Tim Blanchard will drive for Eggleston Motorsport in Townsville and Sydney in the Dunlop Super2 Series. Photo: Supplied.

THE car that carried Shane van Gisbergen to his maiden Supercars Championship win in 2016 will provide a return to racing for Blanchard Racing Team owner Tim Blanchard.

The CoolDrive team boss will drive the Eggleston Motorsport-prepared Commodore VF in the Dunlop Super2 Series rounds at Townsville this weekend and then Sydney Motorsport Park next month ahead of co-driving the #3 CoolDrive Mustang with Tim Slade at the Repco Bathurst 1000 in October.

Blanchard, 33, will be making his 11th Bathurst 1000 start this year. His best finish of 10th came in 2016 alongside Macauley Jones in a CoolDrive-backed, Brad Jones Racing-run Commodore.

“I have been talking to Rachael and Ben (Eggleston) since the start of the year about putting a program together for a couple of Super 2 rounds in the lead up to Bathurst,” says Blanchard.

“I need to get some seat time under my belt and this seemed like a perfect way to do that and ensure I am on the money come the Bathurst 1000.

Blanchard is no stranger to racing in Super2 in Townsville. The Reid Park circuit is where he last competed in the series in a one-off start in a Petronas-backed Commodore run by Brad Jones Racing in 2019.

He won the round there in his debut year in the category in 2010 driving a Sonic Motor Racing Falcon BF.

The Triple Eight-built car that Blanchard will drive was last used in Super2 with EMS by Will Brown in 2019 at Bathurst.

It won the 2016 Supercars Championship in the hands of Shane van Gisbergen and finished second at Bathurst that year driven by the Kiwi and Frenchman Alex Premat.

EMS has campaigned it since in the Super2 Series in 2017 and 2018 with Nathan Morcom at the wheel and Brown in 2019.

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.