HARRY HAYEK TO MAKE KUMHO SERIES DEBUT
20-year-old Hayek will be driving the #21 Laing + Simmons Potts Point VE II Commodore in a striking navy blue and yellow livery.
Whilst Harry is best known for his open wheeler experience he isnt a stranger to a touring car having sampled one of the Brad Jones Racing VF Commodores at the teams evaluation day at Winton Motor Raceway in December 2016. Harry was thrilled with the power of the Supercar and has been eager to get behind the wheel since.
Whilst Harry was competing in the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship in 2017 he suffered a burst fracture of the L1 vertebrae which saw his T12 to L2 fused together with metal rods sidelining Harry for months. His recovery over the past year has been well documented and the motorsport community as always rallied behind the young talent and are just as excited to see him return to the sport he loves this weekend.
â€œIts been quite a journey the past 15 months very testing at times but the thing that kept me going was my desire to return to racing” he said.
“Its all I have ever thought about since the crash. I cant thank my family and close friends enough who have helped me in many different ways.
â€œA couple of months ago I got the all clear to resume normal activities from my back specialist so we got in touch with Mark Rundle from BRM who agreed to assist me in my comeback. Mark organized a half day test with Terry Whyhoon down at Winton so we can ascertain whether the back could handle the pressure and all went well.
â€œBy chance the opportunity came to race with Brad Jones Racing at Queensland Raceway and Mark quickly organized the drive. I get to jump into the car tomorrow for the first time and cant express in words how excited I am to drive again and especially with such a successful team.
â€œMoving from single seaters to touring cars this weekend will be a challenge but I feel Im ready for it. It would have been advantageous to have done more prior to the weekend but we cant win them all so Ill go out and give it my best.
The Brad Jones Racing team are excited to be a part of Harrys return to racing and undoubtedly there will be many supporting the rising star this weekend.
The Kumho V8 Touring Cars hit the Queensland Raceway circuit on Friday morning at 11:25am.