Filipino driver sets sights on V8 Supercars debut
Filipino driver Enzo Pastor has his sights firmly set on being amongst the V8 Supercars field should the championship visit his home country in 2013.
The Manila born 29-year-old had his first test of a V8 Supercar today at Queensland Raceway with TeamVodafone, following an evaluation session at Paul Morris’ V8 Superschool on Tuesday.
Pastor, whose racing experience includes stints in Asian Formula Renault, Formula 3 and touring car racing as well as a recent outing in the V8-powerd RACECAR Euro class, was invited to Australia by V8 Supercars, which is currently in discussions with the Filipino government to hold a V8 Supercars event from 2013.
While heavy rain threatened to spoil today’s on-track activities, Pastor enjoyed laps as passenger in a road car alongside Mark Skaife, before driving TeamVodafone’s ride car in both wet and dry conditions.
Pastor says today’s test was just a step in preparing for the possibility of racing in the V8 Supercars Championship field.
“V8 Supercars got in contact with me, because they are going to be hosting a race in the Philippines, and they thought it would be a good thing to have a Filipino driver running in 2013,” Pastor explained to Speedcafe.com.
“They thought if they could develop a driver and get them used to the cars, then hopefully by that time they’d be a front-runner.
“We’re looking into running the Fujitsu Series next year to build me up for the main race.”
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