Simona de Silvestro satisfied with “strange” enduro debut

Swiss star Simona De Silvestro says she is happy to have finished her first endurance-style race, despite a troubled debut at the Bathurst 1000.

The IndyCar and Formula E driver technically made the finish of the 2015 Bathurst 1000, albeit 40 laps down on the leaders after team-mate Renee Gracie hit the wall after slipping on oil early in the race.

But with it being her first ever race in a V8 Supercar, her first ever time to Mount Panorama, and her first ever endurance style race, De Silvestro says it was good to be classified as a finisher.

“It cool to finish it for sure,” she said.

“Having the hiccup early in the race didn’t really help us but that’s part of racing.

“It was a long race – I’ve never done an endurance race before, it was strange seeing someone else drive the car at the start!

“It was a lot of fun. We learned a lot and hopefully when we come back next year we’ll be even better.

“V8 Supercar racing is tough. The cars are tough to drive; it’s something to really get your head around.”

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Series Supercars
Event Bathurst
Track Mount Panorama Circuit
Drivers Simona de Silvestro , Renee Gracie
Article type Breaking news