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-sixth 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 regulations of the cars, to be designed to cut costs by making more components controlled and a redesigned chassis made to be favourited to coupes.[1]

Teams and drivers

The following teams and drivers are under contract to compete in the 2022 championship.

Manufacturer Model Entrant No. Driver name Ref. Co-Driver name Ref.
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Triple Eight Race Engineering TBA TBA [2] TBA
TBA TBA Brad Jones Racing 8 Australia Nick Percat [3] TBA
Kelly Grove Racing 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner [4] TBA
26 Australia David Reynolds [4] TBA
Team 18 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom [5] Australia Michael Caruso [6]

List of planned races

The following venue that will host a round in 2022

Round Event Circuit Location Ref.
1 Newcastle 500 New South Wales Newcastle Street Circuit Newcastle, New South Wales [7]

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

Event Circuit Location Ref.
Darwin Triple Crown Northern Territory Hidden Valley Raceway Darwin, Northern Territory [8]
Gold Coast 600 Queensland Surfers Paradise Street Circuit Surfers Paradise, Queensland [9]
Sandown Victoria (Australia) Sandown Raceway Springvale, Victoria [10]
Sydney SuperNight New South Wales Sydney Motorsport Park Eastern Creek, New South Wales [11]
Tasmania Tasmania Symmons Plains Raceway Launceston, Tasmania [12]
Townsville Queensland Reid Park Street Circuit Townsville, Queensland [9]

Calendar changes

The Newcastle 500 will return after a two-year absence. The round will replace the Mount Panorama 500 as the season opener.[7]

Rule changes

Gen3

The Gen3 project is expected to make its debut, replacing Car of the Future and Gen2 that debuted in 2013 and 2017 respectively. It is designed to lower costs of a standard Supercar.[13]

Gen3 is 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, which will remain at 18” x 11” 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 controversary surrounding the Ford Mustang and the stretched roof which in consequence saw Walkinshaw Andretti United shelving the Chevrolet Camaro project, which Supercars are planning to manufacturer into kit forms for teams that don't have the budget to build one themselves.[14][15][16][17]

The engines on Gen3 are expected to be overhauled, with pushrod engines expected to be replaced with fuel injected, DOHC V8 engines, to modernise and significantly reduce costs of building and maintaining an engine.[18]

References

  1. ^ O'Brian, Connor (3 September 2020). "Gen3 prototype aim for March 2021". Supercars Championship.
  2. ^ "Triple Eight to race Camaro in 2022". Speedcafe. 15 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Nick Percat gets extended BJR deal". Speedcafe. 19 February 2020.
  4. ^ a b Pavey, James (19 January 2021). "Heimgartner's 'funny' link with new team owner". Supercars Championship. Supercars. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  5. ^ Fosty signs for two more years Auto Action 16 October 2020
  6. ^ "Michael Caruso signs two year enduro deal with Team 18". Speedcafe. 13 January 2021.
  7. ^ a b Supercars.com. "Newcastle to host 2022 Supercars season opener". Supercars Championship.
  8. ^ http://newsroom.nt.gov.au/mediaRelease/20954
  9. ^ a b https://teq.queensland.com/news-and-media/latest-news/future-of-supercars-secured-for-queensland
  10. ^ https://www.supercars.com/news/championship/2020-supercars-calendar-revealed/
  11. ^ O'Brien, Connor (18 October 2020). "The Sydney SuperNight at Eastern Creek has been locked in until 2025". .
  12. ^ https://www.supercars.com/news/championship/symmons-plains-secures-new-supercars-deal/
  13. ^ Coch, Mat (18 October 2019). "Emotional Rogers confirms GRM's Supercars exit". speedcafe.com. Speedcafe. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  14. ^ van Leeuwen, Andrew (14 August 2020). "New Supercars Gen3 details emerge". Motorsport.com.
  15. ^ Chapman, Simon (4 September 2020). "Supercars set to offer Gen3 chassis in kit form". Speedcafe.
  16. ^ van Leeuwen, Andrew (12 August 2019). "Supercars Camaro needs '50 to 80 millimetre' roll hoop adjustment". Motorsport.com.
  17. ^ Connor, O'Brian (3 September 2020). "Gen3 prototype aim for March 2021". Supercars Championship.
  18. ^ Kirby, Cameron (13 September 2020). "New engine rules set for Supercars in 2022". Whichcar.com.au.