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Supercars considering wildcard program expansion

WILDCARDS could compete at as many as four Repco Supercars Championship rounds next year per latest discussions on the matter.

V8 Sleuth revealed in August that a crackdown would be enforced in 2023, somewhat to protect the Dunlop Super2 Series.

This year, Zak Best, Jayden Ojeda and Jordan Boys opted to complete two-round solo wildcards – the latter two doing so instead of Super2.

Supercars has confirmed the current allowance, per the Teams Racing Charter, is for a wildcard to enter one solo round plus the enduros.

With the Sandown 500 returning next September as the lead-in to the Repco Bathurst 1000, that makes for a possible three-event campaign for the likes of Best and Declan Fraser, who won’t return to Super2 next year.

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However, talk in the Adelaide paddock pointed to that maybe growing further, with potential for two solo race meetings in addition to the two enduros.

Supercars CEO Shane Howard confirmed to media that “wildcards are up for discussion at Commission” and that it remains a work in progress.

He also downplayed concerns regarding the ability to alter regulations placed within the TRCs.

“If the teams are all aligned, then it’s an easy process,” added Howard.

There will again be 25 full-time cars on the main game grid next year, with the spare TRC kept on the shelf for at least another 12 months.

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