Jacques Villeneuve will line up at the next round of the V8 Supercars championship – the Townsville 400.
Villeneuve has been snapped up by the Pepsi Max Crew team, subbing for injured Greg Murphy (who experienced further pain from a ruptured disc in his back in 2010) on a one-race deal that could be extended to include further races.
The 1997 Formula 1 World Champion first drove V8 Supercars when he partnered Paul Dumbrell in the Rod Nash Racing Falcon at the 2010 Gold Coast 600.
“It was all a bit of a shock and has happened quickly but I had no hesitation,” he said. “It is a really last-minute thing but something that really excites me. We were contacted by the Kelly Racing Team and I said I was interested, for sure… I certainly want to do more because this is a proper racing series,” Villeneuve said.
Villeneuve said he would have no hesitation if required for more races this season .
“I met a lot of the guys when I raced on the Gold Coast and made some good contacts. I really enjoy the series and enjoy challenges so in the last four days we have sorted a lot of things out to make it happen… But we will certainly talk more when I get to Australia and see what we can do”.
The Townsville 400 takes places on July 6.