Great news for Canadian driver Jacques Villeneuve who has now been confirmed as a driver for the next two V8 Supercar rounds.
Kelly Racing confirmed today that the former Formula One champion will be competing in the Ipswich 300 and the Sydney Motorsport Park 360 in August, driving in place of the injured Kiwi Greg Murphy.
Villeneuve, who yielded lukewarm results when he was behind the wheel of the Pepsi Max Crew Holden Commodore at the Townsville 400 earlier this month is pretty keen to get back out on the track – permanently, if possible.
"I would definitely be keen to discuss racing in V8 Supercars full-time," he has previously said. He is also grateful for the opportunity for more track time.
“I am thankful to Pepsi Max Crew for another chance to jump in the car and with more seat time should make further inroads on the field,”
Todd Kelly, director of Kelly Racing, has also expressed confidence in the 1997 World Champion’s ability to improve on his performance in Townsville.
"Jacques is a absolute professional and will add a lot of value to the team especially as he secures further seat time over the next couple of rounds," Kelly said.
"Jumping in the car at Townsville without testing or for that matter even sitting in the car is a daunting task but he took it all in his stride and was pleased with his efforts and have absolutely no doubt he will quickly move through the field in future events."
Although Villeneuve left with a DNF and a 24th place in Townville, it will be interesting to see how the next few races pan out for the accomplished driver.
How do you think Jacques will go at Ipswich and Sydney?