EREBUS Academy driver Jordan Boys will make two wildcard appearances in the Repco Supercars Championship this season.
The 24-year-old is set to campaign an Image Racing-run, Erebus Motorsport-supplied ZB Commodore at Winton on May 21-22 and at Tailem Bend on July 30-31.
Boys opted against returning for a fifth Dunlop Super2 Series campaign with Terry Wyhoon’s Erebus-affiliated Image Racing this season in order to tackle the wildcard program.
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It’ll mark his first single-driver Supercars Championship round starts following an appearance as a co-driver at Brad Jones Racing in the 2020 Bathurst 1000.
“My goal has always been to race in the main-game and I am backing myself at the highest level to prove that I am capable,” said Boys.
“I don’t feel I have been able to deliver what I believe I can and I need to do this to take that next step towards a full-time main game drive.
“It’s a brutal sport and every driver wants a seat, but with the right team and car I believe we will be competitive at Winton and I can prove that I can mix it with the best.
“It’s really exciting to do the wildcard alongside Image and Erebus given that I have been associated with them for so long.
“Image Racing is like family to me so it’s great to make this step with Terry, it’s something we’ve spoken about for a long time.
“We’re really excited to have a crack at it and we’re both pretty confident that we can do a good job.”
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Boys will test the Commodore at Winton next Tuesday and already has some experience of an Erebus ZB, having sampled one in additional driver practice back in 2019.
Said Erebus CEO Barry Ryan: “Jordan is a strong steerer and has done a really good job anytime he has been in one of our cars.
“We have supported him at Image Racing for a number of years now and are pleased that we are able to provide Jordan with the opportunity to make his solo debut.
“This is the next step in his racing career and I don’t doubt that he will make the most of the opportunity and we will do anything to help him progress.”
Fielding a Repco Supercars Championship wildcard will also be a big moment for Whyoon and Image Racing.
“Image Racing, alongside the Erebus Academy, is designed to provide the best possible opportunity for young drivers with talent to break into the super-competitive Supercars series,” said Wyhoon.
“Jordan has campaigned very successfully over the past few years at Super2 levels and has had some success as a co-driver.
“Following some serious discussion with Jordan and Barry Ryan we all agreed that his talent has not really been put on show in a format that represents his exceptional driving ability.
“Hence a decision was made earlier this season that he would focus all his energy on a two-round wildcard campaign and show what he is truly capable of and I think he will surprise quite a few.”