Prodrive Racing confirms Dunlop Series line-up
Josh Kean has been drafted into Prodrive Racing Australia’s Dunlop Series line-up for the 2017 season, joining 2016 series champion Garry Jacobson.
The Supercars squad is going for three titles in a row in the second-tier series. Cameron Waters having won in 2015 before Jacobson beat teammate Jack Le Brocq in 2016.
Kean will now replace Le Brocq in a PRA Falcon FG X, the 23-year-old arriving after a two-season stint in a Brad Jones Racing Commodore.
"I'm pumped. I'm really impressed with the whole operation with everything being done in-house and the professional way these guys run," said Kean.
"I think that this is the next step. These guys are proven; they've done it all in the last few years. It's the right opportunity, in the right car, with the right bunch of guys and it's the way to go with my career so I'm really excited.
"The guys here are a great bunch which makes me feel good, makes me feel at home. I'm really stoked about getting here and getting the car right and going on a test day on the 22nd of February.”
Prodrive boss Tim Edwards said he is expecting his squad to run at the front of the field again in 2017.
“Josh is a competitive guy who enjoys being out on the track and that kind of attitude is a really important part of the culture here,” Edwards said.
“He's been there or there abouts in the last few years and like Garry did last year, I think he will be able to step up and give the guys at the front of the field a run for their money.
"The test day will obviously be important for him to acclimatise to the Ford and to our setups but having Garry there to bounce off will be beneficial as well. I'm confident he'll settle in quickly and be ready to go by Clipsal.
"It's fantastic to have Garry back on board for 2017 as well. His skill will only improve this year and I expect to see him back up at the front this season."
The Kean/Jacobson announcement also serves as confirmation that Le Brocq won’t be part of the team this season. While his plans are yet to be formally confirmed, Le Brocq did drive an MW Motorsport Nissan during the team’s handover of its two new Altimas.
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