FORMER V8 Supercars driver Wayne Wakefield has been charged with allegedly trafficking 106kg of cocaine.
According to a report in the Courier Mail, details of Wakefield’s case and struggle with drug addiction were revealed in a Supreme Court Hearing in Brisbane on Wednesday.
Wakefield is behind bars on remand after allegedly offending again while he was on bail from the original 2019 charge. He is reportedly due back in court on October 8.
Now 51, Wakefield shot to prominence in motorsport circles in the 1990s in a Mazda 808 wagon in Club Car racing and stepped briefly into Super Touring in a Supercheap Auto-sponsored BMW in 1997.
He moved into the Konica V8 Lites Series in its inaugural year in 2000 and finished third in the series in a Commodore.
Wakefield won the 2001 Konica V8 Supercar race at Bathurst, the same year he was signed as Marcos Ambrose’s last-minute co-driver for the Bathurst 1000 in the Pirtek/Stone Brothers Racing Falcon in the wake of Greg Crick’s withdrawal from the co-driver position.
Ambrose took pole position for the big race, however the duo did not finish.
Wakefield later competed in a handful of rounds in the 2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series in an Imrie Motor Sport Commodore and co-drove Paul Morris’ Sirromet Commodore in the Queensland and Bathurst endurance races that year.
His last V8 Supercar Championship Series level start came at the 2003 Sandown 500, where he filled in for Jan Magnussen and drove the second Team Dynamik Commodore alongside Frenchman Nicolas Minassian.
Wakefield made a total of 20 V8 Supercars Championship round starts between 1999 and 2003 and 19 Development Series round starts between 2000 and 2007.
His most recent national level motorsport appearances came in the V8 Utes Series in 2014.