Dean Fiore. Pic: Brad Jones Racing

SUPERCARS veteran Dean Fiore will make his first Dunlop Super2 Series start in more than three years at next weekend’s Sandown SuperSprint.

V8 Sleuth has learnt the Western Australian is set to drive for Nissan outfit MW Motorsport, which will expand to four cars for Round 4 of the season.

The outing will give Fiore crucial seat time in the build-up to his 14th appearance in the Repco Bathurst 1000, on top of taking part in the additional driver practice session at Sandown next Friday.

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He will team up with Brad Jones Racing’s Bryce Fullwood at Mount Panorama, having helped the #14 entry to eighth in last year’s Great Race when Todd Hazelwood was then its primary steerer.

Fiore has 28 previous race starts in Super2 for a return of two wins, both with MWM in 2018, at Perth and Bathurst. His most recent Super2 race came at Wanneroo Raceway in May 2019 with Eggleston Motorsport.

A former full-timer, the 38-year-old has 173 Repco Supercars Championship races under his belt.

All up, there’s due to be 35 cars on the combined Super2/Super3 grid at Sandown – one shy of the capacity field which stands at 36 per the event’s supplementary regulations.

That figure represents the highest number of entries since the second and third tiers merged.

Prior to the merge, the last time Super2 enjoyed a 35-strong grid was in 2008 at Bathurst.

Connor O’Brien joined V8 Sleuth in 2022 as website Editor. He won the Supercars Media Award in 2017 while working as a sports reporter at the Gold Coast Bulletin, before stints at Supercars and Speedcafe. During his time at V8 Sleuth he's twice (2022, 2023) been named Journalist of the Year at the Supercars Media Awards.