Capacity 40-car grid set for Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Newcastle return

The opening round of the 2023 Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series will feature a capacity field of 40-entries at the Newcastle street circuit this weekend.

The bumper entry list comes after Motorsport Australia granted expanded grid density from 36 to 40 for the oversubscribed Aussie Racing Cars field.

The Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series return to the streets of Newcastle for the first time since 2019 with the category’s biggest field since the global pandemic.

And while there is a strength in numbers, it doesn’t come at a cost to quality.

Leading the entrants for Round 1 is defending Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series champion Josh Anderson for CoolDrive Racing, who will again resume his rivalry with young New South Welshman Lachlan Ward after the duo were split by just six-points last year.

However, many others are aiming to shake up the results, including Joel Heinrich, who won the non-series race on the Adelaide streets late last year. Others keen to impress are rising star Cody Brewczynski, TCR driver Kody Garland, Craig Woods, Anderson’s CoolDrive team-mate Reece Chapman and previous category frontrunner Sheridan Phillips.

Look for new entries from Trans Am convert Jon McCorkindale, plus former Toyota 86 Racing Series competitors Rylan Gray and Michael Sherwell, who makes his debut in his hometown.

Joining Sherwell are three fellow Novocastrians led by Aussie Racing Cars returnee Charlotte Poynting alongside Cody McKay and Shaun Martin.

Three brand-new new chassis will debut on the streets of Newcastle having just left the Aussie Racing Car factory within the last month. Also, this event will see the category welcome 12 new car owners to the field.

Drivers will contest multiple classes including the Championship, Rookie, Masters Cup, Gold Cup and Women’s Cup.

The opening round for the Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series at Newcastle begins with two 20-minute practice sessions on Friday, qualifying and 12 lap opener on Saturday, while Sunday’s action features two races to conclude the event.


Friday, March 10

Practice 1            9:35am

Practice 2            2:45pm

Saturday, March 11

Qualifying           9:55am

Race 1                   1:35pm

Sunday, March 12

Race 2                   9:15am

Race 3                   12:00pm

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2023 Race Schedule
Round 1
Thrifty Newcastle 500
Repco Supercars Championship
Mar 10-12
Round 2
Queensland Raceway
Australian Super Bike Championship
Apr 28-30
Round 3
NED Whisky Tasmania SuperSprint
Repco Supercars Championship
May 19-21
Round 4
Betr Darwin Triple Crown
Repco Supercars Championship
Jun 16-18
Round 5
NTI Townsville 500
Repco Supercars Championship
Jul 7-9
Round 6
Highlands Motorsport Park, New Zealand
10th Anniversary of Highlands
Nov 3-5