Supercars Championship journeyman Taz Douglas will return to the grid once again, driving the #62 LD Motorsport Holden Commodore at the season-ending Newcastle 500.
The 33-year-old will replace Jack Perkins, who was expected to drive in Newcastle but has subsequently pulled out due to pre-existing commitments to race in the feeder Dunlop Super2 series. Perkins was himself drafted into the squad ahead of the Auckland SuperSprint round to replace Alex Rullo when the teenage driver parted ways with the team.
Douglas’ on-again, off-again association with the team saw him recently serve as a co-driver at LD Motorsport to Aaren Russell in the Pirtek Enduro Cup; he will now act as teammate to the Newcastle driver at the youngster’s home event.
Douglas has previously driven for LD Motorsport in its sister #3 car at the rounds in Adelaide, Symmons Plains, Phillip Island and Winton (pictured above).
The privateer outfit has been mired at the back of the grid amid ongoing funding issues that have contributed to the team running no less than seven different drivers over the course of the season.
The team is expected to sell or lease one of its Racing Entitlements Contracts to Prodrive Racing Australia and downsize to a one-car effort in 2018. It is also believed that the team will secure the use of an ex-PRA Ford Falcon as part of the REC deal.
Team owner Lucas Dumbrell is expected to confirm a restructure and possible rebranding of his team before the end of the season.
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