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Shane van Gisbergen claiming his maiden Supercars Championship in 2021. (Image: Red Bull Ampol Racing)

As we dawn on a new Supercars Championship, what changes have been made, and where will the teams and drivers tour this year?

As we dawn on a new Supercars Championship, let’s look at how the grid will set up in season 2022. What changes are there and where will the teams and drivers tour this year?

The grid will upsize from 24 drivers to 25, with the addition of another car at Tickford Racing.

However, the offseason brought us a fair share of moves, from drivers trading colours or retiring, to returning or being welcomed to the sport.

Blanchard Racing Team

Tim Slade will remain the sole driver at Blanchard Racing Team for yet another season. BRT and its Mustang will hope to climb the ranks this season.

In 2021, Slade and BRT finished in 12th position among both the drivers and team’s standings. As there are no changes to the team this season, Slade will hope to use this as an opportunity to show the paddock what he can do.

Tickford Racing

Tickford Racing release Cam Waters’ livery for the 2022 season. (Image: Tickford Racing)

This season, Tickford have upgraded their garage from three to four cars, following the addition of another car in the offseason.

Cam Waters and former Drivers’ Champion James Courtney will stay at the team in 2022, while there are two new recruits.

Jack Le Brocq left the team during the offseason for Matt Stone Racing. Le Brocq was replaced by rising star Jake Kostecki – who was welcomed from Matt Stone Racing – completing a straight swap.

The new seat was awarded to 25-year-old Thomas Randle, who competed in the Supercars Championship last season for Tickford as a co-driver. His promotion rounds out the new-look Tickford line-up for 2022.

Grove Racing

Formerly known as Kelly-Grove Racing, Grove Racing endured a slightly changed line-up ahead of the 2022 season.

Veteran David Reynolds will continue to drive for the team, while the exit of Andre Heimgartner to Brad Jones Racing has allowed Lee Holdsworth to regain a full-time seat.

Holdsworth, who spent a year as a co-driver for Walkinshaw Andretti United, will be welcomed back to the grid to partner Reynolds.

Shell V-Power Racing Team (Dick Johnson Racing)

Shell V-Power Racing release their livery for 2022. (Image: Dick Johnson Racing)

Dick Johnson Racing will continue with the same outfit for a second consecutive season following its second-place finish in the 2021 season.

Both Anton de Pasquale and Will Davidson will continue to battle out the likes of Triple Eight Race Engineering, among others, in hope for championship glory.

Eyes will be on the Shell V-Power Racing Team, as plenty of hope and potential still lays within the team.

Walkinshaw Andretti United

Chaz enters 2022 in the Mobil 1 Optus Racing No. 25.
Chaz Mostert shows off his 2022 Supercar. (Image: Walkinshaw Andretti United)

The Holden-based team will remain with two-time Bathurst 1000 winner Chaz Mostert, following his impressive third-place finish in last season’s championship.

Mostert, who was seemingly the ‘best of the rest’, provided many entertaining results last season, including being crowned Bathurst 1000 Champion for the second time.

Walkinshaw will introduce Nick Percat to the team for 2022, who replaces the outgoing Bryce Fullwood.

Percat and Fullwood completed a straight swap between Walkinshaw and Brad Jones Racing, for the 2022 season.

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Brad Jones Racing

BJR will now be partnered with Tickford Racing as the biggest teams on the grid, with four each.

Half of the team remains the same, while two new drivers have been welcomed to the fold.

Jack Smith will continue in his third season at the team, while Macauley Jones will drive for the team for the second consecutive season.

The exits of Nick Percat and Todd Hazelwood, saw them be replaced by Andre Heimgartner of Grove Racing and Bryce Fullwood of Walkinshaw Andretti United.

Erebus Motorsport

Yet another team will be unchanged for season 2022, as Erebus will continue with excitement machines Will Brown and Brodie Kostecki.

Both Brown and Kostecki caused a ruckus last season, finding themselves in impressive positions.

The pair helped Erebus to a fifth-place finish in the Constructors’ Championship, mixed inside a very tight midfield.

Team 18

Team 18 has also gone unchanged ahead of season 2022. Veteran and former Drivers’ Champion Mark Winterbottom as well as Scott Pye will lead the charge for the team.

A disappointing 2021 campaign saw Team 18 as one of only four teams to not make the podium, alongside Matt Stone Racing, Team Sydney and Blanchard Racing Team.

What will 2022 have in store for Team 18? We will have to watch to find out, as the lack of changes make it hard to decipher where they will rank.

PremiAir Racing

The newly named PremiAir Racing, formerly known as Team Sydney, will run a slightly modified line-up for season 2022.

Garry Jacobson kept his seat during the off season, unlike 2021 teammate Fabian Coulthard.

Coulthard has since been replaced by Chris Pither, who joins from Brad Jones Racing – where he was a co-driver.

Matt Stone Racing

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Matt Stone Racing announce new deal with Truck Assist and reveal their 2022 liveries. (Image: Matt Stone Racing)

Matt Stone Racing has introduced a brand-new line-up ahead of the 2022 season, enduring the exits of Jake Kostecki and Zane Goddard.

The team has welcomed Jack Le Brocq from Tickford Racing and Todd Hazelwood from Brad Jones Racing, in hope of climbing the Constructors’ table in 2022.

This all-new line-up has the potential to rise Matt Stone Racing into the midfield for 2022.

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Triple Eight Race Engineering releases its 2022 livery. (Image: Red Bull Ampol Racing)

In one of the biggest moves in the 21st century, seven-time Drivers’ Champion and all-time leading race-winner Jamie Whincup announced his retirement.

His exit of the sport opened one of the most valuable seats on the grid, which has in turn been gifted to 2021 Super2 Drivers’ Champion Broc Feeney.

Feeney featured in the final race of the 2021 V8 Supercars, which he unfortunately retired.

He will be introduced and will race with reigning Drivers’ Champion Shane van Gisbergen, who wiped the floor last season, taking out the Championship with one round remaining.

Triple Eight Race Engineering will have plenty on its plate with a new, rookie driver, but it will also have to fight for the Constructors’ Championship, which will surely bring some other teams into the mix.

The calendar

This year, the calendar is resurfacing back towards its normal self, with a handful of destinations returning to the calendar.

12 rounds are planned for this season, spanning over two countries, including seven states within Australia.

The 2022 season welcomes the return of multiple tracks, including Albert Park (Victoria), Pukekohe (New Zealand), Surfers Paradise (Queensland), Newcastle (NSW) – which has currently been postponed – Wanneroo (WA) and Winton (Victoria).

The season kicks off this weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park for the Sydney SuperNight.

Round 1: Sydney SuperNight, Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW, March 5-6

Round 2: Tasmania SuperNight, Symmons Plains, TAS, March 26-27

Round 3: Melbourne 400, Albert Park, VIC, April 8-10

Round 4: Perth SuperNight, Wanneroo, WA, April 30-May 1

Round 5: Winton SuperSprint, Winton, VIC, May 21-22

Round 6: Darwin Triple Crown, Hidden Valley, NT, June 18-19

Round 7: Townsville 500, Reid Park, QLD, July 9-10

Round 8: The Bend SuperSprint, The Bend, SA, July 30-31

Round 9: Sandown SuperSprint, Sandown, VIC, August 20-21

Round 10: Auckland SuperSprint, Pukekohe Park, NZ, September 10-11

Round 11: Bathurst 1000, Mount Panorama, NSW, October 9

Round 12: Gold Coast 500, Surfers Paradise, QLD, October 29-30

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