Image Racing boss Terry Wyhoon says a run at the Dunlop Super2 Series title next year with Will Brown – and potentially Jordan Boys – is 'certainly on the cards', but is adamant the team must not get ahead of itself.
Wyhoon and his two-car operation found their feet late in the 2019 season, particularly with Boys, who snagged race wins at Sandown and Newcastle.
The Sandown success was not only a maiden victory for Boys on his 22nd birthday, but also Wyhoon’s first win since 2007.
Boys is yet to be re-signed but is considered likely to retain his seat, which would complete a strong driving duo; Wyhoon though says he's keeping his expectations in check.
"A championship is certainly on the cards, but I've been around this game a few days and I always say to people, don't get ahead of yourselves," Wyhoon told Supercars.com.
"This was my big talk to everyone after Sandown, heading to Newcastle: ‘keep calm, please do not get ahead of yourself, I'll be happy if Jordan can go to Newcastle and be in that top four or five’, and he did better.
"Everyone is saying 'Will and Jordan, you'll have a shot at the championship’, but everyone has a shot at the championship that competes, and things happen in this sport.
"I think for outright speed, we should be there. Championships take care of themselves, we just go racing and you do your best each race.
"Don't think about championships or think we'll just finish third and get the points, we're here to go racing."
Now with two PIRTEK Enduro Cups under his belt, Brown is a good fit for Image, who has strong links with Penrite-backed Erebus Motorsport.
Wyhoon believes recruiting Brown is a smart move for both the driver and team.
"It makes [Erebus] even closer [to Image Racing]," Wyhoon said.
"For me, getting the technical support as everyone calls it, is the priority. It's been vital to get that information from a main game team that has that infrastructure there.
"They've given us that and more, and with Will being there, that's only going to strengthen our relationship with Barry [Ryan, Erebus CEO] and Betty [Klimenko, Erebus owner] and the whole Erebus squad.
"Is it the right move for Will? I hope so.
"I don't like people moving, but I'm hoping it's the right choice for Will and it certainly will be the right choice for him in terms of Erebus support.”
Ryan hailed the opportunity to help Image – including suggesting a pivotal mid-season damper upgrade – as “really rewarding”.
“Jordan got pole position and two race wins in the last two rounds which is pretty awesome,” he said.
“Sandown was the team’s first win since 2007 at Oran Park. It shows us that our support does help and the more we consorted the better they went.
“That is what we have taken out of it so we are going to be supporting them again and make sure we win a championship next year!”
If Boys retains his seat, Image incumbent Adam Marjoram could be on the outer. Wyhoon hopes to have his driver line-up locked down shortly.
"We're hoping that Jordan is coming back, he's just putting a few final things together," he added.
"I'll hopefully have two kids battling for the championship. I'm hoping it'll be a good year."