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Super2 rookies in line for main game wildcards

RISING Super2 stars Kai Allen and Aaron Love are set to make their Repco Supercars Championship debuts this year in separate wildcards.

Allen, 18, is understood to be one of the two drivers for Dick Johnson Racing’s first ever Great Race wildcard.

The Blanchard Racing Team meanwhile will gear its additional Gen3 Supercar around its own Super2 rookie Aaron Love.

V8 Sleuth on Thursday revealed that there could be a 28-car field at both the Sandown 500 this September and Bathurst 1000 the following month.

Both wildcard efforts were approved by the Supercars Commission on Monday, but still need official sign-off by the championship’s board.

The process of applying for a Supercars Championship wildcard is extensive, requiring details around plans for backing and drivers.

Allen, who has previously taken part in an evaluation day with DJR, is set to share a Mustang with an international co-driver, while BRT owner Tim Blanchard is tipped to join forces with Love.

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Aaron Love. Pic: Blanchard Racing Team

Allen and Love would not ordinarily qualify for a main game debut under Supercars’ requirements for drivers to have completed six Super2 rounds (unless they have an FIA Gold or Platinum licence) in addition to having a Motorsport Australia Superlicence.

Both drivers are midway through their maiden Super2 campaigns, with this weekend’s Townsville event marking Round 3 of the season.

However, a change is in the works at Supercars’ end to award half-credits for Super3 and Porsche Carrera Cup Australia.

Effectively, finishing in the top three of Super3/Carrera Cup – as both Allen and Love did in 2022 – will be counted as equivalent to three Super2 rounds.

Between that and the three Super2 rounds they have actually contested this year, that makes for the mandated half-dozen.

All up, there’s set to be three wildcards, with DJR and BRT’s efforts in addition to the Triple Eight/Supercheap Auto Camaro for Zane Goddard and Craig Lowndes.

Supercars’ licencing requirements have been a talking point for some time, particularly around S5000 champion Joey Mawson.

PremiAir Racing is set to field Mawson as Tim Slade’s co-driver, pending Supercars being able to help his FIA licence be upgraded from Silver to Gold.

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