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.

Villeneuve has often hinted at his desire for a full-time move to V8 Supercars immediately said yes to the one-off race in Townsville when he received a surprise call from his manager last Friday.

“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.


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