Lites stars set for Supercar débuts


Two Red Bull Gobal Rallycross Lites stars will make the step up to the Supercars category for the first time this weekend.

Mitchell DeJong, who won the 2014 title with Olsbergs MSE, and Tanner Whitten, a two time race winner, will take to the track for Olsbergs Honda and SH Racing respectively.

For DeJong, it marks a return to action after more than a year out. Following his dominant Lites title triumph in 2014, the teenager split with Olsbergs and Red Bull.

However, he has been a permanent fixture in the paddock this season, serving as a spotter for his former team and he has been expected to make a Supercars start before the end of this year for quite some time, although he has remained quiet on the subject publicly.

For Whitten, one of the original Lites test drivers, his graduation comes as Nelson Piquet Jr. is over in Hong Kong for the first race of the third FIA Formula E season. So far this year he has been sharing a Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Lites seat with Alex Keyes, who will race the car this weekend.

“I want to thank everyone in the SH Rallycross/DRR organization for this opportunity, “said Whitten. “It is an honour to be working with the team for the season finale. Los Angeles is an amazing location to make my Supercar début and I feel humbled to be competing at the highest level of the sport.”