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Darren Turner to fill in for Wheldon on Gold Coast

British driver Darren Turner has stepped in to substitute for the late Dan Wheldon in this weekend's Gold Coast 600, with replacements also confirmed for Tony Kanaan and Will Power.
V8 Supercars organisers have announced that British driver Darren Turner will be competing in this weekend's Gold Coast 600 event in the #1 Toll Holden Racing Team Commodore.

That's the seat that should have been taken by Dan Wheldon, before the tragic events of the weekend in which the Indianapolis 500 winner lost his life. Wheldon was said to be excited about his début in the Gold Coast event and the prospect of racing alongside his good friend James Courtney.

37-year-old Turner is a current FIA GT competitor and former McLaren F1 test driver, as well as a two-time GT1 class winner in the Le Mans 24 Hour race with David Brabham in the Aston Martin in 2007 and 2008. He has also raced in the BTCC and DTM series.

Organisers went on to to confirm that replacements have also been arranged for Will Power and Tony Kanaan, who withdrew from the V8 event after the crash in Las Vegas. Will Power suffered some neck and back trauma in the accident, while Kanaan was one of Wheldon's closest friends in the motor racing world and V8 organisers said that they "fully support his decision" in the circumstances.

Kanaan is to be replaced in Jason Bargwanna's Jana Living/BJR Commodore by Denmark's Allan Simonsen - who recently placed third in the Bathurst 1000 with Greg Murphy. Northern Ireland's Richard Lyons fills in for Power in Mark Winterbottom's Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon.

Three other drivers from Sunday's ill-fated IndyCar race - Ryan Briscoe, Alex Tagliani and Helio Castroneves - have all decided to continue to compete in the Gold Coast this weekend.

"Ryan Briscoe said it would be best to come here and race in honour of Dan," V8 Supercars chairman Tony Cochrane said on Tuesday. "We want to run a good event on the weekend as a true testament to a true champion in Dan Wheldon."

"People deal with things differently," pointed out five-time V8 series champion Mark Skaife. "There is not a driver who does it for a living not affected," he said, adding that he had never seen such a big accident as Sunday's in 25 years of motor racing. "However, there are a lot of friends of Dan's who have chosen to drive again ... To get back in the car and race is probably what Dan would have wanted."

"It was a very sad situation for everyone after Dan's death yesterday," said V8 Supercars acting CEO Shane Howard. "Obviously we were looking forward to having Dan, Will and Tony with us, but our thoughts are with them and their families at this time.




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Event 9 Sydney Motorsport Park 360, Races 18 & 19
Sydney Motorsport Park
Eastern Creek, Sydney
New South Wales
Aust
Tony Dalberto (Aust) #3 Centaur Racing Ford

V8 Supercars Australia
Event 9 Sydney Motorsport Park 360, Races 18 & 19
Sydney Motorsport Park
Eastern Creek, Sydney
New South Wales
Aust
Tony Dalberto (Aust) #3 Centaur Racing Ford

V8 Supercars Australia
Event 9 Sydney Motorsport Park 360, Races 18 & 19
Sydney Motorsport Park
Eastern Creek, Sydney
New South Wales
Aust
Tony Dalberto (Aust) #3 Centaur Racing Ford

V8 Supercars Australia
Event 9 Sydney Motorsport Park 360, Races 18 & 19
Sydney Motorsport Park
Eastern Creek, Sydney
New South Wales
Aust
Mark Winterbottom (Aust) #5 Orrcon FPR Ford

V8 Supercars Australia
Event 9 Sydney Motorsport Park 360, Races 18 & 19
Sydney Motorsport Park
Eastern Creek, Sydney
New South Wales
Aust
Mark Winterbottom (Aust) #5 Orrcon FPR Ford

V8 Supercars Australia
Event 9 Sydney Motorsport Park 360, Races 18 & 19
Sydney Motorsport Park
Eastern Creek, Sydney
New South Wales
Aust
Mark Winterbottom (Aust) #5 Orrcon FPR Ford

V8 Supercars Australia
Event 9 Sydney Motorsport Park 360, Races 18 & 19
Sydney Motorsport Park
Eastern Creek, Sydney
New South Wales
Aust
Mark Winterbottom (Aust) #5 Orrcon FPR Ford

V8 Supercars Australia
Event 9 Sydney Motorsport Park 360, Races 18 & 19
Sydney Motorsport Park
Eastern Creek, Sydney
New South Wales
Aust
Mark Winterbottom (Aust) #5 Orrcon FPR Ford

V8 Supercars Australia
Event 9 Sydney Motorsport Park 360, Races 18 & 19
Sydney Motorsport Park
Eastern Creek, Sydney
New South Wales
Aust
Mark Winterbottom (Aust) #5 Orrcon FPR Ford

V8 Supercars Australia
Event 9 Sydney Motorsport Park 360, Races 18 & 19
Sydney Motorsport Park
Eastern Creek, Sydney
New South Wales
Aust
Mark Winterbottom (Aust) #5 Orrcon FPR Ford

V8 Supercars Australia
Event 9 Sydney Motorsport Park 360, Races 18 & 19
Sydney Motorsport Park
Eastern Creek, Sydney
New South Wales
Aust
Tony Dalberto (Aust) #3 Centaur Racing Ford

V8 Supercars Australia
Event 9 Sydney Motorsport Park 360, Races 18 & 19
Sydney Motorsport Park
Eastern Creek, Sydney
New South Wales
Aust
Tony Dalberto (Aust) #3 Centaur Racing Ford

V8 Supercars Australia
Event 9 Sydney Motorsport Park 360, Races 18 & 19
Sydney Motorsport Park
Eastern Creek, Sydney
New South Wales
Aust
Mark Winterbottom (Aust) #5 Orrcon FPR Ford

V8 Supercars Australia
Event 9 Sydney Motorsport Park 360, Races 18 & 19
Sydney Motorsport Park
Eastern Creek, Sydney
New South Wales
Aust
Tony Dalberto (Aust) #3 Centaur Racing Ford

V8 Supercars Australia
Event 9 Sydney Motorsport Park 360, Races 18 & 19
Sydney Motorsport Park
Eastern Creek, Sydney
New South Wales
Aust

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DGAS - Unregistered

October 24, 2011 8:16 PM

Dont expect any race report on how Darren does or the amazing co-driver line up in the gold coast race cos crap.net's coverage is nothing but crap. not only was Darren involved but drivers like Ryan Briscoe, Vitantonio Liuzzi,Richard Lyons,Mika Salo,Emanuele Pirro,Oliver Gavin,Gianni Morbidelli,Alex Tagliani, Gil de Ferran,Joey Hand,Fabrizio Giovanardi,Marino Franchitti,Jan Magnussen,Helio Castroneves,Sebastian Bourdais,Christian Klein and Andy Priaulx. Not bad huh? Why bother with this link Crash?!!



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