Tekno Autosports boss Jonathon Webb will return to the wheel at a test day early next month as he prepares for another PIRTEK Enduro Cup campaign.
Team principal Adrian Burgess has confirmed the plan for Webb to co-drive with rookie Jack Le Brocq in the Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast events.
Webb had brief runs in the team’s ZB Commodore at Le Brocq’s Queensland Raceway rookie day and Sydney’s all-in test in February, but skipped last Friday’s additional driver session at Winton.
The 34-year-old has co-driven his Tekno entry each year since stepping back from full-time driving at the end of 2013, winning Bathurst in ’16 with Will Davison.
Tekno will test at Queensland Raceway on June 4 alongside fellow Queensland-based teams Triple Eight, Shell V-Power Racing and Matt Stone Racing.
“He would have been at Winton but he wasn’t feeling that great,” Burgess explained to Supercars.com.
“Before we came down, when we were looking at the plan, the tyres we would have been able to give him, if it was dry, weren’t that great.
“Our tyre bank isn’t shiny at the moment, so the mileage he would have had wouldn’t have been anything earth-shattering.
“When he pulled up a bit ill on Thursday morning, it was a very quick and easy decision not to worry about it on shit tyres.
“He’ll get a fair amount of time at the test, and then the one before Sandown as well.”
Le Brocq and Burgess joined Webb's Tekno in 2018
Webb has done little racing outside the enduros in recent seasons and, apart from another guest drive in the Toyota 86 Racing Series, has little planned for 2018.
“It’s difficult for anybody,” Burgess said of the task of being thrust into the year’s biggest Supercars races.
“The bar is getting higher and higher and higher every year and the job that the co-driver has to do it more and more important.
“Last year the car wasn’t that shiny, it was reasonably out of date compared to the real competition.
“But we’ve got no doubt whatsoever he’ll do a good job. If not he wouldn’t have put his hand up to do it again.”