Yamaha's International Supercross Star tastes V8 Supercar Australia's Supercross World Champion Chad Reed was given the opportunity to taste the pinnacle of Australian Motorsport - V8 Supercars first hand yesterday(Wednesday), successfully ...
Yamaha's International Supercross Star tastes V8 Supercar
Australia's Supercross World Champion Chad Reed was given the opportunity to taste the pinnacle of Australian Motorsport - V8 Supercars first hand yesterday(Wednesday), successfully stepping into the driver's seat of Paul Morris's Sirromet Wines Commodore at the Holden Performance Driving Centre on the Gold Coast.
The 24 year old Yamaha star who has long harboured the ambition to get behind the wheel of a V8 Supercar impressed in his first ever test and said he was extremely grateful for the opportunity afforded to him in realising a long term goal.
"It was awesome to have had the opportunity to drive a real V8 Supercar," Reed said
"I have always had a long term goal of being able to drive in the endurance races and particularly Bathurst."
"Although today did wet my appetite for more time in a V8 Supercar, I still have my current goal of winning the 2007 and 2008 AMA Supercross Championships to accomplish. That is what I am focused on at this point but you never know what I might have time for in the off season"
"Driving the V8 Supercar was something that I have always wanted to do and it was amazing to finally have the chance to get behind the wheel. I am extremely grateful to both Yamaha and Paul Morris Motorsport for being been kind enough to make this test day happen.
Before hopping into the V8 Supercar Reed completed instructional laps in a road car prior to undertaking a number of sessions in the V8 Superschool race experience cars under the tuition of Morris.
Reed then completed two, six lap sessions in the Paul Morris VZ Commodore to be raced by Alan Gurr at Indy this weekend, returning the racecar to the pits in the same condition in which it left. His only error across the two sessions being a missed gear change, an offence that is still common amongst even the most experienced drivers.
"That was without a doubt one of the most impressive V8 rookie debut drives I have ever seen," said Morris.
"We were delighted to be able to give Chad the opportunity to test drive the car, he would certainly be an asset to V8 Supercars if he decided to make to the transition over."
The test was organised with the assistance of Yamaha Motor Australia. Director/General Manager Steven Cotterell said he was excited to have been able to provide Chad Reed with the opportunity to accomplish his long held ambition to drive a V8 Supercar.
"Chad has been a great ambassador for both Yamaha and Australia by beating the Americans in their own back garden. His achievements have single handedly raised the profile of dirt bikes across the globe, and we are certain there will be plenty of interest and excitement surrounding his performance on four wheels.
"Yamaha Motor Australia would like to thank Fluid PR, Paul Morris Motorsport and V8 Supercars for assisting us in making this happen.