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Wildcard for rising star Jordan Boys

Super2 race winner Jordan Boys will make his solo Repco Supercars Championship close to home as he will compete in a Wildcard entry backed by Image Racing and the Erebus Academy starting at Winton.

The Albury-based driver will contest a two-round Wildcard program also encompassing The Bend Motorsport Park in a current specification Erebus Motorsport Holden ZB Commodore.

This is the second Wildcard announced for this season following confirmation Zak Best will form part of a five-strong Tickford Racing entry at Hidden Valley and The Bend Motorsport Park.

A three-time Suepr2 Series race winner, 24-year-old Boys made his Repco Supercars Championship debut as co-driver to Todd Hazelwood in the 2020 Bathurst 1000, but it ended in retirement.

The same year he made his main game debut, Boys finished third in the Super2 standings as this result split two sevenths all with Image Racing.

“My goal has always been to race in the main game,” Boys said.

“I am backing myself at the highest level to prove that I am capable.

“I don’t feel I have been able to deliver what I believe I can and I need to do this to take that next step towards a full-time main game drive.

“It’s a brutal sport and every driver wants a seat, but with the right team and car I believe we will be competitive at Winton and I can prove that I can mix it with the best.

“It’s really exciting to do the wildcard alongside Image and Erebus given that I have been associated with them for so long.

“Image Racing is like family to me so it’s great to make this step with Terry, it’s something we’ve spoken about for a long time.

“We’re really excited to have a crack at it and we’re both pretty confident that we can do a good job.”

A long-time Super2 team owner, Image Racing’s Terry Wyhoon is excited for Boys to be provided an opportunity to showcase his skill alongside the quality of opposition in Supercars.

“Image Racing, alongside the Erebus Academy, is designed to provide the best possible opportunity for young drivers with talent to break into the super-competitive Supercars series,” Wyhoon said.

“Jordan has campaigned very successfully over the past few years at Super2 levels and has had some success as a co-driver.

“Following some serious discussion with Jordan and Barry Ryan we all agreed that his talent has not really been put on show in a format that represents his exceptional driving ability.

“Hence a decision was made earlier this season that he would focus all his energy on a two-round wildcard campaign and show what he is truly capable of and I think he will surprise quite a few.”

Boys will get a taste of his Wildcard ZB Commodore at a test next week, with Erebus Motorsport CEO Barry Ryan delighted to provide the rising star with his chance.

“Jordan is a strong steerer and has done a really good job anytime he has been in one of our cars,” Ryan said.

“We have supported him at Image Racing for a number of years now and are pleased that we are able to provide Jordan with the opportunity to make his solo debut.

“This is the next step in his racing career and I don’t doubt that he will make the most of the opportunity and we will do anything to help him progress.”

Earlier this year, it was confirmed Boys will return to the grid for Bathurst again aligning with Brad Jones Racing.

Speaking of the Repco Bathurst 1000, Kiwi drivers Greg Murphy and Richie Stanaway will again prepare to suit up in a Wildcard entry backed by Boost Mobile following a stillborn effort last year due to the effects of the worldwide pandemic.