TRIPLE EIGHT SIGNS YOUNG GUN TO SUPER2 SQUAD

Declan Fraser will race for Triple Eight in the 2022 Dunlop Super2 Series. Pic: Triple Eight

DECLAN Fraser will complete Triple Eight Race Engineering’s two-car Super2 entry for next year’s Dunlop Series.

The 21-year-old Mackay product joins the reigning Super2 champions for what will be his third season racing a Supercar.

“I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity to drive for Triple Eight for season 2022,” Fraser said.

“The chance to race with and for the team that are the benchmark in our sport in terms of professionalism and performance is one that I intend to grab onto with both hands and will be doing everything I can to deliver further success to Triple Eight, my sponsors and supporters.

“I had a fantastic rookie year with some strong results and now I’m looking forward to next year and picking up where Broc (Feeney, 2021 Super2 Series winner) left off.

“I’m going to throw everything I can at winning the championship and I know that being with Triple Eight, I’m going to be in a winning environment and will also have all the resources to do so both on and off the track.

“I cannot thank Jamie (Whincup) and the team enough for the support and belief they have shown in me and for welcoming me to the team. I’m really looking forward to testing and getting the season underway.”

Fraser was the youngest-ever competitor in the Toyota 86 Racing Series when he made his debut in 2017 and finished fourth in the one-make series in 2019.

After making his Super3 Series debut in last year’s two round COVID-impacted season driving a Ford Falcon FG for Anderson Motorsport, Fraser moved to a MW Motorsport-run Nissan Altima for his rookie Super2 season in 2021 and finished eighth in points.

The highlight of his year came in the penultimate round at Sydney Motorsport Park where he finished third in the opening race, a result that became third for the round and his first Super2 podium result after Race 2 was declared a no result due to wet weather.

However, Fraser’s year ended prematurely when a lost wheel nut caused a fearsome practice crash that sidelined him from the Mount Panorama finale.

Fraser will form one half of an all-new lineup for Triple Eight, with reigning champion Broc Feeney replacing Jamie Whincup in the squad’s Repco Supercars Championship team and Angelo Mouzouris departing the team.

Last month, Triple Eight announced it had recruited Porsche Carrera Cup ace Cameron Hill to drive one of its two VF Commodores.

“Now we’ve secured our Super2 driving line-up for next year, we can fully focus on our objectives for the 2022 season and give both Declan and Cameron the resources they need on and off the track to ensure they both give it a red-hot crack,” Whincup, now Triple Eight’s managing director following his full-time retirement from driving, said.

“We pride ourselves on giving young talent a shot at the big league, and Triple Eight’s Super2 program is a breeding ground for young drivers, engineers and mechanics who have their sights on reaching the top-tier of Australian motorsport, which is Supercars.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Declan to the Banyo stables. He’s a ripping young kid, and I truly believe he’ll be one to keep an eye on heading into the 2022 season.”

The 2022 Dunlop Super2 Series kicks off at the Repco Newcastle 500 on March 4-6.

Will Dale is V8 Sleuth's Head of Content - Digital. He began his media career as a breakfast radio newsreader before joining SPEED TV Australia and FOX SPORTS Australia in 2012 as its Digital Editorial Lead - Motorsport, covering all forms of motorsport both in Australia and internationally. He became part of the V8 Sleuth team in 2018.