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Monday, 27 November 2017 13:04

Simona de Silvestro: Unlocking speed in Supercars


This time last year Swiss superstar Simona de Silvestro completed her second wildcard appearance at the Bathurst 1000 and was preparing for her full-time stint in Supercars. One year on, we touch base with the 29-year-old to discuss her full-time rookie season in the category in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #101.

Issue #101 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

CLICK HERE for more information on issue #101.

Supercars isn’t easy for rookies, let alone one new to touring-car racing and Australia. Nissan Motorsport rookie de Silvestro has had a lot to learn in her first full-time season in Supercars and ended the season on a positive note with a strong showing at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500.

“There has definitely been a lot of progress and now I think we are pretty close, but we’re still missing a little bit,” says de Silvestro.

“It’s always the last few tenths that are the hardest to find, but that’s why we are working really hard on the car to find that.

“It is good to see the series is tough because other people have tried before and struggled as much as I did or even more. That gives you a little bit of confidence.

“As a driver you just want to get quicker, so it doesn’t really matter what people have done before you as you just want to focus on yourself and move forward.

“The biggest thing is just really getting it all together. Every time we go to the track next year, except Bathurst, we’re not going to start behind the eight ball, so that’s going to be really good.

“We can start working on the car straight away instead of spending the first session figuring out where everything is going. So that’s quite important but, results-wise, it could have been a little bit better for sure.”

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #101 to read the full feature.


Event Date
Superloop Adelaide 500 February 20-23
Melbourne 400 March 12-15
Tyrepower Tasmania Super400  April 3-5
ITM Auckland Super400 April 24-26
PIRTEK Perth SuperNight May 15-17
Truck Assist Winton Super400 June 5-7
Watpac Townsville 400 June 26-28
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown July 17-19
Sydney SuperNight August 28-30
OTR The Bend 500 September 18-20
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 October 8-11
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Oct. 30-Nov. 1
Penrite Oil Sandown Super400  November 20-22
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 December 4-6



1. Scott McLaughlin
2. Shane van Gisbergen
3310 -562
3. Jamie Whincup
3208 -664
4. Fabian Coulthard
3058 -814
5. Chaz Mostert
2879 -993
6. David Reynolds
2694 -1178
7. Cameron Waters
2588 -1284
8. Will Davison
2495 -1377
9. Nick Percat
2445 -1427
10. Lee Holdsworth
2428 -1444

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