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What to watch for in Supercars 2024

THE Repco Supercars Championship industry enters 2024 full of new dynamics and with plenty of unknowns.

V8 Sleuth runs through the biggest topics to keep an eye on this year…

Closer competition, hopefully

How the performance of the Camaro and Mustang shake out after wind tunnel testing is the obvious starting point, and one that we won’t really get a true gauge on until late February.

The general consensus, backed up by results, was that Chevrolet had the advantage through the first 10 rounds of 2023 before a parity change swung the pendulum in Ford’s favour.

Hopefully, both brands will be able to compete far more closely at every round now.

A DJR Mustang at Windshear. Pic: Supplied

Waters’ big chance

With parity addressed in more detail than ever before, Tickford shifting to a concentrated two-car effort, and Shane van Gisbergen gone… has there ever been a better time than now for Cam Waters to win a championship and Bathurst?

He is super quick and not afraid to get his elbows out. Starting the year well at Mount Panorama will be important…

Cam Waters. Pic: Supplied/Race Project

The upper hand at Triple Eight

For the first time since 2004, Triple Eight does not have a championship winner in its primary driving ranks.

Instead, Triple Eight has opted for a young, talented combination of Broc Feeney and Will Brown.

Can either grab the early ascendancy and set the tone for their multi-year tenure as teammates?

Broc Feeney and Will Brown embrace post-race in Townsville. Pic: Ross Gibb

The time has come for RACE…

RACE has now had two years at the helm and it’s time to start making their mark.

Credit where it’s due, the championship has invested heavily in its off-season parity program.

But it’s time for them to start walking the talk when it comes to growing the sport – and in particular, the calendar.

The Bend has dropped off the calendar. Pic: Supplied

The Camaro’s successor

This somewhat flew under the radar while other Gen3 matters came to the fore, but surely comes back into focus before long.

Attached to the end of the roadgoing Camaro was an indication from Supercars that a new General Motors Gen3 vehicle will be coming for 2026.

If that is the case, there’s bound to be plenty of lead time required to properly develop a successor.

This year could be the second-last for the Gen3 Camaro. Pic: Ross Gibb

The Stanaway/Grove union

It really is hard not to be excited about this. A prodigal talent unfulfilled in Supercars, teaming up with the squad who most are tipping to be a powerhouse sooner than later.

How will year one go for a determined Stanaway?

Some fleeting top-end results? A top 10 in the championship? More?

Richie Stanaway. Pic: Supplied/Mark Horsburgh

Superstars of the future

Into the series come youngsters Ryan Wood and Aaron Love, raw talents with bucketloads of pace.

21-year-olds Matt Payne and Broc Feeney have stellar platforms to build on, we’re likely to see more of teen Kai Allen, and even the likes of Brodie Kostecki and Will Brown are still in their mid-20s.

Ryan Wood. Pic: Supplied/Daniel Kalisz

How Erebus handles the pressure

Erebus did what few believed was possible in 2023; they sustained year-long pressure from Triple Eight and did not crack.

The spotlight is now shining on them brighter than ever – can they stay at that level for another 12 months?

Erebus Motorsport celebrates in Adelaide. Pic: Supplied/Race Project

Where does Ludo end up?

The immediate future of one of the most successful and coveted minds in Supercars appears up in the air.

Ludo Lacroix was instrumental in Triple Eight’s rise in Australia, and then struck up a formidable alliance with Scott McLaughlin upon being lured across by DJR Team Penske.

Gone from DJR, is there another Supercars chapter to come for the Frenchman?

Ludo Lacroix. Pic: Nathan Wong

A new era for Mostert

Talking of engineers and new chapters, Chaz Mostert enters 2024 without renowned right-hand man Adam DeBorre by his side.

Walkinshaw Andretti United has hired Sam Scaffidi to guide Mostert, whose main game success has almost exclusively come under DeBorre’s watch.

Mostert and Scaffidi know each other from their Tickford days together… perhaps a clean slate can have advantages for the two-time Bathurst 1000 winner.

Chaz Mostert’s #25 Gen3 Mustang in Adelaide. Pic: Supplied/Mark Horsburgh

Another intriguing silly season

From 2023 to 2024, just two of the 11 teams have unchanged driver line-ups.

But it won’t be long before more silly season intrigue kicks off, with Cam Waters, Brodie Kostecki, Anton De Pasquale, Will Davison and Mark Winterbottom among those known to be coming off-contract.

Brodie Kostecki and Cam Waters’ current contracts are due to expire at the end of 2024. Pic: Ross Gibb

SVG

Supercars fans will have even more reason to be keeping a regular eye on the other side of the world now, with Shane van Gisbergen joining Scott McLaughlin as a full-timer in the United States.

McLaughlin quickly established himself as a genuine star of the IndyCar Series.

Van Gisbergen already has a NASCAR Cup Series win under his belt and will have quite a following behind him.

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