With the Sandown SuperSprint just a few days away, Matt Stone Racing young guns Zane Goddard and Jake Kostecki aim to back up their recent form at the Mt Panorama 500 where they finished race one in 12th and 13th.
Looking back on the 2020 season where the pair took part in the inaugural year of the SuperLite program, both drivers have really benefited from this initiative as they stepped into their first round as full-time drivers at Bathurst 2 weeks ago.
“2020 was a year that no one could have predicted, and it threw numerous curve balls at the championship, including the teams and drivers.” said UNIT Marketing Manager Toby Lynch
“It’s a credit to both drivers that, despite being the youngest in the field, they were able to approach the challenges thrown at them with determination and maturity and deliver a series of solid race results.
“As a result, they find themselves graduates of the program and in their own cars for 2021 which is the ultimate outcome. As Bathurst showed this is now a chance for them to continue to build on their solid results and further refine their race craft against the series’ best.”
The SuperLite program was an initiative brought to life by MSR and long-term Team Partners UNIT clothing
MSR wanted to give younger drivers chasing their dreams the opportunity to get a taste for Supercars and prove that they have what it takes to compete at the highest levels, and SuperLite did that. We think they are the superstars of the future and they are learning really fast so we could see some top 10’s from them very early in their Supercars careers.
The SuperLite opportunity allowed them to learn the category, fellow drivers and some circuits around Australia before taking on this year’s 2021 full-time campaign and if Bathurst is anything to go by, where half the field finished behind the two MSR drivers, Goddard and J Kostecki could be ones to watch this weekend.
Although they have technically only completed half a season to date in the top Supercars category, both drivers bring a huge pedigree of racing experience as they worked their way up the ranks from go-karts and to achieve some impressive results. Kostecki at just 15 years old finished 9th in the V8 Touring Car Series and Goddard has also show his talent from a young age finishing 2nd in the National Rotax Karting Championship and 12th at the Rotax World Finals later that year. Goddard then went overseas where he claimed several race wins, round wins and pole positions in the British F4 Championship.
All the Sandown SuperSprint on-track action starts Saturday 20th March. Tune into FoxSports 506, Kayo or Sky Sports, for those in NZ, so you don’t miss it.