24 FEB 2021
What we are looking forward to in 2021
The start of a new season always brings great hope. Everyone starts the season with promise, hope and an equal footing. With Supercars' reigning three-time champion embarking on an Indy car campaign for 2021, no driver starts the year as a clear title favourite.
There is plenty of reasons to look forward and get excited for the 2021 Supercars season. Here are a few of the topics that I am looking forward to in 2021.
Whincup's final season
Jamie Whincup has dominated Supercars for the past 15 years. The incredible wins and record breaking feats over such a long period is unmatched. The 7-time Supercar champion deserves a farewell tour to remember. The way Whincup has contended for title after title in this time has been amazing to witness. Given how driven and focused Whincup has been in this period, we can only assume Whincup will win races and contend for the title once again this yer. In the background, it is likely to see a lot of chatter about who will take Whincup's seat for 2022. But for 2021, much of the season will see a deserved focus on Jamie Whincup.
New TV deal
Supercars will be aired on Fox Sports and Kayo once again, but have changed free-to-air partners by joining with the 7 network. By by doing so, Supercars will have a larger audience, both in our cities and regions. Expect to see Supercar drivers feature across a range of channel 7 shows in 2021. The cross promotion is in everyone interests. After much off season chat, the commentary team will only have small changes, notably featuring more of Garth Tander through the year. With the same superb team producing the racing, the coverage promises to continue to be world class.
Mostert V Waters
The former teammates formed a habit of running into each other on the track. They are both now clear team leaders and will be going head-to-head from opposing garages. Mostert is leading the WAU renaissance, with Waters coming off the back of a break through season that saw him finish runner-up in the championship. The hard racing pair will not be held back from banging doors and should provided plenty of entertainment for us fans.
The battle at DJR
The reigning champion team has not entered a new season with a completely new driver line-up in many years. The new DJR ownership team, led by Ryan Story, opted for a tried and tested proven performer, alongside the most promising young driver in the field. DJR have the same proven engineering team, with two new cars to start the season. I'll be backing Davison and De Pasquale to win races through the year. But which driver will come out on top within the team? The experience of Davison compared to the youth of De Pasquale presents as a strong driver line-up and an intriguing inter-team battle.
Last year of the Commodore
Whilst 2020 was the last season featuring support from Holden, 2021 will be the final year featuring Commodores racing. For many fans, seeing the end of the Commodore will be incredibly sad, with around 40 years of history coming to a conclusion. Ford V Holden has died, the final remnants coming to conclusion at the end of the season. The sport is poorer for this. But 2021 presents as an opportunity to farewell the Commodore and pay tribute to its history in Australian motorsport.
The development of the Gen 3 car is a long way down the track. The first track ready car may be seen as soon as mid-year. With an increase in control components key to it reducing costs, the Gen 3 change is promising for the category. When Gen 2 commenced, we saw an incredible amount of cars win races in the maiden season. With interest in teams expanding and demand for REC's, the category is in a healthy position. But the most important part of Gen 3 is likely to be the change in aero. The current aero wash from cars is hurting the racing. Getting the balance right to produce superb racing must be the focus when approving the cars aero packages.