Former F1 driver Lucas di Grassi is the final international driver to be announced in the all-star line-up competing at this year’s running of the ArmorAll Gold Coast 600 at Surfers Paradise, with the former Virgin Racing driver becoming the eighth driver from the championship (either past or present) to enter the event.
Since making his F1 debut with Virgin Racing last year, di Grassi has acted as Pirelli’s tyre development test driver this year, while competing in the occasional circuit race.
He joins fellow former F1 drivers Mika Salo, Jan Magnussen, Sebastien Bourdais, Christian Klien, Gianni Morbidelli and Stephane Sarrazin – as well as HRT driver Vitantonio Liuzzi – at the event, which pairs international category drivers alongside the series’ regulars in the two-race event.
Di Grassi will also join three of his countrymen at the festival, including IndyCar runners Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan, as well as former World Touring Car Championship driver Augusto Farfus.
“It’s a real privilege to be asked to join the high calibre of drivers taking part at this year’s event. It’s sure to be a special meeting and I can’t wait to take on the Surfers Paradise track,” di Grassi has said of the announcement.
With all driver pairings now confirmed, the provisional entry list reads as follows:
|1.||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Dan Wheldon|
|2.||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Ryan Briscoe|
|3.||Tony D’Alberto Racing||Tony D’Alberto||Vitantonio Liuzzi|
|4.||Stone Brothers Racing||Alex Davison||Marc Lieb|
|9.||Stone Brothers Racing||Shane van Gisbergen||Scott Dixon|
|47.||Stone Brothers Racing||Tim Slade||Helio Castroneves|
|5.||Ford Performance Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Will Power|
|6.||Ford Performance Racing||Will Davison||Mika Salo|
|55.||Rod Nash / FPR||Paul Dumbrell||Christian Klien|
|7.||Kelly Racing||Todd Kelly||Jörg Bergmeister|
|11.||Kelly Racing||Greg Murphy||Oliver Gavin|
|15.||Kelly Racing||Rick Kelly||Richard Westbrook|
|16.||Kelly Racing||David Reynolds||Alex Tagliani|
|8.||Brad Jones Racing||Jason Bright||Stephane Sarrazin|
|14.||Brad Jones Racing||Jason Bargwanna||Tony Kanaan|
|21.||Britek / Brad Jones Racing||Karl Reindler||Fabrizio Giovanardi|
|12.||Triple F Racing||Dean Fiore||Gianni Morbidelli|
|17.||Dick Johnson Racing||Steven Johnson||Joey Hand|
|18.||Dick Johnson Racing||James Moffat||Dirk Müller|
|19.||Tekno Autosports||Jonathon Webb||Lucas di Grassi|
|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||Patrick Long|
|88.||Triple 8 Race Engineering||Jamie Whincup||Andy Priaulx|
|888.||Triple 8 Race Engineering||Craig Lowndes||Sebastien Bourdais|