AutoAction Australia’s #1 Motor Racing read since 1971 Motorsport news since 1971

WINTON’S SUPERCAR WILDCARD WEEKEND

Jack Le Brocq will run as a Wildcard at Hidden Valley and QR - Photo: Rhys Vandersyde

Jack Le Brocq will run as a Wildcard at Hidden Valley and QR – Photo: Rhys Vandersyde

This weekend’s Supercars round at Winton Raceway will be the first time that a Wildcard entry has made an appearance at a non-endurance round since Marcos Ambrose’s cameo at the Homebush in 2014.

The Wildcards, made up Dunlop Super2 series teams and drivers, will step up to compete in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship races at Winton, Hidden Valley and Queensland Raceway.

Macauley Jones's DrillPro Racing Commodore for Supercars at Winton - Photo: Supplied

Macauley Jones’s DrillPro Racing Commodore for Supercars at Winton – Photo: Supplied

Winton will see the first Wildcard entries with Macauley Jones (BJR), Shae Davies (MWM) and James Golding (GRM) to line up on the grid. All three drivers having had main game experience already.

For Goulding, it’ll be his first time back in a Supercar since last year’s season finale. Both Goulding and Jones already confirmed to make appearances in the Pirtek Enduro Cup later this year. The Winton round will offer the two drivers valuable track time, in addition to the scheduled co-driver practice session.

Jones will also make the trip to Darwin, where he’ll be joined by Jack Le Brocq (MWM), in preparation for his move over to Nissan Motorsport for this year’s endurance campaign.

While Queensland Raceway will see the Supercars debut of Todd Hazelwood (MSR), along with the return of Le Brocq, Davies and Goulding.

Todd Hazelwood will make his Supercars debut at Queensland Raceway - Photo: Rhys Vandersyde

Todd Hazelwood will make his Supercars debut at Queensland Raceway – Photo: Rhys Vandersyde

Still looking to lock in an endurance drive, Hazelwood was keen to showcase his skills in the main series.

“We’ve been doing well in the Dunlop Super2 Series so far this season and hopefully racing at Ipswich before the enduro season will show teams we’re more than capable not only against the co-drivers, but the main series as well.

“That will give me the best possible preparation to jump in someone else’s car before the main series as well.”

All the drivers competing in the Wildcard events already qualify for SuperLicenses. While additional tyre allowances have been made so that the teams and drivers can get a handle of the new Dunlop SuperSoft tyre, which is different compound to that used by the Super2 series.

The Wildcards will be join the Supercars field during Friday’s opening practice session.