This morning gave Nissan Motorsport the opportunity to reveal the 2018 Team Harvey Norman Altima that Simona de Silvestro will campaign this year.
De Silvestro finished as the only Virgin Australia Supercars rookie last year, with the best result achieved was 13th in both Phillip Island races.
She showed a glimpse of hope at Bathurst and Newcastle, running in the top 10 in the races.
The 29-year-old will operate alongside a new engineer this season in the form of Chris Stuckey, who worked with Preston Hire Racing last year.
“You always want to have a good looking car and the team have done a great job,” said De Silvestro.
“I can’t wait to see what it looks like on track. I spent the off-season training back in Europe, but I was constantly talking to the team and keeping updated on everything.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Chris this year.
“The team were very keen to get him on-board and that obviously means he knows what he’s doing.
“The test day will help us understand each other and by Adelaide we’ll be speaking the same language. I just want the season to start now.”
After spending her off-season in Switzerland, De Silvestro is excited to go back to these tracks for a second as now she will have some knowledge unlike before.
“I can’t wait to get to Adelaide,” she added.
“This year is a big change, as I’ll be familiar with most of the tracks.
“It means we won’t be dedicating valuable track time to learning which way the circuit goes or where braking markers are.
“We started to really put all the pieces of the puzzle together in the second half of last year. Newcastle and Bathurst were a lot of fun, and it was exciting to be racing inside the Top 10.
“I have high expectations on myself to improve and be racing up the front on a consistent basis.”