MATT Stone Racing will expand to three Dunlop Series entries for the 2022 season.
Aaron Seton will have a teammate for his sophomore Super2 season, although MSR is yet to name who will join the second-generation racer in the squad, while Jason Gommersall continues in Super3.
The trio will be engineered by Mitch Bennett, who has been with the squad for three years prior to stepping up into a full-time engineering position and will be mentored in the role by Supercars Hall of Famer Glenn Seton.
“As we expand our engineering team and build some redundancies for the future, we are investing in youth by training up multiple data and support category engineers, guys that we will see enter the main game in future years,” MSR chief Matt Stone said.
The moves were announced amid MSR revealing a restructured roster of five full-time engineers across its Supercars, Super2 and Super3 entries.
Jack Bellotti will continue into his second season as a race engineer for new MSR recruit Jack Le Brocq, while the returning Todd Hazelwood will have in his corner Supercars veteran Chris Stuckey, who joins the team full-time after working for them on occasions during 2021.
A 13-year Supercars veteran, Stuckey engineered Nick Percat to his upset triumph at the 2016 Clipsal 500 Adelaide.
The pair will be supported by data engineers Marc Mastrodomenico and Hamish Pemberton.
Mastrodomenico joined MSR last year and will work with Stuckey on Hazelwood’s car, while Pemberton, who has over a decade of experience in Supercars and other categories, will support Bellotti on Le Brocq’s entry.
“We did an in-depth review of our incoming driver’s and engineers to try and decide the best pairings that would get the optimal results, not just for each individual driver, but for the whole team,” Stone added.
“We are very happy with the outcome that we’ve got, and the pairings that we have decided, and we believe it will bring on a very strong 2022 and beyond.
“Continuing with Jack Bellotti after what was a great first season as a race engineer, brings great continuity for the MSR engineering team, and the introduction of Chris Stuckey really adds the experience and support that we need to take it to the next level.”
Queensland-based Supercars squads are expected to hit Queensland Raceway on February 16 for a pre-season test day, prior to the opening round of the Repco Supercars Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park on March 4-6.