The Dunlop Super2 Series will accommodate the rebranded Super2 Series for the remainder of the 2020 season.
The merger puts an end to the prolonged rumours that the two series’ were eventually going to come together.
However, while the two series’ will run as one grid they will act as separate classes with wins and points awarded to respective Super2 and Super3 entries.
“It’s pleasing we have reached an agreement with both Series officials to allow more of Australia’s best young drivers to compete together as part of our revised calendar,” said Shane Howard, Supercars Chief Operating Officer.
“By combining these two categories into singular races, it will provide exposure for team sponsors and bolster the number of competitors on track. The primary focus for us is around the driver pathway, a commitment which Dunlop shares.
“This combined category gives Super3 Series drivers the opportunity to rub shoulders with competitors running in Dunlop Super2 and helps them to become more familiar with how to race Supercars.”
All current Super3 Series models will be eligible to compete, including the Ford Falcon EB to FG models and Holden Commodore VP to VE & VE ll.
The Super2 Series will continue to use COTF era Holden VF Commodores, Falcon FG X, and Nissan Altima models all of which will don 18-inch diameter tyre compounds.
Super3 Series Category Manager Liam Curkpatrick said the merger is the perfect platform to have aspiring drivers showcase their true potential on a stage shared with Supercars.
“Given the current circumstances, it’s great that the two series have been able to merge to showcase a large, strong field of Supercars,” said Curkpatrick.
“Our competitors are pleased to run with Super2 and to be at big events like Bathurst will be excellent on a number of levels. It offers the entire field great opportunities.
“Super3 will have its own sporting and technical regulations, our own points system, our own podiums,” he added.
“Competitors will run on their respective tyre compounds in each race, almost everything remains separate other than the on-track action that the fans will see.
“And we haven’t seen class racing in Supercars before, so this will be new territory for a lot of the drivers and teams. The merging of the classes is a win for the sport.”
Brodie Kostecki currently holds a two-point advantage over Thomas Randle at the head of the Super2 standings following the series’ sole round to date from Adelaide.
Madeline Stewart will fly the flag for New Zealand in the Super3 grid in her Brad Jones Racing-prepared Holden Commodore.
The first round of the shared Super2 and Super3 grid will be at Winton on July 18-19 followed by events from Sandown, Bathurst before the season-finale from Sydney Motorsport Park on December 12-13.