V8s: Local drivers vital for international events

Mark Skaife and John Russell talk V8 Supercars with Enzo Pastor

Mark Skaife and John Russell talk V8 Supercars with Enzo Pastor

V8 Supercars international director Martin Whitaker has stressed the importance of involving local drivers in the category’s future overseas races.

Whitaker, who recently moved from the position of V8 Supercars CEO to the newly created international director role, was on-hand at Queensland Raceway today to see Filipino racer Enzo Pastor drive a TeamVodafone V8 Supercar.

CLICK HERE for Speedcafe.com’s news story

CLICK HERE for a Q&A with Enzo Pastor

V8 Supercars invited the Manila born 29-year-old to Australia for the test, and is currently in negotiations with the Filipino government for the country to hold a V8 Supercars Championship race.

“I think from our international perspective its vitally important that in all the countries that we are going to go to, whether it’s the United States or the Middle East or the Philippines or wherever else it is we may choose to go in the future, its vitally important that as part of the strategy of going and racing those countries that we develop not only the business and tourism networks but also the driver development potential,” Whitaker told Speedcafe.com.

“There will be a lot of young drivers in all of those countries who love to go racing, and if we can get one or two from each of those nations involved in V8 Supercars, whether it’s a development series level or in a second driver program or in the main game in the future, that would obviously achieve the objective.”

CLICK HERE for a Q&A with Martin Whitaker, discussing Pastor’s test with TeamVodafone and the potential V8 Supercars race in the Philippines.

See below for more images from Enzo Pastor’s V8 Supercars test
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