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Johnson tests Nissan Supercar at Winton

RISING star Jett Johnson is in the midst of a test day aboard an MW Motorsport Nissan Supercar with a view to running in the 2023 Dunlop Super3 Series.

The Johnson camp and MWM owner Matt White held discussions during the recent Adelaide 500 and are today working together at Winton Motor Raceway.

The deal is by no means set in stone, with Johnson’s father Steven noting that they are still working to secure the sufficient sponsorship budget.

Rather, it is 17-year-old Jett’s first full day in a Supercar, his only previous experience coming aboard a Dick Johnson Racing Mustang in May at Queensland Raceway.

On that occasion, the three generations of Johnson (Dick, Steven and Jett) shared the track in a special moment before Jett joined Kai Allen and Thomas Sargent in splitting time aboard the Michael Anderson-owned car for an evaluation in damp conditions.

Speaking about what may eventuate from today’s outing, Steven told V8 Sleuth: “Certainly it’s something that if we can get all of the budget together is an option for him for next year.”

All going to plan, Jett will be entered by MWM, who’ll retain ownership of the car.

“It would be Matt’s car, he would still own it if we were to do something with him and we would basically just come along and race it, pretty much like what’s happened for Matty up until now with his cars that he’s had,” said Steven.

Johnson with the Altima at Winton. Pic: Supplied

MWM is the most successful team in Super2 history with four titles, secured by Jonathon Webb (2009), Dale Wood (2013), Bryce Fullwood (2019) and Thomas Randle (2020).

The Victorian squad has fielded Nissan Altimas in Super2 since 2017; however, the model will be shuffled down to the third tier next year as part of the domino effect of Gen3’s debut in the main game.

Super3 this year proved a strong stepping stone for young guns Brad Vaughan and Kai Allen, who have secured Super2 graduations for 2023.

Another third-generation talent, Cameron McLeod, is a confirmed competitor for Super3 next year, in an Altima purchased by Bradley Neill off MWM.

“I’m pretty keen on Jett to do Super3 because I think there’s not as much pressure in the Super3 ranks in regards to expectations,” said Steven.

Pic: Supplied

“He’s still only 17 so he has got plenty of years left and I think that he’s going to have enough attention on him anyway.

“So any way that I can bring that back a bit so that there’s not so much pressure on him right now so that he can just go and enjoy it and learn from different people (is the aim).

“Matty White is basically a family run team, I love the way that they do things, it’s a very close-knit team but also he’s an ex-racer as well… it’s great to have the team owner who is very involved in the team.

“I want to put Jett with the right people and then obviously it’s up to him to learn and get better and do the best job he can.”

Johnson last month clinched the TA2 Muscle Car Series national title, and is planning to contest the Turtle Wax Trans Am Series once again in 2023.

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