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The new-look trans-Tasman rivalry in Supercars

FOR the first time in four years, there will be five New Zealanders full-time on the Repco Supercars Championship grid.

In 2020, it was Scott McLaughlin, Shane van Gisbergen, Fabian Coulthard, Andre Heimgartner and Chris Pither.

Heimgartner is the only one that remains this year in a talented Kiwi quintet completed by Matt Payne, Richie Stanaway, Ryan Wood and Jaxon Evans.

Evans scored the last available seat for 2024, being a surprise, high-profile selection to replace the retiring Jack Smith in the Brad Jones Racing/SCT Logistics Camaro.

After five years abroad in the Porsche family, Evans is excited to fly the flag for Kiwis in Supercars.

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Jaxon Evans. Pic: Supplied

“It may upset a few people that there’s more Kiwis on the grid after maybe hearing the good news for them that Shane was leaving,” he chuckled to V8 Sleuth.

“But for me, most of my racing before I went overseas was never in New Zealand, so it’s quite nice to be part of that drive and push behind supporting the Kiwis.

“I think it’s great for the trans-Tasman rivalry and I think that the Kiwis will be quite strong as a whole this year.”

Prior to Brodie Kostecki’s title triumph last year, the previous five championships had been won by New Zealanders (McLaughlin 2018-20, van Gisbergen 2021-22).

Supercars will return to racing across the ditch in less than three months’ time, for the inaugural ITM Taupo Super400.

Matt Payne and Andre Heimgartner at Taupo Motorsport Park. Pic: Supplied/Mark Horsburgh
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