Field set as ongoing Super3 battle returns to Sandown
A NEW ZEALAND interloper will join the battle within the Dunlop Super3 Series grid when the series resumes this weekend at the Penrite Sandown SuperSprint in Melbourne.
Kiwi Jordan Michels will enter the fray, driving an Image Racing-prepared FG Falcon, as he makes his return to Australian motorsport following a two-year Covid-19 enforced pause.
Michels, from Invercargill in the south of New Zealand, will race an ex-Shane Van Gisbergen FG Falcon Supercar and is expected to join a competitive battle for outright honours amidst this weekend’s 16-strong Super3 grid.
Michels arrived in Australia last week and following a test with Image Racing at Winton Raceway last week, raced at Sandown at the weekend in the most recent round of the Victorian Formula Ford Championship – finishing third overall in the Kent class.
He’ll join a competitive fight for this year’s Super3 crown that has teenager Kai Allen holding a small lead over Blake Fardell and Brad Vaughan in the series standings.
Allen, driving for Eggleston Motorsport, has scored five of the six available pole positions this year and claimed four race wins to Vaughan’s pair.
Fardell’s consistency has ensured he has remained in the championship mix; the Mr. HDT Race Cars-backed Holden Commodore driver finishing all bar one race inside the top three (he was fourth in the other) so far this year – aiding his run to second in the standings.
The 16-strong entry list for Sandown marks the largest Super3 / V8 Touring Cars grid since the conclusion of the 2019 season, also at Sandown Raceway. That weekend saw current Red Bull Ampol Racing driver Broc Feeney claim the championship.
Several returning names add to an already competitive field this weekend, including Jason Foley – in his ex-Dick Johnson Racing BF Falcon – and regular contender Brendan Strong.
The Dunlop Super3 Series grid will join the Super2 field for a pair of 22-lap races at Sandown this weekend, both to be broadcast live on Fox Sports 506 and Kayo.
ENTRY LIST: Dunlop Super3 Series, Round 4
|2||Super3 Cup||Page Bros Jayco||Steven Page||VIC||Commodore||VE II|
|4||Super3 Cup||Crusher Parts International||Tony Auddino||VIC||Ford Falcon||BF|
|5||Championship||Anderson Motorsport||Brad Vaughan||SA||Ford Falcon||FG|
|7||Super3 Cup||Mocomm Motorsports Communications||Jim Pollicina||NSW||Commodore||VE|
|17||Super3 Cup||TF Maintenance||Jason Foley||ACT||Ford Falcon||BF|
|23||Super3 Cup||RHM/Nulon||Ray Hislop||TAS||Ford Falcon||FG|
|26||Championship||Eggleston Motorsport||Kai Allen||SA||Commodore||VE|
|28||Championship||Image Racing||Jordan Michels||NZ||Ford Falcon||FG|
|35||Super3 Cup||Unit Racing||Jason Gomersall||QLD||Ford Falcon||FG|
|39||Super3 Cup||Vectra Corp||Chris Smerdon||SA||Ford Falcon||FG|
|46||Super3 Cup||Turbo Brisbane||Jarred Danaher||QLD||Ford Falcon||FG|
|75||Super3 Cup||T.O.C Garages & Verandahs||Brendan Strong||NSW||Commodore||VE|
|76||Super3 Cup||Valmont/GHR||Garry Hills||WA||Commodore||VE II|
|77||Championship||Mr HDT Race Cars||Blake Fardell||NSW||Commodore||VE II|
|96||Super3 Cup||Collins Racing||Gary Collins||VIC||Commodore||VE II|
|219||Super3 Cup||Masterton Motorsports||James Masterton||NSW||Commodore||VE|