Tekno V8 squad calls up Lieb, Bleekemolen for Bathurst and enduros

Sportscar racers Marc Lieb and Jeroen Bleekemolen will join Tekno Autosports for this year's V8 Supercars endurance events at Sandown, Bathurst and Surfers Paradise

Tekno V8 squad calls up Lieb, Bleekemolen for Bathurst and enduros

In recent years team have been required to sign up an international co-driver for Surfers only, with drivers with V8 experience or from its development series tending to come in for Bathurst and Sandown.

This season the rules were opened up to encourage the guest drivers to contest all three events, but so far the majority of teams have opted to pick drivers from within the V8 scene to join their regulars in what is now billed as the Endurance Cup mini-series.

Tekno has bucked that trend by recruiting Bleekemolen and Porsche factory driver Lieb, who was part of the GTE Pro winning Manthey line-up in last weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Lieb joined Tekno's Jonathon Webb for Surfers last year, taking second in race one, while Bleekemolen was paired with current Tekno driver Shane van Gisbergen, then at Stone Brothers, for the same event. They will reprise those partnerships in 2013.

Team manager Bruce Jenkins said Tekno had no doubts about calling in the international duo for all three events.

"When the rules changed, and the same drivers were able to join Jonathon and Shane for all three endurance races, we had no hesitations in selecting Marc and Jeroen," he said.

"We head into the enduros with pairings familiar and comfortable with each other. They've had success together previously, so we're confident of a good showing."

Van Gisbergen is spearheading Tekno's best ever V8 season, winning in Adelaide and holding fourth in the championship at present.

IndyCar race-winner Ryan Briscoe is the other major international driver signed up for the Endurance Cup, having secured a Holden Racing Team seat.

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