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Cup is gaining momentum in its second year with the first three rounds confirmed to run in conjunction with selected rounds of the Australian Superbike Championship.

The first round will be held with the ASBK’s round two at Wakefield Park over 16-18 March, with rounds two and three slated for the rounds five and six of the ASBK to be held at Queensland’s Morgan Park (17-19 August) and Victoria’s Winton Raceway (7-9 September) respectively.

Series promoter Mark Bracks revealed there’s at least three more rounds planned for the 2018 season.

“We’re in the final stages of negotiations, but we’re excited about running a round in conjunction with Damian Cudlin’s MotoStars series,” said Bracks. “And we’re looking to implement district meetings in a bid to unify junior racing around the country and make it more accessible to more people under the GP Juniors banner.”

More welcome news for GP Junior participants is that tyre warmers, which were previously banned from the feeder category, have now been approved by Motorcycling Australia for use in the 2018 season.

“It’s to improve safety,” Bracks explained. “The Juniors are often the first on track in the morning and in the colder months it could get a bit sketchy. As well as that, a lot of them use tyre warmers in the Supersport 300 category, so it’s something I’ve been pushing for for some time and I’m pleased