The V8 Supercars’ season-opener at Adelaide will once again bring smiles to many of the F1 fans in attendance, with confirmation that former Alan Jones’ 1980 title-winning Williams FW07 will perform a series of demonstration runs on the street circuit during the weekend.
The Patrick Head-designed car – which took the team to 15 wins between 1979-82 – was a revolutionary car in the ground-effects era, piloting Jones to the 1980 World Championship crown and the team to successive Constructors’ Championship titles in 1980 and 1981.
And organisers of this year’s Clipsal 500 have confirmed that the legendary car will be performing demonstration runs over the four-day event, with its current owner Paul Faulkner doing the honours, while Jones has himself confirmed that he will be in attendance to watch it all happen.
“I am delighted to be coming to South Australia for the Clipsal 500 Adelaide and to be re-united with my World Championship winning car and to see and hear it run once again will not only be special for the fans, but believe me it will be a special occasion for me also,” the 65-year-old said.
Jones confirmed that he will also be on-hand to demonstrate Lexus’ new supercar, the LFA, and Clipsal 500 organisers are confident that the no-nonsense ‘Jonesy’ will be a drawcard for the high-profile event.
“Alan did the inaugural lap in anger on the Adelaide circuit way back in 1985 (pictured, left) when the Formula One teams allowed him out of pit lane in lead position in recognition of the Aussie World Champion competing in the first Formula 1 World Championship race held on Australian soil,” said Clipsal 500 Adelaide Chief Executive Mark Warren.
“Our circuit was also the scene of Alan’s last ever Grand Prix race in 1986, so the historical significance of having both Jones and his World Championship Williams FW07B together in Adelaide cannot be over-stated.
“It’s worth the price of a ticket alone, and we will be having special sessions each day so fans can photograph the two legends [Jones and the car] together and perhaps get an autograph.”
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