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History made at Queensland Raceway with first Camaro Gen3 laps

In another historic day for Supercars, Queensland-based squad Matt Stone Racing (MSR) has become the first team to puts its Gen3 team-built Chevrolet Camaro Supercar on track.

The Yatala-based MSR and fellow Gold Coast-based squad Shell V-Power Racing Team had their first outings with the new generation Supercars at the Ipswich venue.

Canberran rookie Cameron Hill turned his first laps in MSR’s new Camaro, which was built at the team’s Yatala base ahead of his debut in a Supercar which will occur at Newcastle on March 10.

Hill, a 2023 rookie, will be partnered by Jack Le Brocq this season. Le Brocq is also at Queensland Raceway today.

Hill was over the moon to become the first driver to sample the latest-generation of General Motors Supercar.

“We’ve had our first shakedown of Matt Stone Racing’s first Gen3 Chevrolet Camaro and what a special morning for me to be the first driver to drive a Camaro race car this year,” he said.

“The day has gone super smoothly, we did a couple of installation laps and we came in for the boys to have a look at the car. It has all been perfect, so a great start to our test program.”

Victoria’s Blanchard Racing Team, which unveiled its 2023 colours last week, was also back on track testing its #3 CoolDrive Ford at Winton Motor Raceway today.

Two-time Bathurst winner Will Davison and team-mate Anton De Pasquale turned laps in the Shell Ford Mustang today, in front of team owner Dick Johnson.

Their team, DJR, is Ford’s homologation team, and was charged with developing the new Mustang with Supercars.

Testing for all teams will continue over coming weeks in the lead-up to the opening event of the Gen3 era, the Thrifty Newcastle 500 from 10-12 March.

The next two weeks of testing will be followed by the all-in test day at Sydney Motorsport Park on Wednesday February 22, which is free for the public to attend.