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Triple Eight launches wildcard entry for 2023

Triple Eight Race Engineering’s Supercheap Auto wildcard entry to run at three rounds in 2023.

27 May 2023

Triple Eight Race Engineering and Supercheap Auto have launched their third consecutive Supercars championship wildcard entry.

In conjunction to the #888 wildcard racing at the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000, the team also announced that Zane Goddard will be making his solo return to the Supercars championship with a standalone wildcard entry at the Darwin Triple Crown. His entry into the event will see Goddard return to the series as a primary driver for the first time since 2021.

Goddard will then team with Lowndes at Sandown and Bathurst, with former Triple Eight race-winning engineer Wes McDougal returning to the helm as race engineer for the #888 Camaro.

McDougal was race engineer to seven-time Supercars champion Jamie Whincup in his final full-time season of Supercars in 2021, and has previously worked with Goddard at Matt Stone Racing.

“In Supercars, I’ve never had a brand-new car to race, so that’s a really cool experience,” said Goddard.

“Usually, the cars I’ve had in the past have been hand-me-downs from Jamie and Shane (van Gisbergen), but to have a brand-new car is a cool opportunity. There’s going to be certain things to learn from a new car once we shake it down, but those are the experiences I’m really looking forward to. The car looks awesome with all the Supercheap Auto branding, and the crew back at Triple Eight have done a super job building it.

“It’s also a great opportunity for me to have a standalone wildcard entry in Darwin and get some laps under my belt before the enduro season, and I can’t thank Supercheap Auto and Triple Eight enough. I’ve obviously raced full-time before, but to also have a chance in the car to show what I can do is really cool. Darwin is always an amazing event, so I’m going to embrace the whole race meeting and hopefully we can get some good results. The guys and girls at Triple Eight have been putting in a lot of work behind the scenes to get the car ready, so hopefully we can repay them with a good result and take as much away from it as we can.

“It’s going to be cool to work with Wes again. I’ve worked with him at past teams, and it’s a bit surreal how it goes full circle and we’re now working together at Triple Eight. Knowing the way he works and having that prior knowledge cuts out a lot of the teething phase of growing that relationship – he understands what I like and I understand what he means when he says certain phrases which definitely helps. He’s an extremely talented, race-winning engineer who has worked at Triple Eight before and it’s great to see him back in the Supercars paddock. Hopefully Craig, Wes and myself can work well together and set up the optimal car every time it goes out on track.”

Since the commencement of Triple Eight’s Supercheap Auto-backed wildcard program in 2020, the team has seen two emerging drivers in Broc Feeney and Declan Fraser graduate to the Supercars championship in a full-time capacity.

The wildcard entry at last year’s Bathurst 1000, driven by Lowndes and Fraser, finished eighth – the highest placing ever for a wildcard entry at the Great Race.