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Supercars overhauls testing rules for young guns

SUPERCARS has announced an overhaul of its testing rules with a view to expanding opportunities for young drivers.

One key change is the move to allow unlimited testing for Super3 Series teams that have paid their entry registration fee in full.

Super3 has become a valuable stepping stone in the Supercars pathway, with this year’s third-tier brigade filled with up-and-comers including Jobe Stewart, Cameron McLeod, Jett Johnson, Matt McCutcheon, Mason Kelly and Ryan Gilroy.

Previously, Super3 outfits were granted a maximum of six test days a year – as remains the case for Super2.

Another tweak to the rules is to allow 16-year-olds to partake in Dunlop Series testing, even though 17 remains the minimum age to actually compete at a race meeting.

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That’s also seen Supercars introduce Dunlop Series Special Purpose Testing regulations.

‘Special Purpose’ has been defined as: “To permit Testing of a prospective Dunlop Series Driver who does not comply with Rule A5.2.1 (minimum competition age of 17); however, complies with Rule A5.2.1.1 (minimum testing age of 16).”

In simple terms, Special Purpose Testing is specifically to give 16-year-old drivers the chance to trial a Supercar.

There is no limit on the number of such test days that can be run, provided that it’s applied for by either a Dunlop Series team that has paid its full registration fee, or a Repco Supercars Championship team.

And unlike a driver evaluation day, there is no limit on laps for the driver at the centre of the Special Purpose Test (laps are still capped for any primary drivers attending, however).

Other pre-Townsville rule changes include the return of car numbers and driver names to the top of windscreens in the Gen3 field.

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