Liuzzi signs up for V8 Supercar event at Surfers Paradise

Tonio Liuzzi has become the first current Formula 1 driver to sign up for this year's V8 Supercar round at Surfers Paradise in October

Liuzzi signs up for V8 Supercar event at Surfers Paradise

The Italian HRT racer will co-drive with Ford driver Tony D'Alberto in the Falcon run by the latter's own TDR team.

He is the seventh driver with Formula 1 experience who will compete in the event.

Liuzzi will join Mika Salo, Jan Magnussen, Sebastien Bourdais, Christian Klien, Gianni Morbidelli and Stephane Sarrazin in the October 21-23 event.

"I had a good look at the TDR car when I was at the Australian Grand Prix earlier in the year and I was really impressed," said Liuzzi.

"There isn't much difference in size between myself and Tony and our seat position should be comfortable together. We will be a good team.

"I don't think it will take me long to adapt to the car. The one-day testing before will be good. I have experience with powerful saloon cars and I really enjoy driving them. I see the V8 Supercars being very similar.

"After finding out that I was coming to Australia to race, I have followed the V8 Supercars a little closer. It looks like very exciting, close racing.

"The test that we'll do beforehand will be very important. I would like to do more time in the car, but I guess it's the same for everyone."

The build-up to this year's race will include a day of testing at the Queensland Raceway on October 19.

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