ALL THE LATEST REVEALS
Today has seen a number of Supercars and Super2 Series launch and announce their plans for the 2017 season. Here is an overview of what has happened today.
BRIGHT LAUNCHES MEGA FALCON
Jason Bright has unveiled the car that will return him to the Prodrive Racing Australia stable. The Mega Fuels backed entry was unveiled alongside the announcement that reigning Dunlop Series champion Garry Jacobson will partner Bright in the Pirtek Enduro Cup.
Bright tested one of PRA’s Falcons before Christmas and is not worried by the transition from Holden to Ford.
“The car didn’t do anything surprising but it was quite different to what I’m used to,” explained Bright. Having said that, I was comfortable in the car quite quickly and that will only improve when it is set up to my specifications.”
Bright is looking forward to tackling the test day scheduled at Sydney Motorsport Park ahead of the opening round in Adelaide.
“How the car behaves will obviously be different again at Sydney Motorsport Park for the test day as well, particularly with the introduction of the new tyre construction so it’ll be a lot to acclimatise to on one day but I’m confident that I’ll be ready to take on Clipsal by the end of it.”
Jacobson will make his Pirtek Enduro Cup debut this year with the experienced Bright and is looking forward to the opportunity.
“It’s an honour to be given the opportunity to drive alongside Brighty in the Supercars main series as a co-driver,” said an excited Jacobson. “It’s exciting for me to gain even more time in these cars and it shows that the team and Tim (PRA’s Tim Edwards) trust in my ability and trust that I can do the job on the day.”
Bright will debut the car at the Supercars test day on February 21.
A NISSAN FOR DAVIES
Shae Davies will stay with MW Motorsport this year as the team move to Nissan for this year. Last year Davies was consistently the leading older spec Supercar in the field and is looking forward to the new Nissan program.
“The Nissan program is incredibly exciting and it’s one of great interest to me,” he told. “Having the Nissan Car of the Future is very exciting and I think it will be a very strong package. “I think it’ll be one of the tightest championships in five years since the (Scott) McLaughlin, (Scott) Pye, (Chaz) Mostert and (Nick) Percat year.
“I think there are a lot of guys out there to win races… It’ll be one of the biggest years.”
Davies will enjoy continued support from Betty and Daniel Klimenko after competing with Erebus Motorsport in the second half of last year’s Supercars Championship.
Davies will test the car tomorrow.
DOUBLE UP FOR SMITH
Young Jack Smith will take on both the Super2 and Kumho V8 Touring Car Series in 2017 with Brad Jones Racing.
“I’m excited to get into the year ahead,” an excited Smith said. “Running in two categories will be great for my learning and development. It’s a great opportunity for me to join Brad Jones Racing considering their history in the sport. From spending a bit of time in the workshop you can see that everyone is happy to help each other out and they really work together as a team.”
Smith was a frontrunner in the MARC Class of the GT Trophy Series, competed in Australian Formula 4 and unfortunately crashed out of last year’s Dunlop Series enduro at Bathurst, but after testing in December, Smith feels comfortable in the car with more testing planned.
“I got a fantastic first impression of the BJR Commodore in December. It was great to get that experience in the car, get a few laps in and get comfortable with the car. The two test days planned for this week will be awesome, I know I’ll get a lot out of the days then we’ll be counting down to Clipsal.”
The car will carry support from SCT logistics.
HAZELWOOD WITH BIGMATE
Todd Hazelwood has launched a new livery for this year’s Super2 Series.
After taking third place in last year’s title, Hazelwood hopes the new support from GPS Monitoring Solutions group Bigmate and an ex-Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Commodore can bring him success.
“The car looks fantastic and I am really looking forward to what success we can achieve working together this season both on and off the track,” said Hazelwood.
Hazelwood acknowledged the experience he has now and hopes to put that to good use this year.
“2017 marks my fourth year in the Dunlop Super2 Series, and it is incredible to have the support from so many people and brands… I cannot wait to represent each and every one of them on track in the Bigmate Racing supercar this year.”
Bigmate will also support Jason Gomersall’s A9X Touring Car Masters cars.
Date posted: February 15, 2017