Red Bull Racing Formula One driver Max Verstappen is set to make a wildcard appearance in the BP Supercars All Star Eseries.
A keen sim racer, Verstappen will join the 25-car field of Supercars drivers for the races held on the Silverstone and Catalunya circuits.
He will race a ZB Commodore sporting a livery similar to that of which is present on his RB16 Formula 1 car.
Speaking with Motorsport.com, Verstappen said he was looking forward to the race.
“It’s going to be a challenge as it’s not a car I’ve driven a lot on the sim, but they are pretty cool to watch in real life. We always race with Supercars in Melbourne so it’s going to be interesting to see how I get on against all the regular drivers.
“I’ve tried the Supercar now a few times on iRacing and it’s a very tricky car to get right. I’m looking forward to racing alongside my mate Shane, or Pastor, as I call him – he’s a top shunter on the sim!
“We race online a lot together so hopefully we can do well for Red Bull and it should be a bit of fun racing against the other V8 drivers as well.”
Shane van Gisbergen spoke of Verstappen’s aggressive driving style, which should add to the show in his wildcard appearance.
“It’s awesome that a driver of Max’s calibre will be on the grid to take us on in a Red Bull Supercar
“He’s fast and he knows these tracks well, so I expect to see him at the front.
“He’s put in plenty of hours in a Supercar online. Just like he races in an F1, he’s aggressive and won’t back down against anyone, so it will be great to have him on the grid this week.”
The second round of the BP Supercars All Stars Eseries kicks off at 9pm NZT Wednesday, and will be available to watch on SKY Sport 5.