Super3 stalwart to bring up milestone at Bathurst

Jim Pollicina brings up his 50th round start in the V8 Touring Car/Super3 Series in the next round at Bathurst. Photo: Nathan Wong.

ONE of the longest-serving competitors in V8 Touring Car and Super3 history will reach a very special mark at the next round of the series at the Repco Bathurst 1000.

Commodore driver Jim Pollicina will become just the second driver to reach 50 round starts in the series when he lines up next weekend at Mount Panorama.

Pollicina, who drives an ex-Triple Eight VE II Commodore in its 2012 TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes/Warren Luff Bathurst livery, joins Chris Smerdon in the ’50 rounds club’.

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Smerdon made his 50th round start in the series last year in Townsville.

Pollicina made his V8 Touring Car Series debut in 2011 and has been a regular in the series since 2015 after spending time competing in the Super2 Series.

No other driver is within reach of joining the series’ ’50 round club’ anytime soon given the next active drivers on the list of most round starts are Steven Page and Brendan Strong, who will make their 22nd round start when they line up at Bathurst.

The Bathurst round is the penultimate round of the Dunlop Super3 Series with the finale to be held as part of the VALO Adelaide 500 at the beginning of December.

Pollicina sits fourth in the series, which is led by Eggelston Motorsport young gun Kai Allen.

Allen holds a 54-point lead over Anderson Motorsport’s Brad Vaughan with Blake Fardell third in the points.

Pollicina at Wakefield Park in 2011 in the V8 Touring Car Series. Photo: Supplied.
With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.