Blancpain Endurance Series driver looking forward to 'extremely scary circuit'
The NISMO Global Driver Exchange program will again involve V8 Supercars in 2014, with British GT driver Alex Buncombe confirmed as Todd Kelly's co-driver for Jack Daniel's Racing at this year's endurance races in Kelly's Nissan (in photo).
Buncombe, 32, sampled a Nissan Altima V8 Supercar for the first time at Sydney Motorsport Park in February, impressing the Nissan Motorsport team by adapting quickly to the unique cars.
That test, as well as Buncombe's impressive start to the 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series, which included victory in the Pro/Am class at Silverstone last weekend, has seen him given the nod to compete with Kelly at the Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600 in September and October.
The Brit is no stranger to the Mount Panorama circuit, having competed in the Bathurst 12 Hour aboard the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 earlier this year, where he showed impressive pace.
Buncombe's co-driver role is a continuation of the NISMO Global Driver Exchange program that opens race car doors all over the world for the company's roster of racing drivers.
Buncombe's confirmation as Todd Kelly's co-drive finalises Jack Daniel's Racing's endurance driver line up, with Rick Kelly to be partnered by David Russell.
"What an amazing feeling to get the call to say I'm required to drive again in Australia," said Buncombe. "I really want to do a solid job for the team. I haven't had many laps in the car so the first job for me will be to get on the pace. It's totally different to what I have been used to in Europe with the GT3 GT-R but that won't be a problem I'm sure. It'll be great to go back to Mount Panorama. It's an extremely scary circuit but what an amazing place.
"To go there with the GT3 car was awesome," he continued. "It was a shame the race ended the way it did but going back there in the V8 Supercar is going to be an amazing experience. I can't imagine what it will be like to drive that car on that track so I just hope I can do a good job for everyone. I'll be asking Todd for every tip he has got to help me as he has so much experience in the car. I drove his car at the test and he really helped me to get the most out of it so I will be picking his brains again when I get to Australia for sure."
The Wilson Security Sandown 500 (September 12-14) will kick off the season of Pirtek Endurance Cup, followed by the world-famous Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 (October 9-12) and the Gold Coast 600 on the streets of Surfers Paradise (October 24-26).
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