2023 season report: Blanchard Racing Team

20 Dec
While results didn't go their way, the Blanchard Racing Team has set the tone for the future
2 mins by James Pavey

As 2023 winds down, Supercars.com is looking over all 11 teams and their performances in this year's Repco Supercars Championship, starting with Blanchard Racing Team.

The Blanchard Racing Team was the first team to reveal its race-ready Gen3 Supercar in 2023, signalling its intentions of a big season.

However, results were hard to come by in Todd Hazelwood's first and only season with the Box Hill squad, with the 2017 Super2 champion's year highlighted by a fourth place in Perth. Hazelwood/Blanchard finished 17th at Sandown, before a late starter motor mishap led to a Bathurst DNF.

Hazelwood did score some Shootout berths along the way, with the #3 CoolDrive Ford making the one-lap dash at Sandown and for the final race in Adelaide.

BRT's big strides were taken off track, with the team entering a Super2 car for the first time for Aaron Love, who won at Mount Panorama in October. Then, there was ongoing work at base readying for expansion.

Come the end of the year, and BRT confirmed its expansion to two cars for 2024, with two vastly different drivers in its corner.

Season results

Drivers' finish: Todd Hazelwood 21st

Teams' finish: 13th (single-car team)

Best result: 4th (Todd Hazelwood, Perth Race 7)


What’s next in 2024?

After three years as a single-car team, BRT makes the leap to two cars in 2024, delivering on the Blanchard family's vision of expansion.

The team welcomes James Courtney, with BRT the 2010 champ's latest home after stints after Stone Brothers Racing, Dick Johnson Racing, Holden Racing Team/Walkinshaw Andretti United, Team Sydney and most recently, Tickford Racing.

Courtney will play a key role in mentoring Love, who has been promoted to the main game. However, the experienced Courtney will be on a mission of his own to end a winless streak that stretches back to 2016.

Critically, BRT heads into 2024 off the back of crucial experience gained as a two-car squad in the enduros. BRT entered a wildcard Ford for Love/Jake Kostecki, paving the way to what it takes to operate two cars on a race weekend.

All year, BRT had a new Gen3 car and a Super2 entry to grapple, with a third car entered in the enduros.

With two cars and two new drivers, could BRT be one to watch in 2024?

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