The Tekno Autosports team has become the penultimate team to finalise its driver line-up for next month’s ArmorAll Gold Coast 600 round of the V8 Supercars championship, which pairs the series’ regular drivers with a guest line-up of ‘international class’ drivers.
The two-car team, run by owner/driver Jonathon Webb, has secured the services of Porsche GT veteran Marc Lieb and former Formula 1 racer and Pirelli test driver Lucas di Grassi for the pair of 300-kilometre races around the streets of Surfers Paradise.
Former Virgin Racing F1 driver di Grassi had been signed to drive at last year’s event with Webb, but had to pull out at the eleventh hour; his seat was taken by former IndyCar champion Gil de Ferran.
This year, di Grassi will team up with Webb’s team-mate Michael Patrizi, marking the maiden appearance at Surfers Paradise for the pair of them.
“It is an awesome opportunity to partner a highly credentialed driver such as Lucas,” said Patrizi.
“I’m looking forward to racing in the Gold Coast 600 for the first time, having Lucas alongside me will ensure we have a good chance at racing towards the pointy end [of the field].”
“Marc Lieb is an ideal partner for the Gold Coast 600 endurance event, he was consistently fast in 2011, and has had great successes in endurance racing,” adds Webb.
“He is the right man for the job.”
Today’s announcement means that Team HIFLEX (Tony D’Alberto Racing) has the sole remaining seat up for grabs.
The provisional entry list reads as follows:
2012 V8 Supercars ArmorAll Gold Coast 600 Provisional Entry List:
|Entry / Team||Driver||Co-Driver|
|1.||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||Jamie Whincup||Sébastien Bourdais|
|2.||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Ryan Briscoe|
|3.||HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing||Tony D’Alberto||TBA|
|4.||Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Simon Pagenaud|
|5.||Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Will Power|
|6.||Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing||Will Davison||Mika Salo|
|7.||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||Todd Kelly||Marco Andretti|
|8.||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||Jason Bright||Stephane Sarrazin|
|9.||SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing||Shane van Gisbergen||Jeroen Bleekemolen|
|11.||Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing||Karl Reindler||Franck Montagny|
|12.||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||Dean Fiore||Gianni Morbidelli|
|14.||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Nicolas Minassian|
|15.||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||Rick Kelly||Graham Rahal|
|17.||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||Steven Johnson||Max Papis|
|18.||Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing||James Moffat||Peter Kox|
|19.||Tekno Autosports||Jonathon Webb||Marc Lieb|
|21.||Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing||David Wall||J. Campbell-Walter|
|22.||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Darren Turner|
|30.||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||Taz Douglas||Mike Conway|
|33.||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||Alexandre Prémat||James Hinchcliffe?|
|34.||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Ricky Taylor?|
|47.||Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||Tim Slade||David Brabham|
|49.||VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing||Steve Owen||Boris Said|
|51.||Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing||Greg Murphy||Justin Wilson|
|55.||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash||David Reynolds||Nick Heidfeld|
|66.||Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing||Russell Ingall||Peter Dumbreck|
|91.||Tekno Autosports||Michael Patrizi||Lucas di Grassi|
|888.||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||Craig Lowndes||Richard Lyons|