The first rule in motorsport is beat your teammate.
Some teams were close to the end, others not so much — but all battles set the framework for a competitive 2023.
Yesterday in Part 1, we looked at those sitting in the back half of the teams’ championship.
There were some surprising disparities, but some very close race head-to-heads.
Has that trend been mirrored further forward? It’s time to find out!
RED BULL AMPOL RACING
Shane van Gisbergen: 1st in championship, 21 wins, 27 podiums, 7 poles, 31 top 10s
Broc Feeney: 6th in championship, 1 win, 3 podiums, 26 top 10s
Race head-to-head: van Gisbergen 30, Feeney 4
Percentage of team points: van Gisbergen 59%, Feeney 41%
Van Gisbergen monstered his way to a third title off the back of a record 21 wins. Van Gisbergen scored 87 per cent of all points on offer (3523 of a possible 4025) and also won his second Bathurst 1000. Feeney always had a mountain to climb, but managed to finish in front of van Gisbergen four times, all because of van Gisbergen dramas (Albert Park, Darwin and Adelaide). Feeney held his own and recorded 26 top 10s in 34 starts, and won the last race of the year to make a statement for 2023.
SHELL V-POWER RACING TEAM
Anton De Pasquale: 4th in championship, 1 win, 11 podiums, 4 poles, 29 top 10s
Will Davison: 5th in championship, 3 wins, 14 podiums, 9 poles, 24 top 10s
Race head-to-head: Davison 18, De Pasquale 16
Percentage of team points: De Pasquale 50.2%, Davison 49.8%
The placings between the Shell V-Power teammates wasn’t decided until the final day — and it took a Davison disaster to settle it. Davison won more races and took more poles, but De Pasquale was the better of the two through the first half of the year. Davison overhauled his teammate and won at Sandown and Pukekohe, but crashed out of Bathurst. The end margin between the two was just 26 points — 0.006 per cent of all points on offer in the entire year!
Cam Waters: 2nd in championship, 3 wins, 14 podiums, 10 poles, 29 top 10s
James Courtney: 12th in championship, 3 podiums, 15 top 10s
Jake Kostecki: 22nd in championship, 3 top 10s
Thomas Randle: 23rd in championship, 2 top 10s
Race head-to-head: Waters 27, Courtney 6, Kostecki 1, Randle 0
Percentage of all team points: Waters 42%, Courtney 25%, Kostecki 17%, Randle 16%
As has been the case since Chaz Mostert left, Waters has been by far and away Tickford’s leading light. Waters finished second overall, and has won all the team’s races over the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Courtney was stung by several crashes this season, but still showed glimpses of his best with podiums in Perth, Tailem Bend and Adelaide. The team’s two junior drivers had a much tougher start to life, with Randle’s first full-time campaign undone by a number of accidents. He was unlucky at The Bend, Bathurst and Gold Coast, where he picked up damage in other competitors’ accidents. Kostecki’s Tickford tenure, meanwhile, could be over after a single season after recent reports suggested his imminent departure from the team.
WALKINSHAW ANDRETTI UNITED
Chaz Mostert: 3rd in championship, 5 wins, 14 podiums, 26 top 10s
Nick Percat: 15th in championship, 1 podium, 11 top 10s
Race head-to-head: Mostert 29, Percat 5
Percentage of team points: Mostert 64%, Percat 36%
Percat’s first season back in the Walkinshaw fold didn’t go to plan, with established driver Mostert leading the team’s charge. Mostert won five races and scored podiums at each of the final six rounds of the year. Percat managed to score a miracle Adelaide podium from 20th, but will be disappointed with 15th overall — his worst result since 2017.
David Reynolds: 8th in championship, 7 podiums, 2 poles, 21 top 10s
Lee Holdsworth: 13th in championship, 1 podium, 11 top 10s
Race head-to-head: Reynolds 29, Holdsworth 5
Percentage of team points: Reynolds 55%, Holdsworth 45%
Reynolds turned a corner relative to 2021 and scored seven podiums and two poles, and emerged a renewed force. The 2017 Bathurst winner could have won the Larry Perkins Perpetual Trophy at Albert Park if not for drama in the finale. Holdsworth did his job by helping push the team forward, but was disappointed to miss out on the overall top 10.
The 2023 Repco Supercars Championship will commence in Newcastle next March.
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