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Supercars remain firm on control upright plans

Supercars has stood by its decision to implement a control front suspension upright in 2021 despite being issued an ultimatum bring the change forward by a year.

After Garry Rogers Motorsport, through their major sponsor Boost Mobile, threatened to pull out of the category in 2020 if the new control part wasn’t implemented next year, Supercars has reiterated that the change won’t come until 2022.

Boost Mobile CEO Peter Adderton announced his intention to pull sponsorship from GRM, and any other car in the series, if Supercars didn’t bring the suspension update in sooner, yesterday stating that he was willing to fund the control part across the field.

With Supercars looking to bring in the new Gen3 regulations in 2022, it’s likely a control upright won’t be forced in the category until then, something which Supercars CEO Sean Seamer said to in a statement.

“A Control upright is on the agenda, (it) will come in 2022 when we do the new front end as part of Gen3,” Seamer said.

“If that doesn’t suit some people, then so be it.”

The change to a control front suspension package comes off the back of the rear subframe being standardised to cut costs, as well as a reduction in engine power and downforce next year to improve longevity and provide closer racing.

As well as backing GRM, Adderton backed the Kostecki Brothers Racing entry which crashed out of the Bathurst 1000 and is a minor sponsor to drivers such as Macaulay Jones from Brad Jones Racing.