Luke Youlden confirmed as late Dunlop starter

  • Thursday 1st March, 2012 1:00am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
youlden thumb2 Luke Youlden confirmed as late Dunlop starter

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 Speedcafe.com.

“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

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Team

Driver

Car

16 DT Racing David Russell VE
20 Brad Jones Racing Andrew Jones VE
24 Nandi Kiss Nandi Kiss VE
27 MW Motorsport Tim Blanchard FG
28 MW Motorsport Luke Youlden BF
45 Greg Murphy Racing Dale Wood VE
48 Greg Murphy Racing Geoff Emery VE
56 Prodrive Racing (Australia) Chaz Mostert FG
58 Novocastrian Motorsport Drew Russell BF
59 Novocastrian Motorsport Aaren Russell BF
60 Nobocastrian Motorsport Michael Hector BF
62 Adam Wallis Adam Wallis VE
71 Action Racing Marcus Zukanovic VE
73 Brett Stewart Brett Stewart VE
75 Auto-Motion Australia Aaron McGill BF
77 DT Racing Cameron Waters VE
80 Triple Eight Race Engineering Scott Pye VE
86 Matt Stone Racing Daniel Jilesen BF
87 Matt Stone Racing Ash Walsh BF
93 Stone Brothers Racing Scott McLaughlin FG
98 Minda Motorsport Elliot Barbour VEII
222 Walkinshaw Performance Nick Percat VEII
300 Lucas Dumbrell Investments Kristian Lindbom VE
777 Rodney Jane Racing Rodney Jane FG
999 Rodney Jane Racing George Miedecke BF

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