Max Papis' F1 foray was a handful of outings with Footwork in 1995

Former Grand Prix and Champ Car driver Max Papis will have his first ever outing in a V8 Supercar this week, with the well-known sports car and NASCAR driver set to get behind the wheel of a Holden Racing Team Commodore at Winton Raceway and Phillip Island.

The Italian is a close friend of former series champion James Courtney, and many patient months of waiting will finally be rewarded when he gets behind the wheel a TWR Commodore at the Victorian circuits, sparking rumours that the 42-year-old could be up for consideration as one of the team’s international co-drivers at next year’s Armor All Gold Coast 600.

“He’s followed our sport for a long time, and finally his schedule has allowed for an opportunity to get a few laps in one of our cars,” said Mike Henry, HRT’s Operations Manager.

“It’s something that we’ve discussed quite a bit over the years. He’s a fantastic driver and has been keen to sample a V8 Supercar for a long time.

[Image via F1 Nostalgia]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.