A 30 car field is set to battle out the opening round of the Dunlop Series on the streets of Adelaide this weekend.
The previously confirmed single-car Ford Performance Racing entry of Cameron Waters headlines the list, with the factory team returning after a one-year absence.
The season promises to be a battle between FPR, existing three-car heavyweights MW Motorsport, Matt Stone Racing and Eggleston Motorsport, and two-car outfits Brad Jones Racing and Image Racing.
The MW, MSR and Eggleston line-ups are led by Andre Heimgartner, Ash Walsh and Paul Dumbrell respectively, while Erebus Academy driver Jack Le Brocq sees Image expand to a two-car team this year.
The Adelaide entry list confirms the return of former Finance Ezi Racing driver Josh Hunter, who joins Aaron Tebb and Swede Fredrik Lestrup in RSport’s three-car line-up.
Finance Ezi and Sonic Motor Racing Services are both missing from this year’s grid having moved to the Carrera Cup, while others absent include Triple Eight (which last year fielded Casey Stoner) and Minda Motorsport.
The previously Hunter driven, Triple Eight-built Falcon, will now be campaigned by Paul Morris, who had previously run a Holden leased from Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport.
South Australian Kumho V8 Touring Car Series outfit THR Motorsport has stepped up to the Dunlop Series this year and will field local drivers Jordan Ormsby and Jay Verdnik in its ex-Kelly Racing Holdens in Adelaide.
Others coming from the Kumho Series include single-car efforts from Dan Day (ex-Percat Walkinshaw Holden) and Josh Kean (ex-Courtney Walkinshaw Holden).
Geoff Emery (ex-Lowndes Triple Eight Holden), Jim Pollicina (ex-D’Alberto FPR Falcon) and Matt Hansen have meanwhile joined forces (ex-Pye Triple Eight Holden) under a new banner, GMJ Motorsport.
Gallagher Motorsport’s ex-Nandi Kiss PWR Holden is on the official entry list for Adelaide but is not expected to be seen until the second round at Winton in April.
See below for the Adelaide Dunlop Series entry list
|#||Team Sponsor Name||CAMS Competitor Name||Driver||Model|
|10||Image Racing||Image Racing||Taz Douglas||FG|
|11||Worlds Best Technology/Castrol||Bruin Beasley||Josh Hunter||VE II|
|20||Team Advam||Brad Jones Racing||Andrew Jones||VE II|
|24||Worldwide Gaming||Gallagher Motorsport||Tim Macrow||VE II|
|25||Dreamland Bedding||S & J Automotive||Dan Day||VE II|
|26||Finance Ezi||MW Motorsport||Andre Heimgartner||FG|
|27||Parramatta Smash Repairs||MW Motorsport||Ryan Simpson||FG|
|28||Miraflores Estate/Haber Excavations||MW Motorsport||Morgan Haber||FG|
|32||Alphabet||Josh Kean||Josh Kean||VE II|
|35||Matt Stone Racing||Matt Stone Racing||Todd Hazelwood||FG|
|38||Eggleston Motorsport||Eggleston Motorsport||Ant Pederson||VE II|
|42||Icebreak Racing||Brad Jones Racing||Chris Pither||VE II|
|44||Pacific Hoists / Halda Race Pilot||Rsport Race Engineering||Fredrik Lestrup||VE II|
|45||THR Motorsports/S.A.Racing & Logistics||THR Developments Pty Ltd||Jordan Ormsby||VE II|
|46||THR Motorsports/S.A.Racing & Logistics||THR Developments Pty Ltd||Jay Verdnik||VE II|
|48||R&J Batteries||Emery Motorsport||Geoff Emery||VE II|
|49||Image Racing||Image Racing||Jack Le Brocq||FG|
|50||Forpark / Australian Custom Moulders||Matthew Hansen||Matthew Hansen||VE II|
|51||Poll Performance||Jim Pollicina||Jim Pollicina||FG|
|54||Eggleston Motorsport||Eggleston Motorsport||Garry Jacobson||VE II|
|56||TEAM ENZED FPR||Prodrive Racing (Australia) Pty Ltd||Cam Waters||FG|
|58||Go Karts Go||Novocastrian Motorsport||Aaren Russell||FG|
|60||Gulf Western Oil||Matt Stone Racing||Michael Hector||FG|
|62||Warrin Mining Volvo Construction Equipment||Adam Wallis||Adam Wallis||VE II|
|67||Sargent Security Racing||Nemo Racing Pty Ltd||Paul Morris||FG|
|71||Action Racing||Action Racing||Marcus Zukanovic||FG|
|73||Formula Tech Performance/Interquip Racing||Brett Stewart||Brett Stewart||VE II|
|75||McGill Motorsport||Auto-Motion Australia||Aaron McGill||VE II|
|87||Infants Friend||Matt Stone Racing||Ash Walsh||FG|
|88||Eggleston Motorsport||Eggleston Motorsport||Paul Dumbrell||VE II|
|98||Voight Contracting||Rsport Race Engineering||Aaron Tebb||VE II|