June 23, 2020 | General

Primary Supercars support categories to race together on revised calendar

Supercars confirmed today that Dunlop Super2 Series races announced as part of a revised calendar will also feature the full field of the Australian V8 Touring Car Series competitors.

The two series will compete in the same races under different classes. The V8 Touring Car Series will be known as the Super3 Series.

Wins in each race will be awarded to the fastest Dunlop Super2 Series competitors and the fastest Super3 Series competitors.

The combined races are slated to take place at the following events: Truck Assist Winton 18-19 July, Penrite Sandown 19-20 September, Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 8-11 October and Sydney Motorsport Park 12-13 December.

The inclusion of the combined support category series races at these events is reliant upon Supercars being compliant with appropriate state, territory and federal regulations in response to COVID-19.

Supercars Chief Operating Officer Shane Howard said: “It’s pleasing we have reached an agreement with both Series officials to allow more of Australia’s best young drivers to compete together as part of our revised calendar.”

“By combining these two categories into singular races, it will provide exposure for team sponsors and bolster the number of competitors on track.

“The primary focus for us is around the driver pathway, a commitment which Dunlop shares. This combined category gives Super3 Series drivers the opportunity to rub shoulders with competitors running in Dunlop Super2 and helps them to become more familiar with how to race Supercars.”

“Given the current circumstances, it’s great that the two series have been able to merge to showcase a large, strong field of Supercars,” said Category Manager of the Super3 Series, Liam Curkpatrick.

“Our competitors are pleased to run with Super2 and to be at big events like Bathurst will be excellent on a number of levels. It offers the entire field great opportunities.

“Super3 will have its own sporting and technical regulations, our own points system, our own podiums, competitors will run on their respective tyre compounds in each race – almost everything remains separate other than the on-track action that the fans will see.

“And we haven’t seen class racing in Supercars before, so this will be new territory for a lot of the drivers and teams. The merging of the classes is a win for the sport.”

Nine current Dunlop Super2 drivers previously competed in the Super3 Series, while six Virgin Australia Supercars Championship drivers including 2019 Dunlop Super2 Series Champion Bryce Fullwood also drove in the category.

Supercars rookie Jack Smith was the Super3 Series Champion in 2017 while last year’s Mike Kable Young Gun Award winner Tyler Everingham claimed the same title in 2018.

Several Supercars teams have invested in all three categories, including Brad Jones Racing which resigned young talent Madeline Stewart for the 2020 Super3 Series to help further her development toward a Supercars career.

All Super3 Series models will be permitted to race including Ford Falcon EB to FG models and Holden Commodore VP to VE & VE ll.

Dunlop Super2 Series competitors will continue to race on the regular 18-inch diameter Dunlop compound using the VF Commodore, FG X Falcon and Nissan Altima.

Further details regarding support category races will be released closer to next month’s Truck Assist Winton event.