Anton de Pasquale's off during Friday's Gen3 test. Pics: Matthew Paul Photography

A YEAR-LONG war over paddle-shift gear changing is finally at an end, but there are more challenges ahead for Supercars’ Gen3 program.

This week’s Castrol Motorsport News Podcast takes a closer look at how the gearbox battle was won, including whether fan feedback was really taken into account.

Host Andrew van Leeuwen and V8 Sleuth’s Stefan Bartholomaeus also analyse the state of play for Gen3 after the recent testing, which included a couple of off-track excursions!

The boys run the rule over ARG’s $20 million Stan broadcast deal, explain why this year’s F1 launch season will be the weirdest ever and discuss a Supercars version of NASCAR’s stadium Clash.

AVL also catches up with Will Brown to talk about his TCR comeback and Gen3 laps, making for a packed episode of the Castrol Motorsport News Podcast!

Listen to the episode in the player below or on your favourite podcast platform.