The 2020 Dunlop Super2 Series is shaping up to be hotly contested, with fresh talent looking to prove themselves against established drivers who are competing for the same prize.
Super2 has long been a critical stepping stone for drivers looking to develop their skills and ultimately advance to the main game.
As an added incentive this year, Supercars will award $400,000 to the series champion, to be used exclusively towards securing a top-tier drive in 2021.
Further, the winner of the new rookie class – for drivers in their first full Super2 season, under the age of 25 and in a car which meets current homologation specifications – will snag $100,000 to help fund a second campaign.
While the Super2 silly season remains in relatively early stages, there has already been a series of announcements with key players moving teams.
From youngsters on the rise to names you may well know by now, Supercars.com looks at five drivers to keep an eye on in 2020.
Team: Tickford Racing
Previous Super2 seasons: None
Winner of the 2019 Super3 Series, Feeney will step up to the second-tier category this year, replacing Thomas Randle at Tickford Racing.
The Gold Coast teen clinched the Super3 title with Paul Morris Motorsport last September, finishing 24 points clear at the top.
He finished on the podium for 12 of the 15 races and proved his worth as a youngster with great potential and a key competitor to keep your eye on.
The 17-year-old will now look to replicate his 2019 results at the Super2 level, as he joins a team that has regularly tasted success at both the top and second tiers.
Team: Eggleston Motorsport
Previous Super2 seasons: Two (plus a partial 2019 campaign)
After bowing out of the 2019 Super2 season early to focus his attention on a PIRTEK Enduro Cup campaign with cousin Jake Kostecki, Brodie will return in '20.
Kostecki, 22, will spearhead Eggleston Motorsport's campaign, effectively replacing Will Brown and moving on from his family-run Kostecki Brothers Racing operation.
He's looking to capitalise on a promising taste of the main game by launching a challenge for the second-tier crown with a respected team that has enjoyed success before.
Eggleston won the series back in 2014 with Paul Dumbrell and have claimed a stack of wins since joining the category in '06.
Kostecki will also compete in the PIRTEK Enduro Cup this year with Penrite Racing, alongside Anton De Pasquale.
Team: MW Motorsport
Previous Super2 seasons: Two
The 2018 Mike Kable Young Gun Award recipient has made the switch from Tickford to the MWM team that guided Bryce Fullwood to last year’s Super2 title.
Last year was a big season for Randle, who made his main game debut at Tailem Bend in a wildcard entry, and then contested the Supercars enduros with Lee Holdsworth.
The Tickford duo finished third in the PIRTEK Enduro Cup, including a podium in the Sandown 500.
As for Randle's Super2 campaign, he finished third in the points with mixed results throughout the year, including two wins and two DNFs.
The 23-year-old Victorian has long been touted for big things in the sport and will now hunt down a maiden title with the very team that won it in 2019.
Team: Image Racing
Previous Super2 seasons: Three
Brown is in the enviable position where his path to the main game appears clear, in the form of a Penrite Racing seat in 2021.
Before then, he’ll have the chance to genuinely vie for a championship and potentially secure additional funding towards his rookie Supercars campaign.
Although he is well placed, this will be an important year for the rising star as he switches from Eggleston Motorsport to Erebus-aligned Image Racing.
Brown will be out to bounce back from a disappointing 2019 campaign and produce the sort of results that earnt him a maiden Supercars podium in the wet Sandown co-driver race on a consistent basis in Super2.
He has also been confirmed to replace Luke Youlden as David Reynolds' endurance co-driver in the Penrite Racing #9 Holden.
Team: Brad Jones Racing
Previous Super2 seasons: None
Another young gun looking to make his mark, Josh Fife has secured the next step in his career progression, locking down a promotion at BJR.
The 19-year-old made the step up from karting to Super3 with BJR in 2019, finishing fifth overall.
Fife now moves into the void left by his predecessor, Jack Smith, who will drive full-time for BJR this year in the main series.
Hoping to follow in the footsteps of Smith, Fife will be in with a chance to win the $100,000 rookie prize, if not the $400,000 major reward.