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Adderton’s 2023 Supercars dream dashed

BOOST Mobile founder Peter Adderton has admitted his ambitious campaign to join the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship grid is all but over.

On the back of a successful Repco Bathurst 1000 wildcard campaign, Adderton’s efforts to become a standalone team owner roared to life – with considerable fan support.

He went further during the course of the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 last weekend, announcing he had purchased a Gen3 Chevrolet Camaro off Triple Eight Race Engineering.

However, the sticking point was always going to be whether the necessary Teams Racing Charter could be secured.

Supercars does have the last of the 26 available TRCs in its possession and while it’s predominantly a board decision whether to release it, rival team owners had been confident Adderton’s efforts would amount to nothing.

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That has proven true, with Adderton unsure if he can even be granted a 2023 wildcard campaign for Richie Stanaway.

“Looks like the charter will not be sold to anyone,” Adderton wrote on social media.

“Such a shame as our chances of competing are now almost zero.

Jamie Whincup and Peter Adderton in the Gold Coast pitlane after striking a deal. Pic: Supplied

“I simply I don’t understand this it would be good for the fans and as of now it looks like (Boost Mobile) will take no part in the full-time series in 2023.

“The wildcards are our best chance now but require the teams’ 75 percent vote and I understand some teams don’t even want that.

“The sport is broken and whilst Supercars, I am sure, would love to have us, their hands are tied.

“Some of the current teams in the sport are not helping themselves by blocking us.”

There has been concern among teams about the dilution of sponsors that a 26th car could cause.

However, that expansion may yet come in 2024 when the Blanchard Racing Team is targeting a move to a two-car program.

Either way, Adderton is sticking to his guns about demanding a public answer why he and Stanaway cannot compete.

“I intend to turn up with our race team at the first race and will park the transporter at the front of the gates and have those teams who oppose us come and tell me to my face and the fans why we can’t race. Don’t be spineless and hide in the shadows,” he continued.

“Regardless of which team you support you are welcome to stand with me. “See you all in Newcastle, and if they think I am joking let’s see… be it one fan or thousands we would appreciate any support. Also any sponsor of another team you are welcome to join us as well.”

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