Wilson, who has an illustrious open-wheel racing background and raced in the Champ Car World Series in 2001, will drive a Reynard Champ Car in controlled conditions around the 6.213-kilometre circuit as part of this weekend’s WPS Bathurst International Motor Festival.
The Brazilian driver has driven both Formula One, Champ Car and sportscars around some of the world’s classic racing circuit, including Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, Spa- Francorchamps, Nurburgring, Laguna Seca, Silverstone and Hockenheim.
“It’s definitely going to be a great experience to drive the Team Australia Champ Car around Bathurst," said Wilson.
“Bathurst is one of the most spectacular and demanding circuits in the world. Every time you arrive there you drive around the circuit in a hire car and you get a chill down your spine. To drive around it in one of the world’s best motor racing cars is going to very special."
Practice for the WPS 12-Hour Showroom Enduro is being conducted throughout today with qualifying being held tomorrow afternoon. The race will begin at 5:45am on Sunday morning.
In addition to the 41 cars entered for the WPS 12-Hour Showroom Enduro there will also be 11 further races around the 6.21km Mount Panorama circuit during the WPS Bathurst International Motor Festival.
A capacity field of 55 Historic Touring Cars, 43 Aussie Racing Cars – which provided some scintillating racing at last year’s Festival, 31 Commodore Cup Cars and 26 GT Championship cars will be in action throughout the weekend.
Along with the WPS 12-Hour Showroom Enduro and the 11 support races to be contested throughout the weekend there will be plenty of other entertainment including the opening round of the Freestyle Motorcross (FMX) Nationals sponsored by Freerider MX magazine and Skin Industries. Over 60 entries have been received for the FMX event including a lot of riders from country New South Wales, Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, Victoria and even Flinders Island.
There will also be a drift battle with eight drivers confirmed to be a part of the action including current Australian champ Beau Yates, dual Australian champion Darren Appleton. There will also be a team of three drivers from Western Australia including the winner of round one of the 2007 Drift Australia Championship held in Perth two weeks ago.
Every person who buys a ticket to the WPS Bathurst International Motor Festival, will receive complimentary entry to the National Motor Racing Museum over the Festival.