De Silvestro determined to remain in Supercars

De Silvestro determined to remain in Supercars
May 23, 2018 | 8:00 am | Author: Steven Wright

Harvey Norman-backed Simona De Silvestro could be in a new scene next year despite her declaring that being on the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship remains her main priority.

De Silvestro is currently 22nd in the championship standings after 14 races, while decleared last week that she would not walk out on the team following the Japanese giant’s shock move.

Nissan revealed last week that they will not renew the manufacturer deal with Melbourne-based Kelly Racing team while allowing the team to keep running the Altimas next year.

The Swiss star will be a free agent at the end of the year and has already attracted interest from rivals.

“The Nissan announcement doesn’t change anything for me,’’ de Silvestro said last Thursday. “I understand what the team had planned for the future. My attention is on doing a good job this weekend.’’

While she indicates remaining at Kelly Racing is ideal for her, but is evaluating other offers from rival Supercars teams, including a few Holden teams.

Former Holden boss Mark Harland earlier this year admitted the Australian car company was interested in snatching de Silvestro away from Nissan.

The plan is to stay [in the championship],’’ she added.

“Coming here in the first place was a very big move and I didn’t take it lightly. Coming from Europe, it was a long way away. But I did it because I love Supercars and I like the competition of the series.’’

“My goal is to have a good and long plan in Supercars. It is the time to get going and get results. I think we are getting there.’’

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