A new era begins at the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship season-opening Newcastle 500 this weekend, and the PremiAir Racing team could not be more excited.

As well as being the first competitive outing of the new Gen3 era, the first race of the 10-12 March event will also mark new recruit Tim Slade’s 400th Supercars start, ensuring it will be a celebratory occasion for the Gold Coast headquartered outfit.

“This is certainly an exciting new era for Supercars with the new generation of cars, and we can’t wait to have them on track and racing this weekend finally,” PremiAir Racing Team Principal Matt Cook said.

“It will be a huge learning curve for the entire field this weekend. Practically nothing from the old generation of cars is transferable to the Gen3 cars, and up and down the pit lane, everyone is still learning.

“What can be guaranteed is that we are heading into a weekend of many unknowns, and I think we can expect some fascinating racing.

“We are super excited to finally sink our teeth into some racing after such an intense development and build program over the last few months, and to do so with Nulon Racing on board for both of our cars makes it extra special, as does the fact that it will be Tim’s 400th Supercars race, which is quite an achievement!

“Wherever you are this weekend, I strongly recommend watching the racing as it unfolds because it will be fascinating indeed!”

Jimmy Golding, driver of the #31 Nulon Racing Camaro is motivated to put his best foot forward for PremiAir Racing.

“We have done as much preparation as we can with our testing program. Now all there is left to do is to roll out onto the track and see where we really sit against our competition in race conditions,” Golding said.

“Of course it is a very exciting time for our sport with the new era of Gen3. I think to finally see the whole field of these impressive cars side by side and bumper to bumper around the streets of Newcastle is going to get everyone on the edge of their seat.

“I am stoked to be a part of this new phase for Supercars with PremiAir Racing. We are going to build on what we were able to achieve in 2022 which was the teams debut year in the championship.

“It is a whole new ball game now. Everyone has the same opportunity, so I will be doing everything in my power to achieve success with Nulon and PremiAir Racing in 2023”

While Saturday’s opening race will mark the 400th Supercars start for Tim Slade, driver of the #23 Nulon Racing Camaro for PremiAir Racing, it will be his first with the team.

“The anticipation is certainly high ahead of the Newcastle 500, with it not only being the first event of the new season and this new Gen3 era, but also the first event for me personally with PremiAir Racing,” Slade said.

“For my first race with my new team to also be my 400th race start with Supercars overall is pretty cool, and I am certainly very proud to be able to mark this accomplishment this weekend.

“With the introduction of Gen3, it is a new playing field in so many ways for the entirety of the Supercars field, while the competitiveness and intensity within the category will be even further enhanced.

“The 2023 season is certainly going to be exciting, and I can’t wait to finally get it underway this weekend while I fly the colours for Nulon Racing in the #23.”

The Newcastle 500 will be held on the streets of Newcastle across March 10-12. For event information, visit

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