Dunlop Series opener draws 27 entries

Jack Le Brocq's Prodrive Ford. pic: Race Press Australia

Jack Le Brocq’s Prodrive Ford. pic: Race Press Australia

Twenty-seven cars have entered the opening round of the Dunlop Series in Adelaide, where V8 Supercars’ Car of the Future will be pitted against the category’s previous generation machinery for the first time.

GRM expands to a two-car entry this year. pic: AJPearson Photography

GRM expands to a two-car entry this year. pic: AJPearson Photography

The field contains 11 of the COTF chassis, headlined by a pair of Ford Falcon FG Xs from Prodrive Racing Australia for series favourite Jack Le Brocq and team-mate Garry Jacobson.

Fellow main series squads Brad Jones Racing, Garry Rogers Motorsport and Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport are also campaigning COTF cars, with LDM expanding into the series for the first time.

Long-time Dunlop Series team Matt Stone Racing fields a single ex-Triple Eight COTF chassis for Todd Hazelwood, while Kostecki Brothers Racing steps up its effort with two ex-T8 COTFs.

The previous generation entries are likely to be led by 2002 and 2014 series winner Paul Dumbrell, who returns to Eggleston Motorsport’s Holden stable for a third season.

The previous gen cars upgrade to 18-inch wheels

The previous gen cars upgrade to 18-inch wheels

Eggleston is also fielding reigning Kumho Series winner Liam McAdam, while Jack Perkins is expected to drive its third entry in Adelaide after testing with the squad at Winton earlier this week.

MW Motorsport’s Bryce Fullwood and Shae Davies are likely to be among the other competitive previous-gen entries.

Like Eggleston, the Ford team is still working on a deal to field a third car, with its participation not guaranteed.

The field has been bolstered by the late addition of two-time series winner Steve Owen to Image Racing’s two-car line-up, which again features South Australian Dan Day.

Another experienced hand, Taz Douglas, returns for a second spell in THR’s ex-Kelly Racing Holden, having completed the first four rounds with the team last year.

Steve Owen joins Image's two-car team. pic: Image Racing

Steve Owen joins Image’s two-car team. pic: Image Racing

Parity between the old and new machinery promises to be a major talking point for the season, with V8 Supercars vowing to closely monitor the relative competitiveness of the cars.

Allowing the latest homologation COTF machinery into the field, most notably the FG X specification Falcon, has predictably been a touchy subject with the established Dunlop Series teams.

Twin-spring dampers remain banned for the COTF cars in a bid to reduce costs and minimise data transfer between the two series, while the Supashock dampers also continue to be outlawed.

The previous generation cars have meanwhile been upgraded to 18-inch wheels this year, although have not been allowed to move to the bigger COTF brake package.

Dunlop Series Clipsal 500 Entry List

# Sponsor Driver Team Car
2 Street Fighter Performance Upgrades Dan Day Image Racing FG
5 GoGetta Racing Jack Le Brocq Prodrive Racing Australia FG X
6 Challenger Valve Racing Garry Jacobson Prodrive Racing Australia FG X
8 Alliance Truck Parts Racing Andrew Jones Brad Jones Racing VF
10 Image Racing Steve Owen Image Racing FG
14 PAYCE Macauley Jones Brad Jones Racing VF
15 Auto One Adam Marjoram Matt Stone Racing FG
16 Middy’s Data & Electrical/MWM Bryce Fullwood MW Motorsport FG
18 Cavalier Homes Matt Chahda Rsport Race Engineering FG
21 Wynn’s Racing Josh Kean Brad Jones Racing VF
26 DavBridge Constructions/MWM Shae Davies MW Motorsport FG
28 MW Motorsport TBA MW Motorsport FG
34 Dragon Motor Racing Chelsea Angelo Dragon Motor Racing VE II
35 iseek Communication Todd Hazelwood Matt Stone Racing VF
38 Eggleston Motorsport Liam McAdam Eggleston Motorsport VE II
44 Wilson Security PAYCE GRM Richard Muscat Dragon Motor Racing VF
45 THR Developments/SA Racing & Logistics Taz Douglas THR Developments VE II
48 Kilar Towing Equipment/STR Matthew Palmer Rsport Race Engineering FG
54 Eggleston Motorsport TBA Eggleston Motorsport VE II
55 Kostecki Brothers Racing Kurt Kostecki Kostecki Brothers Racing VF
56 Kostecki Brothers Racing Jake Kostecki Kostecki Brothers Racing VF
62 Performance West Alex Rullo Lucas Dumbrell Investments VF
64 Warrin Mini/ Volvo CE Adam Wallis Adam Wallis VE II
67 Paul Morris Motorsports Anton De Pasquale Nemo Racing FG
88 Eggleston Motorsport Paul Dumbrell Eggleston Motorsport VE II
98 Team Caltex Renee Gracie Nemo Racing FG
99 Wilson Security PAYCE GRM James Golding Dragon Motor Racing VF

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