If you were designing an all-new racing car with barely a few days of testing and with plenty of reliability niggles still to be ironed out, you’d choose a nice, smooth, wide-open permanent circuit with lots of run off and few obstacles as your first cautious outing.
You would never in 100 years choose Newcastle as your first race. But that’s where we’re going this weekend.
The Gen3 Supercars machine has had a difficult gestation. In part that’s an echo of the Covid pandemic, which disrupted development. But it’s also just how all-new rules tend to go in any sport.