A handful of Dunlop Super2 Series young guns are set to start their racing seasons in this weekend’s Bathurst 12 Hour.
Last year’s Supercars Rookie of the Year, Will Brown, 2016 Super2 Series winner Garry Jacobson and fellow rising star Bryce Fullwood are all driving MARC Cars in the enduro.
Brown is sharing one of three new Ford Mustang-bodied MARC II entries, while Jacobson and Fullwood are in the V8-powered Mazda3 and Ford Focus respectively.
For Brown, the weekend is ideal preparation for his maiden Great Race start later this year, having been snapped up by reigning race winner Erebus Motorsport.
The 19-year-old, who prepared for his rookie Super2 season with a 12 Hour class win in a MARC Focus last year, is eager to make the most of the weekend.
He had a brief run in the 620bhp, 1,200kg car at Queensland Raceway last week ahead of the trip to Mount Panorama.
“Racing in the 12 Hour with MARC last year was a great stepping stone into the Super2 Series,” Brown told Supercars.com.
“I was very new to tin-tops, so it was a great way to start my year.
“I’ve obviously got some more experience now, but laps around Bathurst are always valuable.
“The 12 Hour is a bit like a practice day, doing as many laps as you can do and taking it all in.
“I think this car is probably the closest thing you could race to a Supercar, so it’s perfect in that respect ahead of October.”
Brown will perform double-duties at Bathurst in October, competing in his Eggleston Motorsport Super2 Holden alongside his commitments in the Great Race.