BNT V8’s Brock Timperley will be among 30 Kiwi hopefuls at Pukekohe in August fighting for a chance to get a 2019 Dunlop Super2 Series drive via the 2018 Aussie Driver Search program.
Aussie Driver Search (ADS) gives aspiring drivers a shot at making it in motorsport based on talent and not money with competitions to suit drivers of all backgrounds, budgets and experience levels.
The ADS prize on offer is a $600,000 prize for a Dunlop Super2 seat next year with a ‘proven race team’. Contestants will be judged on their behind the wheel of an ex-V8 Supercar, V8 Utes Series and Toyota 86 Racing Series race cars.
The competition will have nine events at a number of circuits across Australia and New Zealand, including Pukekohe on August 8, that 30 competitors will compete in.
Ten competitors from each of the nine events, total – 90 competitors, will be invited to the two-day final at Wakefield Park with the big prize on offer.
As the Aussie Driver Search applications opened three days ago, apexnews.co.nz understands the BNT V8’s class two driver Brock Timperley sent in his application along with the required AUD$4950 fee.
“Excited to announce I have been selected to compete in the Aussie Driver Search Pro Competition,” Timperley said.
“I will be judged driving an ex-V8 Supercar, TR86 car and a V8 Ute for the chance to win a $600,000 drive in the Dunlop Super 2 Series next year.”
“The ultimate dream is to make it into Supercars, there aren’t good opportunities to get there without Super2. But you still need to get yourself in a championship winning team to get noticed.”
Having not previously raced a Toyota 86 race car or a V8 Utes, Timperley remains confident that he can adapt quickly using his experience in his NZV8 an RX-7.
“I haven’t driven TR86 car or a V8 Ute,” he added.
“Not too worried about those cars, I think the TR86 would be relatively similar to the RX-7. Underpowered, great handling car with good brakes, sound quite similar to the RX-7.”
“I’m guessing the V8 Ute more similar to the NZV8 with less power and probably more of a handful.”
Applications for Aussie Driver Search remain open until this Sunday.
2018 Aussie Driver Search dates
May 28: Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW
June 12: The Bend Motorsport Park, South Australia
June 25: Winton Motor Raceway, Victoria
July 12: Morgan Park Raceway, Queensland
August 8: Pukekohe Raceway, New Zealand
August 31: Barbagallo Raceway, Western Australia
September 20: Sandown Raceway, Victoria
October 24: Norwell Motorplex, Queensland
November 6: Wakefield Park Raceway, NSW
December 11-12: Wakefield Park Raceway, NSW (finale)