The four British ‘international class’ drivers who are on-hand at this weekend’s ArmorAll Gold Coast 600 round of the V8 Supercars championship have this morning revealed the special visor strips they will carry at this weekend’s event to honour Dan Wheldon, the IndyCar driver who was tragically killed at last weekend’s race at Las Vegas.
Wheldon was scheduled to race alongside defending champion James Courtney at the Surfers Paradise street circuit, but his place in the #1 HRT Holden Commodore will instead be taken by GT driver Darren Turner.
“It’s an honour to be involved with the HRT team this weekend and I’ll obviously try and do the best I can for them knowing it’s a championship race, but it’s a completely different feeling now that I’m driving in place of someone who should be here,” Turner is quoted as saying.
“It’s a race feeling I’ve never experienced before and I hope I never have to again, but I’m going to go out and make sure I do a job that he (Dan) would have been proud of.”
The Holden Racing Team has also confirmed that it will display Wheldon’s name alongside Courtney and Turner’s in the car’s window.
Turner landed in Australia yesterday, travelling straight to Queensland Raceway for the open test session for the 28 international drivers to familiarise themselves with their new mounts which they will share with the V8 Supercars’ regular drivers.
The V8 Supercars action will kick off tomorrow morning with the first of four practice sessions scheduled for 9:25am local time.
The RichardsF1.com website will be publishing its preview of the ArmorAll Gold Coast 600 later today.
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