2023 Supercars Championship Season Preview
Published by on February 17, 2023
The 2023 Repco Supercars Championship is one of the most anticipated in the history of the racing genre due to the introduction of the Gen3 vehicles.
The new era sees all Ford teams upgrading to the Mustang GT S650 and Holden teams switch to the Chevrolet Camaro from Holden Commodore. And while many fans are lamenting the loss of the infamous Ford v Holden rivalry, the update to the series will bring the cars much closer to their showroom versions, make the competition more competitive and sustainable, and is fitting considering that the Holden brand has (sadly) been wrapped up by General Motors.
What cars are racing in Supercars season 2023?
The 2023 Repco Supercars Championship grid will currently be made up of 14 Chevrolet Camaros and 11 Ford Mustangs. Brad Jones Racing, Erebus Motorsport, Team 18, Matt Stone Racing, Triple Eight Race Engineering and PremiAir racing will campaign Chevrolet Camaros. Tickford Racing, Dick Johnson Racing, Grove Racing, Blanchard Racing Team and Walkinshaw Andretti United will stick with the Mustang.
2023 Supercars Season Calendar
The new era of racing will begin on the streets of Newcastle from 10-12 March and finish on the streets of Adelaide on 23-26 November 2023, hitting all of the fan favourite spots in between including Darwin and Gold Coast. But the jewel in the crown of the 2023 Supercars season will undoubtedly be the 60th anniversary of the Repco Bathurst 1000 on Sunday 8 October.
2023 REPCO SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR
|Race Number||Event Name||Event Start Date||Event End Date||Circuit Name||Circuit Location|
|Thrifty Newcastle 500||March 10||March 12||Newcastle Street Circuit||Newcastle, NSW|
|2||Beaurepaires Melbourne 400||March 30||April 02||
Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit
|3||Perth SuperSprint||April 28||April 30||Wanneroo Raceway||Perth, WA|
|4||NED Whisky Tasmania SuperSprint||May 19||May 21||Symmons Plains Raceway||Perth, TAS|
|5||Darwin Triple Crown||June 16||June 18||Hidden Valley Raceway||Darwin, NT|
|6||NTI Townsville 500||July 07||July 09||Townsville Street Circuit||Townsville, QLD|
|7||Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight||July 28||July 30||Sydney Motorsport Park||Sydney, NSW|
|8||OTR SuperSprint||August 18||August 20||The Bend Motorsport Park||Tailem Bend, SA|
|9||Penrite Oil Sandown 500||September 15||September 17||Sandown Raceway||Springvale, VIC|
|10||Repco Bathurst 1000||October 05||October 08||Mount Panorama Circuit||Bathurst, NSW|
|11||Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500||October 27||October 29||Surfers Paradise Street Circuit||Gold Coast, QLD|
|12||VALO Adelaide 500||November 23||November 26||Adelaide Street Circuit||Adelaide, SA|
What to expect from Gen3 Supercars
There’s been a lot said about Gen3 and it seems to have taken forever to arrive. The new Gen3 Supercar regulations were originally slated to debut in 2022 but were pushed back a year due to supply chain issues and the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what’s in store for the 2023 season:
NEW DUNLOP GEN3 CONTROL TYRES FOR ALL CARS
Dunlop have confirmed as the control tyre supplier for Supercars, with three dry compounds of SP Sport Maxx tyres in use this season — Hard, Soft, Super Soft, along with the new wet weather tyre.
Both Supercars and Dunlop are "very happy" with the new wet tyre compound for 2023, which has proven capable of dispersing impressive quantities of water.
The Soft tyre will be used at the Thrifty Newcastle 500, the Perth SuperSprint, NTI Townsville 500, Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight, the OTR SupeSprint (The Bend), Repco Bathurst 1000, Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 and VALO Adelaide 500.
The Super Soft will be used at the Beaurepaires Melbourne SuperSprint at the Australian Grand Prix, NED Whisky Tasmania SupeSprint, BETR Darwin Triple Crown and Penrite Oil Sandown 500.
The Hard tyre’s only appearance will come at Albert Park, the scene of the only mixed compound round of the 2023 Championship.
Competitors will hand back two sets of 'event marked' tyres and pre-marked tyres for each car before the first qualifying session.
GEN3 CARS WILL LOOK MORE LIKE A ROAD CAR THAN A RACE CAR
To increase road relevance and improve racing, Gen3 cars will bear a closer resemblance to their street car equivalents. This decision was based on feedback about Supercars being too dissimilar to what’s available to general consumers.
The new-look Gen3 cars will also increase purchase appeal for the manufacturers and require more skill to control at speed, improving the racing spectacle for fans. The objective is to have as many panels on the race car match those of the production version, which will also help lower the cost of parts, helping secure the long-term sustainability of Supercar racing.
Supercars’ goal is to cut down downforce by at least 65 per cent, making the cars more challenging to drive and ultimately relying more on driver skill and less on car setups.
CAR ENGINE CAPCITIES WILL INCREASE, BUT CARS MAY BE SLOWER
A new engine formula will see a 5.4L DOHC V8 replace the current Coyote 5.0L V8 engines for Mustang and 5.7-litre for Camaro. But the target is to cap the power output at 485kW to 447kW.
The new cars may be slower than the Gen2 cars, but with less downforce and more power, they should be more challenging to drive, which is what the series aims for, what the drivers love and what the fans want to see. It will be interesting to see if any track records are broken in 2023.
Where to watch the Supercars 2023 season?
Supercars have confirmed the broadcast details for the 2023 Supercars Championship season.
Foxtel will broadcast every practice, qualifying, shootout and race live and ad free.
Kayo will also livestream every practice, qualifying and race of the season.
And good news for fans is that Channel 7 will broadcast six rounds live on free to air TV, including the Thrifty Newcastle 500, Darwin Triple Crown, NTI Townsville 500, Repco Bathurst 1000, Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 and VALO Adelaide 500. These events will all be streamed live on 7plus, with delayed highlights packages available for the other rounds.
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