Michael Patrizi Photo credit: Tekno Autosports

Michael Patrizi Photo credit: Tekno Autosports

Tekno Autosports has confirmed Michael Patrizi as the driver of its #91 Commodore for the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship.

After a two-year absence, Patrizi makes a full-time return to the championship having driven for Triple F Racing alongside Dean Fiore in the V8 Supercar endurance events at Bathurst and Phillip Island last season and competing for McElrea Racing in the Australian Porsche Carrera Cup Championship, where he won three races.

Patrizi will team up with Tekno Autosports owner and driver Jonathon Webb in the newly expanded two-car team and will compete in a Triple Eight Race Engineering-built Holden Commodore VE raced last season in V.I.P Petfoods colours by Steve Owen.

Tekno Team Manager Bruce Jenkins is delighted that Patrizi will be joining the team this season.

“Michael brings with him a wealth of experience having been involved in competitive racing for many years throughout Europe, Asia, the USA and Australia from an early age. He demonstrated that he has the professionalism, attitude and enthusiasm to step into V8's and importantly he is the right fit for our team,” Jenkins said.

Patrizi is as equally excited to be joining the team.

“I am thrilled to have secured the drive with Tekno alongside Jonathon for the season. The team has big plans both on and off the track this year, particularly transitioning into a two Holden team. I'm stoked to be given the opportunity to be a part of such an exciting team,” Patrizi said.

Webb, meanwhile, put in his first laps in his brand new Triple Eight-designed Holden V8 Supercar at a shakedown earlier this week at Queensland Raceway, before he and the team heads to the official Sandown V8 Test Day this weekend.

“The crew have put in an amazing effort to build both cars from scratch in a short amount of time, I couldn't be happier with how the car performed today. Michael and I can't wait to get to Sandown and give our Holden's a run on Saturday,” Webb said.