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Five bold predictions for the 2022 Supercars season

The 2022 Repco Supercars Championship is fast approaching and a memorable, unpredictable season looms.

There are still eight weeks until the Repco Newcastle 500 starts the new season. The grid is set in the same way as the design of the calendar.

Tracks that were canceled due to the disrupted year 2021 will return, and new driver lineups and teams will form a redesigned starting field.

What will happen? Supercars.com sets an early marker with five bold predictions for the 2022 season.

1) There will be a new champion

We said we’d be brave right? We haven’t seen a new champion since 2018 when Scott McLaughlin won his first title.

Shane van Gisbergen dominated in 2021 but several riders made important progress behind him; in particular Chaz Mostert, Cameron Waters and Anton De Pasquale.

Red Bull Ampol Racing went through a lot of changes in the off-season and, what is crucial, van Gisbergen has a new engineer.

Defending their title will not be easy for the reigning champions, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise when they dominate again.

Still expect the void to be closed, but who will be the new champion? The drivers mentioned above have it all; it depends on the team performance.

2) We will have a title-deciding season finale

Something else we haven’t seen since 2018 was a title decision in the finals, as shown in the video above between McLaughlin and van Gisbergen.

Sydney Motorsport Park will host the season finale in November after the 2003 and 2004 seasons had ended. In 2003, Marcos Ambrose won his first title, ending the longstanding dominance of the Holden Racing Team.

Will any parallels be drawn in 2021 with a Ford team finishing the dominant run of a Holden team? People like Waters and De Pasquale will hope so.

3) No single driver will win more than seven races

A driver has won eight or more races in the last four seasons and more than 13 races in the last three.

The void will close in 2022 and we not only predicted a new champion, but also a closer distribution of wins. Seven drivers shared the 30 victories in 2021, 14 of them on van Gisbergen.

Dominance races like this don’t happen very often, and maybe even van Gisbergen doesn’t expect to repeat what he achieved last year.

The champion usually wins the most races in a season. More winners can be expected in 2022.

4) There will be at least one new race winner

Supercars.com correctly predicted that the last two seasons will see their first winners emerge.

We’re getting back on our feet for 2022, with several riders ready to hit the top tier after years of trying.

Broc Feeney, Thomas Randle and Brodie Kostecki have the best chances, with Jake Kostecki also joining Randle at Tickford Racing.

5) Each team scores a podium

Seven teams took podium places in 2021. Team 18, Blanchard Racing Team, Matt Stone Racing and Team Sydney all glanced at speed last year but lagged behind.

This is perhaps the boldest prediction given how competitive the championship is. However, several racetracks will return in 2022, offering a more random distribution of venues.

There won’t be a team that dominates a double headed ball or, as we saw in Sydney, a quadruple headed ball.

The Repco Supercars Championship 2022 with 13 events starts in March in Newcastle. Tickets for the event are available now.

The 13-round draft calendar was released during the Repco Bathurst 1000 weekend.

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