European racers Nicolas Minassian and Jan Magnussen will team up to participate in the two endurance races on this year's Australian V8 Supercar series calendar, including the classic Bathurst 1000
The duo will share driving duties in Team Dynamik's second Holden Commodore VY in the two races at Sandown and Bathurst. Both drivers tested the car recently at the Mallala circuit near Adelaide, giving them a chance to adapt to its handling and H-pattern gearbox.
"The car is really different to what I'm used to," explained Minassian, who drove at Le Mans this year for the French Pescarolo team. "Most of the car's grip is mechanical. Me and Jan drove about 60 laps each, and we both got a really good idea of what the gearbox is like. It takes a bit of getting used to."
Team Dynamik is in its first year of V8 Supercar racing, but Minassian is still hopeful of a strong showing in the races. "The team is still new, but they've been doing good things so far this year," he said. "I'm hoping to do well, although It's such a competitive championship that it's hard to say where we're going to be. Jan and me have lots of endurance race experience, so it's going to come down to how quickly we adapt to the car.
"The team is ready. The aim is to try to qualify in the top ten. We're going to put in a good effort and see where we get to."
The team's regular drivers, Jason Richards and Simon Wills, will join forces in the team's other car for the two races.
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