The SuperCheap Auto Racing team has landed a high-profile co-driver signing for the upcoming Endurance Cup leg of the V8 Supercars Championship calendar.
Former IndyCar racewinner Ryan Briscoe will join regular driver Russell Ingall in the cockpit of the team’s #66 Holden Commodore entry as the series veteran contests the Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600 events for the last time before he retires.
Briscoe had originally been rumoured to serve as co-driver to Ingall’s Walkinshaw Performance Racing stablemate, James Courtney, but the outfit’s late signing of Nick Percat forced Briscoe out of the HRT co-driver role and instead into Ingal’l’s garage.
While no longer a full-time IndyCar driver after being dropped by Team Penske at the end of the 2012 season, Briscoe remains one of Australia’s most successful motorsport exports with eight victories and thirteen pole positions in his US open-wheeler career, which kicked off in 2005 after a stint serving as Toyota’s F1 reserve driver.
After making a successful switch to the American Le Mans Series this year, Briscoe had a handful of IndyCar outings this year with the Panther Racing squad, although his driving has been temporarily halted after he suffered a fractured wrist in his last race outing at Toronto last month.
Nonetheless, the 31-year-old has made a rapid recovery and will be back behind the wheel in the ALMS this weekend at Road America.
Briscoe is no stranger to the V8 Supercars landscape, having competed as an endurance co-driver for the factory Holden Racing Team since 2010.
“I’m really excited to be coming home and driving with Walkinshaw Racing again, partnering a V8 icon in Russell Ingall,” Briscoe said of this latest announcement.
“I’ve been following the V8s all season and its great timing to be driving with Russell and the Supercheap Auto team; they had a great result in Townsville [where Ingall finished fifth in Race 2] and are clearly coming strong before the enduros.”
“Having a co-driver of his calibre in the Supercheap Auto Commodore will give us a great chance in the enduros. It’s especially good having Ryan on board for the Gold Coast, because has great pedigree there in both Indycars and V8s,” Ingall added.
The inaugural Endurance Cup kicks off in just over a month with the Sandown 500 on September 15, followed by the Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600 races in October.