Luke Youlden confirmed as late Dunlop starter

  • Thursday 1st March, 2012 1:00am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Luke Youlden

Luke Youlden

Luke Youlden has been confirmed as a late starter in the Dunlop Series this year.

The 34-year-old, who will co-drive with Shane van Gisbergen in the #9 SP Tools Racing Falcon in this year’s endurance races, has struck a late deal with Matthew White Motorsport to drive the team’s #28 entry.

Youlden’s ex-FPR Falcon will join Tim Blanchard’s Jaycar Falcon in the two-car team.

Youlden is no stranger to Matthew White Motorsport, having raced for the team in a one-off event at Townsville in 2010.

The versatile Victorian is also no stranger to the Development V8 Series. He has raced for a variety of teams, and had his greatest level of success in 2004 where he finished on equal points with series champion Andrew Jones, only to be denied the title on a count back.

At this stage, the deal for Youlden to drive for MWM is for the first two rounds, although team owner Matthew White says that he’ll be “rattling the tin” for him to contest the entire seven-round Dunlop Series.

“Luke is an exceptional talent and one that we are very glad to have in our team,” White told

“He brings a wealth of experience and will help push Tim along as well.

“There’s no doubt that Luke will be competitive. Whether we can fight for the title remains to be seen, but our cars have been strong in the past and every effort has gone in this year to get further up the grid.

“Luke’s deal is only for two rounds at this point, but we’ll be rattling the tin to make sure he gets through the entire series.

“We’re all looking forward to the action kicking off this weekend in Adelaide.”

The newly-named Dunlop Series will hold two races at the Clipsal 500 this weekend – one on Friday and Saturday.

See below for this weekend’s Dunlop Series entry list





16DT RacingDavid RussellVE
20Brad Jones RacingAndrew JonesVE
24Nandi KissNandi KissVE
27MW MotorsportTim BlanchardFG
28MW MotorsportLuke YouldenBF
45Greg Murphy RacingDale WoodVE
48Greg Murphy RacingGeoff EmeryVE
56Prodrive Racing (Australia)Chaz MostertFG
58Novocastrian MotorsportDrew RussellBF
59Novocastrian MotorsportAaren RussellBF
60Nobocastrian MotorsportMichael HectorBF
62Adam WallisAdam WallisVE
71Action RacingMarcus ZukanovicVE
73Brett StewartBrett StewartVE
75Auto-Motion AustraliaAaron McGillBF
77DT RacingCameron WatersVE
80Triple Eight Race EngineeringScott PyeVE
86Matt Stone RacingDaniel JilesenBF
87Matt Stone RacingAsh WalshBF
93Stone Brothers RacingScott McLaughlinFG
98Minda MotorsportElliot BarbourVEII
222Walkinshaw PerformanceNick PercatVEII
300Lucas Dumbrell InvestmentsKristian LindbomVE
777Rodney Jane RacingRodney JaneFG
999Rodney Jane RacingGeorge MiedeckeBF

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