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The Dunlop Super2 Series will offer its Champion a $400,000 scholarship prize, as part of changes announced today for the upcoming 20th anniversary of the category in 2020.
A key part of Supercars’ Junior Development Program, the Dunlop Super2 Series, is the primary pathway for young drivers to reach the top tier of motorsport in Australasia – the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
Next year, the Dunlop Super2 Series Champion will be awarded $400,000 to be used exclusively towards securing a Championship drive in 2021.
As well as the Champion’s prize, Supercars will introduce a Rookie Class, which will run within DS2 for drivers using cars which meet current homologation specifications.
The Rookie Class will be a competition among drivers under the age of 25 in their first full season of DS2.
At the end of the year, the rookie driver who has accumulated the most points will be offered a $100,000 scholarship to further their career in the DS2 series.
The 2020 Dunlop Super2 Series will also shift from a seven event to six-event competition including races at; Adelaide, Tasmania, Townsville, Sydney, Bathurst and the season finale in Sandown.
Supercars Chief Operating Officer Shane Howard said the changes announced today are aimed at providing a sustainable, direct pathway for young drivers to the top-tier of racing in Australia and New Zealand.
“This prize money will serve as a considerable enabler for drivers looking to build on their success in DS2 to graduate to a full-time career in Supercars,” Howard said.
“These young drivers will compete in DS2 races at some of our biggest events, giving them and their sponsors exposure to millions of fans.”
“The commitment of a significant prize for winning Super2 will only serve to intensify and improve the competition for participants and fans alike.”
“Over the past 19 years the Dunlop Super2 Series has helped to begin and develop the careers of some of the sport’s biggest names by providing them with critical training and development. This is a logical next step as all sports, not just Motorsport, look to the future.
“We thank Dunlop for their continued support of the Dunlop Super2 Series. It’s fantastic news they’ll be continuing as the naming rights partner of the category as part of their Supercars renewal.”
Since its inception in 2000, the category has grown in strength and competitiveness, with drivers like the soon-to-be-crowned two-time Supercars Champion Scott McLaughlin, Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 winners Mark Winterbottom and Chaz Mostert, and rising stars Cameron Waters and Anton de Pasquale among the current crop of top-tier drivers who began their Supercar careers in this category.
Current rising stars, including Toowoomba’s Will Brown, Darwin’s Bryce Fullwood, Albury’s Jordan Boys and Melbourne’s Thomas Randle are among those using DS2 in 2019 in a bid to cement their place at the top level in 2020 and beyond.
Among this year’s PIRTEK Enduro Cup entrants, 19 of the primary drivers and 20 of the additional drivers who competed at Bathurst, Gold Coast and Sandown previously competed in the Dunlop Super2 Series.
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