Liuzzi set to be first active F1 driver to race V8s

  • Thursday 28th July, 2011 1:52pm
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Tony D'Alberto will be partnered by Tonio Luizzi in his Wilson Security Racing Falcon

Tony D'Alberto will be partnered by Tonio Liuzzi in his Wilson Security Racing Falcon

The Armor All Gold Coast 600 will feature an active Formula One driver – the first time a current F1 star will compete in a V8 Supercars event.

Italian Hispania Racing driver Tonio Liuzzi will drive alongside Tony D’Alberto in the October 21-23 event, suiting up in Wilson Security Racing colours.

Liuzzi, team-mate to Australian F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo, is one of seven drivers with Formula One experience announced at today’s official launch, which also celebrated the upcoming 21st birthday of the classic Surfers Paradise event.

It will be a busy few weeks for Liuzzi who will race in the Korean Grand Prix on October 16, fly to the Gold Coast for the Armor All Gold Coast 600 and then head to India for the penultimate round of the F1 World Championship the following weekend.

Liuzzi’s deal with the team will see him compete in his Hispania Racing driving suit.

The other six F1 drivers announced today include Sebastian Bourdais, who will co-drive with either Craig Lowndes or Jamie Whincup at TeamVodafone, former Ferrari driver Mika Salo (Will Davison/FPR), ex-Stewart GP ace Jan Magnussen (Russell Ingall/Supercheap Auto Racing), Austrian Christian Klien (Paul Dumbrell/Bottle-O Racing), journeyman Gianni Morbidelli (Dean Fiore/Triple F Racing) and the versatile Stephane Sarrazin (Jason Bright/Team BOC)

Tonio Luizzi

Tonio Liuzzi

The seven drivers announced today collectively have no less than 350 Formula One Grand Prix starts between them.

The total number of international drivers confirmed comes to 25, with three deals still to be secured.

See below for the full list of drivers and teams for the Armor All Gold Coast 600.

Like last year’s inaugural Gold Coast event, all international drivers will have the opportunity to test their V8 at Queensland Raceway on Wednesday, while some teams will elect to test for half a day on Thursday, as some of the IndyCar drivers will not arrive until midway through the week.

Also confirmed today is that legendary Scottish band Simple Minds will headline the 600 Sounds music festival on the Broadwater Parklands.

Stay tuned to today for more news from the event launch.

* Drivers pairings to be confirmed

CarTeamV8 DriverInternational Driver
#1Toll Holden Racing TeamJames CourtneyTBC
#2Toll Holden Racing TeamGarth TanderRyan Briscoe
#3Wilson Security RacingTony D’AlbertoVitantonio Liuzzi
#4IRWIN RacingAlex DavisonMarc Lieb
#5Orrcon Steel FPRMark WinterbottomWill Power
#6Trading Post FPRWill DavisonMika Salo
#7Jack Daniel’s RacingTodd KellyRichard Westbrook
#8Team BOCJason BrightStephane Sarrazin
#9SP Tools RacingShane van GisbergenScott Dixon
#11Pepsi Max Crew Greg MurphyGreg MurphyOliver Gavin
#12Triple F Racing Dean FioreDean FioreGianni Morbidelli
#14Jana Living RacingJason BargwannaTBC
#15Jack Daniel’s RacingRick KellyJorg Bergmeister
#16Stratco RacingDavid ReynoldsAlex Tagliani
#17Jim Beam RacingSteven JohnsonDirk Muller
#18Jim Beam RacingJames MoffatJoey Hand
#19Mother Energy Drink RacingJonathon WebbTBC
#21Fair Dinkum Sheds RacingKarl ReindlerFabrizio Giovanardi
#30Gulf Western Oils RacingWarren LuffMarino Franchitti
#33Fujitsu Racing GRMLee HoldsworthSimon Pagenaud
#34Fujitsu Racing GRMMichael CarusoAugusto Farfus
#39Supercheap Auto RacingRussell IngallJan Magnussen
#47Lucky7 RacingTim SladeHelio Castroneves
#49VIP Petfoods RacingSteve OwenBoris Said
#55The Bottle-O Racing TeamPaul DumbrellChristian Klein
#61Bundaberg RacingFabian CoulthardPatrick Long
#88TeamVodafoneJamie WhincupAndy Priaulx
#888TeamVodafoneCraig LowndesSebastien Bourdais

Liuzzi will be in action this weekend at the Hungarian Grand Prix. See’s Budapest Race Guide below
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