New look Norton Hornets for Sydney Motorsport Park
Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
By Norton Hornets/V8 Supercars
Norton's two Nissan Altima V8 Supercars will take a fresh new look into the ninth event of the V8 Supercars Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend.
The most visual change will be seen on the #36 Nissan of Michael Caruso, with an 'inverted' scheme featured on his Altima.
Caruso will have Norton's parent company Symantec represented down the flanks of the Altima, which is aimed at building exposure for the company's new 'Backup Exec 2014' backup and recovery solution.
Caruso is excited to race in his home town with a new look this weekend, and hopes to continue the good form shown at the last event.
"Nissan Motorsport is coming off a pretty strong event at Queensland Raceway. We've still got some way to come, but I think if we are on top of our game, we can punch in a similar position," Caruso said.
"This event is extra special, because we're kicking off this new inverted Symantec livery - I've never raced a black car before, so it will be something new, but I like that Norton is mixing things up ahead of the big endurance races."
The different liveries will be on the Norton Hornets for the Sydney Motorsport Park event as well as the Wilson Security Sandown 500 in September.
James Moffat's #360 will retain the popular colour scheme that has adorned his Norton Hornet in 2014, with a subtle change to the branding on the bonnet. Moffat will help promote Norton's famous 'Norton 360 Multi-Device' security.
Senior Director of Norton and Small Business at Symantec, Australia and New Zealand Matthew Drake said the livery change was a great way to draw attention to the company's new product.
"New Backup Exec 2014 is a more powerful and faster backup and recovery solution for businesses, so using the Norton Hornets to help launch the product in Australia this weekend is a perfect fit," he said.
"We'll have plenty of Symantec employees, customers and partners at the track, cheering the team on, and hoping for a win from either our Backup Exec black Hornet, or our Norton 360 Multi-Device yellow Hornet."
The change in colours and branding comes as the Hornet pair continues its climb up the V8 Supercars ladder.
At the latest event at Queensland Raceway, Caruso qualified second and was in contention for a win on Saturday before an incident.
On Sunday, Moffat took his maiden career pole position before finishing a fighting fifth after a late lunge at a podium finish.
"We need to continue the good form we showed on Sunday at Queensland Raceway and keep that going," said Moffat.
"The speed that Michael (Caruso) showed on Saturday and the speed we had on Sunday was encouraging for the team, but for me personally, we just need to have a week where we are consistent, because I don't feel we've put together a whole weekend yet.
"We need to make sure we have two consistent strong competitive days to bag some good points before we head to the endurance races."