The 2017 Supercars Dunlop Series calendar was released yesterday, spearheading a new line-up of circuits and an exciting step forward for the support category.
There will be eight Supercars Dunlop Series races held in 2017 including a standalone non-points event at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, October 5-8.
The series, established in 2000, is renowned as a stepping stone to the main game, where young talent develops and gains experience driving our unique 650hp Supercars
Dunlop Series Championship leader Garry Jacobson said he is a fan of the introduction of new circuits to the Dunlop Series for 2017.
“I think the fundamental purpose of the Dunlop Series is to prepare drivers like myself to drive a Supercar in the main game and being able to have more experience at different circuits as an up and coming driver is a good positive change to the Dunlop Series,” Jacobson told Supercars.com.
The Supercars Dunlop Series will get the opportunity for the first time in 2017 to share Symmons Plains Raceway in Tasmania with the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
Symmons Plains Raceway is a short, fast track with a sub one-minute lap time, and will be a thrilling addition to the 2017 Supercars Dunlop Series Calendar and a new experience for young talent in the category.
The Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint is scheduled to be held on 7-9 April, the second round of the season after Clipsal 500 Adelaide as the traditional opening event 2-5 March.
Jacobson mentioned he raced Formula Ford at Symmons Plains previously in his career but emphasised his excitement to sit behind the wheel of a Supercar in Tasmania for the first time in Supercars Dunlop Series history.
“Tasmania is a cool place to be racing. It’s an awesome track and the long back straight provides lots of passing opportunities,” Jacobson said.
“Good racing is what you want as a competitor and its what the fans like too.
Sydney Motorsport Park returns to the Dunlop Series calendar for the first time since 2005, across the weekend of 18-20 July 2017.
Newcastle has been named the new host city for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship and Supercars Dunlop Series grand finale.
“It’s really exciting to be a driver involved in fresh, exciting and new ideas with the Dunlop Series,” Jacobson said.
Jacobson said the new additions to the Dunlop Series calendar are great changes that give young talent the opportunity to broaden experiences racing at different tracks across Australia.
“The more racing the better for us as competitors.”