Renault Sport Academy Driver Christian Lundgaard will make his BP Supercars All Stars Eseries debut this week as he is granted a wildcard entry with the Castrol and BP-backed Kelly Racing team.
The 18-year-old Danish talent will partner team owner Rick Kelly and a familiar face in Andre Heimgartner in the virtual V8 supercars squad for this Wednesday’s round at the Michigan Speedway and a to be confirmed second circuit.
Christian was joined by Kiwi Heimgartner earlier in the year in Renault DP World F1 Team colours for round two of the Formula 1 Virtual Grand Prix series – the Virtual Vietnam Grand Prix – held at the Melbourne Street Circuit on Codemasters’ F1 2019 game.
Christian ended on the podium that day having had his pole position cruelly taken away after a penalty glitch in the game, while Heimgartner finished outside the points after thrilling battles with current Formula 1 drivers and other celebrities.
Now, Christian’s simulator focus switches from ultra-high downforce Formula 1 machinery to the more burly and full-grunted V8 Supercars on the iRacing computer game.
For this week’s Supercars round, Christian will use a simulator at Renault DP World F1 Team’s Enstone chassis base, which reopened from the FIA Shutdown on 1 June.
Simulator training is the perfect preparation for Christian who is gearing up for his maiden season in the FIA Formula 2 Championship with ART Grand Prix, which is set to begin in Austria in July on the Formula 1 support programme.
His virtual car will be fully kitted in Castrol, BP and Renault DP World F1 Team colours for the six races, which begins at 10:00 BST on Wednesday 3 June.
Christian Lundgaard: “I’m very much looking forward to this opportunity and having a go at something which is completely new to me. I’d like to say a huge thanks to Renault DP World F1 Team, Castrol, BP, Kelly Racing and Supercars for making it happen.
“As always, I’ll do my best and take it step by step. We don’t do racing if we’re not going to try and win, so I’ll try my best to win but at the same time have as much fun as possible and look to learn a few bits and pieces along the way.”