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Triple Eight withdraws from scheduled shakedown

NEITHER of Supercars’ homologation teams will make it to the first scheduled Gen3 shakedown in the latest setback to the project’s tightening timeline.

Triple Eight Race Engineering confirmed on Wednesday it would run “at least one” of its Chevrolet Camaro race cars at Queensland Raceway on January 30.

That came in contrast to Ford rivals Dick Johnson Racing, which ruled out that date and instead circled February 7 for its mooted track debut.

However, Triple Eight has now committed an about-turn, a team spokesperson noting plans had changed in the past 36 hours and that it will no longer attend Monday’s hitout.

Shakedowns for fellow Queensland outfits Matt Stone Racing and PremiAir Racing have also been delayed.

Triple Eight is now targeting February 9 for its maiden running, with February 7 considered too short a turnaround to the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour at which it is fielding two cars (race day is February 5).

Most southern squads have ruled out attending the February 1 shakedown at Winton Motor Raceway.

The Blanchard Racing Team is considered the best bet of making it out on track then, although Erebus Motorsport CEO Barry Ryan has warned any team that does make that date either will be doing so with incomplete machinery or an “unfair” advantage.

The best-case scenario of February 7 for most teams’ shakedowns is a mere 31 days before Friday practice at the season-opening Thrifty Newcastle 500.

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