Matt Stone Racing has confirmed young guns Zane Goddard and Jake Kostecki will share the second seat at the expanding Holden team for the 2020 season.
In an historic move, MSR will split an entry between two drivers with Goddard and Kostecki to run selected single events before teaming up for the 2020 enduros.
MSR has dubbed the initiative ‘SuperLite’ with Super2 driver Goddard to be the first of the duo to race the #34 entry at the season-opening Superloop Adelaide 500.
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Goddard will also run the entry at the Symmons Plains, Pukekohe, Winton and Sydney Motorsport Park rounds.
Kostecki – who made his championship debut alongside cousin Brodie in an enduro wildcard – will drive at Albert Park, Perth, Townsville, Darwin and Sandown.
The team is yet to confirm which driver will race at the season finale on the streets of Newcastle, and does not have to nominate who will be the primary driver and co-driver for the enduros until midway through the season.
Last week, it was confirmed Garry Jacobson will move from the downsizing Kelly Racing operation to be the lead driver at MSR, with Todd Hazelwood shifting across to Brad Jones Racing.
Thursday’s driver-share announcement leaves just two seats unfilled on the 2020 grid, with the second seats at Walkinshaw Andretti United – expected to be filled by Super2 champion Bryce Fullwood – and the Sydney TEKNO operation yet to be confirmed.
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Team boss Stone was delighted to give more youngsters a crack at the main game, much like he did with Hazelwood when the team stepped up full-time in 2018.
“We are thrilled to announce today a new programme to develop home grown Australian talent and keep them within Supercars, Australia’s leading motorsport category,” said Stone.
“We also see this as a major boost for the Dunlop Super2 series, helping provide a clear pathway for drivers to hone their skills then take the next step when they are ready.
“Zane and Jake are a fantastic pairing. Both hungry to succeed and eager to learn from each other and the greater team around them, including Garry.
“We congratulate Supercars for not only backing this new initiative, but for the quality framework that has been developed around it, including prize money for Super2 to further assist drivers make a career from motorsport in Australia.”
Both Goddard and Kostecki were delighted at the chance to race in the main game.
“To be given the opportunity at 20 years old, after two great seasons in Super2, to fulfil my dream of racing in main game is mind blowing,” said Goddard, who finished fourth in the 2019 Super2 standings.
“I can’t thank Matt Stone and the team at MSR enough for believing in me, plus my sponsors and my parents who have been such a strong guiding influence in my life and racing so far.”
Kostecki added: “Our wildcard entry into main game this year with [Kostecki Brothers Racing] really opened our eyes as to the commitment, resources and teamwork required to succeed in Australia’s greatest motorsport category.
“I believe this programme gives me the best possible chance to develop the racecraft I need to ultimately step into a full-time main game seat.
“I can’t wait to get stuck into working with MSR and get to the track to cut some laps. Between Zane and I, we will be splitting the championship up, but we both will be working towards the same goal which is to get solid results and learn as much as we can.”