Tools to driver’s seat

Crew member turned racer, Jeff Nielsen, will join Troy Williams in the TW Motorsport Holden Commodore SSV as part of this weekend’s Australian Production Car Series round at Queensland Raceway.

After working as a mechanic for Williams’ Commodore at the opening round in Bathurst, Nielsen was inspired to step-up to the national series.

Williams said he was excited about racing at night for the first time alongside his good mate.

“I am looking forward to the challenge of  running at night, a first for me, and also to race alongside Jeff Nielsen, a crew member and friend of mine,” Williams said.

“He crewed for me at Bathurst and races Sports Sedans in a Torana, but seeing us in action at the 12 Hour and watching the APCS with interest, he is super keen to step up and have a go himself.

“At the same time, it works for me because apparently there is a Hogs Breath voucher on offer for having the most co-drivers in a season and I want that steak.”

Nielsen said the weekend is one he has been looking forward to since deciding to make the step-up to the national production car category.

“I am really excited to make my APCS debut with Troy… I will be going from changing tyres and refuelling to driving – I can’t wait,” Nielsen said.

“Troy and I have been friends for a few years now with us both racing historic cars, so it will be cool to share a car.

“Although I have done a twilight event at Sydney Motorsport Park before, neither myself or Troy have raced at night so we will have to learn on the run.

“It is also my first time driving at Queensland Raceway, so I will be working hard to make sure I can have the same pace in the Commodore as Troy, so hopefully we can be at the pointy end of the B2 class and Troy can get some good points for the championship.

“At the end of the day, my main aim is to have a good weekend and bring the Commodore home in one piece for Troy and the whole team.”

Williams and Nielsen will be part of a 25-plus field during the fourth round of the series, taking place on 4-6 August.