Fiore buys Super2 seat for enduro preparation

Fiore buys Super2 seat for enduro preparation
January 28, 2018 | 12:06 am | Author: Steven Wright

Western Australian’s Dean Fiore has signed up for a full Dunlop Super2 Series campaign as he prepares for another Pirtek Endurance Cup drive at Nissan Motorsport.

Fiore confirmed that he will join the Super2 Series after securing a seat at MW Motorsport in one of their three Nissan Altimas for this year’s Super2 season.

Fiore is copying Dumbrell’s approach of racing in Super2 to ensure he is sharp as soon as practice begins at the Sandown 500 as he pairs with Nissan’s Michael Caruso.

“In my opinion, the way that Paul Dumbrell has gone about it is definitely the way to maximise your contribution once you step into the Enduro Cup,” Fiore said.

“In the past it’s been really quick for me to get up to speed, but last year it took me a full day to get my stuff together before I was fully comfortable and up to speed.”

“I’ve been wanting to do Super2 for a while, I’ve just never been able to afford to do it. An old sponsor of mine gave me a call out of the blue and said ‘can you piece a program together for us next year’ — and here we are!

“And it makes perfect sense to go with Matty White because of the synergy with Nissan Motorsport and I know all the guys there quite well.”

Fiore spent five years racing full-time in the Supercars Championship before grabbing the endurance seat with Nissan Motorsport. He made his debut with Team Kiwi Racing in 2009 before buying the REC to form Triple F Racing then spent his final two years at DJR then Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport.

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He confirmed that he won’t take part in any wildcard entries in Supercars championship events, as his program at MW Motorsport is only on the Super2 rounds.

“The Super2 calendar works really well for me, so that was another reason why it all made perfect sense,” he added.

“I’ve got plenty going on in the property game back here in Perth. With the seven-round championship, and with one of the rounds being in Perth, I’m only away on four extra occasions — the other two are coupled up with the endurance events at Sandown and Bathurst.

The plus for me is the extra laps on those weekends, so it just makes you even more dialled in when you jump into the main car.

“The way that I’ve got the car set up in terms of ergonomics, I’ve literally got the measurements from Caruso’s car and put them in my Super2 car. So when I transfer over, it’s literally a matter of pulling out the seat insert and putting it in the main car.”

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2016 champion Garry Jacobson, teenager Alex Rullo is set to be the other two Nissan Super2 drivers while TCM driver Adam Garwood likely to see a Kumho V8 debut in one of the team’s Ford FG Falcons.

The opening round of the Dunlop Super2 Series starts in March at the Adelaide 500.

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