BRT unconcerned by Adderton push for final TRC

The CoolDrive Mustang at the Gold Coast 500. Pic: Tayler Burke

THE Blanchard Racing Team is not panicking about Peter Adderton’s high-profile mission to secure Supercars’ 26th and final Teams Racing Charter.

Now near the end of its second season, BRT has long planned an expansion to two cars.

That’s set to come in 2024 – so long as the shelved TRC has not already been snapped up.

Boost Mobile boss Adderton ramped up efforts to finally enter his own team last Friday when he announced the purchase of a Gen3 Chevrolet Camaro from Triple Eight Race Engineering for next season.

There has also been significant fan support on the back of Richie Stanaway and Greg Murphy’s Boost-backed Bathurst 1000 campaign. Adderton has said Stanaway will be his 2023 driver and Murphy his team principal, if he’s granted a charter.

Asked if he was concerned by Adderton’s campaign and what it could mean for BRT’s future plans, Blanchard told V8 Sleuth: “Not really. There’s a bit more to it than a few press releases.

“We’ve got a plan, we’ve got a team that we’re building and we’re actively growing our resources and infrastructure internally to go to two cars when the time is right, not just for us but for the series.

Tim Slade is four points off a spot inside the championship’s top 10. Pic: Tayler Burke

“At the moment with Gen3 coming in, I think that needs to be the focus for all of the teams and everyone involved, just delivering 25 cars for Newcastle next year.

“When the time is right, we’d be very keen on moving to two cars and going from there.”

On whether 2024 would be the right time, Blanchard replied: “That’s the plan for us, that’s what we’re working towards.

“We’ve already stated we’re running a Super2 car next year and the intention of that is a stepping stone going to two cars in ’24.

“It enables us to get a few extra staff onboard and trained up towards ’24.”

BRT is expected to announce the identity of its Super2 driver in the not-too-distant future.

Todd Hazelwood will be the Ford squad’s new 2023 driver at Repco Supercars Championship level, with Tim Slade heading to PremiAir Racing.

Connor O’Brien joined V8 Sleuth in 2022 as website Editor. He won the Supercars Media Award in 2017 while working as a sports reporter at the Gold Coast Bulletin, before stints at Supercars and Speedcafe. During his time at V8 Sleuth he's twice (2022, 2023) been named Journalist of the Year at the Supercars Media Awards.