Davison, Canto to join Toyota 86 field in Townsville
Alex Davison and Dean Canto will be the invited drivers for Round 2 of the Toyota 86 Racing Series in Townsville, with Steve Owen serving as mentor.
Davison and Canto headline a 29-strong field for the series’ first visit to Queensland, racing in the colours of local, Toyota-sponsored National Rugby League team the North Queensland Cowboys.
All three have previous experience from the inaugural season of Toyota 86 in 2016, with Owen and Canto running as invited drivers at Sydney Motorsport Park and Davison at Sydney Olympic Park.
Toyota has tweaked the invited driver feature for the second season of the Australian series, with two invited drivers and a non-driving mentor attending each round, after running three invited professionals at each round in 2016.
Warren Luff and Jason Bargwanna were the invited drivers for Round 1 at Phillip Island in April, the former becoming the first to win a race in the series, with Leanne Tander serving as mentor.
Jimmy Vernon leads the series after winning the first two races at Phillip Island and finishing runner-up to Luff in the third.
“We’re leading the series, but we’re not getting ahead of ourselves,” said Vernon.
“It’s a very competitive series and everyone is pushing 100 per cent, so we’ll strive to be in the top ten and if things go well in the top five.
“Obviously the Townsville circuit is new to everyone in an 86, but I have driven there in another category (Formula 4), so it will be exciting.
“You’ll need to have your brain switched on because if you allow someone to slip up the inside of you, there will be a whole train of other drivers trying to follow them through.”
Round 2 supports the Watpac Townsville 400 on July 7-9.
Entry list: Round 2: Townsville Street Circuit
|3||Sieders Racing Team||Aaron Borg||NSW|
|5||Damon Strongman Racing||Damon Strongman||VIC|
|6||PK Transport||Jake Klein||VIC|
|7||Clintons Toyota / Sieders Racing Team||Cameron Crick||NSW|
|9||Aisin Australia / Bruce Williams||Jimmy Vernon||NSW|
|15||That English Bloke||James Wilkins||QLD|
|16||MAW / GMAX / Car Niche||Benjamin Grice||QLD|
|17||Toyota Racing Australia||Alex Davison||QLD|
|20||Slo-Mango Racing||Timothy Beddoe||VIC|
|21||Tempest Solutions / Pastro Custom AG / Castle Hill Toyota||Zach Loscialpo||NSW|
|22||Luke King Racing / Fast Track Communications / 4wd.net.au / JSD / Tint & Protect||Luke King||NSW|
|27||CXC Gobal Racing / CGR Performance||Dylan Thomas||NSW|
|30||Sci-Fleet Hino||Aaron Seton||QLD|
|34||Ultimate Karting Sydney Racing||Tim Brook||NSW|
|36||Toyota Racing Australia||Dean Canto||NSW|
|38||Sieders Racing Team / Longreach Tourist Park||Luke van Herwaarde||QLD|
|47||Calum Jones Motorsport||Calum Jones||QLD|
|48||Auto Approve Wilson / David Levy Motorsport||Luke Searle||NSW|
|53||Deagle Motor Sports||Lachlan Deagle||NSW|
|68||Samsung / WBT||Gerard Maggs||NSW|
|74||Pulse Racing / Zen Garage||Trent Grubel||NSW|
|77||CGR Performance||Jacob Andrews||NSW|
|90||Whiity Race Engineering||Jarrod Whitty||NSW|
|95||Triax Australia||Aaron Cameron||VIC|
|97||Liam McAdam Motorsport||Liam McAdam||QLD|
|98||Close-Line / Smart WFM||Dylan Gulson||NSW|
|99||Hazard Solutions||Graham Smith||VIC|
|111||Southern Star Truck Centre / National Capital Toyota||Cameron Hill||NSW|
|777||Sealand Birk||Declan Fraser||QLD|