WILDCARD JOINS SUPERCARS FIELD FOR TASMANIA

Jack Smith makes the step up to the ‘main game’…

STORY: WILL DALE
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SUPER2 Series racer Jack Smith will make his Supercars Championship debut next weekend with a wildcard entry at the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint.

Brad Jones Racing will expand to four cars at Symmons Plains in adding Smith, who earnt the best result of his Super2 career at the circuit last year with sixth overall for the round, headlined by third place in the opening race of the weekend.

Smith will adopt the #4 for his ‘main game’ debutin place of his usual #21 – the same number Macauley Jones used in his wildcard appearances for BJR – and will pilot a chassis last raced by Nick Percat at the end of 2017.

“I’m excited about racing against the main game guys. I’ve been watching and analyzing the way they do things for a long time now and know there is a big challenge ahead of me,” Smith said.

“I know the circuit, but all the other elements of the weekend will be new for me. Longer races and managing the tyres, pit stops, the qualifying format, it’s a lot to take in and learn. That kind of experience is invaluable and is what helps young guys transition between the two series.

“There are no expectations going into this in terms of results, this is about getting next level race experience and learning as much as I can. I have a great team in BJR who constantly support me; and to work alongside Macauley, Tim (Slade) and Nick for the weekend will be really helpful.”

Smith will drive the car in a test day at Winton on Wednesday ahead of next weekend’s event.