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Martin eyes V8 Supercars switch

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Martin eyes V8 Supercars switch
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Aug 27, 2015, 12:16 AM

Sportscar driver John Martin is on the look-out for a V8 Supercars drive, and is hoping to lock down an endurance seat for 2016.

#7 Starworks Motorsport ORECA FLM09: Martin Fuentes, John Martin, Adam Merzon, Ryan Eversley
#7 Starworks Motorsport ORECA FLM09: Martin Fuentes, John Martin, Adam Merzon, Ryan Eversley
John Martin
John Martin
#26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 03 Nissan: Roman Rusinov, John Martin, Mike Conway

After spending the last few seasons racing sportscars in Europe and the US, Martin recently returned to Australia for a Carrera Cup drive.

Now he has his sights set on a V8 Supercars future, and will test an ex-Taz Douglas Dunlop Series-spec car today, with plans to step into the second-tier series and chase an endurance drive in the main game next year.

“It’s really for me to try get some experience in the cars,” Martin told v8supercars.com.au.

“It’s not a new generation car, but at the end of the day it’s still a V8 Supercar, so any chance to do some laps in one is a bit of a bonus.

“I have driven one but it was a long time ago – back when I was doing [Australian] Formula Ford in 2005 I got almost 20 laps at Winton in a Tasman Motorsport car alongside Jason Richards.

“V8 Supercars is the aim at the moment. It’s a top line category with very professional teams and drivers and if you can do well in it, you’re beating some of the best in the world.”

Martin first left Australian shores back in 2007, heading to England for race in British F3. He continued to race single-seaters for several seasons, competing in A1GP, Formula Renault 3.5, and Superleague Formula before switching to LMP2.

He finished third in class in the 2013 World Endurance Championship, driving alongside Mike Conway and Roman Rusinov at G-Drive Racing.

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Author Andrew van Leeuwen