The Repco Supercars Championship returns to Winton Motor Raceway for the first time in three years, with Shane van Gisbergen the driver to beat as the challengers attempt to stop the reigning champion at a track where he has won just once.
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Despite only winning one race at Winton Motor Raceway, van Gisbergen remains the driver to beat at the first event back at the circuit since May 2019.
Van Gisbergen gave Holden its 600th win in the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars last time out in Perth, and is a strong position to give the Commodore a final championship win before it’s replaced by the Camaro under the Gen3 rules in 2023.
The Pizza Hut Winton SuperSprint consists of three 115-kilometre races – Races 13, 14 and 15 of the 2022 season – with the first race grid spots determined by the three-part knockout qualifying and the latter two determined by single qualifying sessions.
Supercars will run on the super-soft tyre compound for the event, one of three events running the softest tyre compound in Dunlop’s range, meaning tyre life and strategy will be key at Winton.
The tight and twisty circuit first hosted the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1985 and has been a regular since, with Turns 3 and 4 resurfaced and reprofiled in 2019. Despite being the slowest circuit on the Supercars calendar, the combination of short straights, slow corners and fast kinks makes it a challenge for drivers with the complication of the softer tyre.
Winton has thrown up some surprise results over the years, with Triple Eight Race Engineering, the current dominators of Supercars, winning just one race at the circuit since 2013.
The support bill for the Pizza Hut Winton SuperSprint includes the Porsche Carrera Cup, V8 SuperUtes, Aussie Racing Cars, Sports Sedans and Formula Ford.