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THERE is set to be an increased Repco Supercars Championship presence in the 2023 Dunlop Super2 Series.

The majority of main game teams are considering having some level of involvement in the second tier, which will exclusively comprise of ZB Commodores and Mustang GTs next year.

Triple Eight Race Engineering managing director Jamie Whincup this week revealed the lengths his squad is going to, having investigated reviving a written-off Team 18 chassis as its options start to narrow.

Triple Eight is on track to win its second successive Super2 title with Declan Fraser holding a 114-point lead after four of six rounds, and Whincup confirmed it wants to continue the program beyond this season.

Tickford Racing recently snapped up a Garry Rogers Motorsport chassis which it intends to convert into a Mustang, run in Super2 either by itself or made available elsewhere.

Cameron Waters’ Mustang has already been sold to the family of Super2 driver Zane Morse. Pic: Mark Horsburgh

Tickford CEO Tim Edwards confirmed his squad will expand to two entries next year, a shift from the single-car model it has operated with since 2018.

Brad Jones Racing is similarly mulling an expansion to two cars – it’s running one this year for Elly Morrow – while Matt Stone Racing intends to field as many as three ZB Commodores.

Erebus Motorsport is set to have two of its current fleet on the 2023 Super2 grid, likely in some sort of continued affiliation with Image Racing.

The Blanchard Racing Team will almost certainly join the second tier with the Ford Mustang it owns, while Walkinshaw Andretti United has publicly stated its interest as well.

Super2 is very much on the agenda for Peter Xiberras and PremiAir Racing, but V8 Sleuth understands they may wait an extra 12 months while continuing to build up its Supercars Championship outfit.

That just leaves Grove Racing, Team 18 and the Shell V-Power Racing Team.

The Groves’ Super2 future is unclear given it’s likely to promote Matt Payne to the Supercars Championship next year, while Team 18’s ZB Commodores will be on the grid but under the ownership of Eggleston Motorsport.

Dick Johnson Racing has not offered any indications that Super2 is on its radar.

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