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Luff loaned out for enduros again

TEAM 18 has confirmed it will again borrow the services of veteran Warren Luff for the 2024 Supercars enduros.

Just as it did last year, Charlie Schwerkolt’s squad has struck a deal with Walkinshaw Andretti United, who Luff is contracted to.

It will see the six-time Great Race podium finisher join forces with David Reynolds in the #20 Camaro at the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000, and is a likely indication that WAU will not field a wildcard entry.

WAU has stuck with Lee Holdsworth and Fabian Coulthard as its co-drivers.

“I had a great time with Team 18 last year and am excited to be back with the team this year,” said Luff, 48.

“Teaming up with David Reynolds for the first time is an exciting opportunity.

“He had a great run there at the first round so I’m eager to bring my experience to the table and work with him to achieve strong results at both Sandown and Bathurst.”

Reynolds is equally excited about the arrangement.

“He’s a proven performer at the Mountain as well as Sandown and he’s one of the most popular guys in the paddock come the enduros for good reason, so I’m excited to see what we can achieve together,” Reynolds said.

“We’ve been to Bathurst this year as a team once already and we had a decent package there, so I’m pretty confident going into the enduros.

“The team are only getting better and better so I’m excited for Luffy to join us and start working with him so we’re best prepared to take on the enduros.”

As expected, Mark Winterbottom and Michael Caruso will extend their partnership aboard the #18 entry into a fourth successive season.

Michael Caruso and Mark Winterbottom. Pic: Supplied/Mark Horsburgh

“I’m absolutely thrilled to welcome Michael and Warren back as our co-drivers for the 2024 enduros,” said Schwerkolt.

“Their wealth of experience speaks volumes, and alongside Frosty and Dave, we boast an incredibly formidable line-up for the endurance races.

“Michael’s a familiar face to us now and we’re excited to bring his energy back into the garage.

“We couldn’t be happier to have Luffy back and thankful for Walkinshaw Andretti United for releasing him to join us for the enduros.

“Their combined knowledge and expertise will undoubtedly bolster our team’s efforts as we gear up for the endurance battles ahead.

“With the enduros still on the horizon, there’s plenty of preparation ahead. We’ll be getting Michael and Warren behind the wheel at our test day this Thursday to ensure they’re fully integrated with the team as a lot has changed since they were last with us.

“We’re committed to putting our best foot forward come September and having them onboard is a significant step in that direction.”

There is currently expected to be 26 cars at both Sandown and Bathurst; the 24 regular entries plus a wildcard for each of Triple Eight and Matt Chahda Motorsport.

Nine seats are yet to be officially confirmed, although three of those likely belong to James Moffat, Tyler Everingham (both Tickford Racing) and Jayden Ojeda (Erebus Motorsport).

That leaves two vacancies at Matt Stone Racing, one at Brad Jones Racing/SCT, one at PremiAir Racing, one at the Blanchard Racing Team, and one at Matt Chahda Motorsport.

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