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Six immediate beneficiaries of Superlicence shift

THE revised and relaunched Motorsport Australia Superlicence has been designed to open up the pathway into the Repco Supercars Championship – and it already has for at least six drivers.

V8 Sleuth has crunched the numbers to come up with the following (and not necessarily exhaustive) list of beneficiaries who will immediately become eligible to race in Supercars, pending a team applying on their behalf for a Superlicence.

There’s several more who soon could enter the mix, pending the success of their upcoming season in Super2 or other series.

Aaron Cameron

Aaron Cameron prepares for the 2024 TCR Australia Series. Pic: Supplied

Regardless of his dabble into Super2 late last year and expected return in 2024, Cameron has his requisite 15 points in the bank by virtue of his successes in both TCR and S5000.

Last year alone, Cameron chalked up 10 points by winning the S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship (six points) and placing fourth in the TCR standings (four points).

Those efforts, combined with being the 2021 TCR runner-up, easily get the 23-year-old across the line without needing to search too hard for any further points.

Josh Buchan

Josh Buchan celebrates the 2023 TCR Australia title. Pic: Supplied/Daniel Kalisz

Buchan is eligible purely based on his past two seasons in TCR Australia.

He was third in 2022 (six points) and the champion in 2023 (10 points).

Callum Hedge

Callum Hedge. Pic: Supplied

Hedge’s immediate future lies overseas in America’s Indy NXT Series, but he does now qualify for a Supercars drive.

Hedge won the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia title last year (12 points), after being sixth in the 2022 standings (six points).

Yasser Shahin

Yasser Shahin. Pic: Ross Gibb

A veteran amateur GT3 racer, Shahin is taking on the global stage this year in the World Endurance Championship.

His recent results in GT World Challenge Australia (champion in 2021 and ’22, third in 2023) though mean he is qualified to race a Supercar.

Aaron Borg

Aaron Borg (left) with Rob Huff. Pic: V8 SuperUte Series

The man who taken over the mantle from Ryal Harris as the driver to beat in Australian ute racing has tried in vain to make the jump to Super2.

Now he doesn’t have to, being main game eligible based on the 15 Superlicence points he has accumulated in the past three years in V8 SuperUtes (champion in 2022 and ’23, third in ’21) – not to mention winning the 2019 Toyota 86 title.

Harri Jones

Harri Jones. Pic: Supplied

Last year, Harri Jones was racing on the Monaco Grand Prix undercard, as part of the Porsche Supercup support category.

This October, he could find himself in the Bathurst 1000 itself, should a deal come together.

Jones collected 24 points by finishing top three in both the 2021 and 2022 Carrera Cup Australia seasons (he won the title in ’22) and already has brief experience in a Gen3 Supercar thanks to PremiAir Racing last year.

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