As 2023 winds down, Supercars.com is looking over all 11 teams and their performances in this year's Repco Supercars Championship, continuing with Nulon Racing.
After a learning year in 2022, PremiAir Racing arrived with new cars and a new name in 2023, armed to make a splash on the establishment.
It seemed to be gold immediately, with James Golding fourth on the Sunday at the Newcastle season opener, with Tim Slade also on the pace.
However, the podium remained elusive throughout the season, with Golding a revelation over one lap with a number of Shootout appearances, headlined by fourth from a provisional second on the grid in Bathurst.
On and off track cracks showed at times, with the team undergoing a number of personnel changes throughout the season. Team Principal Matt Cook departed ahead of Townsville; there, both drivers collided, while one car was released into the path of a Matt Stone Racing car in the pits.
Championship results of 16th and 19th don't tell the full story, with Golding and Slade both fighting at the front at times. However, with both drivers remaining in 2024, there's no doubt team owner Peter Xiberras will be keen to deliver trophies and champagne to Arundel.
Season results and head-to-heads
Drivers' finish: James Golding 16th, Tim Slade 19th
Teams' finish: 9th
Best result: 4th (James Golding, Newcastle Race 2)
Qualifying head to head: James Golding 20, Tim Slade 8
Race head to head: Tim Slade 16, James Golding 12
What’s next in 2024?
Golding and Slade are hanging around for 2024, meaning Nulon Racing stayed away from the manic silly season buzz. Only Nulon Racing and Shell V-Power Racing Team will have unchanged line-ups next season.
As mentioned before, the goal for 2024 must surely be trophies. Xiberras has enjoyed a successful career on dragways, and understands results are a must.
With many young drivers on the up, 2024 will also be important for Slade and Golding to prove they deserve to hang around for 2025, either at Nulon Racing or elsewhere.
Watch this space in 2024; can Nulon Racing put its rivals on notice in just its third season?