Jacques Villeneuve will take part in the next two rounds of the V8 Supercars Championship at Queensland Raceway and Eastern Creek, after filling in for Greg Murphy last time out at Townsville.
The 41-year-old Canadian and 1997 Formula One champion drove the #51 Kelly Racing Holden at Townsville, suffering an engine failure in race one and finishing 24th in the second race.
Villeneuve will drive at the next two standard rounds of the Championship, with Murphy expected to return after an operation on his back for the first of the endurance races at Sandown.
“I am thankful to Pepsi Max Crew for another chance to jump in the car and with more seat time
should make further inroads on the field,” said Villeneuve.
“These are difficult cars to drive and there is terrific talent in this category so was realistic about my chances in Townsville not even testing the car.”
Kelly Racing driver/director Todd Kelly added:
“It is great news for the Pepsi Max Crew and V8 Supercars that Jacques is coming back to race in Australia for the next two events,” said Kelly.
“Jacques is an absolute professional and will add a lot of value to the team especially as he secures further seat time over the next couple of rounds.”
“Jumping in the car at Townsville without testing or for that matter even sitting in the car is a daunting task but he took it all in his stride and was pleased with his efforts and have absolutely no doubt he will quickly move through the field in future events.”