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    2018 Supercars Season. Could contain results.

    http://www.supercars.com/news/champi...?sf124702561=1

    Several pieces of the 2018 Supercars silly season hinge on Prodrive Racing Australia’s current moves to buy a fourth Racing Entitlements Contract.

    Team co-owner Rod Nash has confirmed to Supercars.com that the squad is keen to purchase a fourth REC, but insists a deal to do so is yet to be struck.

    The team currently owns the #5, #6 and #55 RECs, while the #56 is owned by Jason Bright, moving to the squad at the start of 2017 to replace Super Black Racing as its fourth car.

    As previously reported, Prodrive is working through details of an agreement with Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport for the latter to run customer equipment next year.

    The discussions have included the option of LDM scaling back to a single car, allowing Prodrive to purchase the team’s second REC to run Richie Stanaway as its fourth entry.

    Potentially standing in the way of such a deal is Bright, who has told Supercars.com that his agreement with Prodrive includes the team continuing to run his REC in 2018.

    Bright is keen to remain a REC owner regardless of his driving future and says he has no intentions of moving it to another team.

    “There is an agreement in place for them [Prodrive] to use my license, so unless that is terminated, then it will be here for them to use,” he told Supercars.com.

    “I have an agreement to drive here either as a full-timer or a co-driver in the years to come as well, but as to what that is, probably in the next few weeks we’ll make that decision.”

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    If a deal is struck by Prodrive to purchase the LDM REC and Bright’s REC is cut loose from the team, where it would be redeployed is currently unclear.

    Among the possibilities is that it could open the door for Dunlop Super2 team Matt Stone Racing to enter the series with its young gun Todd Hazelwood.

    The team’s backer Jason Gomersall declared earlier this year his intention to facilitate a move to the main game for MSR and Hazelwood, pending the availability of a REC.

    Other Dunlop Super2 stars Garry Jacobson and Jack Le Brocq have meanwhile been linked to the seat at a single-car LDM, with current driver Alex Rullo no certainty to return.

    Jacobson is currently in his second year with Prodrive in Super2 and, like Stanaway, made a strong case for a promotion with impressive stints in the recent PIRTEK Enduro Cup.

    Placing Stanaway in its main team and Jacobson at a customer outfit appears an ideal scenario for Prodrive, which already has Chaz Mostert, Cameron Waters and Mark Winterbottom locked into its three lead entries.

    Nash says that REC discussions are being had with both LDM and Bright, adding that there remains much to play out in the coming weeks.

    “We collectively currently only own three RECs [#5 and #6 as PRA and #55 as Rod Nash Racing] and our modelling is to go to owning four,” Nash confirmed.

    “That hasn’t quite come off in the last year or two, we would have liked to have done that, but it’s like musical chairs at this time of year, the discussion is going on.

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    “Whether it happens this year or next, we’re certainly out there having discussions with other REC holders making it known that we’d like to purchase a fourth.

    “It’s just the business model. We are running the fourth car ourselves, it’s totally in-house, we deal directly with the sponsor and the driver is signed up with PRA [Prodrive Racing Australia].

    “We are fully running the fourth REC and it makes sense to own it.”

    Dumbrell meanwhile added that his deal with Prodrive is close, but admits that the REC scenario – and how many cars his team will run – remains a work-in-progress.

    “We’re still in discussions with Prodrive. It’s quite technical and it takes time to nut out all the pieces you do and don’t want to include,” he told Supercars.com.

    “Obviously they’ve still got some bits to work out at their end with RECs and bits and pieces, but our intention is to proceed and run PRA equipment.

    “We’re 99 percent there on everything, so it’s about nutting out the finer bits and pieces, as well as working out how we’re going to do it with one or two cars.”

    Elsewhere, the unfolding Supercars silly season has seen Anton De Pasquale emerge as the front-runner for the second seat at Erebus, replacing Dale Wood.

    Those with uncertain futures include the likes of James Moffat and Will Davison, with respective teams Garry Rogers Motorsport and Tekno yet to declare their plans.

    GRM protégé James Golding is thought a likely successor to Moffat at GRM, while Le Brocq is one of a number of drivers to have been linked with the Tekno seat.
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    https://www.speedcafe.com/2017/10/25...s-alternative/

    avison open to overseas drives as Supercars alternative
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    By TOM HOWARD
    WEDNESDAY 25TH OCTOBER, 2017 - 6:00AM
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    Will Davison is considering all of his options including opportunities overseas if he is unable to secure a full-time Supercars drive for 2018.
    The two-time Bathurst 1000 winner has emerged as a key piece in the Supercars silly season as the grid for next year’s campaign begins to take shape.
    Davison currently faces an uncertain future as he reaches the end of a two-year contract at Gold Coast-based Triple Eight customer squad Tekno Autosports.
    With full-time drive options dwindling, the 35-year-old’s priority is to remain in the series, although he has confirmed to Speedcafe.com that a move away from the championship is being considered as an alternative.
    Tekno Autosports has been tight-lipped on its plans for next season although the team has completed this season with only part-time sponsorship.
    Several drivers armed with sponsorship budgets have been linked to a drive at the team.
    Speedcafe.com understands Davison’s next move will become clearer within the next two weeks.
    The Gold Coast-based driver has a strong network overseas having spent his formative years racing in British Formula Renault and Formula 3 and also has links to America through his cousin James Davison.
    “Hopefully soon I will know (my plans for next year),” Davison told Speedcafe.com.
    “Of course I’m looking at other opportunities. I’m definitely looking outside of the category as well.
    “There is some pretty exciting things I could do next year but this (Supercars) would be my priority.
    “I’ve never hidden the fact that I would like to do some overseas racing and I may well have more time to explore that next year, but hopefully not.”
    The 19-time Supercars race winner could still remain at Tekno depending on the structure of the one-car team in 2018.
    He has also been linked to a move back to Erebus Motorsport, where he drove from 2014-2015, although Dunlop Super2 Series driver Anton De Pasquale is the favourite to replace Dale Wood.
    Garry Rogers Motorsport is yet to confirm its plans for next season however James Golding has been tipped to take over the seat currently held by James Moffat.
    Nissan Motorsport is yet to officially announced its line-up along with Prodrive Racing Australia and Brad Jones Racing, although the latter is expected to maintain its current roster.
    Meanwhile, the new one car Lucas Dumbrell/Phil Munday run operation is expected to announce its plans at Newcastle next month.
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    Reading that from Bright seems to suggest he might not be full time next year if PRA don’t secure their own REC.

    It’s looking like Richie will possibly take the forth seat at PRA either under a rec PRA own or taking Jason’s seat and driving under Jason’s REC.
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    I think I read similar somewhere else the other week just as that HSE2.

    Another article I saw briefly was that Warburton is moving on from memory.
    YNWA ! off to CL 2018.
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    Yep he and some others are leaving the management of the sport
    History is a statement, the future is a question.

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    i didnt read into that that beigh wouldnt drive,, but i did take that he has no intention of leaving the PRA stable
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    I read that to mean if PRA pick up the 4 licence there might not be room for Bright....
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    If they buy ldm's rec. Then they would work out a way to run 5 cars. I'd say their main aim is to secure stanaway for the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VZTRT View Post
    If they buy ldm's rec. Then they would work out a way to run 5 cars. I'd say their main aim is to secure stanaway for the future.
    5 cars creates other issues.

    I'm not saying they wouldn't run 5 cars but it would stretch resource.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VZTRT View Post
    If they buy ldm's rec. Then they would work out a way to run 5 cars. I'd say their main aim is to secure stanaway for the future.
    They cannot run 5 cars, its aganst the rules
    No team is allowed to run more than 4 cars

    They can build a car and sell to another team, but they may have no hand in running or maintaining that car

    Supercars did it to stop big teams taking over, was brought on by HRT wanting to run 6 cars in their prime
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