The top 10 Supercars stories of 2023

24 Dec
From driver movements, incidents and the evolving story of Gen3, here are the stories you read on Supercars.com

This list is compiled by number of pageviews on Supercars.com between January 1 and December 24 in 2023, ranked from 10 to 1.

It was a massive year for news in the Supercars world in 2023, from driver movements, incidents and the evolving story of Gen3.

The year began with one of the biggest controversies in recent memory, while Bathurst delivered its fair share of drama, being featured in three of the top 10.

There were also some driver movement shocks, along with the exploits of Shane van Gisbergen, who will shift to NASCAR in 2024.

Ranked from 10 to 1, here are the stories you read on Supercars.com in 2023.

Van Gisbergen confirms 2024 NASCAR plans

On the eve of the Penrite Oil Sandown 500, Shane van Gisbergen’s shift to NASCAR was formally confirmed by Trackhouse Racing. It was initially announced that Trackhouse Racing had signed van Gisbergen to drive in a combination of races in NASCAR's three national series in 2024. It has since emerged that van Gisbergen will compete in seven Cup races and a full Xfinity campaign.

Kostecki responds to Tickford exit

Just weeks before the start of the season, Tickford Racing confirmed Jake Kostecki had exited the team. Kostecki, who was eventually replaced by Super2 champion Declan Fraser, took to social media, saying “It wasn’t meant to be for now." He made a return with Blanchard Racing Team in the squad’s enduro wildcard.

Van Gisbergen 'seconds from disaster' in Bathurst win

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Shane van Gisbergen and Richie Stanaway won the Repco Bathurst 1000 in October. Later, Triple Eight’s hopes nearly went array completely with Race Engineer Andrew Edwards revealing car #97 had a cracked riser. It came after the team’s other two cars dropped out of contention with similar gear tower issues.

Erebus requests officials to review van Gisbergen contact

Tensions between Erebus Motorsport and Triple Eight reached new heights in Perth after Shane van Gisbergen muscled past Brodie Kostecki to win Race 7. It was later revealed that contact from van Gisbergen on Kostecki was reviewed by officials following an Erebus request, with the team protesting the result. Erebus' protest was heard in a hearing, with van Gisbergen keeping the win.

Statement from Supercars: Repco Bathurst 1000


On the eve of the Repco Bathurst 1000, Supercars released a statement regarding the Parity Review System for the Repco Supercars Championship, which serves as the process for evaluating and implementing parity adjustments under the rules and regulations for the category. Per the statement, after a request, there was no scope for a parity adjustment to be made for the Bathurst 1000 under the Parity Review System. Changes were eventually implemented ahead of the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500.

Tickford announces Courtney departure

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Prior to the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500, Tickford Racing confirmed James Courtney would leave the team at the end of the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship. The 2010 champion joined the team midway through 2020, and was later confirmed at the expanded Blanchard Racing Team for 2024.

Winterbottom reveals cause of 'cruel' last lap DNF

A late splash-and-dash proved costly for Mark Winterbottom and Team 18, with the #18 DEWALT Camaro not classified as a finisher in the Repco Bathurst 1000. Winterbottom was running 11th late in the race when the fuel light came on, and Winterbottom jumped into the lane for a splash of fuel to make it home. However, leader Shane van Gisbergen crossed the finish line as Winterbottom approached pit exit, which was closed. Winterbottom was stuck in pit lane, and wasn’t allowed to rejoin the race.

Van Gisbergen powers to maiden NASCAR victory

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Back in July, Shane van Gisbergen set the tone for his future with a stunning victory on his NASCAR Cup Series debut on the streets of Chicago. It was the first time in NASCAR’s modern era that a driver had won in their first Cup Series start. Van Gisbergen also became the second Supercars champion after Marcos Ambrose to win a Cup Series race.

Supercars responds to Camaro news

Early in 2023, Chevrolet announced that the sixth generation Camaro will retire at the conclusion of model year 2024. The model made its debut in Supercars in 2023 in line with the debut of Gen3. Supercars reiterated its strong partnership with Chevrolet Racing despite the retirement of the latest Camaro model. The model also competes in NASCAR, IMSA, SRO and NHRA.

Triple Eight duo disqualified, Waters inherits win

The biggest story of the year on Supercars.com, by some margin, was the Newcastle controversy that saw Cam Waters and Tickford Racing inherit victory win after both Red Bull Ampol Camaros were disqualified. Tickford and Walkinshaw Andretti United lodged appeals against Triple Eight following Saturday’s race. Following an investigation into an alleged technical breach, Shane van Gisbergen and Broc Feeney were scrubbed out of the results. Tickford had appealed against cars #88 and #97, and WAU against #97, regarding the driver cooling systems in the two Camaros. The Deputy Race Directors also alleged a technical breach of rule C16.2 regarding the driver cooling system. Triple Eight later confirmed it would appeal the outcome, but the disqualifications stood.

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