Matthew Payne has taken to the wheel of a Supercar at Winton Motor Raceway for the first time with Kelly Grove Racing.
The 18-year-old is today piloting one of the team's Super2 Series specification Nissan Altimas in anticipation of a development series programme.
It comes after his signing to the Grove Junior Team, a programme designed to bring young up-and-coming talent through high profile categories.
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“It has always been a dream of mine to race in Supercars, so today is the first opportunity to see what it's like,” said Payne.
“I can't thank Stephen and Brenton Grove enough for not only this evaluation day but for giving me the chance in the new Grove Junior Team.
“It's a very exciting time and I'm looking forward to rewarding their faith in me.”
Recently, Heimgartner and Kelly Grove Racing announced they had not re-signed, the team subsequently moving to put Payne as first pick to replace his countryman in 2022.
Payne is also contesting Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia with Gold Coast-based outfit Earl Bamber Motorsport.
With an indeterminate number of rounds remaining in this year's Porsche Carrera Cup Australia series, Payne lies a credible sixth with one win to his name.