Gen3 history made with Team 18 debut

  • GEN3 Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 17/02/2023
  • By James Pavey

With Team 18’s two Camaros filing out of Winton pit lane on Friday morning, all 25 new Gen3 cars have now completed track running.

Team 18’s DEWALT and Hino Camaro Supercars hit the track for the first time for its shakedown.

Mark Winterbottom and Scott Pye completed three flying laps before coming into the garage for precautionary checks.

The cars have since returned to the track, with Team 18 finally in action after delaying its shakedown by a day due to steering wheel gremlins.

Between Wednesday February 1 and Friday February 17, all 25 cars have now completed track running.

Blanchard Racing Team was the first team to both unveil its new 2023 livery and hit the track.

Todd Hazelwood rolled out the #3 CoolDrive BRT-built Ford at Winton prior to the LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour.

BRT lapped the car on the following Tuesday in a week several more new cars made their track debuts.

This week has seen a staggering 17 new cars from nine teams hit the track for the first time.

The bulk of running was completed at Winton, where Tickford Racing, Erebus Motorsport, Brad Jones Racing, Walkinshaw Andretti United and Grove Racing all lapped new cars.

Wednesday's running was particularly special for WAU, which put mileage on its brand new Mustangs, having joined Ford in the off-season.

Some teams have also given their new co-drivers some laps; notably, Lee Holdsworth and Fabian Coulthard joined WAU on Wednesday.

Garth Tander also featured in Penrite Racing Fords as the team shook down its two Mustangs.

Up north at Queensland Raceway, and Dick Johnson Racing, PremiAir Racing and Matt Stone Racing rolled out their second cars on Thursday.

It came after Triple Eight Race Engineering's two Camaros launched alongside PremiAir Racing last Thursday.

Teams will now shift their focus to the all-in Sydney Motorsport Park test day on Wednesday 22 February.

The likes of Red Bull Ampol Racing, PremiAir Racing and Tickford Racing will also reveal their 2023 race liveries.

The new era of Supercars will begin at the Thrifty Newcastle 500 on March 10-12.

Tickets are on sale on and

When all new Gen3 cars turned their first laps

Wednesday February 1
#3 Blanchard Racing Team Mustang

Tuesday February 7
#17 Dick Johnson Racing Mustang
#34 Matt Stone Racing Camaro

Wednesday February 8
#5 Tickford Racing Mustang
#19 Grove Racing Mustang

Thursday February 9
#31 PremiAir Racing Camaro
#88 Triple Eight Race Engineering Camaro
#97 Triple Eight Race Engineering Camaro

Monday February 13
#55 Tickford Racing Mustang
#99 Erebus Motorsport Camaro

Tuesday February 14
#4 Brad Jones Racing Camaro
#8 Brad Jones Racing Camaro
#9 Erebus Motorsport Camaro
#14 Brad Jones Racing Camaro
#96 Brad Jones Racing Camaro

Wednesday February 15
#2 Walkinshaw Andretti United Mustang
#5 Tickford Racing Mustang
#25 Walkinshaw Andretti United Mustang
#26 Grove Racing Mustang
#56 Tickford Racing Mustang

Thursday February 16
#11 Dick Johnson Racing Mustang
#23 PremiAir Racing Camaro
#35 Matt Stone Racing Camaro

Friday February 17
#18 Team 18 Camaro
#20 Team 18 Camaro

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