V8 Supercar Shell Championship Series
Preview ­ Round Thirteen ­ Sandown

Wills Hopes To Finish 2001 On A High Note At Sandown

Cat Racing's Simon Wills has his sights set on a strong finish to 2001 at the V8 Ultimate at Melbourne's Sandown International Raceway this weekend.

Wills made his solo sprint debut in New Zealand and is now looking forward to getting more laps under his belt in preparation for his first full V8 Supercar championship season in 2002.

Wills has only raced once before at Sandown in Formula Holden, but has the outright lap record to his credit from that single outing.

"I am really looking forward to the weekend at Sandown, especially the longer races we will be doing on the weekend," Wills said.

"I really enjoyed the circuit in Formula Holden and I believe it will be a lot of fun in a V8 Supercar.

"With long straights, followed by some tight corners, there should be plenty of passing opportunities if you can get some strong car speed."

The V8 Supercars will do battle in three separate 48 lap events over the course of the weekend - one race on Saturday, and two on Sunday to round out the 2001 season.

The stars of the season will also gather at Melbourne's Crown Casino on Monday night for the end-of-season presentation.

Wills will collect the spoils for winning this year's Konica Series on Monday night, but the Brisbane-based former open wheeler ace is keen to achieve additional success over the weekend.

"Getting the chance to do New Zealand and Sandown is a great opportunity for me to gain additional experience before having my first full season next year in V8 Supercars," Wills said.

"The Cat car was really strong in New Zealand, but things didn't go our way.

"I will push as hard as I can at Sandown, but it will be important to ensure I finish all three races. Every additional lap of experience will be very beneficial in preparation for next year."