This weekend’s Clipsal Adelaide 500 entry list has finally been confirmed. The LD Motorsport team today announced that Taz Douglas will drive its #3 Holden VF Commodore after the country’s governing body refused to grant its originally nominated driver, Matt Chahda, a racing superlicense to make his championship debut.
The occupant of the team’s second car has been the subject of intense speculation for the past few weeks after the team’s application for Chahda’s superlicense was refused on the basis of his inexperience, while the team’s 16-year-old rookie Alex Rullo was sensationally granted a provisional license despite also failing to meet the minimum license criteria.
The team ran both Chahda and Aaren Russell during last week’s pre-season test session at Sydney Motorsport Park, prompting speculation that Russell would ultimately get the nod.
The team has since opted to utilise Douglas instead, marking the 33-year-old’s first solo Supercars drive since 2012, coincidentally when he also raced for LD Motorsport.
Since then, Douglas has been something of a journeyman racer, competing in the second-tier Dunlop Supercars series and also serving as a Pirtek Enduro Cup co-driver – his most notable achievement came at the 2014 Bathurst 1000, where he and James Moffat claimed a surprise second place.
At this stage, Douglas’ drive with LD Motorsport is only confirmed for this weekend’s Clipsal Adelaide 500, with the team’s media release giving no indication of whether he would be considered for further opportunities.
“I’m really happy to have Taz back on board for the first race of the season,” LD Motorsport team owner Lucas Dumbrell said.
“Obviously it’s been a bit of a waiting game as to who we had in the second seat, but I’m glad that this is out in the open and we can just focus on going racing.”
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