More international drivers are joining the field for October’s ArmorAll Gold Coast 600 event, with the likes of former F1 driver Nick Heidfeld and IndyCar racewinner Marco Andretti signing up to make their V8 Supercars debut on the streets of Surfers Paradise.
The unique event pairs series regulars with a field of international-class guest drivers who compete in a range of championship categories. Past events have attracted a flood of drivers from Formula 1, IndyCars, and international sports car championships.
This year’s event is no different. Heidfeld will partner David Reynolds in the #55 Bottle-O Racing Ford Falcon, while Andretti will team up with Todd Kelly in his Jack Daniel’s Racing Holden Commodore.
Also announced at today’s launch event is GT racing veteran Darren Turner, who was a last-minute call-up to last year’s event to replace Dan Wheldon, who was killed the week before at the season-ending IndyCar race at Las Vegas.
Turner will race for the Walkinshaw Performance operation – which runs the two TOLL Holden Racing Team entries and Russell Ingall’s SuperCheap Auto Racing Holden – but it has not yet been confirmed who he will drive alongside.
Today’s news means that nine international drivers are now confirmed in the 28-car field.
Sebastien Bourdais and Richard Lyons will line-up with TeamVodafone, and Gianni Morbidelli, Max Papis, Peter Kox and Boris Said will drive for Dick Johnson Racing.
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