of the jigsaw for KMR Kawasaki in 2013 and we've still got some big plans for the season to be announced so watch this space!”