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The 2023 Repco Supercars Championship in review

A review of the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship in SupercarXtra Magazine issue #131.

20 December 2023

It was a season of drama and controversy, of new talent taking on the established drivers, and new cars changing the complexion of the championship. SupercarXtra Magazine looks at how the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship played out in issue #131.

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The Gen3 era started with the controversial disqualification of the first and second-placed Triple Eight Race Engineering Chevrolet Camaros of Shane van Gisbergen and Broc Feeney. The pair dominated the opening race of the new era in Newcastle, but the team had installed a second driver cooling system in the car, which was deemed a technical breach of the new and much tighter rules.

That left Cameron Waters as the winner of the first race of 2023 in his Tickford Racing Ford Mustang, a nice mark for the record books. Brodie Kostecki hinted at what would come with a podium from pole position, with Chaz Mostert putting the first-ever Walkinshaw Andretti United Ford into second place.

The Sunday race had David Reynolds on pole in the Grove Racing Mustang, and he ran to the flag in third behind van Gisbergen and Mostert. Waters was flying when an innocuous touch with the wall damaged the steering on his Mustang and robbed him of the chance of another win. With James Courtney hitting the wall in the Shootout and Declan Fraser slamming into the wall on the start, Tickford Racing was getting plenty of experience repairing the new race cars.