Saturday 20 January 2018

Motor sport: Turner replaces Wheldon in Australian race

ENGLISH driver Darren Turner has been named as a replacement for Dan Wheldon at this weekend's Armor All Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercar race in Australia.

Wheldon, who was killed in a 15-car accident during Sunday's IndyCar race in Las Vegas, had been due to drive the #1 Toll Holden Racing Team Commodore in the event.

Turner, a former F1 test driver for McLaren, is now heading to Queensland for the event.

Wheldon was one of several IndyCar drivers due to race in the event, but Australian Will Power, who was also hurt in the crash, has been replaced by Northern Ireland's Richard Lyons, while Brazilian Tony Kanaan has withdrawn in the wake of the accident, to be replaced by Denmark's Allan Simonsen.

A tribute to Wheldon is now planned during the weekend's events.

V8 Supercars acting CEO Shane Howard said: "It was a very sad situation for everyone after Dan's death on Sunday.

"The offers of support from all levels of the international motorsport community have been amazing and it really makes you proud to be a part of this business.

"Obviously we were looking forward to having Dan, Will and Tony with us, but our thoughts are with them and their families at this time."

Three other drivers who raced in Las Vegas - Ryan Briscoe, Alex Tagliani and Helio Castroneves, will make the trip to Australia.

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