Payne scores debut win, Kostecki celebrates Championship

Sunday 26 November, 2023
Photo: Edge Photography
Penrite Racing’s Matt Payne has won his first ever Repco Supercars Championship race, with a faultless drive on the final day of the VAILO Adelaide 500.
Starting Sunday’s race in second, Payne got the perfect start and jumped pole sitter Brodie Kostecki at turn one to take the lead. From there, Payne led the field for the rest of the 78-lap affair, finishing ahead of Red Bull Ampol Racing’s Broc Feeney, while Payne’s teammate David Reynolds ended his time at Grove Racing with a third-place finish.
It was a weekend of celebrations as Kostecki and Coca Cola Racing by Erebus secured both the Drivers and Teams Championships, putting a full stop on a momentous year for the category.
Kostecki adds his name to a long list of accomplished Australian Touring Car Championship winners, enjoying a colourful celebration after the chequered flag in front of packed grandstands on the streets of Adelaide.
A number of other Champions were also confirmed in a busy day of racing, with Kai Allen winning the Dunlop Super2 Series – the youngest ever to have won the title at 18-years-old. Meanwhile, in the Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia Championship, New Zealander Callum Hedge won the title in a tense final race.

The Motorsport Australia Gold Star / Australian Drivers' Championship was won by Aaron Cameron in the S5000s, while Cameron also won the Tasman Cup in the one-round battle for the trophy thanks to a strong performance across the weekend.

The Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia, powered by AWS, was also secured by Liam Talbot after a strong weekend on the street circuit - his maiden Championship reward for a strong year on track.
Supercars return in 2024 with the opening round at Mount Panorama for the Thrifty Bathurst 500 on February 23-25.
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