Sibling split helping Kosteckis in Super2

  • Dunlop Super2 Series
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  • 16/05/2019
  • By Joshua Makhoul

Kurt Kostecki's move to Triple Eight is helping the other Kosteckis in the 2019 Dunlop Super2 Series, his brother Jake believes.

The Kostecki siblings raced as team-mates between 2016-18, and were joined under the Kostecki Brothers Racing banner last year by cousin Brodie.

All three are hands-on with the operation, even following Kurt's switch to drive with Supercars powerhouse Triple Eight in Super2 this year.

Jake Kostecki is enjoying a breakout campaign sitting fifth in the points after two rounds, having finished his first three seasons 18th, 22nd and 18th.

He believes scaling back to a pair of Commodores is helping KBR.

"Last year we had three cars and it's hard to have all the resources and people to do it," Jake Kostecki told Supercars.com.

"Now we've got two cars with Kurt being in a different team, so it's a bit easier for us to manage two cars, to maximise the best results from both of them.

"At the moment we only have me, Kurt, Brodie and one other person in the workshop full-time, so it's not like we have a whole lot of people that can do the job in the sport, there's very limited resources.

"Since Kurt's car isn't in our team anymore, it's easier for us as a team to focus on two cars; to have just the two and work on them to get the best results possible.

"That's what we've been doing, and I'm focused a lot more, and it has been going good this year."

Brodie Kostecki took a victory in Adelaide's 2019 opener and is fourth in the standings, 30 points ahead of Jake.

Kurt sits 14th, finishes of sixth and third last time out in Perth offset by a rough start with Triple Eight.

After his 2017 season was curtailed by a crash at Sandown, Jake Kostecki recorded personal best Super2 race results 12 months on at the Melbourne circuit, a pair of sixths.

Having become a regular top 10 finisher through 2018, the 19-year-old has finished all five of this season's races between fifth and seventh.

"We wanted to open the championship with a good couple of clean races to get the most points we could," Kostecki said.

"Now we're going to push on to try and get some better results during the remainder of the season.

"The plan is to get maximum points for Brodie and I, and to try and get some silverware, because we're not here to make the numbers, we want to win.

"It has been hard over the years, especially for myself, I got thrown in the deep-end in Super2.

"I've definitely pushed myself and we've made some good gains with the car during the rounds this year.

"When you're at the rounds it's hard because you don't want to change too much during the sessions because you don't want to go the wrong way.

"Now this year with the engineering side of it, we've stepped it up and we're looking forward to the rest of the championship."

The third round of the 2019 Dunlop Super2 Series takes place on July 5-7, as part of the Watpac Townsville 400.

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