Jordan Taylor turned his first laps at the wheel of an Australian Supercar on Monday, as the reigning IMSA Prototype champion targets a future enduro drive in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
The 26-year-old took to Queensland Raceway as part of an “evaluation day” with factory Holden squad Triple Eight Engineering, alongside Dunlop Super2 Series driver Kurt Kostecki in the team’s new Holden ZB Commodore.
Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen, the team’s two full-season drivers, were both also in attendance.
“It was a good experience to get my first taste of a Supercar, I got a good feel for it and it leaves me wanting more,” Taylor told the Supercars official Web site.
“My first impressions were a bit of a shock, it’s a lot different to the cars that I’m used to driving.
“I was very much looking forward to the experience and the day surpassed all of my expectations in positive ways – I loved the experience of driving a Supercar.”
Taylor, who attended November’s Supercars season finale in Newcastle, has laid out ambitions of one day competing in the Pirtek Enduro Cup, which encompasses races at Sandown, Bathurst and Surfer’s Paradise.
His brother, Ricky, took part in the Gold Coast event in 2012, ending up on his roof in a chaotic event that featured a host of international drivers.
Triple Eight, meanwhile, has already confirmed its enduro drivers for this year’s races, with reigning FIA World Endurance Champion Earl Bamber and Australian veteran Paul Dumbrelll set to join van Gisberben and Whincup, respectively.