Matt Payne leads the Super2 Series field at Perth. Pic: Nathan Wong

ONLY the Holden ZB Commodore and Gen2 Ford Mustang will compete in the 2023 Dunlop Super2 Series, Supercars has confirmed.

V8 Sleuth first reported the development in the wake of a Supercars Commission meeting last week.

The matter was further examined on the latest Castrol Motorsport News podcast, and it’s now official.

The decision is in contrast to the initial plan, announced six weeks ago, to have all Car of the Future models eligible for Super2.

Instead, the VF Commodore, FG X Falcon, Nissan Altima, Mercedes E63 AMG and Volvo S60 will now be bumped to Super3, where the Project Blueprint VE Commodore and FG Falcon may also be used.

Among the affected teams is MW Motorsport, which will no longer be able to compete in the second tier with its Altimas.

“Over recent months we held discussions with various stakeholders, and it became apparent that this decision would align with the technical configuration of both Dunlop Series moving forward,” explained Supercars head of motorsport Adrian Burgess.

“It was unanimously agreed that this was the best decision to ensure the Dunlop Series remain the key pathway to the Repco Supercars Championship and we can now move forward with planning for the 2023 series.”

Supercars has also confirmed Super2 and Super3 will remain racing on a combined grid next year.

The third-last round of the 2022 Super2/Super3 Series unfolds this weekend at Sandown.

Connor O’Brien joined V8 Sleuth in 2022 as website Editor. He won the Supercars Media Award in 2017 while working as a sports reporter at the Gold Coast Bulletin, before stints at Supercars and Speedcafe. During his time at V8 Sleuth he's twice (2022, 2023) been named Journalist of the Year at the Supercars Media Awards.