However, Supercars has since decided to reverse this decision and move the non-Gen2 COTF cars, namely the VF Commodore, FG-X Falcon and Nissan Altima, to Super3, where they will be combined with Project Blueprint cars such as the FG. Falcon and VE II Commodore.
The news means that a team such as MW Motorsport, who have successfully fielded Altimas in Super2 in recent years, will return to the third tier of the combined grid.
However, any COTF chassis can be converted to a Mustang or ZB Commodore Gen2.
“We have had discussions with various stakeholders over recent months and it has become clear that this decision will be in line with the technical configuration of both Dunlop series moving forward,” said Supercars head of motorsport Adrian Burgess.
“It was unanimously decided that this was the best decision for the Dunlop Series to remain a key pathway to the Repco Supercars Championship and we can now move forward with planning for the 2023 series.”
Australian Racing Group will also continue to run Super3 for Supercars.
It was also confirmed that as first reported by Motorsport.comthe standalone V8 Touring Car series will return in 2023.
This will be available for all pre-COTF supercars, right up to the VE II Commodore and FG Falcon, and will run on the SpeedSeries account led by ARG.
The news means that competitors with pre-COTF cars could run Super3, V8TC or both.
It is not yet confirmed what tires the V8TC cars will run on, as the category has used Kumho rubber in the past.
“For some time we have been planning to re-establish the V8 Touring Cars series as a separate organisation,” said Super3 and V8TC category manager Liam Kirkpatrick.
“This announcement offers supercar competitors to the ‘Car of the Future’ the best of both worlds; they can compete in Super3 alongside Super2 cars, and they can also race against cars of similar specification in a separate category.
“Essentially, it’s the return of a series that has grown to become what Super3 has become in 2019.
“V8 Touring Cars will have its own calendar, race formats and broadcast package, offering a great venue for both young drivers coming up the ladder and those who simply enjoy racing these sensational cars.”