Aaron Love’s maiden season for the Blanchard Racing Team (BRT) in Supercars’ Super2 category will come under the Petronas Lubricants banner, driving the Ford Mustang that BRT used in Supercars over the past two seasons.
The Blanchard family’s CoolDrive Auto Parts business partnered with Petronas Lubricants in 2018, supplying products to workshops in Australia.
A product of Formula 4 and the Porsche Motorsport ladder, Love was a revelation in the 2022 Australian Carrera Cup, finishing second in the standings with 12 wins from 17 races, despite missing two events with conflicting race commitments overseas.
“I’m really excited about the season kicking off soon and it’s definitely going to be a year where we’re all going to put in 110 per cent,” said Love.
“We’re running a new car for Super2, and the field has a lot of depth with many of the drivers holding a good amount of experience in these cars already so it will be tough, but with BRT being the team that is, I know that we are well prepared.
“Having Petronas Lubricants’ support for the year is definitely a pleasure and really cool thing for the team and myself, especially when we know its history and the success it has had internationally in motorsport,” said Love.
The Petronas Lubricants livery is reminiscent of the hues carried by BRT co-principal Tim Blanchard during wildcard appearances in the 2019 Supercars Championship.
“We are thrilled to welcome Aaron and Petronas Lubricants to BRT for 2023,” said Blanchard. We are excited to be launching our Super 2 program with a rising star in Aaron, supported by a well-known brand such as Petronas Lubricants. This is an important step for BRT, and we are looking forward to what we can achieve this year.”
For Petronas Lubricants, the decision to partner with a rising star such as Love was easy.
“Petronas Lubricants is genuinely excited to participate in the Super2 season as a naming sponsor on the BRT Racing Super2 car,” said, CEO for Petronas Lubricants International Australia, Amarpreet Singh Ahuja. “This involvement with the Supercars series in Australia is a natural progression of the long-term involvement that Petronas Lubricants has had with motor racing across the world. Having a great young driver like Aaron Love onboard is great and we are confident he will carry his success in the Carrerra Cup in 2022 to the Super2 series this year.”
The Super2 season kicks off at the Newcastle 500 from March 10 to 12, before travelling to Perth, then Townsville, Sandown, Bathurst and Adelaide.