As the date the second running of the ‘international class’ ArmorAll 600 at the Gold Coast draws near, the V8 Supercars teams are starting to reveal the details of the international drivers they have secured for the October event, which will see the series’ local drivers paired up with drivers who compete overseas.
To-date, a host of world-class drivers from IndyCars, the FIA World Touring Car Championship and GT racing have been confirmed as part of the star-studded line-up, and now Garry Rogers Motorsport and Kelly Racing have confirmed their respective signings.
Joining GRM are former World Touring Car race winner Augusto Farfus and sports car driver Simon Pagenaud, who will partner Lee Holdsworth and Michael Caruso, respectively. Meanwhile, Kelly Racing has confirmed that Richard Westbrook and Jörg Bergmeister will pair up with Todd and Rick Kelly.
Brazilian-born Farfus was a regular on the WTCC scene between 2005 and 2010 with Alfa Romeo and BMW, and formerly the record-holder for the most race wins in that championship. Having twice finished third in the Drivers’ Championship standings, Farfus followed the Schnitzer BMW outfit into its Le Mans (GT Class) effort, and he’s widely tipped to move with BMW when it rejoins the DTM championship next year.
French-born Pagenaud has been part of Highcroft Racing’s ALMS line-up this year (as a team-mate to David Brabham) – also subbing for the injured Ana Beatriz during the IndyCar race at Barber Motorsport Park – having formerly been part of the Champ Car racing scene.
Westbrook currently races for Nissan in the GT1 World Championship and drove for Corvette in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, while Bergmeister is also a regular on the Le Mans racing scene.