Taz Douglas in the frame for LD Motorsport seat at Clipsal

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Taz Douglas in the frame for LD Motorsport seat at Clipsal
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Mar 1, 2017, 5:37 AM

Taz Douglas is set to be a surpriser starter at this weekend’s Clipsal 500, emerging as the key contender for a slot alongside Alex Rullo at LD Motorsport.

James Moffat and Taz Douglas, Nissan Motorsports
Andre Heimgartner, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden
James Moffat and Taz Douglas, Nissan Motorsports
James Moffat, Taz Douglas , Nissan Motorsport
Andre Heimgartner, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden

LD Motorsport has endured a tough lead-up to the Supercars season-opener in terms of its driver selection, with first choice for the second seat Matt Chahda denied a CAMS Superlicence by the governing body in Australia just a day after Rullo was given dispensation.

At the all-in test day last month both Chahda and Aaren Russell – who automatically qualifies for one of the new-for-2017 licences – shared the running in the #3 LD Motorsport Commodore, leading to speculation that former Erebus driver Russell would race the car at Clipsal.

However Motorsport.com understands that former full-timer Douglas has emerged as a late contender to race the car in Adelaide this weekend, in what is likely to be a round-by-round deal.

Both team and driver opted not to comment when contacted by Motorsport.com.

Douglas has significant experience in Supercars, having first emerged in the second-tier series back in 2008. He made his main series debut a year later at Phillip Island in a Greg Murphy Racing wildcard entry, before a full-time stint with LD Motorsport in 2012.

He stepped back to the development series in 2013, along with a three-year stint as an endurance driver with Nissan Motorsport that yielded a second-place finish at Bathurst in 2014 alongside James Moffat.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Taz Douglas
Teams 23Red Racing
Author Andrew van Leeuwen