Motorsport: Kiwi Formula One prospect Liam Lawson test-drives Supercar in build-up to Australian Grand Prix

Liam Lawson and James Courtney after their Supercars test drive.
Liam Lawson and James Courtney after their Supercars test drive. Photo credit: Supercars

Kiwi Formula One prospect Liam Lawson has hinted at a future Bathurst 1000 appearance, after a Supercars test drive, as the two motorsport championships share centrestage at the Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne.

The Red Bull reserve driver was allowed behind the wheel of James Courtney's Ford, and described the experience as "much more enjoyable" and "raw".

"Obviously, every driver has their bucket list races that they want to do and Bathurst has been something that I've grown up watching," he said. "I'd love to do it.

"A co-driver thing would be amazing to do, if I could jump in one day. That's definitely the dream."

Courtney's Blanchard Racing Team has co-driver vacancies for this year's iconic Supercars event and four-time podium finisher has no doubts.

"He could jump in and do the race this afternoon, if he wants to," said Courtney. "He knows what he's doing.

"It's got pedals, a steering wheel... it's all the same sort of principles, just the car's a bit heavier."

Lawson admits Courtney has been his hero since he captured the 2010 Supercars crown, adopting his No.18 during his go-karting career.

"I felt quite a lot of pressure when he got in next to me, because when I was a kid, he was my hero, so it was a pretty cool experience," said Lawson. 

Courtney placed eighth in the first of four Supercars races this weekend, with championship leader Broc Feeney and Red Bull Ampol teammate Will Brown finishing one-two.

Kiwi Matthew Payne, who grew up on the same Pukekohe street as Lawson, finished third - his first podium finish of the year.