Aitken Is Teaming Up With Rubens Barrichello For The S5000 Support Race At Albert Park

Aitken Is Teaming Up With Rubens Barrichello For The S5000 Support Race At Albert Park

Williams reserve and Campos F2 driver Jack Aitken will tackle a new challenge as he makes a guest appearance in the Australian S5000 Championship in Melbourne

S5000 is a big, noisy, glorious tribute to the old Formula 5000 cars of the 1960s and 70s - basically, it’s an F3 chassis with a dirty great 5.0-litre V8 shoehorned into the back. After some exhibition races last year, 2020 sees a full six-round championship, kicking off with a support race at Albert Park during the Australian GP weekend - and Aitken will be in the field.

Driving for Team BRM, he’ll be teammates with IndyCar driver James Davison, Supercars driver Zane Goddard… and F1 legend Rubens Barrichello, himself a former Williams driver, who finished second in the first event at Sandown last year.

Aitken said of his decision to race:

“I love all forms of cars and racing so I’m really looking forward to experiencing S5000 with its V8 power on such a fantastic track in Australia. There’s a great selection of drivers on the grid, including some F1 legends, so I’m sure it’s going to be a really memorable occasion. Many thanks to Team BRM and everyone who made it possible.”

Yep, that’s F1 legends, plural. That’s because Giancarlo Fisichella will also be in the field; he and Barrichello have a staggering 551 grand prix starts between them. Throw in the likes of Aussie F4 champion Luis Leeds, S5000 winner James Golding and experienced peddlers like Alexandre Premat and you have a small but thoroughly tough field for Aitken to measure himself against. All the best, Jack!