PETER Xiberras has hailed a season of progress for his PremiAir Racing Supercars squad, even if a maiden podium remained elusive.
PremiAir entered the championship abruptly after buying out Tekno Autosports/Team Sydney in January 2022 and experienced a steep learning curve last year.
The Arundel squad burst out of the blocks strongly in 2023, with James Golding nabbing fourth in Race 2 of the Newcastle season-opener.
But that would be as close as they got to some silverware, PremiAir slipping all the way down to ninth in the teams’ championship by season’s end.
There was another mid-season overhaul along the way, with Matt Cook departing as team principal, while key staffing additions included Stephen Robertson (team manager) and Romy Mayer (race engineer for #23, Tim Slade).
“What a year 2023 has been,” said Xiberras.
“After the madness of our 2022 debut season in Supercars which began just six weeks before the first event, we headed into 2023 having created a more solid base to work from, but also faced with a whole new challenge along with the rest of the Supercars pitlane with the Gen3 Supercars coming online.
“It is no secret the introduction of Gen3 has been complex, but as the season progressed I was exceptionally proud of how our team rose to the challenge and found a way forward.
“It was far from smooth sailing of course, not just for us but the entire pitlane, but we made a lot of big steps forward across the year as we continued to build our team and our resources in what is being proven time and time again to be an exceptionally competitive and intense championship.
“That progress is clear in the stats alone – in 2022, we enjoyed two Top 10 Shootouts and (seven) top 10 race finishes. In 2023, the Nulon Racing Camaros had no less than ten Top 10 Shootouts appearances and brought home 14 top 10 race finishes.
“But it isn’t just in the stats that you can see our progress.
“As a working group, our team has lifted the bar time and time again when it comes to their own performance, and their commitment and dedication to what needs to be done both at the track and away from it is unwavering.
“Of course, while we all want more, I couldn’t be more proud of what our team has achieved this year and the work they are already putting in to make sure we can hit the ground running in the best possible way come the start of the new Supercars season in February of 2024.
“With the second year of Gen3, a stable line-up of talented drivers in Tim Slade and Jimmy Golding, a maturing and growing team, and strong leadership, I am confident there is much more success in our future – so watch this space.”