YOUNG GUN RETURNS TO RACING IN PLUM SUPER2 SEAT

Thomas Maxwell tested for MW Motorsport at Winton on Thursday ahead of racing in the Super2 Series for them in 2022. Pic: Supplied

THOMAS Maxwell will return to racing in 2022 with a Dunlop Series campaign for MW Motorsport.

The 23-year-old was last in action in Porsche Carrera Cup in 2019 but has sat on the sidelines for the past two seasons putting a budget together for a maiden Super2 tilt.

Maxwell quietly tested a Super2 car for Eggleston Motorsport at the end of 2020 and is excited to make his race debut in the series next year.

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“I’m super excited to be back on the grid in 2022 after a couple of seasons off,” Maxwell said.

“I’ve definitely got more hunger than I’ve ever had before and I’ve worked seven days a week for the past couple of years to ensure I’m not only on the grid for 2022, but have the structure in place to challenge at the front.

“I’m fully committed to making sure it will be a successful 2022 season, that’s why I’ve aligned myself with the best team on the Super2 grid.

“I’ve got a lot of faith in Matt (White) and what he’s done, so I’m really excited to jump in the car to see what we can do.”

Maxwell is hoping to follow in the footsteps of former rivals Thomas Randle and Zane Goddard.

The Darwin product raced against both drivers in Europe; the trio were among five Australian drivers racing in Eurocup Formula Renault in 2017.

Randle and Goddard returned home at the end of that year and have since carved out careers in Supercars.

“It’s cool to follow in the footsteps of Thomas Randle having raced against him in Europe, to then come back to Super2 and pursue the same route he’s taken to becoming a full-time driver on the Supercars grid,” Maxwell said.

“It’s a new challenge for me and to do it with MW Motorsport – the same team as Randle – is an exciting prospect.

“Being a Territorian, there have been very few on the grid previously, so I’ll be pushing for good results to fly the flag high for my friends and family up north, who have helped me return to racing at the highest level.”

Maxwell had his first taste of Super2 machinery with a test day at Winton on Thursday, driving the Nissan Altima that Josh Fife campaigned for MW Motorsport in the first four rounds of the 2021 season.

The 2022 Dunlop Series incorporating Super2 and Super3 gets underway 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.