Former V8 Supercars driver Jason Bargwanna has been announced as the championship’s Driving Standards Observer for the 2014 season.
The 41-year-old replaces fellow former driver Cameron McConville, who relinquished his post to take up a new role heading up Porsche Cars Australia’s motorsport department.
Bargwanna’s full-time V8 Supercars career spanned from 1998 to 2011, and he managed to finish inside the top ten in the Drivers’ Championship standings in 1998, 2000 and 2004. He won 7 races over his 172-race career, with the biggest highlight being victory at the 2000 Bathurst 1000 with Garth Tander.
More recently he has been racing in New Zealand’s V8 championship, finishing runner-up in 2011/2 and winning the title in 2013.
Bargwanna’s role with the V8 Supercars Championship will be to help event officials adjudicate with on-track incidents, in a manner similar to that served by the Drivers’ Representative on the FIA Stewards’ panel at Formula 1 Grands Prix.
“I know all of the circuits and all of the excuses.
“We have the best 25 drivers in the best cars in the country in what will be the toughest season in years. I am really excited.”
V8 Supercars’ general manager for motorsport, Damien White, also agreed that Bargwana’s experience was a key asset to his appointment.
“It’s a challenging yet rewarding position that requires the right person with the real-time experience, the right personality, approach and character,” he said.
“Jason has the track record and most importantly the integrity and respect to do a great job.”
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