20 May 2021 | General

Strong Super3 Series field set for Winton

The strongest Dunlop Super3 grid since the 2019 season finale’ will front for the second round of the 2021 series at Winton Motor Raceway next week.

18-cars are entered for the May 28-30 event, one which will see the return of both title-winning teams and drivers to the grid.

The entry list is headlined by the return of Brad Jones Racing to the Super3 fold, the Albury-based team having claimed the then-V8 Touring Cars title in 2017 with current Supercars racer Jack Smith. The team also gave current Super2 frontrunner Josh Fife his Supercars debut.

BJR will field their VE Commodore for young-gun Elly Morrow, who makes the leap into circuit racing from success with the Tom Williamson Motorsport karting squad.

TWM is the official BJR junior development team, with Morrow having sampled a Supercar at the end of the 2020 season during a TWM / BJR evaluation day at Winton.

Further details of her campaign will be confirmed in the lead-up to the event next week.

While BJR brings the next generation of talent into the series, the inaugural V8TC / Super3 champion Chris Smerdon will also return to the track next weekend.

Aboard his familiar ex-Stone Brothers Racing FG Falcon, Smerdon is a six-time round winner and remains the series’ most experienced driver; Winton to mark his 49th round.

Others joining the expanded Winton grid include James Masterton, who will make his first Super3 start since last October’s round at the Bathurst 1000.

Regular Super3 contenders Mark Tracey (BF Falcon), Garry Hills (VE Commodore) and Gary Collins (VE Commodore) will each make their respective first starts of the season at Winton, while newcomer David Murphy joins the fray for the first time aboard an FG Falcon.

The Dunlop Super3 Series will effectively see a reboot of the championship race following the decision by points leader Jon McCorkindale to step up to the Dunlop Super2 series this weekend.

After winning the opening round at Mount Panorama, the New South Wales driver holds a 36-point lead over Michael Anderson in the championship however will be ineligible to score Super3 points at Winton thanks to his step up in category.

That leaves Anderson in the box seat to take the most advantage, though just 21 points separate the Bathurst driver, Brendan Strong, Reef McCarthy and fellow young-gun Nash Morris in second through fifth in the standings following round one.

The Dunlop Super3 Series will again race on the same grid as the Dunlop Super2 series at Winton next weekend.

After a pair of 40-minute practice sessions on Friday (May 28), the field will qualify on Saturday morning prior to the opening race set for 2:30pm local time that afternoon.

That process will be repeated on Sunday, with all of Saturday and Sunday’s action to be broadcast live on Fox Sports 506 and Kayo Sports.

LIAM CURKPATRICK – Category Manager

“18 cars is a great result and when combined with the Dunlop Super2 grid it’s going to be a packed race track at Winton,” Curkpatrick said.

“The mix of young drivers looking to step up through the ranks and those doing it as much for the enjoyment and the competition shows why the category continues to be so popular.

“Nine of the top 10 drivers in the Super2 series standings have raced in Super3 which shows how valuable a stepping stone it is.

“We’ll also welcome back some familiar faces at Winton with arguably the most competitive Super3 Cup grid the series has ever seen, including some drivers’ new to the series.

“We had an exciting start to the Super3 Series at Bathurst in February and with 18-cars on the grid next week that will surely continue on to Winton.”


2 Super3 Cup Page Bros Jayco Steven Page VIC Commodore VE II Black
4 Super3 Cup Crusher Parts International Tony Auddino VIC Ford Falcon BF White/Blue
5 Super3 Cup Anderson Motorsport Michael Anderson NSW Ford Falcon FG Red
7 Super3 Cup Mocomm Motorsports Communications Jim Pollicina NSW Commodore VE Red
8 Super3 Cup Brad Jones Racing Elly Morrow VIC Commodore VE II White
17 Super3 Cup Resurrection Panel N Paint Jason Foley ACT Ford Falcon BF Black/White
19 Super3 Cup Twin City Roller Doors Mark Tracey NSW Ford Falcon BF Blue/Red
23 Super3 Cup R.H.M Ray Hislop TAS Ford Falcon FG White
24 Super3 Cup North West Recycling David Murphy NSW Ford Falcon FG Silver/Green
35 Super3 Cup Unit Racing Jason Gomersall QLD Ford Falcon FG Silver/Grey
39 Super3 Cup Vectra Corp Chris Smerdon SA Ford Falcon FG Blue
61 Championship Image Racing Reef McCarthy VIC Ford Falcon FG White
67 Championship Flash Bush Motorsport Nash Morris QLD Ford Falcon FG Whi/Green/Blk
75 Super3 Cup Linc Scaffolding Brendan Strong QLD Commodore VE Black
76 Super3 Cup Valmont Coatings Garry Hills WA Commodore VE II Black
77 Championship Mr HDT Race Cars Blake Fardell NSW Commodore VE White
96 Super3 Cup Collins Racing Gary Collins VIC Commodore VE II Black
219 Super3 Cup Masterton Motorsports James Masterton NSW Commodore VE Grey/Orange