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Super2 champs debating switch to #1

KAI Allen and Eggleston Motorsport are debating whether or not to roll out the #1 for a rare Super2 appearance next season.

Allen sealed the 2023 Super2 title last month in Adelaide and will next year have the chance to become the category’s first ever back-to-back champion, as he bides his time for a main game graduation.

#1 is a hallowed number in most forms of motorsport and will return to the Repco Supercars Championship in 2024, attached to Brodie Kostecki’s Erebus Motorsport Camaro.

That follows a string of five seasons where champions Scott McLaughlin and Shane van Gisbergen had opted to press on with their regular race numbers, #17 and #97 respectively.

#1 is particularly rare in Super2, given the bulk of title winners do not return to defend their crown.

Garry Jacobson at the 2017 Newcastle Super2 round. Pic: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith

In fact, in only two seasons has the champion’s number popped up in the second tier: 2015 with Paul Dumbrell (Eggleston), and 2017 with Garry Jacobson (Tickford Racing).

Allen admitted he’s likely to become the third member of that club, even if he’s not ready to commit just yet.

“I’ve spoken to Ben and Rach (Eggleston) about it; obviously they want to (use #1), but I’ve always loved my #26, so we’ll have to have a think about it over Christmas,” he told V8 Sleuth.

Eggleston Motorsport was the first Super2 team to run #1, at the 2015 Adelaide 500. Pic: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith

“I’ve been running #26 ever since I started in go-karts. I ran #1 once in karting. We’ll just have a think.

“At this stage I think we probably will run the #1. It’s pretty cool and you probably don’t get that many chances to do that.”

Allen, Cooper Murray and Jordyn Sinni are all set to return to the Eggleston fold for the 2024 Dunlop Super2 Series.

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