25. Taz Douglas
Douglas competed in only a handful of rounds this season, however it was far from what we would expect from the experienced Victorian. Paired with newcomer Rullo, it was expected that Douglas would be leading the way for the Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport outfit. Instead, he was trailing Rullo at some events, leading some to question what exactly was going on. That coupled with an abysmal Enduro Cup campaign with Aaren Russell means he finishes at the bottom of this list. At least, for this year.
24. Alex Rullo
There were many questions surrounding this young driver at the start of the year, most notable of which was whether he was capable of driving in the top tier of motorsport in the country? In short, the answer is no. At least, not yet. Despite some encouraging performances against his teammates this year, it was a common sight to see him languishing at the back of the grid – inexperience clearly evident. Rullo certainly has the capability within him to be a potential superstar in the making. Although, he would require a year or two in the Super2 series to develop his skills and eventually work his way back into the main game with renewed focus and a better-prepared approach.
23. Dale Wood
In what is Wood’s final year, it will never be remembered as a ‘ground-breaker’. Although, he did record a well-deserved fourth-placed finish at the Bathurst 1000 with Chris Pither, in which both drivers drove a clean race. However, when the sister car is up the front of the grid, challenging for wins, it isn’t a good look when you’re floundering at the bottom, fighting for scraps. Wood looks set to continue as an endurance driver and will more than likely make a successful run of it. But, as his full-time campaign draws to a close, we have little to look back upon in a positive light.
22. Tim Blanchard
Blanchard’s season was much better than the previous. Whilst the table will show him down the bottom, he was more consistent than his teammates throughout the year. Had it not been for a few key results, Blanchard would have been on par with both Percat and Slade. For someone in need of a breakthrough, the people actually watching the on-track action would have noticed that the potential of this driver is starting to come to fruition.
21. James Moffat
In what may the final full-time season for the Moffat, there was little impression he will ever garner back his seat. His season was plagued by poor results brought on mainly by self-inflicted errors. His general pace was, at least, on par with that of his team-mate, Garth Tander. However, Tander managed to secure results for the team and worked relatively consistent results. It is known that Moffat can hustle a car as well as anyone else on the grid, but it will take some stirring drives in an endurance campaign before someone will be willing him to give him a second chance.
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