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THERE is potential for the Dunlop Super2/Super3 Series to be setting the pace at 2023 events, with Supercars insisting it won’t slow hand-me-down Gen2 machinery next year.

It’s not entirely clear yet what sort of lap times can be expected from the incoming Gen3 Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, given the vastly different characteristics they’ll bear compared to their predecessors.

Among the chief factors is a notable aero cut, which should see cars slower through high-speed corners but faster on straights thanks to less drag.

Either way, Supercars appears comfortable with the possibility that its feeder series cars could outpace its main game entries.

The current Ford Mustang and Holden ZB Commodore will fill the 2023 Super2 field, with the Nissan Altima, Falcon FG X and VF Commodore shuffling down to the third tier.

“They’re going down as they are,” Supercars head of motorsport Adrian Burgess told V8 Sleuth, with regards to the Gen2 cars.

“We’re not focusing on it. For us it doesn’t matter, the only change they’ll get is that they’ll keep the Albins gearbox; the Xtrac will stay in main game.

“So it will go down as a complete car minus the gearbox but there’s already a good supply of Albins gearboxes and we didn’t want to put more cost into the DS2 series.

“But this (Gen3) car will be as quick as our current car, maybe even quicker.

The Gen3 Mustang and Camaro at Townsville. Pic: Mark Horsburgh

“At Sandown I think we were doing mid-8s and main game was doing mid-7s in quali spec and we haven’t even given them to the teams yet to put their own set-ups in the car.”

Supercars has remained adamant that improving the quality of racing is more important for its new cars than outright lap speed.

“We don’t want it to be slower by design, so we’re not trying to make it slower by design but equally if it’s line-ball, it’s not a focus,” said Burgess.

“It’s about better racing, quality of racing.”

Triple Eight Race Engineering, Tickford Racing, Walkinshaw Andretti United, Erebus Motorsport (affiliated with Image Racing), Brad Jones Racing, Matt Stone Racing and the Blanchard Racing Team have all flagged interest in running parallel programs next year in Super2 as well as the Repco Supercars Championship.

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