With 2017 champion Todd Hazelwood, Jack Le Brocq and Anton De Pasquale graduating to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, three of last year’s top four drivers in the standings are absent.
Joining the series, meanwhile, are six rookies, led by former championship full-timer and Nissan enduro regular Dean Fiore at MW Motorsport.
The West Aussie links with the Nissan squad alongside 2017 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport driver Alex Rullo and ’16 Super2 champion Jacobson.
Fiore is technically a Super2 rookie, with just three event starts to his name
Other newcomers include open-wheel converts Thomas Randle and Zane Goddard with Tickford Racing and Brad Jones Racing respectively, both having spent recent years racing in Europe.
Dominic Storey brings GT experience to Eggleston Motorsport in its fourth car, while a technical alliance between Eggleston and newcomer Grove Motorsport has been struck for rookie Brenton Grove’s Triple Eight-built Commodore.
Tyler Greenbury completes the set of rookies with Matt Stone Racing aboard Hazelwood’s 2017 title winner, the team picking up Bryce Fullwood to drive its ex-Shell V-Power Racing Falcon.
Fullwood's Ford testing at Queensland Raceway
The MW Nissans and Falcons of Fullwood, Randle and Davies - in De Pasquale’s 2017 FG X - form the group of six non-Holdens.
Chris Pither returns to the series as part of Garry Rogers Motorsport’s two-Commodore line-up, ahead of his PIRTEK Enduro Cup campaign.
Adam Marjoram moves from MSR to Image Racing to drive an ex-Erebus Motorsport Holden, as Jordan Boys slots into the VF raced by Jack Perkins last year
Kostecki Brothers Racing has also welcomed a new Commodore, as Brodie Kostecki joins cousins Kurt and Jake under the banner.