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How Team 18 has assisted Gen3 rivals

TEAM 18 has detailed its efforts to help its Victorian-based counterparts get ready for the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship.

It’s been setback after setback for the Gen3 project, with almost the entire field confirming they will not be ready for scheduled shakedowns on January 30 (Queensland Raceway) or February 1 (Winton).

Parts supply has been at the centre of delays, although some key components including engines have now been distributed.

Team 18, through team owner Charlie Schwerkolt’s business Waverley Forklifts Group and its transport division WFL Transport, has played its part in that process.

The Team 18/WFL collaboration delivered engines to Brad Jones Racing and Erebus Motorsport this week plus a range of control components for the southern contingent.

“It’s been a real collaborative effort between all the teams, we’re working together in any way we can to get these cars ready to hit the track,” said team manager Bruin Beasley.

“Being a part of such a large organisation that is the Waverley Forklifts Group, we were able to coordinate the logistics this week to bring the Chevrolet engines from KRE down here as well as some of the controlled parts for the other teams.

“We even leant BJR an engine box so they could acquire it safely on their end, so it’s little things like that which go a long way to bringing these cars to life.

“From the outside the fans might not see how much the teams are helping each other in the process to get the cars ready, but we’re only too happy to put the sport first when it comes to getting the show on the road for the first round in Newcastle.

“Our first engine has arrived with us at the race team, which was LTR-10 assigned for Mark Winterbottom’s car, and we’re expecting Scott’s first engine to arrive shortly as well.”

“From here it’s all systems go to bolt the remaining parts together before we show off these cars to the rest of the world.”

The Blanchard Racing Team is expected to be the first Supercars team to complete a Gen3 shakedown, next Wednesday.

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