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Chevrolet: We’re no underdogs in Gen3 fight

CHEVROLET has refused to play the underdog card as the competitive debut of its Gen3 Camaro nears.

Ford has re-entered the Supercars scene in a big way, pouring resources into the new-for-2023 S650 Mustang race car.

Furthermore, it has established an Australian motorsport division and committed to providing factory support to all five of its teams next year.

On the General Motors side it is a little more complex, with Holden’s death triggering a switch to Chevrolet and seemingly less involvement beyond the KRE Race Engines-developed powertrain.

Walkinshaw Andretti United’s impending defection to Ford means the Blue Oval will also have four teams of the top five teams in the current teams’ championship standings – i.e. everyone other than Triple Eight Race Engineering.

Nevertheless, Bowtie management are confident of its place in the ring.

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When asked if they feel like the underdogs, Chevrolet Racing general manager Chris Payne replied: “No, not by any means.

“We have an incredible history of achievement with Holden here in motorsport, in Supercars and touring cars for 50-plus years, so it’s going to be on next year, there’s no doubt about that.

Chevrolet displayed both a Gen3 Supercar and a drag car at Bathurst. Pic: Supplied

“We’ll have 14 cars prepared and on the grid with the support of the six team owners under the Chevrolet Racing program and we can’t wait for the competition to start.”

As for the new twist to the traditional Holden versus Ford rivalry?

“I would like to think that the Holden fans will come across into the Chevy camp,” said Payne.

“It’s pivoting from blue versus red to gold versus blue, if you like. I think the fans are going to be supportive as ever of that rivalry.

“The same familiar drivers are going to be driving the Camaro for ’23 and we can’t wait to take on the Mustang from Newcastle in March next year.”

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Payne also confirmed there will be a level of General Motors support going forward for each of Triple Eight, Erebus Motorsport, Brad Jones Racing, Team 18, Matt Stone Racing and PremiAir Racing.

“We have commercial arrangements with all of the Chevrolet Racing teams,” he said.

“Those details are commercial in confidence, which I won’t go into, but it includes use of the Silverado truck as a support vehicle, parts arrangements and that kind of thing, and they’re all part of the greater Chevrolet Racing family as we like to call it.”

Holden has two rounds and four races remaining in the Repco Supercars Championship, with the Gold Coast 500 (October 28-30) to be followed by the Adelaide 500 (December 1-4).

The brand this month claimed its 36th and final Bathurst Great Race victory courtesy of Triple Eight’s Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander.

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