Simonsen to join Wall for V8 Supercars enduros
Dane Allan Simonsen will partner David Wall in Brad Jones Racing’s Wilson Security Holden for this year’s Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast endurance races.
The 34-year-old, whose busy international schedule is highlighted by a World Endurance Championship drive with Aston Martin Racing, has become a fixture in the V8 Supercars enduros over the last decade.
He finished third in the Bathurst 1000 alongside Greg Murphy in 2011 before joining Dick Johnson Racing last season.
His previous experience also includes outings with Garry Rogers Motorsport (2003 and 2004), Perkins Engineering (2005), Triple Eight (2006, 2007 and 2009) and Paul Morris Motorsport (2010), as well as a late Gold Coast call-up with BJR in 2011.
“BJR was clearly on top of my list of teams to join once my own calendar had fallen into place,” said Simonsen of his latest move.
“It always helps when you know the people within the team and I’m so pleased for them with their current form. It’s nice to see a smaller team beat the bigger ones.
“I’ve raced against David many times during his years in Oz GTs. He is a good racer and one you really like to race against, always fair and on the pace.”
Simonsen feels that BJR”s 2013-specification V8 Supercars, which have already won five championship races this season, will suit his GT-honed driving style.
“I can’t wait to drive the new car,” he said.
“I think it will like my way of driving: fast into the apex. In all areas it’s closer to the cars I drive in Europe and with the current form of BJR it’s exciting times ahead.
“I’m sure when you have done the enduros for more than ten years as I have, your experience is very valuable and you learn from every team you have been with. I definitely keep the best experiences from each team for my own advantage.”
Simonsen completes BJR’s endurance line-up with Andrew Jones set to partner Jason Bright and Luke Youlden linking with Fabian Coulthard.
Speedcafe.com surmised the V8 Supercars endurance co-driver picture earlier this week, prior to today’s development at Dick Johnson Racing.