Justin Ruggier will be behind the wheel of Eggleston Motorsport’s #88 entry when the 2019 Dunlop Super2 Series kicks off at the Superloop Adelaide 500 next weekend.
Eggleston will field Ruggier alongside lead driver Will Brown and Dean Fiore, who has inked a two-event deal with the team.
The Super2 squad is this year without mainstay Paul Dumbrell, who has stepped back from driving in both Super2 and the PIRTEK Enduro Cup.
Ruggier takes over the #88 entry used by Dumbrell, now attached to the 2016 Bathurst 1000-winning chassis raced last year by Dominic Storey.
Having won the 2014 Super3 title with Eggleston before moving into Aussie Racing Cars, Ruggier says he’s looking forward to making the step up.
“I am just so stoked to be reunited with Eggleston Motorsport after so many years and after our success back in 2014,” said Ruggier.
“This opportunity means so much to me and our supporters and is honestly a dream come true.
“I can’t wait to land in Adelaide, catch up with all the team and look forward to getting the best possible result I can for the team and my supporters.”
Ruggier celebrating his 2014 title
Team manager Rachael Eggleston is pleased to have Ruggier back on board.
“One of the proudest moments we have ever had in our motorsport career was when we won the Kumho Series with Justin in 2014,” she said.
“He had never even sat in the car before he turned up at the first round, let alone tested, and we came second on debut.
“He is such a hard worker and thrives under pressure.
“He is a versatile driver that has a history of driving a wide variety of cars with much success so we are confident he will adjust to the Super2 car well and is a perfect fit for our team and driver line-up.”
A 20-car field is expected for the Super2 season opener, with only a third Matt Stone Racing entry still unaccounted for.
2019 Dunlop Super2 Series Adelaide field so far
Brad Jones Racing: Jack Smith
Eggleston Motorsport: Will Brown, Dean Fiore, Justin Ruggier
Garry Rogers Motorsport: Mason Barbera, Dylan O'Keeffe
Image Racing: Jordan Boys, Adam Marjoram
Kostecki Brothers Racing: Brodie Kostecki, Jake Kostecki
Matt Chahda Motorsport: Matt Chahda
Matt Stone Racing: Joel Heinrich, Ash Walsh
MW Motorsport: Tyler Everingham, Bryce Fullwood, Zane Goddard
Tickford Racing: Thomas Randle
Triple Eight: Brenton Grove, Kurt Kostecki