Kurt Kostecki will partner younger brother Jake at Matt Stone Racing for the 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000. Pic: MSR

THE final seat on the 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000 grid has been filled with Matt Stone Racing announcing that Kurt Kostecki will partner brother Jake in the team’s #34 entry.

Kurt, the elder of the brothers at 23 years of age, will make his second start in the ‘Great Race’ while 21-year-old Jake will make his third.

Speculation that Kurt would join his brother for Bathurst began in February when he turned laps in the #34 Holden during one of Jake’s rookie test days at Queensland Raceway, and again at another test day in September.

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More recently, the elder Kostecki wrapped up his third and final wildcard appearance of the 2021 season driving a third Walkinshaw Andretti United entry.

“I’m really looking forward to driving alongside Jake this year at the Bathurst 1000 and joining MSR for the ‘Great Race’,” Kostecki said.

“Jake has had a relatively strong year in the UNIT Racing car and I’m looking forward to playing my part in finishing the year on a high with him.

“As everyone knows anything can happen at Bathurst so I’m really looking forward to putting the work in and seeing how we go.”

The pair have shared a Supercar at Bathurst before, albeit not in the 1000: Jake and Kurt took sixth place in the non-points Super2 race at Mount Panorama in 2017.

They came close to sharing a car in the ‘Great Race’ two years later when Kurt was put on stand by for the Kostecki Brothers Racing wildcard entry after a helmet fan malfunction gassed cousin Brodie on the formation lap.

The Kosteckis make for the second pairing of brothers in this year’s Bathurst field with Will and Alex Davison set to share the #17 Dick Johnson Racing entry.

Will Dale is V8 Sleuth's Head of Content - Digital. He began his media career as a breakfast radio newsreader before joining SPEED TV Australia and FOX SPORTS Australia in 2012 as its Digital Editorial Lead - Motorsport, covering all forms of motorsport both in Australia and internationally. He became part of the V8 Sleuth team in 2018.