Kali Motorsport to debut in Townsville …
STORY: AARON NOONAN
GERARD McLeod will re-join the Dunlop Super2 Series next month in Townsville as the head of his own Kali Motorsport team – and also intends on competing for the rest of the season.
The Melbourne-based 34-year-old made a one-off start in the Super2 Series last year in Townsville and will return behind the wheel of the Triple Eight-built VF Commodore formerly used by Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport that Nick Percat drove to victory in the 2016 Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.
Long-time supporter Sherriff Electrical Wholesalers will back McLeod, who has not raced since the Townsville Super2 round last year.
“Although I haven’t been in the seat for a while I have been heavily involved in the sport for the past 12 months helping out the Kostecki Brothers, the new Super Ute series and with my brother’s MARC car program,” says McLeod.
“We have a dedicated test day planned at Winton in the next few weeks so I’m sure I will find my feet pretty quickly and I am really looking forward to having a COTF-spec car at my disposal after having worked on them for so many years.
“I have been racing at the Townsville 400 for the past six years and it’s like a home event for me as we always have a huge amount of support from the local area, especially from Sherriff Electrical who have been with me for 3 years now.
“Last year was a very last minute deal that came together literally within a week, we struggled with not having a test day and with troubles with the car all weekend. This year we are fully prepared with a car that is current spec and ready to go so I can’t wait to have another crack in the series and see what results we can achieve.”
McLeod says a second car is in the pipeline for later in the season.
“The team is only in its infancy but we are currently building up a second ex-Triple Eight VF Holden Commodore that will be ready before Bathurst and we are currently speaking to a couple of young rookie drivers from F4 and the Toyota 86 Series about entering the final couple of rounds,” he says.
McLeod and the Kali Motorsport team will test at Winton next Thursday (June 21) ahead of the Watpac Townsville 400 from July 6-8.