Jacques Villeneuve will continue to race in the V8 Supercars Championship series for the upcoming Ipswich and Sydney Motorsport Park events.

Kelly Racing has confirmed that the former Formula 1 world champion, who made his first appearance in a single-driver V8 Supercars race at the Sucrogen Townsville 400 earlier this month, will remain behind the wheel of the Pepsi Max Crew Holden Commodore for the Coates Hire Ipswich 300 and the Sydney Motorsport Park 360.

Villeneuve, who is driving in place of Greg Murphy while the New Zealander continues to recover from major back surgery, hopes to improve on his first showing, where he recorded a DNF and a 24th in the two races.

“I am thankful to Pepsi Max Crew for another chance to jump in the car and with more seat time should make further inroads on the field,” said Villeneuve.

“These are difficult cars to drive and there is terrific talent in this category so I was realistic about my chances in Townsville not even testing the car.

“On reflection I was pleased with the progress we made as a team through that weekend and comfortable with the knowledge that we can move forward in Ipswich and Sydney.”

Kelly Racing director and driver Todd Kelly said he was in no doubt that the Canadian will improve the more time he spends in the seat.

“It is great news for the Pepsi Max Crew and V8 Supercars that Jacques is coming back to race in Australia for the next two events.

“Jacques is an absolute professional and will add a lot of value to the team, especially as he secures further seat time over the next couple of rounds.

“Jumping in the car at Townsville without testing or for that matter even sitting in the car is a daunting task, but he took it all in his stride and was pleased with his efforts and have absolutely no doubt he will quickly move through the field in future events.”

The Ipswich 300 will be held from 3 – 5 August and the Sydney Motorsport Park 360 from 25 – 26 August.