He’s watched his older brother try his hand driving solo on the Supercars grid; now it’s Jake Kostecki’s turn to make a fist of it.
Kurt Kostecki filled in for an injured Lee Holdsworth at Team 18 in 2016, and returned to the main game two years later for wildcard showings at Ipswich and The Bend.
Now, 20-year-old Jake has his top-tier shot, having been announced alongside Zane Goddard in a share driver model for Matt Stone Racing’s #34 Commodore.
He brings three-and-a-half years’ worth of Dunlop Super2 Series experience to the table, all for his family team Kostecki Brothers Racing.
Last year offered a handful of breakthroughs for Kostecki, taking a pole at Townsville and finishing all but one of his nine races inside the top seven before switching his focus to running in the PIRTEK Enduro Cup.
Jake and cousin Brodie contested all three Supercars endurance events in a KBR wildcard entry.
Their Bathurst debut proved troubling, with Jake at the wheel for multiple crashes including one that ended their Great Race, but better success would be found at the Gold Coast and Sandown rounds.
The Perth product first made headlines in 2015 when he entered the V8 Touring Car Series aged just 15.
With experience in Western Australian Formula Ford and the Australian Suzuki Swift Series, Kostecki took an ex-Craig Lowndes Falcon to ninth in the points.
He moved up to Super2 the following year, finishing 18th in the points before his 2017 season was curtailed by a crash at Sandown.
Twelve months on at the outer Melbourne circuit, Kostecki recorded new personal best Super2 race results, a pair of sixths, with further progress eventuating in 2019.
Kostecki’s 2020 Supercars program will feature stops at Albert Park, Perth, Townsville, Darwin and Sandown, plus teaming with Goddard for the PIRTEK Enduro Cup.