Reigning World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss has taken another step towards what he hopes will be a full-time switch to competition on four wheels after testing with another V8 Supercar team.
The Australian joined Kelly Racing for an outing in one of its Jack Daniel's-backed Holden Commodores during a driver evaluation day at Winton, and got to run with other cars around him for the first time.
"It was my first time with a lot of other cars out on the track, as I haven't done much in the V8 at all, so it was a good experience today," he admitted, "I really enjoyed driving the Jack Daniel's Commodore today and, by the second stint out there, it wasn't looking so bad. I felt okay, 'not too bad' in the car.
“It was a great experience. I came along yesterday and had a look at the Kelly Racing set-up. It's a great facility, on a par with the best that I've seen, that's for sure. The guys asked me along to come and do a few laps and it's nice because it's been a long time since I've been at Winton."
Bayliss, a three-time WSBK title-winner, harbours ambitions of racing in this year's V8 Supercar endurance rounds at Phillip Island and Bathurst, and has now tested with three different teams in recent months.
“Everybody knows what I really want to do," he smiled, "I'm chasing that next step in my career, and I'd loved to be involved in the V8s - whether it's in the main game or as a development driver. There are so many young guys who probably want to be world champions in their future, but I'm not thinking of being a world champion anymore. I'd love to be in the main game and I'd love to win some races.
"But also I'd love to do the enduros and, of course, Bathurst is a very big race. It's something that I've been watching for many years, so I'd love to take part in that race and do well in it.”