NISSAN’S Michael Krumm and Lucas Ordonez have never been to Australia, nor have they driven a V8 Supercar.
But they will drive at Winton on Monday, testing two of Nissan’s Altima V8 Supercars.
Krumm, from Germany, and Ordonez, from Spain, are testing for the Nissan factory V8 Supercars team as the recently-announced Nismo global driver exchange extends to V8 Supercars. Both are keen to race at Bathurst.
The driver exchange opens doors all over the world for Nismo’s drivers.
Fresh from a podium finish in the Le Mans 24 Hours, Krumm and Ordonez will spend the day lapping the three-kilometre circuit then head to Japan for the Suzka 1000 next weekend, round five of the Super GT title.
The Nissan team will stay at Winton for official testing before the V8 Supercars event there on August 23 to 25.
Krumm said while he was looking forward to Winton, “the Bathurst 1000 is something everyone wants to do at least once.
“First I have to drive the Altima and see if I feel comfortable,” he said.
Ordonez said it was a delight to be testing the Altima, “a tough car with no electronic systems, no traction control.
“But it’s a proper racing car,” he said.
“This is a great chance to learn, have fun and hopefully one day compete at Bathurst.”