De Silvestro is being strongly considered for a return to Supercars, particularly as a potential addition to DJR’s inaugural wildcard program. If the deal comes through, she would team up with the talented young driver Kai Allen, who was specifically mentioned in DJR’s approved wildcard application. Speculation about an international star being paired with Allen was widespread in the Townsville paddock, with De Silvestro emerging as the top contender for the seat.
De Silvestro possesses significant Supercars experience, having previously participated as a wildcard entry in the Bathurst 1000 races of 2015 and 2016. She then dedicated three full seasons between 2017 and 2019 to Nissan F1 Flow. This year, she has been linked to a second wildcard program, engaging in discussions with Walkinshaw Andretti United for a potential third entry, which was ultimately abandoned in April. Her appearance in the Supercars paddock in Darwin sparked renewed speculation about her potential participation in the Sandown 500 and the Bathurst 1000 races, although she attributed her presence to a coincidental visit while fulfilling Formula E responsibilities in Jakarta.
Recent indications strongly suggest that De Silvestro is likely to join forces with DJR, confirming the earlier speculations. DJR’s David Noble openly discussed the wildcard plan in Townsville, emphasizing its focus on developing talent among drivers, engineers, and staff. A decision on whether to proceed with the wildcard program is expected within the next two weeks, with commercial considerations to be assessed this week and driver selections to follow next week.
DJR could potentially be one of three teams running additional entries in the enduro events this year. Triple Eight will continue its wildcard program for the third consecutive year, with Zane Goddard already making a solo appearance in Darwin. He will team up with Craig Lowndes for the Sandown and Bathurst races. Additionally, Blanchard Racing Team’s wildcard application has been approved, and they plan to field their Super2 driver Aaron Love in an additional car, likely alongside team owner Tim Blanchard.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Supercars return
Who is being considered for a Supercars return with DJR?
Simona De Silvestro, a Swiss star and former Supercars full-timer, has emerged as the front-runner for a Supercars return with DJR in their wildcard program.
Who is expected to be De Silvestro’s potential partner in the wildcard program?
De Silvestro is likely to partner with Kai Allen, a promising teenager who was specifically named by DJR in their approved wildcard application.
What is De Silvestro’s experience in Supercars?
De Silvestro has extensive Supercars experience, including wildcard starts in the Bathurst 1000 races of 2015 and 2016. She also spent three full seasons between 2017 and 2019 with Nissan F1 Flow.
Has De Silvestro been linked to other wildcard programs?
Yes, De Silvestro has been linked to another wildcard program this year. She had discussions with Walkinshaw Andretti United about a potential third entry, but the idea was abandoned in April.
How many additional entries are expected in the enduro events this year?
There could be as many as three teams running additional entries in the enduro events. Besides DJR, Triple Eight will continue its wildcard program for the third year, and Blanchard Racing Team’s wildcard application has also been approved.