12 DEC 2019
MSR launches SuperLite program
Matt Stone Racing was started in 2011 with a vision of turning young drivers into champions.
Under the stewardship of the youngest team owner in Supercars, it has done just that, with names like Todd Hazelwood, Ash Walsh and Ryal Harris all lifting trophies for MSR.
Stone has seen the gap from the Dunlop Super2 series to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship widen substantially each year since starting MSR. Stone's latest signing Garry Jacobson a case in point, Jacobson not securing a main game drive post his Dunlop Super 2 series win of 2016 until 2019.
2020 will see the biggest commitment to both Supercars and youth development yet by Matt Stone and his team, with the launch of SuperLite.
A meeting with then new Supercars CEO Sean Seamer early in 2019 to discuss the challenges faced by Supercars in a tight, very competitive commercial market provided the opportunity for Stone to pitch his idea; two talented Super2 drivers sharing sprint rounds under a single Racing Entitlements Contract (REC) then pairing up for the Enduro Series. SuperLite was born.
SuperLite will allow talented Super2 drivers to take the big step up to main game without the need to radically increase budgets, plus provide the much needed experience that a rookie year brings, without the pressure placed on the driver or the team willing to take them on.
The first two drivers to step up for the inaugural season, under the REC recently purchased from GRM, will be 20 year old Zane Goddard and 19 year old Jake Kostecki. Both drivers come with strong Super 2 experience, with Jake also recently competing with cousin Brodie in a Wildcard entry in the 2019 Pirtek Enduro Series.