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Fraser pumped to take on Triple Eight

DECLAN Fraser is excited to make the transition from Triple Eight protégé to enemy.

Fraser was entrenched within the Brisbane squad last year, a popular young gun who flew himself to main game events beyond those which his title-winning Super2 campaign took him to.

Public pleas from the likes of Shane van Gisbergen to find Fraser a top-tier seat finally came to fruition last week when he was announced as a late addition to Tickford Racing’s 2023 Repco Supercars Championship roster.

Fraser has not held back on his gratitude towards Triple Eight, but that does not mean they’ll be allies going forward.

“We had a pretty stellar season and I learnt so much off everyone in the team as well as Shane and Broc (Feeney), so I’m really grateful for that experience,” he told V8 Sleuth.

“Now we’re moving over to the competition so it’s a little bit different.

“I’m really excited for the challenge and hopefully we can mix it up with those guys. The team that I’m in now, Tickford, they’ve done it, they’ve been there.

“We’re ready to go and hopefully we can stick it to them.”

Fraser (right) and Craig Lowndes placed eighth in the 2022 Repco Bathurst 1000. Pic: Mark Horsburgh

Having been set for a year on the sidelines, Fraser said he began receiving interest following the Adelaide finale where he won both Super2 races from pole and clinched the title – showing he can be dominant as well as safe.

One of three first-year drivers in the field, Fraser is looking forward to bouncing off teammates Cam Waters, James Courtney and Thomas Randle.

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“There’s so much knowledge within the team and also the driver line-up that we have at the moment,” he said.

“For Tom and I, we’re both rookies – he’s done his season last year but with the ruling he’s still a rookie for the second year as well – so it’s really important with the new car coming in that we have got the extra test days as rookies to really develop the car.

“And with four cars on the track at once, I think there’s a better opportunity to learn the car quicker than what the rest of the teams can.

“I’ve been up at the workshop and have met all of the guys and girls in the corporation and we have gelled really well together straightaway. I know that what I’m going into this year is a really good thing and I’m really excited for it.”

Fraser. Pic: Supplied

So what does a good 2023 look like in his eyes?

“I think it’s just developing as a team to start with,” Fraser replied.

“There’s going to be a lot of teething issues with the cars as there was with the Car of the Future when they first came in, so I think if we can work through all of that and start to consistently edge towards that top 10 – if I’m inside that I’ll be really happy.

“Obviously that’s a very, very big ask for a first season but we have seen what Broc did last year and I don’t think it’s impossible.”

Fraser will continue to be based in Queensland, from where he plans to make use of the Norwell Motorplex facility, but could spend as much as 80 percent of his time in Victoria.

Tickford’s headquarters are located in Campbellfield, north of the Melbourne CBD.

Fraser is the third member of Triple Eight’s Super2 program to land elsewhere on the Supercars Championship grid, following Scott Pye and Cameron Hill, who’ll drive at Team 18 and Matt Stone Racing respectively in 2023.

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