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Kostecki opts for sprintcar cameo in Newcastle prep

BRODIE Kostecki will return to racing on dirt ahead of his first round in the Repco Supercars Championship’s Gen3 era.

The Erebus Motorsport driver made his sprintcar debut 12 months ago in a one-off outing at Toowoomba Speedway.

His second start will come on Saturday February 18 at Archerfield Speedway in Brisbane, before revisiting Toowoomba seven days later.

(UPDATE: Kostecki will no longer compete at Archerfield, but is still racing at Toowoomba on February 25)

“I’m actually pretty excited. I wanted to jump in a bit earlier but all of the top guys come out and were racing up here for Speedweeks and whatnot and I didn’t really want to mix it with those guys yet,” Kostecki told V8 Sleuth.

“I’m nowhere near that level yet, I just want to go out and have a bit of fun and race as much as possible.”

Asked whether the campaign will be beneficial to his Supercars season aboard the looser-handling Gen3 machinery, Kostecki replied: “I just want to get more experience behind the wheel of different cars.

“You see the top guys in many forms of motorsport at the moment are really diversifying what they’re driving.

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“We only race 12 times a year; how are you going to beat someone who is 32 years old that has been racing Supercars for 10 to 15-plus years?

“I need to get experience somehow and it’s not just going to be racing Supercars, so I just need to race as much as I can.”

Sprintcar has become a popular option for leading Supercars drivers, with Cam Waters a regular in the scene and Shane van Gisbergen making multiple starts this off-season in New Zealand.

Kostecki and Brown revealed Erebus Motorsport’s 2023 look at Movie World on Wednesday. Pic: Supplied

Before Archerfield, Kostecki will shakedown his #99 Coca-Cola Chevrolet Camaro Supercar on Monday (February 13) at Winton Motor Raceway.

Praising the efforts of his crew, the 25-year-old senses an opportunity for Erebus to close the gap to the championship’s traditional powerhouse teams.

“It would be great to be the leading Camaro team and the leading team overall,” he said.

“It will be interesting to see how it all plays out. We have been working really hard to make sure we’re on top of everything and that when we have our first test day we have no issues and whatnot.

“It’s all about trying to use your time wisely now and not waste the days that you have left before the first round because they are very crucial.

“Hopefully we do figure it out first and we find a way to keep that performance up and maintain that over the field.

“It’s a lot different now with this car, there’s no development or whatnot, everything is pretty controlled, it’s just track tuning only so hopefully that plays into our strengths.

“We tried to work on that last year with our older generation car and try to make just our procedural things a lot better just to problem solve faster, so hopefully that all pays off this year.”

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