The Blanchard Racing Team will field a wildcard entry in the endurance events, with Jake Kostecki returning to Supercars to team with Super2 driver Aaron Love in the entry, while team co-owner Tim Blanchard will partner Todd Hazelwood in the team’s regular car.
Kostecki lost his drive with Tickford Racing in the off-season, rejoining cousin Brodie Kostecki in the field for Sandown and Bathurst.
“I am super excited to be back racing in the Supercars Championship for the enduro season with the Blanchard Racing Team co-driving with my good friend Aaron Love,” said Kostecki.
“I am very thankful to the Blanchard family and BRT for the opportunity. Gen3 has brought new excitement to the sport, so I am looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of a Mustang and getting some good results.
“I’ve been close friends with Aaron for a fair few years. I am looking forward to racing alongside him and helping out as much as we can.”
Love races for the team in Super2, sitting in seventh in the standings after three rounds.
“I am really looking forward to the new opportunity to race in the race series and it’ll definitely feel surreal come the Sunday at Sandown, and definitely at Bathurst,” said Love.
“It’ll be another new challenge but I’m really looking forward to taking it on, and to have Jake in the car as well will definitely be really cool since we’ve been mates since racing in karts.
“The boys have been working really hard to get the car built and everyone in the team is really excited to see it go out on track.”
The Blanchard Racing Team is the third team, along with Triple Eight Race Engineering and Dick Johnson Racing, to confirm an endurance wildcard entry in 2023.
The family-owned team will shakedown its new chassis, BRT002, after the upcoming OTR SuperSprint.
It leaves just two combinations to be confirmed for the 2023 enduros, with Garth Tander and Kevin Estre signed by Grove Racing but not yet assigned to an entry.