The 2018 Super2 Series (known for commercial reasons as the 2018 Dunlop Super2 Series) was an Australian motor racing competition for Supercars, staged as a support series to the 2018 Supercars Championship. It was the nineteenth running of the Supercars Development Series, the second tier of competition in Supercars racing.

The series was won by Chris Pither, driving in a Garry Rogers Motorsport prepared Holden VF Commodore.

Teams and drivers

Paul Dumbrell placed second in the series driving a Holden Commodore VF for Eggleston Motorsport

The following teams and drivers competed in the series.

Manufacturer Model Team Driver details Bathurst 250 Entries
No. Name Rounds Co-Driver Name
Ford FG X Falcon Tickford Racing 5 Australia Thomas Randle All
Matt Stone Racing 16 Australia Bryce Fullwood 1–3
Paul Morris Motorsport 67 Australia Shae Davies All
Holden Commodore VF Brad Jones Racing 8 Australia Zane Goddard All
14 Australia Macauley Jones All
21 Australia Jack Smith All
Grove Racing 10 Australia Brenton Grove All New Zealand Earl Bamber
Matt Stone Racing 13 Australia Tyler Greenbury 1–2
16 Australia Bryce Fullwood 4–7
98 Australia Jaie Robson 3
Image Racing 15 Australia Adam Marjoram All
49 Australia Jordan Boys All
Matt Chahda Motorsport 18 Australia Matt Chahda All
Eggleston Motorsport 38 Australia Will Brown All
54 Australia Nathan Morcom All
63 New Zealand Dominic Storey All
88 Australia Paul Dumbrell All
Garry Rogers Motorsport 44 New Zealand Chris Pither All
99 Australia Mason Barbera All
Kali Motorsport 50 Australia Gerard McLeod 4
Australia Ricky Capo 5
Australia Kristian Lindbom 7
Kostecki Brothers Racing 55 Australia Kurt Kostecki All
56 Australia Jake Kostecki All
57 Australia Brodie Kostecki All
Nissan Altima L33 MW Motorsport 23 Australia Dean Fiore All
26 Australia Garry Jacobson All
62 Australia Alex Rullo All
Source:[1][2][3][4]

Team changes

Driver changes

Entering/rejoining series

Changing teams

Leaving series

Mid-season changes

  • Tyler Greenbury left the series after three rounds, citing sponsorship issues.[22] He was replaced with Jaie Robson for Barbagallo.[23]

Calendar

The 2018 Dunlop Super2 Series comprised seven rounds:

Round Event name Circuit Location Date
1 Adelaide 500 South Australia Adelaide Street Circuit Adelaide, South Australia 2–4 March
2 Tasmania SuperSprint Tasmania Symmons Plains Raceway Launceston, Tasmania 7–8 April
3 Perth SuperSprint Western Australia Barbagallo Raceway Pinjar, Western Australia 5–6 May
4 Townsville 400 Queensland Townsville Street Circuit Townsville, Queensland 7–8 July
5 Sandown 500 Victoria (Australia) Sandown Raceway Springvale, Victoria 15–16 September
6 Bathurst 1000 New South Wales Mount Panorama Circuit Bathurst, New South Wales 6 October
7 Newcastle 500 New South Wales Newcastle Street Circuit Newcastle, New South Wales 24–25 November
Source:[24]

Calendar changes

  • The Bathurst 1000 support race returned to being a points-paying series round again after the 2017 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 failed to draw wildcard entries and the accompanying Super2 non-series round saw a downturn in participation from previous years.[25]
  • The category returned to Barbagallo Raceway for a series round.[24] The round had been removed from the 2017 Super2 Series schedule to allow teams the opportunity to run wildcard entries in the Supercars Championship event, but no entries were received.
  • The series no longer hosted four-race format rounds.[26]

Rule changes

Sporting regulations

The "wildcard" programme introduced in 2017 to allows teams from the Dunlop Super2 Series to compete in the Supercars Championship continued in 2018. Entries were open for the Winton, Hidden Valley, Ipswich and Tailem Bend rounds,[24] while the Barbagallo round was discontinued.

Technical regulations

The Super2 Series no longer allowed "Project Blueprint" cars after fifteen years of use in Supercars and Super2 series.[27] They were replaced by the "New Generation" cars first introduced to Supercars racing in 2013, bringing the Super2 Series in line with the technical regulations of its parent series. The Project Blueprint cars were eligible to compete in the V8 Touring Car National Series, the third tier of the sport.

Results and standings

Season summary

Round Event Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Round winner
1 1 Adelaide 500 Australia Garry Jacobson Australia Kurt Kostecki Australia Paul Dumbrell Eggleston Motorsport Australia Paul Dumbrell
2 Australia Paul Dumbrell Australia Garry Jacobson Australia Garry Jacobson MW Motorsport
3 Australia Garry Jacobson Australia Kurt Kostecki Australia Paul Dumbrell Eggleston Motorsport
2 4 Tasmania SuperSprint New Zealand Chris Pither Australia Paul Dumbrell Australia Paul Dumbrell Eggleston Motorsport New Zealand Chris Pither
5 New Zealand Chris Pither New Zealand Chris Pither New Zealand Chris Pither Garry Rogers Motorsport
6 New Zealand Chris Pither Australia Paul Dumbrell Australia Paul Dumbrell Eggleston Motorsport
3 7 Perth SuperSprint Australia Alex Rullo Australia Alex Rullo Australia Alex Rullo MW Motorsport Australia Dean Fiore
8 Australia Thomas Randle Australia Paul Dumbrell Australia Paul Dumbrell Eggleston Motorsport
9 Australia Alex Rullo Australia Dean Fiore Australia Dean Fiore MW Motorsport
4 10 Townsville 400 Australia Macauley Jones Australia Macauley Jones Australia Garry Jacobson MW Motorsport Australia Paul Dumbrell
11 New Zealand Chris Pither Australia Macauley Jones New Zealand Chris Pither Garry Rogers Motorsport
5 12 Sandown 500 New Zealand Chris Pither Australia Garry Jacobson Australia Brodie Kostecki Kostecki Brothers Racing Australia Brodie Kostecki
13 Australia Garry Jacobson Australia Garry Jacobson Australia Brodie Kostecki Kostecki Brothers Racing
6 14 Bathurst 1000 Australia Garry Jacobson Australia Garry Jacobson Australia Dean Fiore MW Motorsport Australia Dean Fiore
7 15 Newcastle 500 New Zealand Chris Pither Australia Brodie Kostecki Australia Brodie Kostecki Kostecki Brothers Racing Australia Brodie Kostecki
16 New Zealand Chris Pither race cancelled

Points system

Points were awarded in each race as follows.

Round
format
Position
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th 26th 27th 28th 29th 30th
Three races 100 92 86 80 74 68 64 60 56 52 48 46 44 42 40 38 36 34 32 30 28 26 24 22 20 18 16 14 12 10
Two races 150 138 129 120 111 102 96 90 84 78 72 69 66 63 60 57 54 51 48 45 42 39 36 33 30 27 24 21 18 15
One race 300 276 258 240 222 204 192 180 168 156 144 138 132 126 120 114 108 102 96 90 84 78 72 66 60 54 48 42 36 30

Series standings

Pos. Driver No. ADE
South Australia
SYM
Tasmania
BAR
Western Australia
TOW
Queensland
SAN
Victoria (Australia)
BAT
New South Wales
NEW
New South Wales
Pen. Points
1 New Zealand Chris Pither 44 6 7 7 2 1 2 7 4 7 6 1 16 3 3 2 C 0 1522
2 Australia Paul Dumbrell 88 1 2 1 1 5 1 14 1 2 2 2 2 2 Ret 5 C 0 1463
3 Australia Garry Jacobson 26 2 1 2 21 3 Ret 12 3 4 1 5 18 5 4 4 C 0 1393
4 Australia Alex Rullo 62 11 19 11 12 7 5 1 6 9 3 6 4 7 2 12 C 0 1328
5 Australia Brodie Kostecki 57 7 8 5 4 2 6 3 16 Ret 7 3 1 1 Ret 1 C 35 1202
6 Australia Will Brown 38 5 6 3 9 8 7 18 20 13 14 7 17 10 13 3 C 0 1068
7 Australia Dean Fiore 23 13 9 12 15 10 Ret 2 12 1 8 12 19 18 1 Ret C 0 1034
8 Australia Kurt Kostecki 55 3 3 4 5 6 4 4 15 3 13 4 20 19 Ret 18 C 0 1010
9 Australia Macauley Jones 14 4 5 6 6 4 3 9 7 5 Ret 22 5 4 Ret 19 C 0 968
10 Australia Jack Smith 21 14 16 15 3 9 12 16 10 12 15 16 7 13 11 11 C 0 939
11 Australia Thomas Randle 5 Ret DNS DNS 10 12 8 6 2 6 4 20 3 8 8 Ret C 35 915
12 Australia Shae Davies 67 8 4 Ret Ret 11 9 8 5 16 5 8 22 12 5 Ret C 35 912
13 Australia Mason Barbera 99 Ret 11 10 11 17 Ret 5 8 10 16 17 11 11 6 8 C 70 849
14 Australia Zane Goddard 8 16 14 17 14 22 14 15 19 14 11 9 15 16 15 6 C 0 835
15 New Zealand Dominic Storey 63 17 13 8 20 21 18 17 18 20 19 19 8 20 9 16 C 0 788
16 Australia Adam Marjoram 15 10 Ret DNS 7 14 10 13 11 Ret 9 13 14 14 12 14 C 0 779
17 Australia Bryce Fullwood 16 12 10 19 17 18 15 11 13 11 12 10 10 9 Ret 13 C 0 755
18 Australia Jake Kostecki 56 9 Ret 9 Ret 13 17 10 9 8 10 14 6 6 Ret 9 C 70 719
19 Australia Nathan Morcom 54 15 20 16 8 16 Ret 19 14 17 17 18 Ret Ret 7 10 C 0 691
20 Australia Matt Chahda 18 19 18 14 16 15 Ret 20 17 15 Ret 11 9 15 14 17 C 0 688
21 Australia Brenton Grove 10/51 Ret 17 18 18 19 16 21 21 18 Ret 21 13 21 10 20 C 0 615
22 Australia Jordan Boys 49 20 15 20 13 23 11 22 22 19 Ret 15 12 Ret Ret 7 C 0 525
23 Australia Tyler Greenbury 13 18 12 13 19 20 13 0 230
24 New Zealand Earl Bamber 10 10 0 156
25 Australia Ricky Capo 50 21 17 0 96
26 Australia Kristian Lindbom 50 15 C 0 60
27 Australia Gerard McLeod 50 18 DNS 0 51
28 Australia Jaie Robson 98 23 23 Ret 0 48
Pos. Driver No. ADE
South Australia
SYM
Tasmania
BAR
Western Australia
TOW
Queensland
SAN
Victoria (Australia)
BAT
New South Wales
NEW
New South Wales
Pen. Points

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