Simon Wills is set to make his Shell Championship Series solo race debut aboard the Cat Racing Ford Falcon at the Boost Mobile V8 International at Pukekohe Park Raceway near Auckland. Staged from November 9 to 11, the New Zealand event is the ...
Simon Wills is set to make his Shell Championship Series solo race debut aboard the Cat Racing Ford Falcon at the Boost Mobile V8 International at Pukekohe Park Raceway near Auckland.
Staged from November 9 to 11, the New Zealand event is the first time the Shell Championship Series has staged a round of the championship on international soil.
While Wills has competed in the Queensland 500 and V8 Supercar 1000 championship events previously, this will be his first attack on a title event as the sole driver.
Wills has won three championships in the past three years, taking the Australian Driver¹s Championship for Formula Holden in 1999 and 2000 and backing that up with a win in the Konica V8 Supercar Series this year.
The 25-year-old steps aboard the Briggs Motorsport prepared Cat Racing machine after the team and regular driver John Bowe agreed to part company after the recent V8 Supercar 1000 at Bathurst.
The young Brisbane-based driver is eagerly awaiting the chance to make his debut on home soil.
³This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I am looking to make the most of it,² Wills said.
³I know the Pukekohe track really well, but when you are competing in such a competitive class like this, that will not be a big advantage.
Wills believes the fast Pukekohe circuit will provide some spectacular action for the V8 Supercars.
³The track is very fast and was also quite bumpy in the past, but I believe there has been a lot of improvements made to the circuit in preparation for this weekend,² Wills said.
The New Zealand weekend will feature two 100km races - one on Saturday and one on Sunday.
While the teams will depart for New Zealand next week, the V8 Supercar transporters departed by sea-freight yesterday with the Cat Racing machine leaving from Brisbane wharf.
Following the New Zealand round, the cars will return for the final round of the 2001 championship at Sandown from November 30 to December 2.