Canto, McConville and Davison join 86 series

Dean Canto

Dean Canto

A trio of former Supercars full-timers will contest the second round of the Toyota 86 Racing Series at Sydney Motorsport Park later this month.

The new-for-2016 category has invited Dean Canto, Cameron McConville and Alex Davison as guest drivers to join a bumper 38 car grid at the Red Rooster Sydney Super Sprint from August 26-28.

The trio will help mentor the current field of drivers while showcasing their skills across the weekend’s three races.

Canto brings a wealth of experience to the grid with the 35-year-old currently preparing to team up with reigning Supercars champion Mark Winterbottom for the upcoming Pirtek Enduro Cup.

McConville’s addition to the field arrives after recently securing a competitive return to Supercars as a co-driver alongside Nick Percat at Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport for September’s Sandown 500.

The 42-year-old is stepping up his racing commitments after leaving a full-time position at the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport last month.

“I haven’t driven an 86 racing car yet, and although I expect the young guys to blow my doors off I still want to be competitive,” said McConville.

“Overall though, I think I can add most value with what’s going on in the paddock; helping drivers focus their racing campaign, and hopefully, career.”

Meanwhile, Porsche Carrera Cup Australia title contender Davison is looking forward to sharing his knowledge with the 86 Racing Series regulars.

The 37-year-old will be competing in both the Carrera Cup and Toyota 86 Racing Series over the weekend.

“These cars are so closely matched; it will be interesting to see how things go,” said Davison.

“Good race-craft will be the key to success, and that’s an area where I think I can offer some pointers to the regulars.”

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