The Supercheap Auto wildcard in 2022
A key query stays unanswered from Triple Eight Race Engineering’s Supercheap Auto wildcard announcement: simply what number of Supercars occasions will it race in?
What has been confirmed is that Craig Lowndes and Zane Goddard will share one of many Banyo squad’s new Gen3 Chevrolet Camaros within the Repco Bathurst 1000.
Nevertheless, in a broadly acclaimed transfer, Sandown’s standing as the normal Nice Race curtain-raiser has been restored for 2023, which means a 500km enduro in suburban Melbourne in September.
A wildcard entry has not contested a number of races since Kostecki Brothers Racing entered all three occasions of the Pirtek Enduro Cup in 2019, after which the COVID-19 pandemic in the end put paid to that collection inside a collection for no less than the time being.
Nonetheless, with not lots of readability over wildcard guidelines as but, a Sandown-Bathurst double for the Supercheap Auto Camaro can’t be dominated out.
An intriguing thought can be whether or not or not it’d seem at dash occasions, both as a substitute of or along with the 500km enduro.
With a dramatic discount in downforce, new engines, and extra, Gen3 is close to sufficient to a clear sheet relative to the Automobile of The Future period (together with its Gen2 subset), and therefore each race observe is successfully a brand new observe.
Grove Racing proprietor Stephen Grove instructed Speedcafe.com final 12 months that Gen3 might be an information warfare, and declared that four-car groups may have a bonus over two-car outfits reminiscent of his.
Triple Eight could be the Chevrolet homologation group however the brand new breed of Supercars might be fairly uncooked once they roll out for the season-opener at Newcastle in March, and an additional entry right here or there would thus be fairly helpful.
Lowndes’ prowess is well-known, together with his haul of 110 championship race wins surpassed solely by that of his present-day boss, Jamie Whincup, and the veteran has pushed the Camaro prototype on a number of events.
Zane Goddard (left) and Craig Lowndes (proper)
Nevertheless, Goddard was a daily steerer for Gen3 growth operating in 2022, extra usually within the Mustang but additionally the Camaro.
Moreover, as a former Matt Stone Racing driver, he’s used to an alternate of information with Triple Eight.
Whincup definitely sung his praises within the announcement of this 12 months’s Supercheap Auto wildcard drivers, after Lowndes drove with Declan Fraser final 12 months, and Russell Ingall with Broc Feeney within the additional Triple Eight entry in 2021.
“Zane is an amazingly gifted driver, and the complete group are so excited to have him be a part of us in 2023, partnering with Lowndesy,” mentioned the outfit’s Group Principal.
“His racing resume for such a younger age is kind of spectacular; two years in Super2, two years in the principle recreation and a handful of Bathurst 1000 appearances – he’s going to be an unimaginable asset to our program.
“It’s now as much as us give him all of the help he must seize this chance with each fingers.
“I additionally need to thank Supercheap Auto for his or her continued help of such an incredible program.
“To suppose our Supercheap Auto wildcard programme over the past two years has helped two rising superstars in Broc and Declan graduate to the Supercars Championship as full-time drivers is past wonderful.
“Their help for not solely our group, however the sport itself shouldn’t be underestimated.”
The 2023 Bathurst 1000 takes place on October 5-8.