Phillip Island: Ant Pedersen preview

GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR ANT PEDERSEN Young kiwi racing driver Ant Pedersen has received a fantastic opportunity to race at two of Australia's most prestigious events - the V8 Supercars Endurance races at Phillip Island and Bathurst. Pedersen ...

GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR ANT PEDERSEN

Young kiwi racing driver Ant Pedersen has received a fantastic opportunity to race at two of Australia's most prestigious events - the V8 Supercars Endurance races at Phillip Island and Bathurst. Pedersen of Rotorua, who is currently a student in Palmerston North, received the chance through the wildcard system that V8 Supercars offer. The 22-year-old will team with young Australian Damian Assaillit in the MW Motorsport Falcon that Pedersen drove in the opening rounds of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Development Series in Australia earlier this year.

Fujitsu General will sponsor the duo who will be the youngest driver pairing in the endurance races.

Pedersen received a last minute opportunity to drive the MW Motorsport Ford Falcon in the opening round of the Development Series at Adelaide in March and made an immediate impression, finishing on the podium at the daunting 3.22 kilometre Adelaide Street circuit. He then went on to compete in two further rounds of the series, taking a second placing in one of the races at Queensland Raceway. Despite the fact he missed the last round of the series in Townsville he still sits 11th in the Development Series point standings, just one point outside of the highly competitive top ten.

After such an impressive start to his V8 Supercars career after a background of racing Mini's and Porsche GT3's in New Zealand the wildcard entry will now see Pedersen elevated into the Australian V8 Supercars Series 'main game'. His opportunity comes at two of Australia's most iconic tracks - Phillip Island and Bathurst - alongside some of the biggest names in Australian motorsport.

Pedersen's teammate, Damian Assaillit, has spent several years in the Development Series and last year contested both of the Endurance races as a wildcard entry so he will bring plenty of experience in these cars and time on both tracks which will be of great benefit. As has been the case at every track he has competed on in Australia this season it will be Pedersens first time at both Phillip Island and Bathurst.

"I'm really excited and I just can't wait to get out there and get stuck in", says Ant. "I'm not sure of goals for both races as this is my first time but certainly finishing the races is the key objective. Mainly for myself it is just more quality miles in these cars and on these circuits."

Pedersen and Assaillit will tackle the L&H 500 at Phillip Island this weekend followed by the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 from 7-10 October. The Phillip Island circuit in Victoria is a fast and flowing track of 4.445 kilometres in length while the famous Mount Panorama circuit at Bathurst where the V8 Supercars reach speeds of up to 300 kilometres per hour is 6.213 kilometres long.

-source: Ant Pedersen

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Series Supercars
Drivers Damian Assaillit , Ant Pedersen , Phillip Island