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Daniel Ricciardo drives a Holden Sandman before the Australian Grand Prix

By Anna Kantilaftas, 18 Mar 2016 Car News

What do you get when you put an F1 driver in to a V8 Supercar? You’ll have to watch the video to find out. We’ll watch any video with our man, Daniel Ricciardo.

Daniel Ricciardo drives a Holden Sandman before the Australian Grand Prix

Red Bull Racing Australia has released a video of six-time Aussie V8 Supercar champion, Jamie Whincup, meeting Australian Formula One driver, and three-time Grand Prix winner, Daniel Ricciardo at one of Australia’s most famous racing tracks, Sandown.

When Whincup asks about Ricciardo’s favourite car, DRicci confesses his love for Holden Torana and the “shaggin wagon” Sandman.

“If anyone had a Torana, they were cool, you know?” said Ricciardo.

Ricciardo driving sandman

Coincidently (we’re sure), the V8 champion was prepared with a Sandman locked away in the garage. So naturally, our main man Dan gave it a bit of a run on the Sandown racetrack.

According to Motor Magazine, “the Sandman in question just happens to be essentially a V8 Supercar wagon, built on the Car of the Future platform, only fitted with a more powerful 525kW 5.7-litre V8 and paddle-shift gearbox.”

Phrases like “big grunt” “over cooked” and “hanging it up in the straights like its wet” get thrown around in the video. For those of us who are non-motorsport aficionados, like myself, we can only assume all of these things are good.

Regardless, we can take two things out of this video: driving a V8 Sandman around a racetrack looks like it’d be a hell of a lot of fun, and, in the words of Jamie Whincup, “never give up on a flyer”.