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TEAM 18’s pair of Holden ZB Commodores will be sold to Eggleston Motorsport at season’s end.

The future home of the Triple Eight-built Supercars currently being driven by Mark Winterbottom and Scott Pye has been confirmed to V8 Sleuth by Team 18 owner Charlie Schwerkolt.

A Dunlop Super2 Series stalwart, Eggleston Motorsport is plotting to field four cars in next year’s second-tier competition.

It’s understood Egglestons have also held talks with PremiAir Racing about leasing its two ZB Commodores, although an outcome on that front is not quite as certain just yet.

With the Gen3 Mustang and Camaro debuting at Repco Supercars Championship level next year, a scramble has unfolded in the wake of Supercars’ decision to have only ZBs and Mustang GTs eligible for the 2023 Super2 Series.

All other Car of the Future models will be shuffled back to Super3, while the Australian Racing Group will revive the V8 Touring Cars Series aimed at pre-COTF Supercars.

Eggleston is a proven quantity, having won the Super2 crown in 2014 via Paul Dumbrell.

It’s running two Super2 cars on a regular basis this year for Cameron Crick and Matt McLean. Jack Perkins joined an expanded fleet for a one-off at Sandown, proudly displaying a retro livery throwing back to his father Larry’s 1982 Bathurst 1000 win alongside Peter Brock.

One driver Eggleston has already committed to for 2023 is teenager Kai Allen, who is perched atop the third-tier standings with two rounds remaining.

Of the two chassis the team has now secured, 888A-048 and 888A-052 were debuted by Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen respectively in 2018.

They’ve since spent several seasons in the hands of Winterbottom and Pye.

Pye scored his trio of 2020 Darwin podiums aboard 888A-052. Pic: Mark Horsburgh
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