As 2023 winds down, Supercars.com is looking over all 11 teams and their performances in this year's Repco Supercars Championship, continuing with Matt Stone Racing.
It was a breakout season for Matt Stone Racing, with the team scoring its first win, podium and pole all in one magical day at Hidden Valley Raceway.
Jack Le Brocq was a revelation for MSR, with the Victorian running in the top 10 for much of the season before an untimely run of outs late on demoted him to 12th overall.
Regardless, Le Brocq's results helped secure passage to new champions Erebus Motorsport for 2024, with Nick Percat signing on alongside sophomore driver Cameron Hill.
Hill's rookie campaign had its fair share of hits and misses, with the 2021 Carrera Cup champion recording a maiden top 10 in Tasmania amid a tricky first season in the top flight, punctuated by a Turn 8 crash on the final day of the season.
Season results and head-to-heads
Drivers' finish: Jack Le Brocq 12th, Cameron Hill 23rd
Teams' finish: 10th
Best result: 1st (Jack Le Brocq, Darwin Race 15)
Qualifying head to head: Jack Le Brocq 25, Cameron Hill 3
Race head to head: Jack Le Brocq 22, Cameron Hill 6
What’s next in 2024?
Percat's arrival signalled another warning to rivals that team owner Stone means business. Le Brocq's Darwin breakthroughs proved the team has what it takes to win, but consistency is the next target.
Hill has so much more to achieve, with Stone giving the Canberran a second season to prove himself. At 27, Hill has much more time to make a name for himself in Aussie motorsport, but a run of outs in 2024 could hurt.
For Percat, meanwhile, two rotten years at Walkinshaw Andretti United must become ancient history in the early rounds of the season should the 2011 Bathurst winner reestablish himself as one of the preeminent talents on the grid.
An improved Hill and determined Percat could make for one of the most explosive duos on the 2024 grid. Can they make it count in a key year for MSR, which could also field wildcards in 2024?