The 2023 Supercars Championship (known for commercial reasons as the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship) is a planned motor racing series for Supercars. It is due to be the twenty-fifth running of the Supercars Championship and the twenty-seventh series in which Supercars have contested the Australian Touring Car Championship, the premier title in Australian motorsport.

The 2023 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.

Teams and drivers

The following teams and drivers are under contract to compete in the 2023 championship. Car numbers are presumed to carry over from 2022 unless otherwise stated.

Championship entries Endurance entries
Manufacturer Model Team No. Driver name Rounds Co-driver name Rounds
Chevrolet[1][2] Camaro ZL1 Erebus Motorsport 9 Australia Will Brown[3]
99 Australia Brodie Kostecki[3]
Team 18 20 Australia Scott Pye[4]
Matt Stone Racing[5] 34 Australia Jack Le Brocq[6]
35 Australia Todd Hazelwood[7]
Triple Eight Race Engineering 88 Australia Broc Feeney[8]
Brad Jones Racing TBA TBA
PremiAir Racing TBA TBA
Ford[1][2] Mustang Mach 1 Walkinshaw Andretti United[9] 2 Australia Nick Percat[10]
25 Australia Chaz Mostert[11]
Tickford Racing 5 Australia James Courtney[12]
6 Australia Cameron Waters[13]
56 Australia Jake Kostecki[14]
TBA TBA
Blanchard Racing Team TBA TBA
Dick Johnson Racing TBA TBA
TBA TBA
Grove Racing TBA TBA
TBA TBA

Team changes

Most Holden teams will switch to driving Chevrolet Camaros, after General Motors retired the Holden brand in 2020.[15]

Walkinshaw Andretti United will switch from Holden to Ford.[9]

Calendar

These circuits are due to host a round of the 2023 championship.

Rd Event Circuit Location Date
1 Newcastle 500 New South Wales Newcastle Street Circuit Newcastle, New South Wales 10–12 March
Adelaide 500 South Australia Adelaide Street Circuit Adelaide, South Australia
Bathurst 1000 New South Wales Mount Panorama Circuit Bathurst, New South Wales
New Zealand Round New Zealand TBC TBC, New Zealand

Calendar changes

The Newcastle 500 will return as the season opener, after a three year absence due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.[16]

Pukekohe Park Raceway will close, citing the focus on horse racing and club facilities. A new venue is yet to be announced.[17]

Rule changes

Gen3

Gen3 cars are expected to look more like the road-going variations of the Chevrolet Camaro (top) and Ford Mustang Mach 1 (bottom).

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.[18] It was due to début midway through 2022, but due to ongoing challenges with international supply chains and domestic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it was delayed to 2023.[19]

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.[20][21][22][23]

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.[24]

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.[25]

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.[15] Dick Johnson Racing will re-homologate the Ford Mustang to comply with the new regulations.[26] 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.[27]

References

  1. ^ a b GM responds to WAU Ford switch Supercars Championship 6 May 2022
  2. ^ a b Ford caps number of 2023 Supercars entries Autosport 10 May 2022
  3. ^ a b Pavey, James (30 July 2022). "Erebus retains Brown, Kostecki for 2023". Supercars.
  4. ^ Team 18 confirms Pye contract extension Supercars Championship 22 September 2021
  5. ^ MSR to race Camaros in 2023 Supercars Championship 13 May 2022
  6. ^ Pavey, James (27 October 2021). "Le Brocq signs multi-year Matt Stone Racing deal". Supercars Championship.
  7. ^ Pavey, James (20 October 2021). "Matt Stone Racing confirms Hazelwood reunion". Supercars Championship.
  8. ^ Feeney confirmed as Whincup replacement at Triple Eight Supercars Championship 31 August 2021
  9. ^ a b Herrero, Daniel (2022-05-06). "WAU's sensational move to Ford confirmed". Speedcafe.com.
  10. ^ Pavey, James (26 October 2021). "WAU confirms Percat on multi-year deal". Supercars.
  11. ^ Mostert inks long-term WAU extension Speedcafe 15 June 2021
  12. ^ Pavey, James (11 October 2021). "Courtney signs multi year deal with Tickford". Supercars Championship.
  13. ^ Pavey, James (25 October 2021). "Tickford confirms new multi-year Waters deal". Supercars Championship.
  14. ^ Pavey, James (11 October 2021). "Kostecki signs multi year deal with Tickford". Supercars Championship.
  15. ^ a b "Triple Eight to race Camaro in 2022". Speedcafe. 15 October 2020.
  16. ^ Supercars announces tentative date for 2023 season-opener Speedcafe 15 July 2022
  17. ^ Auckland's Pukekohe Park Pulling Pin on Supercars Auto Action 20 July 2022
  18. ^ Coch, Mat (18 October 2019). "Emotional Rogers confirms GRM's Supercars exit". Speedcafe. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  19. ^ "Supercars statement regarding Gen3". Supercars Championship.
  20. ^ van Leeuwen, Andrew (14 August 2020). "New Supercars Gen3 details emerge". Motorsport.com.
  21. ^ Chapman, Simon (4 September 2020). "Supercars set to offer Gen3 chassis in kit form". Speedcafe.
  22. ^ van Leeuwen, Andrew (12 August 2019). "Supercars Camaro needs '50 to 80 millimetre' roll hoop adjustment". Motorsport.com.
  23. ^ Connor, O'Brian (3 September 2020). "Gen3 prototype aim for March 2021". Supercars Championship.
  24. ^ Kirby, Cameron (13 September 2020). "New engine rules set for Supercars in 2022". Whichcar.com.au.
  25. ^ Chapman, Simon (17 March 2021). "Supercars to slash downforce by 67 percent". Speedcafe. Archived from the original on 2021-03-16.
  26. ^ DJR to race on, develop Gen3 Mustang Supercars Championship 24 October 2020
  27. ^ DJR confirms Ford Coyote V8 for Gen3 Supercars Which Car 5 November 2020

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