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Kostecki crowned 2023 Supercars champion

Erebus Motorsport’s Brodie Kostecki is the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship winner.

25 November 2023

Brodie Kostecki wrapped up the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship in the penultimate race of the season in Adelaide.

After his closest rival Shane van Gisbergen retired on the the opening lap of Saturday’s race at the VAILO Adelaide 500, the 26-year-old West Australian finished in sixth place to seal the title.

Van Gisbergen made contact with Kostecki’s teammate Will Brown after the latter went into the wall following a touch with Anton De Pasquale, meaning the title race was over on the opening lap.

Tickford Racing’s Cameron Waters won the race from David Reynolds and Thomas Randle in an all-Ford podium, though the focus was on Kostecki who crossed the line as the new champion.

Kostecki is the 26th different driver to claim the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars Championship crown in the sport’s 63-year history.

In just his third year of full-time racing in the Supercars championship, Kostecki becomes the youngest winner of the title since Scott McLaughlin won it as a 25-year-old in 2018.

He is the first West Australian to win the title since Garth Tander claimed the drivers’ championship in 2007 and first Australian-born driver to win the drivers’ crown since Jamie Whincup in 2017.

“I don’t think it’s sunk in yet,” Kostecki said post-race.

“You don’t want to win a championship when your other contender is knocked out of the race but it’s been a whirlwind of a year, we’ve worked so hard to do what we’ve done today. 

“Betty [Klimenko] started this venture 13 years ago. For myself to deliver her first championship is something that I’m never going to forget.”

With the driver’s title now wrapped up, the focus turns to the teams’ championship with Erebus Motorsport holding a 131-point lead over Triple Eight Race Engineering.