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Supercars expecting busy REC deadline day

Tom Howard

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Friday 18th October, 2019 - 6:00am

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The make up of the 2020 Supercars grid will become clearer today

Supercars is anticipating a busy Racing Entitlements Contract market as teams prepares to declare their 2020 plans today.

Teams are required to lodge entries for next season before the championship’s imposed deadline at 1700 AEDT this evening.

This week has already witnessed the sale of two RECs with Kelly Racing confirming it has offloaded half of its four entries as it prepares to downsize to a two car Ford Mustang program.

Matt Stone Racing has confirmed it is has purchased one of the entries with the other believed to be heading to Team 18 as part of the Melbourne squad’s expansion to two cars.

Meanwhile, the entry that MSR had leased for the last two seasons is understood to have been acquired by the family of Super2 driver Jack Smith, with that entry expected to be heading to Brad Jones Racing, which will expand to four cars.

Tekno Autosports has confirmed its REC will form one half of the new Sydney team with a second REC understood to have been purchased by GT racer Rod Salmon.

Question marks surround Garry Rogers Motorsport with the team confirming on Wednesday it had yet to make a decision, admitting it could hand back its two RECs.

The busy market has left Supercars boss Sean Seamer cautious to put a number on the size of the 2020 Supercars grid.

“We’re not going to know where it’s at until one minute past five on the 18th of October, which is the entry deadline, to be perfectly honest with you, because there’s always going to be a lot of talk and speculation, but it’s just that (speculation), until you see the paperwork,” said Seamer at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

“We’re obviously buoyed by an increased interest around RECs versus this time a year ago.

“But I can’t make any decisions as to what things are going to look like.”

Seamer has confirmed today’s deadline is not the ultimate cut-off for 2020 entries.

There will be a process for teams or interested parties wishing to enter the 2020 championship, who have been unable to obtain a REC, to purchase an entry handed back to Supercars.

MSR has already told Speedcafe.com it may take up this procedure if it cannot secure a second REC for a possible expansion to two cars.

“For example, if we had 24 entries next week, and interested parties had been unable to obtain a REC, then we will consider a process post that,” stated Seamer.

Speedcafe.com understands the number of RECs entered for next year will range from 22 to 26 entries.

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