Four more international drivers have been confirmed as the latest guest drivers to join the ranks for October’s running of the V8 Supercars ArmorAll 600 on the streets of the Gold Coast.
Veteran touring car driver Fabrizio Giovanardi is the latest announcement, alongside GT driver Oliver Gavin and sports car ace Marino Franchitti, brother to IndyCar champion Dario. IndyCar driver Scott Dixon is the latest IndyCar driver to be announced as joining the championship event.
This year’s event will mark Giovanardi’s return to the venue, after the Italian earned plaudits for his work alongside Karl Reindler, helping the youngster to his then-career-best finish in the championship.
This year will see Giovanardi return to the Britek / Brad Jones Racing stable, where he will partner either Reindler or Jason Bargwanna.
Gavin – the former Formula 1 safety car driver – has been announced as the co-driver for Greg Murphy (Kelly Racing).
Former IndyCar champion Dixon – who was born nearby, despite claiming New Zealand citizenship – will join fellow Kiwi racer Shane van Gisbergen in the Stone Brothers Ford. Van Gisbergen came close to claiming his maiden V8 Supercars victory at last year’s event, only to be denied on the final lap.
And Marino Franchitti has also joined the ranks, where he will join Warren Luff in the Lucas Dumbrell-run Holden Commodore.
Those hotly tipped to still sign up for the event include Dario Franchitti and Tiago Monteiro.
So far, the provisional entry list reads as follows:
|1.||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||TBA|
|2.||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Ryan Briscoe|
|3.||Tony D’Alberto Racing||Tony D’Alberto||TBA|
|4.||Stone Brothers Racing||Alex Davison||Marc Lieb|
|9.||Stone Brothers Racing||Shane van Gisbergen||Scott Dixon|
|47.||Stone Brothers Racing||Tim Slade||TBA|
|5.||Ford Performance Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Will Power|
|6.||Ford Performance Racing||Will Davison||TBA|
|55.||Rod Nash / FPR||Paul Dumbrell||TBA|
|7.||Kelly Racing||Todd Kelly||Richard Westbrook|
|11.||Kelly Racing||Greg Murphy||Oliver Gavin|
|15.||Kelly Racing||Rick Kelly||Jörg Bergmeister|
|16.||Kelly Racing||David Reynolds||Alex Tagliani|
|8.||Brad Jones Racing||Jason Bright||TBA|
|14.||Brad Jones Racing||Jason Bargwanna||TBA|
|21.||Britek / Brad Jones Racing||Karl Reindler||Fabrizio Giovanardi|
|12.||Triple F Racing||Dean Fiore||TBA|
|17.||Dick Johnson Racing||Steven Johnson||Joey Hand|
|18.||Dick Johnson Racing||James Moffat||Dirk Müller|
|19.||Tekno Autosports||Jonathon Webb||TBA|
|30.||Lucas Dumbrell||Warren Luff||Marino Franchitti|
|33.||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Lee Holdsworth||Augusto Farfus|
|34.||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Simon Pagenaud|
|39.||Paul Morris Motorsport||Russell Ingall||Jan Magnussen|
|49.||Paul Morris Motorsport||Steve Owen||Boris Said|
|61.||Walkinsaw Racing||Fabian Coulthard||TBA|
|88.||Triple 8 Race Engineering||Jamie Whincup||Andy Priaulx|
|888.||Triple 8 Race Engineering||Craig Lowndes||TBA|
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