Wyhoon: Image Racing the GRM of Super2

  • Dunlop Super2 Series
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  • 24/05/2020
  • By Joshua Makhoul

Image Racing boss Terry Wyhoon compares his Dunlop Super2 Series outfit to the likes of Garry Rogers Motorsport, who were long known for giving rookie drivers a shot in the main game.

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Originally Terry Wyhoon Racing, the outfit was formed in 2000 to support Wyhoon's own driving ambitions in the inaugural Super2 season, before eventually becoming a multi-car operation.

Over the years, race wins and podiums haven't always been the be-all and end-all, with Wyhoon admitting his business model focuses on developing newcomers without big budgets, rather than results.

In fact, prior to Jordan Boys' breakthrough race win at Sandown in November last year, Image's last victory in the series was 12 years prior, with Owen Kelly at Oran Park in 2007.

Like GRM – whose time in Supercars, including the main series and Super2, came to an end last year – Wyhoon's operation has signed a contingent of debutants over the years.

"The reason why I have hung around all these years is because being a racer myself and never having been able to afford it, I realised that some of these kids need breaks and a little bit of help," Wyhoon told Supercars.com.

"We've kind of been like the GRM of DS2 over the years, putting first-year drivers in a lot of the time, and explaining to them if you come 20th this round and you come 18th or 16th the next time, we're moving forward.

"That was kind of like a win, you keep moving forward, help what you can and move in the right direction. 

"We've had a lot of first-year drivers and then they decide to go somewhere else.

"Where you get someone like Jordan, he was exactly the same, came to us with no money and hardly any support, wanted to start at Kumho Super3 level, won some races with us.

"We put him into Super2 and he has stuck with us... last year was his second full year of Super2 with a couple of results there at the end."

Aligned with Erebus Motorsport, Wyhoon and Boys continued on in 2020 for a third consecutive campaign, while main game-bound Will Brown also joined the squad.

Despite claiming his squad is 'not doing anything different', Wyhoon expects to 'be on the podium and winning races', with two experienced drivers in his ranks.

His two star drivers currently sit third and fourth in the Super2 standings after one round, Brown ahead of Boys having finished on the podium across all three races in Adelaide.

With Brown locked in at Penrite Racing for the 2021 season, Wyhoon said there had been discussions with Erebus about assisting with a potential Supercars wildcard entry for later this year.

"We've discussed with Erebus helping them with a possible wildcard entry down the track somewhere, but nothing locked in," Wyhoon said.

"Barry [Ryan, Erebus CEO] and I, I've said to him 'I wouldn't mind being a part of that'.”

Asked if his own squad had considered stepping up to the top tier, Wyhoon added: "We've discussed it, we need to do what we're doing and make sure we do a better job, and try to win a championship in Super2 before we contemplate doing anything further.

"We're always thinking ahead, but I think we need to concentrate on what we're trying to do here at the minute.

"Let’s not make mistakes, win a championship and then see what transpires from there."

A revised 2020 Dunlop Super2 Series calendar is to be announced in due course.

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