21 Jun 2012

Greg Murphy replaced by Formula One world champion

2:28 pm on 21 June 2012

The former Formula One world champion Jacques Villeneuve is to race in next month's Australasian V8 Supercars championship event, the Townsville 400.

The 41-year-old Canadian will make a one-off appearance driving for the Pepsi Max team in the absence of New Zealand's Greg Murphy who had back surgery earlier this month and will miss 4-5 races.

Villeneuve won the 1997 world championship for Williams-Renault during his 12-year stint in Formula One to 2007 and also won the 1995 Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar world series.

He has some experience in a V8 Supercar - as a co-driver to Paul Dumbrell in the Gold Coast 600 in 2010.