2022 Supercars Championship
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The 2022 Supercars Championship (known for commercial reasons as the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship) is a planned motor racing series for Supercars. It is due to be the twenty-fourth running of the Supercars Championship and the twenty-sixth series in which Supercars have contested the Australian Touring Car Championship, the premier title in Australian motorsport.

The 2022 season is expected to see the introduction of Gen3, a revision to the sport's technical regulations. These regulations were designed to cut costs for competitors by introducing more standardised components to the cars and redesigning the chassis to favour coupé body shapes. The field will expand from 24 to 25 cars.

Teams and drivers

The following teams and drivers are under contract to compete in the 2022 championship. Unless confirmed otherwise, car numbers are presumed to carry over from 2021.

Season entries
Manufacturer Model Team No. Driver Rounds Co-driver Rounds
Ford Mustang GT[a] Blanchard Racing Team 3 Australia Tim Slade[1]
Grove Racing TBA TBA
26 Australia David Reynolds[2]
Tickford Racing TBA Australia Thomas Randle[3]
Dick Johnson Racing TBA Australia Anton de Pasquale[4]
TBA Australia Will Davison[4]
General Motors Holden Commodore ZB[b]

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1[c]

Brad Jones Racing 8 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner[5] Australia Dale Wood[6]
Erebus Motorsport[7] 9 Australia Will Brown[8]
99 Australia Brodie Kostecki[8]
Team 18[9] 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom[10] Australia Michael Caruso[11]
20 Australia Scott Pye[12]
Walkinshaw Andretti United 25 Australia Chaz Mostert[13]
Triple Eight Race Engineering 88 Australia Broc Feeney[14]
97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen[15]
Holden Commodore ZB[d]

TBA[e]

Team Sydney 19 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard[1]
22 Australia Garry Jacobson[16]
TBA TBA TBA TBA Australia Nick Percat[17]

Team changes

The field will expand from 24 to 25 cars after Supercars management sold a dormant Racing Entitlement Contract (REC) to Tickford Racing.[18]

The Grove Group will take full ownership of Kelly Grove Racing, re-naming the team to Grove Racing.[19]

Driver changes

Seven-time drivers' champion Jamie Whincup will retire from full-time competition at the end of the 2021 championship. He will replace Roland Dane as team principal and managing director of Triple Eight Race Engineering.[15] Broc Feeney will graduate from the Super2 series to takeover Whincup's seat.[14]

Thomas Randle will compete in the series full time with Tickford Racing, having raced as a wildcard for the team in 2019 and 2021.[3]

Nick Percat left Brad Jones Racing and was replaced by Andre Heimgartner, who left Grove Racing.[20][17][5]

List of planned races

The following venues are under contract to host a round of the 2022 championship:

Event Circuit Location Ref.
Auckland New Zealand Pukekohe Park Raceway Pukekohe, Auckland Region
Darwin Triple Crown Northern Territory Hidden Valley Raceway Darwin, Northern Territory [21]
Gold Coast 600 Queensland Surfers Paradise Street Circuit Surfers Paradise, Queensland [22]
Newcastle 500 New South Wales Newcastle Street Circuit Newcastle, New South Wales [23]
Sandown Victoria (Australia) Sandown Raceway Springvale, Victoria [24]
Sydney SuperNight New South Wales Sydney Motorsport Park Eastern Creek, New South Wales [25]
Tasmania Tasmania Symmons Plains Raceway Launceston, Tasmania [26]
Townsville Queensland Reid Park Street Circuit Townsville, Queensland [22]

Calendar changes

The Newcastle 500 will return after a two-year absence. The round will replace the Mount Panorama 500 as the season opener.[23]

Rule changes

Gen3

Gen3 is expected to make its debut, replacing the Car of the Future regulations that débuted in 2013, with regulations designed to lower costs of a standard Supercar.[27]

The regulations are expected to introduce more controlled components into the cars to address the rising costs of maintaining a car. The pedal kit, brake kit and wheels will become control components, with tenders needing the rims to be 'finger friendly' for pit crew during a pit stop. The roll cage will be lowered by 100mm to be suited to coupes, after the controversy surrounding the Ford Mustang GT, which required the roof to be stretched beyond the dimensions of its road-going counterpart to fit. Supercars are planning to manufacturer the roll cage in kit form for teams that do not have the budget to build one themselves.[28][29][30][31]

The engines on Gen3 are expected to be overhauled, with pushrod engines expected to be replaced with fuel-injected, DOHC V8 engines. This is intended to modernise the engine and significantly reduce costs of building and maintaining them.[32]

Aerodynamic downforce will be cut by 67% to encourage closer racing and easier overtaking after complaints from drivers about dirty air and aerowash from current Gen2 cars.[33]

Triple Eight Race Engineering will oversee the development of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 as a replacement for the Holden ZB Commodore. The Camaro ZL1 was chosen after parent company General Motors decided to discontinue the Holden brand and shut down production of the Commodore.[34] Dick Johnson Racing will re-homologate the Ford Mustang to comply with the new regulations.[35] They have planned to replace the existing V8 engine that was carried over from the Ford Falcon FG X with a Ford Coyote V8 engine.[36]

Originally it was planned that the Gen3 cars would debut at the beginning of the season. The new cars are now planned to debut mid-season in August.[37]

Notes

  1. ^ Gen 2 and Gen 3 vehicle
  2. ^ Gen 2 vehicle
  3. ^ Gen 3 vehicle
  4. ^ Gen 2 vehicle
  5. ^ Team Sydney hasn't confirmed a Gen 3 vehicle

References

  1. ^ a b 2022 Supercar Grid so Far Supercars Championship 01 September 2021
  2. ^ Heimgartner's funny link with new team owner Supercars Championship 19 January 2021
  3. ^ a b Randle confirmed for 2022 full-time Supercars seat Speedcafe 18 June 2021
  4. ^ a b confirms 2022 Driver Lineup Speedcafe 12 August 2021
  5. ^ a b Pavey, James (13 September 2021). "Heimgartner to join BJR in 2022". Supercars Championship.
  6. ^ Wood signs two year enduro deal with BJR Supercars Championship 22 February 2021
  7. ^ Erebus to run Camaros in 2022 Speedcafe 3 June 2021
  8. ^ a b Erebus expansion no longer on the cards Speedcafe 11 April 2021
  9. ^ Team 18 to runs Camaros in 2022 Speedcafe 4 March 2021
  10. ^ Fosty signs for two more years Auto Action 16 October 2020
  11. ^ Michael Caruso signs two year enduro deal with Team 18 Speedcafe 13 January 2021
  12. ^ [1] Auto Action 22 September 2021
  13. ^ Mostert inks long-term WAU extension Speedcafe 15 June 2021
  14. ^ a b [2] Speedcafe 31 August 2021
  15. ^ a b Whincup to retire, take over as Triple Eight boss Speedcafe 3 February 2021
  16. ^ Jacobson confirms two-year deal Speedcafe 12 February 2021
  17. ^ a b Dale, Will (13 September 2021). "Nick Percat splits with Brad Jones Racing". .
  18. ^ Tickford secures fourth REC Auto Action 18 June 2021
  19. ^ Grove takes full ownership of KGR, Kelly to depart Speedcafe 26 July 2021
  20. ^ [3] Speedcafe.com 07 September 2021
  21. ^ http://newsroom.nt.gov.au/mediaRelease/20954
  22. ^ a b https://teq.queensland.com/news-and-media/latest-news/future-of-supercars-secured-for-queensland
  23. ^ a b Supercars.com. "Newcastle to host 2022 Supercars season opener". Supercars Championship.
  24. ^ https://www.supercars.com/news/championship/2020-supercars-calendar-revealed/
  25. ^ O'Brien, Connor (18 October 2020). "The Sydney SuperNight at Eastern Creek has been locked in until 2025". Supercars.
  26. ^ https://www.supercars.com/news/championship/symmons-plains-secures-new-supercars-deal/
  27. ^ Coch, Mat (18 October 2019). "Emotional Rogers confirms GRM's Supercars exit". Speedcafe. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  28. ^ van Leeuwen, Andrew (14 August 2020). "New Supercars Gen3 details emerge". Motorsport.com.
  29. ^ Chapman, Simon (4 September 2020). "Supercars set to offer Gen3 chassis in kit form". Speedcafe.
  30. ^ van Leeuwen, Andrew (12 August 2019). "Supercars Camaro needs '50 to 80 millimetre' roll hoop adjustment". Motorsport.com.
  31. ^ Connor, O'Brian (3 September 2020). "Gen3 prototype aim for March 2021". Supercars Championship.
  32. ^ Kirby, Cameron (13 September 2020). "New engine rules set for Supercars in 2022". Whichcar.com.au.
  33. ^ Chapman, Simon (17 March 2021). "Supercars to slash downforce by 67 percent". Speedcafe.
  34. ^ "Triple Eight to race Camaro in 2022". Speedcafe. 15 October 2020.
  35. ^ DJR to race on, develop Gen3 Mustang Supercars Championship 24 October 2020
  36. ^ DJR confirms Ford Coyote V8 for Gen3 Supercars Which Car 5 November 2002
  37. ^ Supercars confirm Gen3 timeline Auto Action 4 June 2021