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Gen3 VCAT testing underway amid delayed rollout schedule

Although Supercars teams were scheduled to start testing Gen3 in December, this will be delayed until January as the squads continue to await components for the new models.

The first shakedown is set to take place on January 24 at Winton for the Victorian-based teams and six days later on January 30 for the Queensland operations at Ipswich.

Further testing is set to occur separately again in early February before an all-in test at Sydney Motorsport Park on February 24.

It provides a packed lead up to the opening event for teams at Newcastle on March 10-12.

This follows the recent VCAT testing held at Wellcamp Airport in Toowoomba where Adrian Burgess stated the split between the two models was minimal already.

“The cars were close straight out the gate at VCAT,” Supercars Head of Motorsport Burgess said.

“Five days of running, and we completed a lot of running — around 1600km.

“It was a well-run test. The information coming off the cars was good, clear and clean.

“The adjustments that we made on the cars did exactly what they said in CFD.

“If we moved any one particular component, the results married up with what we’ve seen in CFD beforehand.

“So from that regard, it was an encouraging test.”

The focus also turned to new measures during the VCAT testing as D2H representatives were on-hand to use these methods.

“The old VCATs, pre-2020, were measured at one ride height, and to be fair, the process was outdated,” Burgess said.

“One rake, front and rear. All the parity was derived from that one set-up.

“Now we can run countless configurations and set-ups and measure the car throughout the full ride height range.

“It ensures that one car won’t spring to life in an obscure ride height post-VCAT.

“It now allows you have greater confidence of the areas that the cars will be running on track.

“Additionally, it allows us to build a full aero map of the ride height package and distribute that to all teams, and specifically those teams that wouldn’t generally have the budget and resource to build such information.

“So all the teams benefit now from a more robust process that has been improved significantly over the last few years.”

Most teams have received two Gen3 chassis, with four left to build.