Apr 14, 2014
GAMER TURNED RACER JOINS KUMHO V8s FOR MALLALA
Justin Ruggier to jump from iRacing online to real-life V8 Touring Car racing
MELBOURNE-BASED Eggleston Motorsport has confirmed Sydney-based driver Justin Ruggier as part of its 2014 Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series program.
Ruggier will drive a well-known ex-HSV Dealer Team Commodore VZ in the series for ex-V8 Supercars, which begins next weekend at Mallala in South Australia.
His new car was used by Rick Kelly to win the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship and also finished runner-up at that year’s Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 with brother Todd co-driving.
Tony D’Alberto also took the car to victory in the 2007 V8 Supercar Development Series.
A six-time state and two-time national karting champion, Ruggier has a wide and varied motorsport background that also includes success in the highly competitive world of online simulator racing.
He races weekly in the online iRacing V8 Supercar Series and has travelled the world as a result of his success in online racing.
He won a competition in Sydney in 2007 with the Williams F1 team and travelled to Valencia in Spain to race karts against Nico Rosberg and competition winners, winning the event overall.
In 2008 he won a simulator competition with the McLaren F1 team and won a trip to the McLaren Technology Centre in England as well as the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
With experience in Aussie Racing Cars, production cars and tests in Formula 3 and Formula Ford open wheelers, Ruggier will is set to make his touring car debut in the Kumho Series with backing from CMC, Downer, Wirtgen Group, Budget Greenslips, Stowe Australia and Anydoor and Gates.
“I take my racing very seriously in all the categories and look forward to this enormous challenge that is ahead of me in the Australian V8 Touring Car Series with Eggleston Motorsport,” says Ruggier.
“It is very satisfying that after all these years people have put faith in me to continue racing with competitive teams.”
The 2014 Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series will begin at Mallala Motorsport ParkJustin Ruggier with Formula 1 drivers Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima from 2007 when he won a Williams F1 simulator competition and travelled to Valencia in Spain to win the world final.