Frenchman Alexandre Premat won’t head into today’s official pre-season Sandown test completely devoid of V8 Supercars experience, having already driven a Fujitsu Racing Commodore in secret at Winton.
The Garry Rogers-owned team’s new signing spent time acclimatising to the V8 sedans by driving the team’s ride car at the rural Victorian circuit.
The 29-year-old has extensive experience in high-downforce sportscars, open-wheelers and DTM touring cars, and said that he enjoyed his first V8 Supercars laps.
“It was really nice to drive just to get used to the car, to get to know how to drive the car, on the brakes, on the slow corner, on the mid-speed and high-speed,” Premat told Speedcafe.com.
“It was different to how I’m used to do it, but I’m really happy to learn this car, to get used to this car and the tracks as well.
“I think I will find the best solution to be really quick with this kind of car.”
Last night’s 2012 Fujitsu Racing livery launch function was Premat’s first public appearance since news of the Frenchman signing a multi-year deal with the team broke last week.
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Premat will be joined by his 27 V8 Supercars rivals at Sandown today ahead of the opening round of the championship in Adelaide next month.
See below for Speedcafe.com’s video with Alexandre Premat ahead of the 2012 season