68 Supercars to race at Phillip Island

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 18/04/2017
  • By Stefan Bartholomaeus

Strong grids for the Dunlop Super2 Series and Kumho V8 Touring Car Series will see a total of 68 Supercars take to the track at the WD-40 Phillip Island 500.

This weekend marks the first time that the three tiers have each run a points-paying round at the same event, creating an unprecedented feast of Supercars action.

Super2 is open to current specification Next Generation Supercars as well as the older FG Falcon and VEII Commodore models.

The independently-run Kumho Series features Falcons from EB-FG and Commodores from VP-VEII, ensuring an eclectic mix of Supercars spanning from 1993 to 2012.

Super2 boasts an unchanged 23-car grid from the most recent round at Symmons Plains, with Brad Jones Racing hurriedly re-shelling its Macauley Jones and Jack Smith Holdens to make the grid.

BJR and Smith will also compete in the 19-strong V8 Touring Car field - the main series squad preparing a VEII for the youngster amid efforts to fast-track his development.

Eggleston Motor Sport, Matt Stone Racing and Image Racing join BJR in running Super2 and V8 Touring Car entries at Phillip Island.

Eggleston will field Jamie Whincup’s 2011 Supercars Championship winning Triple Eight Holden in the V8 Touring Cars, which is expected to be driven by young gun Tyler Greenbury.

MSR meanwhile has youngster Jack Sipp (ex-Paul Morris Holden) and veteran Chris Smerdon (ex-SBR Ford) in the Kumho Series, running alongside its two Next Generation Commodores and single Falcon FG in Super2.

Terry Wyhoon’s Image team has picked up ex-BJR driver Josh Smith, who is teamed with Australian Formula Ford Series gradate Jordan Boys in a pair of ex-Stone Brothers Racing Fords.

The squad also has a third entry for Leigh Moran, whose ex-Ford Performance Racing Falcon featured in last year’s V8 Touring Car Series wearing its original Craig Lowndes Caterpillar livery.

Cars running in familiar colours at Phillip Island will include the ex-Triple Eight Holden of Supercars returnee Geoff Emery and Troy Stapleton’s ever-popular ex-Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon EL.

ENTRY LIST – Round 1 Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Cars Series

Car #

Class

SPONSOR

DRIVER

State

VEHICLE

2

Kumho Cup

Page Bros. Jayco

Steven Page

VIC

Commodore VE ll

7

Kumho Cup

Mocomm Motorsports Communications

Jim Pollicina

NSW

Commodore VE

11

Kumho Cup

Kenwood Homes

Michael Anderson

NSW

Ford Falcon FG

12

Kumho Cup

Century 21 Hazelbrook

Chris Delfsma

NSW

Ford Falcon BF

14

Championship

Image Racing/Lubrimaxx

Josh Smith

Qld

Ford Falcon FG

16

Kumho Cup

Image Racing/Lubrimaxx

Leigh Moran

VIC

Ford Falcon BA

17

Heritage

Astoria Honda

Troy Stapleton

VIC

Ford Falcon EL

21

Championship

Brad Jones Racing/SCT Logistics

Jack Smith

QLD

Commodore VE ll

23

Kumho Cup

Massel

Michael Caine

NSW

Commodore VE

38

Championship

Eggleston Motorsport

TBC

Commodore VE ll

39

Kumho Cup

Vectra Corp

Chris Smerdon

SA

Ford Falcon FG

41

Kumho Cup

Dial Before You Dig

Mark Primmer

NSW

Ford Falcon BF

49

Kumho Cup

Image Racing/Lubrimaxx

Jordon Boys

Vic

Ford Falcon FG

55

Heritage

Neill Motorsport

Bradley Neill

QLD

Commodore VS

66

Kumho Cup

Unichip Dynomotive

Jack Sipp

Qld

Commodore VE

69

Kumho Cup

Dial Before You Dig/Mac Motorsport

Jon McCorkindale

NSW

Ford Falcon BF

76

Kumho Cup

Garry Hills Racing - GHR

Garry Hills

WA

Commodore VE2

88

Kumho Cup

WakeUp! Backpackers

Warren Millett

NSW

Commodore VZ

888

Championship

Emery Motorsport/Solair World

Geoff Emery

Vic

Commodore VE

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