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It’s been an up and down season for the five full-time rookies in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. The five youngsters had varying levels of experience heading into 2018. Considering that experience and their circumstances, this is how we rank them thus far:
1 JACK LE BROCQ
Le Brocq had the most experience entering this season and has proven he belongs in the main game, scoring regular top 10s with the added responsibility of leading a single-car customer team in Tekno Autosports. He is showing clear signs of progress as the season goes on.
2 ANTON DE PASQUALE
De Pasquale was the only one of the five rookies who hadn’t made a Supercars start entering this season. And despite just two seasons racing touring cars in the Dunlop Super2 Series, he has been a worthy addition to Erebus Motorsport, holding his own in the midfield and assisting the continued rise of the team and teammate David Reynolds.
3 TODD HAZELWOOD
Hazelwood faced the biggest challenge of the rookies with a one-car team new to Supercars. The mid-season switch from a Falcon FG X to Commodore VF added to the workload, yet the reigning Dunlop Super2 Series has shown great maturity in leading the team on and off the track.
4 JAMES GOLDING
Golding is the latest rookie given his break in Supercars with Garry Rogers Motorsport and has found his full-time transition into the main game difficult, particularly with the team struggling to find consistent speed from its ZB Commodores compared to other Holden entrants. Matching up against the experienced Garth Tander has been no easy feat, either.
5 RICHIE STANAWAY
Big things were expected of Stanaway, yet his arrival coincided with a significant form slump from Tickford Racing. It’s been a frustrating season for the highly rated New Zealander, trying to find his way at a struggling team up against experienced teammates. Some top-10 finishes are required to salvage his campaign.
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