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How the 2025 Supercars grid is shaping up

AT a time when pieces of the 2025 Formula 1 grid are already falling into place, V8 Sleuth has taken the opportunity to map out the lay of the land ahead of Supercars’ silly season inevitably kicking off.

The 2023/24 summer saw a remarkable amount of movement take place, with just two teams – Dick Johnson Racing and PremiAir Racing – maintaining the status quo.

There’s bound to be more year-on-year stability heading into 2025, but some key names and seats will still come into the spotlight.

Set to be at the centre of attention are three coveted drivers: Brodie Kostecki, Cam Waters and Kai Allen… more on that below.

Of course, some information when it comes to driver contracts can be clouded by options, opt-outs and vagueness around the term ‘multi-year’, but V8 Sleuth has sought to scythe through it all to bring you this squad-by-squad breakdown (ordered by the current teams’ championship standings).

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Broc Feeney and Will Brown at a signing session in Taupō. Pic: Supplied/Mark Horsburgh

Under contract for 2025: Will Brown, Broc Feeney

This one is straightforward.

Brown was announced on a three-year deal through 2026 upon joining from Erebus Motorsport, while team principal Jamie Whincup let slip last September that the same contract period is relevant to Feeney.

So, a seat at the Banyo juggernaut is unlikely to become available until 2027 at the earliest.

Grove Racing

Matt Payne and Richie Stanaway. Pic: Supplied

Under contract for 2025: Matt Payne, Richie Stanaway (team option)

Grove Racing swiftly acted after Payne’s maiden victory last year in Adelaide to extend the Kiwi young gun’s deal further into the distance, albeit with no set timeframe spelt out.

For context, Payne was already locked in for 2024 at that point, so it’s safe to presume the extension takes him to the end of 2025 at the absolute minimum.

V8 Sleuth understands Stanaway was signed on a base one-year deal with various options to extend – and with the team explicitly upbeat about his talent and progress, he’s odds-on to be sticking around for a while yet.

Erebus Motorsport

Under contract for 2025: Jack Le Brocq

Off-contract: Brodie Kostecki

New two-year deals through 2024 were announced for both Kostecki and Brown at the 2022 Tailem Bend round. The latter ultimately agreed to an early release, while there’s been an obvious awkwardness around Kostecki in more recent months.

Whatever the case, Kostecki in February indicated that he plans to continue racing in Supercars for the foreseeable future.

“I have a long-term commitment to Australian motorsport and have a burning desire to stand up here again and hopefully get my hands on this again in the future years to come,” he said upon being presented with the Australian Touring Car Championship trophy.

Le Brocq replaced Brown on what V8 Sleuth understands is a two-year deal.

Dick Johnson Racing

Anton De Pasquale and Will Davison. Pic: Supplied/Mark Horsburgh

Off-contract: Anton De Pasquale, Will Davison

It’s widely believed that both drivers were last season handed one-year extensions, after which De Pasquale would possibly become a factor in the market and Davison would be faced with the inevitable ‘will he go on?’ question that all aging drivers get.

Both drivers have tended to be evenly matched across their tenure together, which is now into year four.

It’s unclear what direction DJR will take for 2025, but it does potentially have Allen waiting in the wings. The Super2 champion made his Great Race debut last October in a DJR wildcard and will co-drive with Davison in this year’s enduros.

Walkinshaw Andretti United

Under contract for 2025: Chaz Mostert, Ryan Wood

WAU announced a “long-term deal” for Mostert at the 2023 Gold Coast 500, without specifying exactly how long.

It also staved off interest in Wood from various rivals in what was stated to be a multi-year contract that promoted him from Super2.

Team 18

Mark Winterbottom and David Reynolds. Pic: Supplied

Under contract for 2025: David Reynolds

Off-contract: Mark Winterbottom

The job security of a multi-year offer lured Reynolds to Team 18, meaning he’s set in stone for at least another season.

Meanwhile, the two-year contract Winterbottom inked in September 2022 is due to expire at the end of this year.

‘Frosty’ turns 43 in a matter of weeks, but was a podium-finisher at last month’s Albert Park round.

Matt Stone Racing

Under contract for 2025: Nick Percat, Cameron Hill

For the first time since expanding to become a two-car team, MSR is set to have year-on-year continuity, given it announced the recruitment of Percat and renewal of Hill for not only 2024 but also 2025.

Tickford Racing

Thomas Randle and Cam Waters. Pic: Supplied/Mark Horsburgh

Under contract for 2025: Thomas Randle

Off-contract: Cam Waters

There was plenty of speculation around Waters’ place in the market mid-last year, as the likes of WAU checked in on his services, but all that amounted to little as the Mildura star stayed on to lead Tickford into its streamlined two-car era.

Waters however is said to officially be coming off-contract this time around, meaning a fresh wave of interest is sure to be on the cards.

Randle by contrast is believed to be tied to Tickford for at least another 12 months.

Brad Jones Racing

Under contract for 2025: Andre Heimgartner, Bryce Fullwood, Jaxon Evans, Macauley Jones

Fullwood’s continuation with BJR came with certainty that he’d be around in 2025, while Heimgartner has hinted at being under contract for even longer than that, and Evans signed up to Supercars on a multi-year arrangement.

Jones Jr seems to be safe for 2025 too, given a three-year deal with Pizza Hut to sponsor his #96 Camaro was announced at the start of ’23.

PremiAir Racing

Tim Slade and James Golding. Pic: Tayler Burke

Under contract for 2025: James Golding

Off-contract: Tim Slade

Tim Slade has tended to be a year-by-year proposition, the two-time race winner honest as ever about only wanting to go racing if he can be competitive.

Golding is understood to be locked in for next season.

Blanchard Racing Team

Under contract for 2025: James Courtney, Aaron Love

James Courtney joined BRT on a two-year deal that he indicated would be his last, and the Blanchards’ desire to build with stability was reflected by its continued faith in rookie Love, who’s set to have two years to find his feet in the championship.

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