Swiss racing sensation Simona de Silvestro was all set to roar back into the Supercars circuit at this year’s Great Race, sharing the track and the spotlight with rookie Kai Allen. The dynamic duo was scheduled to represent Dick Johnson Racing in a special wildcard entry.
With her bags practically packed for a flight to Australia, de Silvestro had a tightly packed testing roster that included track runs on both September 4 and 5. A third test drive was also planned before the much-anticipated Bathurst event.
But hold your horsepower, folks! There’s been a detour in de Silvestro’s fast lane. The driver recently had to swap her racing gloves for a hospital gown, undergoing an urgent appendectomy.
Currently on the mend in her home country of Switzerland, de Silvestro’s Australian adventure has hit the pit stop, albeit temporarily. This unexpected medical hiccup has led Dick Johnson Racing to cancel their September 4 test. Kai Allen, however, will still grab the wheel for the September 5 run.
As for de Silvestro, the timeline for her return down under is still up in the air. The team is making alternative arrangements for the upcoming wildcard tests. They said, “Simona de Silvestro was initially set to touch down in Australia later this week for testing at Queensland Raceway. But a recent emergency procedure to get her appendix out has delayed her arrival. She’s currently recovering well in Switzerland and, fingers crossed, should join the team in Australia by mid-September.” The Shell V-Power Racing Team sent well wishes for a fast recovery and said they can’t wait to see her back in action.
But fear not, racing enthusiasts! The tarmac won’t be devoid of rubber-burning action. Blanchard Racing Team has scheduled a run featuring their Jake Kostecki/Aaron Love wildcard on September 4 at Winton. Kevin Estre, signed by Grove Racing for their enduro team, will also get his first Supercar experience at the same venue.
September 5 is still marked for an all-out testing extravaganza involving 11 Supercars teams. Queensland Raceway will be home to DJR, Triple Eight, Matt Stone Racing, and PremiAir Racing. Meanwhile, Tickford Racing, Walkinshaw Andretti United, Grove Racing, Erebus F1 Flow, Team 18, BRT, and Brad Jones Racing will burn some rubber at Winton.
So, it seems like the Supercars world is still buzzing, but everyone is keenly awaiting the return of de Silvestro. Here’s to hoping she trades that hospital bed for a bucket seat real soon!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Simona de Silvestro’s emergency appendectomy
What led to Simona de Silvestro’s delayed return to the Supercars circuit?
Simona de Silvestro had to undergo an emergency appendectomy, which has delayed her planned return to the Supercars racing circuit. She was initially set to test on September 4 and 5 in Australia.
Who will fill in for Simona de Silvestro for the scheduled test runs?
Rookie Kai Allen, who was supposed to partner with de Silvestro, will proceed with the testing on September 5 on his own. The September 4 test has been canceled by Dick Johnson Racing.
What alternative plans does Dick Johnson Racing have in light of de Silvestro’s surgery?
The team is currently making alternative arrangements for wildcard testing. They are planning to adapt the rest of their testing program once de Silvestro arrives in Australia, which is expected to be in mid-September.
How is Simona de Silvestro’s current condition?
Simona de Silvestro is currently recovering well in Switzerland after her emergency surgery. She is anticipated to join her team in Australia by mid-September.
Will the September 4 and 5 tests for other teams still go on?
Yes, other teams are still proceeding with their testing plans. Blanchard Racing Team will run its Jake Kostecki/Aaron Love wildcard on September 4 at Winton. All 11 Supercars teams will continue to test on September 5.
Where will the September 5 tests take place?
The September 5 tests will occur at both Queensland Raceway and Winton. Teams like DJR, Triple Eight, Matt Stone Racing, and PremiAir Racing will be at Queensland Raceway, while others like Tickford Racing, Walkinshaw Andretti United, and Brad Jones Racing will test at Winton.
What are the upcoming races that the testing is leading up to?
The tests are part of preparations for upcoming major racing events like the Sandown 500 and the Repco Bathurst 1000.
When is Simona de Silvestro expected to return to racing?
Although the exact date is yet to be confirmed, Simona de Silvestro is expected to join her team in Australia by mid-September, provided her recovery goes as planned.