Former F1 driver Christian Klien joins Walkinshaw Racing for endurance V8 races
|By Pablo Elizalde||Thursday, May 17th 2012, 12:16 GMT|
Former Formula 1 driver Christian Klien will be racing in the V8 Supercar endurance races after securing a deal with Walkinshaw Racing.
The Austrian will partner Russell Ingall in the Holden Commodore in the Sandown 500 in September and the Bathurst 1000 in October.
Klien, 29, got his first taste of V8 Supercar machinery last year when he raced at Surfers Paradise.
"I am very excited with this opportunity, to be joining the team and Russell Ingall for the biggest V8 Supercar races of the year is an honour," Klien said.
"After the Gold Coast I was determined to come back and do more V8 races. It is a strong championship with extremely competitive racing, massive crowds and excellent TV coverage throughout the world. Mount Panorama is one of the world's great circuits and the Bathurst 1000 is world-famous - it's a must-do race in any racing driver's career.
"To be able to take part in the 50th anniversary Bathurst with one of V8's heroes is exciting - I can't wait to get to the mountain in October."
Klien took part in 49 Formula 1 gands prix with Jaguar, Red Bull and Hispania between 2004 and 2010. Last year he competed in the Le Mans 24 Hours with Aston Martin.
He will make his debut in the Walkinshaw colours at Phillip Island on Friday when he takes part in the enduro co-driver sessions during practice for the Phillip Island 300.