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WILDCARD CRACKDOWN COMING IN 2023

SUPERCARS is set to limit the number of wildcard appearances a driver can make from next season.

Outside of the various one-off entries in October’s Repco Bathurst 1000, Jordan Boys, Jayden Ojeda and Zak Best each completed two solo wildcard rounds during the middle section of the season.

In the case of Boys and Ojeda, that came instead of going through Super2 again, while Best opted to double up.

But a crackdown is on the horizon to better enforce the Teams Racing Charter rules whereby wildcards can only enter one solo round in addition to one enduro per season.

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Supercars has confirmed to V8 Sleuth that the above regulation continues to exist and has been shored up for 2023.

“You can only do one wildcard outside of the endurance races, unlike we have seen this year. That will get cleaned up next year,” Triple Eight managing director Jamie Whincup, who sits on the Supercars Commission, told V8 Sleuth.

Triple Eight Super2 driver Cameron Hill. Pic: Nathan Wong

“The nature is, we don’t want Super2 candidates not doing Super2 and just running wildcards.

“That’s not in the interests of what it is all about.

“We should be training new drivers through Super2 and then once they’re up to speed, give them a main game opportunity.

“There’s certainly a few wildcards here and there that drivers can do but it’s not a program so to speak.”

As it stands, Grove Racing’s Matt Payne is the only Super2 driver who is almost certain to progress to the main game in 2023, although Best and points leader Declan Fraser are among others in the hunt for opportunities.

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