Driver market: How 2023 grid is shaping up

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 08/08/2022
  • By James Pavey

We are now beyond the midway point of 2022, and the driver market for the 2023 grid continues to take twists.

Several seats are unaccounted for for the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship season.

It will be a busy second half of the year as teams slowly shift their focus to building cars for Gen3's debut.

A key talking point of the OTR SuperSprint weekend was Erebus Motorsport's driver announcement.

Erebus confirmed it has retained Will Brown and Brodie Kostecki for a third season.

Brown had been heavily linked to the Shell V-Power Racing Team, meaning Will Davison is a favourite to hang onto his seat.

Erebus will be unchanged in 2023

Davison has impressed in 2022, scoring a win, six poles and nine further podiums.

Davison and Anton De Pasquale are expected to remain at the Ford squad as teammates for a third season.

Tickford Racing will also enter 2023 with continuity, with all four incumbents contracted with the team.

James Courtney, who recently scored a podium at The Bend and extended backing from Snowy Rivers Caravans, signed a multi-year deal last year.

Elsewhere, more will play out for fellow veterans Mark Winterbottom (Team 18) and Lee Holdsworth (Penrite Racing).

Winterbottom is likely to stay on alongside Scott Pye at Team 18, while it isn't as straightforward for Holdsworth.

Grove Racing has confirmed Kiwi wunderkind Matt Payne will drive for the team in 2023.

With David Reynolds enjoying a strong season and expected to re-sign, out-of-contract Holdsworth may be forced to look elsewhere.

That could be in the guise of Blanchard Racing Team, with incumbent Tim Slade understood to be on the move.

Seats at PremiAir Racing and Brad Jones Racing could also be up for grabs.

James Golding has impressed in his two starts for PremiAir Racing, and is keen to remain on the grid in 2023.

Beyond incumbent drivers, the likes of Fabian Coulthard and Zane Goddard are eyeing full-time returns.

Coulthard scored a plumb co-drive alongside Bathurst winner Chaz Mostert at Walkinshaw Andretti United.

Goddard, meanwhile, will race alongside Courtney at Tickford.

The 2022 season will resume at Sandown on August 19-21. Purchase your tickets now.

2023 Repco Supercars Championship grid (as of August 8, 2022)

Driver Team
Broc Feeney Red Bull Ampol Racing
Shane van Gisbergen Red Bull Ampol Racing
TBA Shell V-Power Racing Team
TBA Shell V-Power Racing Team
James Courtney Tickford Racing
Cam Waters Tickford Racing
Thomas Randle Tickford Racing
Jake Kostecki Tickford Racing
Nick Percat Walkinshaw Andretti United
Chaz Mostert Walkinshaw Andretti United
Will Brown Erebus Motorsport
Brodie Kostecki Erebus Motorsport
Scott Pye Team 18
TBA Team 18
TBA CoolDrive Racing
Matt Payne Penrite Racing
TBA Penrite Racing
Andre Heimgartner Brad Jones Racing
TBA Brad Jones Racing
TBA Brad Jones Racing
TBA Brad Jones Racing
TBA PremiAir Racing
TBA PremiAir Racing
Jack Le Brocq Matt Stone Racing
Todd Hazelwood Matt Stone Racing
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