Kiwi teen scores Triple Eight Camaro test

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 08/05/2023
  • By James Pavey, Main Pic by Brock Gilchrist

New Zealand Toyota 86 champion Brock Gilchrist has scored a test in a Red Bull Ampol Racing Gen3 Camaro Supercar.

Gilchrist, 19, will test a Triple Eight Camaro thanks to the Tony Quinn Foundation (TQF).

The teenager took out the NZ Toyota 86 title at Hampton Downs, and also secured the test thanks to his sportsmanship and ‘commercial success’.

Gilchrist will undertake the test at Queensland Raceway in Ipswich in July.

He looms as the latest young Kiwi to jump into the Supercar ranks, with Matt Payne making his full-time debut with Penrite Racing this year.

Walkinshaw Andretti United teen Ryan Wood also won both races in the Super2 Series in Perth.

It’s a fitting moment for Gilchrist, who is named after the late Peter Brock.

"It’s mind-blowing," Gilchrist said.

Greg Murphy, Josie Spillane, Brock Gilchrist, Ursula Gilchrist, Daniel Gaunt

"It’s always been a dream of mine to drive a Supercar... it was always a dream of my dad who was a massive fan and of course I’m named after one of the greatest.

"And my dream and my dad’s dream is going to come true in not just any Supercar, but that one, a Gen3 Red Bull Camaro. I’ll be pinching myself for a little while yet."

Gilchrist also won an all-expenses-paid trip to race a Gazoo Racing Supra GT4 Evo in the ADAC GT4 Germany round at the Nurburgring in August.

TQF Trustee Josie Spillane added: "He’s come a very long way as a driver even this season.

"All of the Trustees came together last week. We agreed all round that regardless of the championship outcome on Sunday, Brock was our choice for this outstanding opportunity.

"His motorsport talent is obviously evident and he has also worked incredibly hard on the off-track requirements of being a top-line racing driver.

"Putting a racing season together these days and finding sponsors is not an easy job and he was the last guy on the grid for this season. Nevertheless, in a field of up-and-coming talent, Brock for us, was the standout performer."

Triple Eight boss Jamie Whincup said: "We believe strongly in the importance of developing future talent and giving opportunities to up-and-coming drivers.

"We’re proud to be able to support the Tony Quinn Foundation in this way.

"Driving one of the Red Bull Ampol Racing Gen3 Camaros is a massive opportunity and we’ve no doubt Brock will make the most of it.

"We’re excited to see how he goes and we’ll give him all the tools to do a great job and have some fun."

The 2023 Repco Supercars Championship will resume at the NED Whisky Tasmania SuperSprint on May 19-21.

Tickets for the event are on sale on and

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