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Finish 08:45 09:15 09:45 10:15 10:45 11:25 11:55 12:25 12:55 13:35 14:05 14:35 15:05 15:35 16:05 16:25

Category Excel Series Formula Ford ECB SuperUtes Series Kumho Super3 Series Touring Car Masters Excel Series Formula Ford ECB SuperUtes Series Kumho Super3 Series Excel Series Formula Ford ECB SuperUtes Series Kumho Super3 Series Touring Car Masters Supercars Supercars

Duration 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 10 laps or 1 lap after 13:33 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes

Activity Practice Practice 1 Practice 1 Practice 1 Practice Qualifying Practice 2 Practice 2 Practice 2 Race 1 Qualifying Qualifying Qualifying Qualifying TV Track Time Meeting Rides

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Kumho Super3 Series ECB SuperUtes Series Supercars Touring Car Masters Supercars Excel Series Formula Ford Kumho Super3 Series Supercars Supercars Supercars ECB SuperUtes Series Touring Car Masters Supercars

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Formula Ford Excel Series Supercars Touring Car Masters ECB SuperUtes Series Supercars Supercars Supercars Kumho Super3 Series Touring Car Masters Supercars Formula Ford Excel Series

10 laps or 1 lap after 08:33 10 laps or 1 lap after 09:03 30 minutes 12 laps or 1 lap after 10:23 9 laps or 1 lap after 10:53 10 minutes 10 minutes 10 minutes 14 laps or 1 lap after 12:28 12 laps or 1 lap after 12:58 67 laps or 1 lap after 15:28 10 laps or 1 lap after 16:08 10 laps or 1 lap after 16:38

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THE HON MARTIN PAKULA MP

MINISTER FOR TOURISM, SPORT AND MAJOR EVENTS Welcome to Victoria, the events capital of Australia and proud host of the Truck Assist Winton SuperSprint. As the premier regional race meeting, the Winton SuperSprint not only attracts superstar line-ups but continues to be a major contributor to P4

our regional economy, bringing thousands of fans to the state’s north-east from Victoria and interstate. With more local and international visitors travelling to regional Victoria than ever before, these events give us a great opportunity to showcase our beautiful regions to new people and we’re proud to support them through the $20 million ‘Regional Events Fund’. Since 2016, the Victorian government has supported over 200 regional events. These events draw visitors from far and wide keeping our bars, restaurants, and hotels busy and boosting local economies. That is why we’re proud to support and stage the Truck Assist Winton SuperSprint. I hope you all enjoy this fantastic event and I encourage everyone to explore everything this beautiful region has to offer. – The Hon Martin Pakula MP

CHRIS LEWIS-WILLIAMS

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Welcome to the nation’s action track, Winton Motor Raceway, for the 2019 Truck Assist Winton SuperSprint. The event is critically important not just for Winton and the Benalla Auto Club but for the wider north-eastern Victorian region. Over the last two years, the Supercars event has generated

between $5 million and $8 million in direct economic benefit to the Hume region, and supported more than 40 full-time jobs. Our findings revealed 41 per cent of spectators who attended last year’s Winton Supercars round stayed overnight, with towns such as Wangaratta and Shepparton attracting these visitors – so for those of you who have travelled from far and wide to watch the Supercars this weekend, thank you! The response from you, the fans, has guided our approach to organising this year’s event, and you will notice the Saturday night concerts are back, with ‘Powerage’ headlining the performances with their ‘ACDC’ tribute show, along with top cover band ‘SMAC’ and Andrew Wishart from X-Factor. You will have also noticed a streamlined online ticketing platform, thanks to our new ticketing partner Ticketebo. Our corporate packages have again been popular, especially our ‘relaxed corporate’ option, which has proven to be ideal for people who are looking for an affordable way of watching in our corporate facility. Once again, there will also be an extensive merchandise alley area, with a wide variety of stalls and food options. Winton is an important test facility for the Victorian Supercars teams, and we’re sure the locals such as Brad Jones Racing, Tickford Racing, Walkinshaw Andretti United and Kelly Racing will be looking for a strong showing on home turf, to fight back against DJR Team Penske’s domination of the early rounds. We hope you enjoy the Truck Assist Winton SuperSprint and look forward to seeing you back here for our other popular race meetings throughout 2019! - Chris Lewis-Williams

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WHAT’S ON SUPERCARS

■ The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship returns to Winton Motor Raceway for Races 13 and 14 of the 2019 season. ■ There will also be an additional drivers’ practice session on the Saturday morning, featuring the likes of Craig Lowndes and Garth Tander ahead of their return to Supercars in the long-distance events later in the year. ■ There’s also the Kumho Super3 Series in action, the new-look category previously known as V8 Touring Cars for ex-Supercars built to the pre-Car of the Future platform.

ECB SUPERUTES

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TOURING CAR MASTERS

■ Iconic cars of yesteryear return to the track with the popular Touring Car Masters category. ■ Fan favourites such as Toranas, Mustangs, Camaros, Monaros will be on the grid for the third round of the 2019 season this weekend, featuring great names such as Johnson, Bowe, Seton and more.

FORMULA FORD

■ Formula Ford has been the breeding ground for most of the current crop of motorsport greats, including Supercars legends such as Russell Ingall, Marcos Ambrose, Garth Tander, Jamie Whincup, Steven Richards, Craig Lowndes, Jason Bright and Rick Kelly. ■ The new breed of rising stars takes to Winton Motor Raceway this weekend for the third round of the 2019 Australian Formula Ford Championship.

EXCEL SERIES

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EVENT PREVIEW ROUND 6

TRUCK ASSIST WINTON SUPERSPRINT

DJR Team Penske arrives at Winton Motor Raceway this weekend as the team to beat, with the Ford Mustang Supercar winning 11 of 12 races so far this season.

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JR Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin scored an emotional championship win in the final race of 2018, overcoming the last-gasp disappointment of the previous year to give the retiring Ford Falcon a 17th championship win courtesy of the #17 entry. The defending champion arrives at Winton Motor Raceway this weekend following a dream start to this season in the new Ford Mustang Supercar, beginning with a round sweep at the seasonopening Superloop Adelaide 500 and building on that with six more race wins and a strong championship lead over teammate Fabian Coulthard. The DJR Team Penske duo

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has won 10 of 12 races so far this season with the rejuvenated Coulthard returning to the scene of his only win last season, having won twice already this season. The other four Mustangs on the grid come from the Tickford Racing stable and include Chaz Mostert, Cameron Waters, Lee Holdsworth and Will Davison. Holden runners will be determined to end the Mustang’s winning run with the factory-backed Red Bull Holden Racing Team entries of Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen taking the fight to the Mustangs in the early stages of 2019. Fellow Holden team Brad Jones Racing has also had a good start to the new season with Nick Percat and Tim

Slade regulars in the top 10, while podium finisher David Reynolds of Erebus Motorsport is once again in the championship hunt. Kelly Racing continues to run four Nissan Altimas despite the loss of factory backing in 2019, though faces an uphill battle to challenge the Mustangs. New driver and team combinations continue to find their feet in the early stages of the season, including Mark Winterbottom in his first season racing a Holden Commodore with Team 18,  Lee Holdsworth who swapped seats with Winterbottom by moving to Tickford Racing, Richie Stanaway at Garry Rogers Motorsport and rookies Macauley Jones and Garry Jacobson.

The Knockout ARMOR ALL Qualifying system that debuted in 2018 will set the grid for 13 races in this year’s Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, including both races this weekend. Q1 is a 10-minute session with the bottom 16 cars from practice; the top six in Q1 advance to Q2; Q2 is a 10-minute session with the top 10 from practice and the top six in Q1 (total 16 cars); the top 10 in Q2 go to Q3; Q3 is a 10-minute session that decides the first five rows for the race.  The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship will race twice across this weekend: a 120km race on Saturday (Race 13) followed by a 200km race on the Sunday (Race 14) for the sixth round of the season.

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HISTORY

Winton Motor Raceway opened in 1961 and has been run by the Benalla Auto Club ever since, becoming the hub for motorsport in regional Victoria.  The circuit compromised of 10 turns at a total of 2.03km, which is now the Winton Club Circuit. Winton hosted various categories but didn’t stage a round of the Australian Touring Car Championship till 1985. That event was the season opener and the first to be run under the Group A regulations, won by Jim Richards in the JPS Team BMW 635CSi. Winton became a regular fixture on the calendar into the Supercars era, when the circuit was lengthened to the current 3km layout with the loop to turns 11 and 12 before returning past the new pit complex. Further upgrades were made in 2016 with the resurfacing of the entire track.

LAST YEAR

Winton continued a recent tradition of hosting breakthrough results with Rick Kelly scoring an emotional first win in a Nissan Altima in the Saturday race in 2018. The Nissan driver took advantage of a late restart to take the lead, following on from a coslty mistake by leader Scott McLaughlin and holding off

Scott Pye and Shane van Gisbergen in the closing stages. The win was just days after Nissan confirmed it would pull its factory backing from the team then known as Nissan Motorsport, prompting team co-owner Todd Kelly to describe the triumph as better than winning Bathurst. Kelly had to settle for fourth on the Sunday with powerhouse teams DJR Team Penske and Triple Eight Race Engineering returning to the fore. Coulthard made the most of a poor start from McLaughlin to end his victory drought that dated back to August 2017, winning by 11 seconds ahead of van Gisbergen, who had charged from seventh on the grid to second. Polesitter McLaughlin dropped to eighth on the opening lap but recovered to third, minimising the damage to his championship lead. RACE 1 1st: Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 2nd: Scott Pye Holden ZB Commodore 3rd: Shane van Gisbergen Holden ZB Commodore RACE 2 1st: Fabian Coulthard Ford FG X Falcon 2nd: Shane van Gisbergen Holden ZB Commodore 3rd: Scott McLaughlin Ford FG X Falcon

CIRCUIT LENGTH 3km

DIRECTION Clockwise AVERAGE SPEED 131km/h TOP SPEED 225km/h QUALIFYING LAP RECORD 1:18.7603s (2016) – Chaz Mostert, Ford FG X Falcon RACE LAP RECORD

1:19.7092 (2016) – Fabian Coulthard, Ford FG X Falcon ■ Winton Motor Raceway hosts the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars for the 32nd time in 2019. ■ Winton Motor Raceway is the slowest circuit on the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship with an average speed of 131km/h. ■ Glenn Seton and John Bowe share the record for most wins at Winton Motor Raceway with five each. Jamie Whincup and Mark Winterbottom could surpass that mark this weekend, currently on four wins each. ■ Scott McLaughlin took the

record for most pole positions at Winton Motor Raceway (five) in 2018. He has scored pole position at the circuit in the last four attempts since 2017.

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FAST FACTS

CIRCUIT

Winton Motor Raceway’s tight and twisty layout makes it the slowest circuit on the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship calendar. Dick Johnson once described it as “like running a marathon around your clothes-line”. Turns one and two are action-packed at the start of the races with the cars funnelling into the chicane, before the run past where the old paddock sat and the overtaking opportunity at turn three. The exit of turn four sets up the drag through the sweepers at turns five and six and into the challenging hard-braking point at turn seven, where divebombs are common. Turns eight and nine are the slowest on the circuit with the exit of turn nine critical with the straight into turn 10, one of the best overtaking places.  Turn 11 is another key overtaking opportunity with the exit of turn 12 vital for a good lap time with the run onto the front straight.  The variety of corner types and short straights makes Winton a challenge for drivers and puts a premium on cars with good setups that can get a strong run off the corners.  The circuit was resurfaced at the start of 2016, which resulted in record-breaking lap times.

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Driver

Team Sponsor Name

Car

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Scott Pye

Mobil 1 MEGA Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

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Garry Jacobson

RABBLE.club Racing

Nissan Altima

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Jack Smith

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Holden ZB Commodore

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Lee Holdsworth

The Bottle-O Racing Team

Ford Mustang

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Cameron Waters

Monster Energy Racing Team

Ford Mustang

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AndrĂŠ Heimgartner

Plus Fitness Racing

Nissan Altima

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Nick Percat

Brad Jones Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

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David Reynolds

Penrite Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

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Fabian Coulthard

Shell V-Power Racing Team

Ford Mustang

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Tim Slade

Freightliner Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

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Rick Kelly

Castrol Racing

Nissan Altima

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Scott McLaughlin

Shell V-Power Racing Team

Ford Mustang

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Mark Winterbottom

IRWIN Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

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Jack Le Brocq

Truck Assist TEKNO Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

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Macauley Jones

Team CoolDrive

Holden ZB Commodore

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James Courtney

Mobil 1 MEGA Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

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Will Davison

Milwaukee Racing

Ford Mustang

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Richie Stanaway

Boost Mobile Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

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James Golding

Boost Mobile Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

35

Todd Hazelwood

Bigmate Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

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Chaz Mostert

Supercheap Auto Racing

Ford Mustang

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Simona de Silvestro

Team Harvey Norman

Nissan Altima

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Jamie Whincup

Red Bull Holden Racing Team

Holden ZB Commodore

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Shane van Gisbergen

Red Bull Holden Racing Team

Holden ZB Commodore

99

Anton de Pasquale

Erebus Penrite Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

Entries correct at the time of printing. Driver profiles in pitlane order from P14 to P22.

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SHANE VAN GISBERGEN

TEAM RED BULL HOLDEN RACING TEAM CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH May 9, 1989 FROM Auckland, New Zealand LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 188cm WEIGHT 95kg ENGINEER Grant McPherson

ROUND STARTS 169 RACE STARTS 372 RACE WINS 32 PODIUMS 98 POLE POSITIONS 26 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 1st (2016) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 2nd (2016) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 2nd

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2007 Oran Park Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Team Kiwi Racing (2007), Stone Brothers Racing (2008-12), Tekno Autosports (2013-15), Triple Eight Race Engineering (2016-19)

LEADING HOLDEN ENTRY: The 2016 Supercars champion pushed fellow New Zealander Scott McLaughlin to a final-round showdown in 2018, though couldn’t claim the win for Holden. Van Gisbergen is once again a front-runner in 2019, taking Holden’s first and so far only win of the season at the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint and is the highest-placed Commodore runner entering this weekend.

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JAMIE WHINCUP

TEAM RED BULL HOLDEN RACING TEAM CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH February 6, 1983 FROM Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 178cm WEIGHT 75kg ENGINEER David Cauchi

ROUND STARTS 219 RACE STARTS 477 RACE WINS 113 PODIUMS 201 POLE POSITIONS 80 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 1st (2008, ’09, ’11, ’12, ’13, ’14, ’17) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2006, ’07, ’08, ’12) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 3rd

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2002 Queensland Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Garry Rogers Motorsport (2002-03), Perkins Engineering (2004), Tasman Motorsport (2005), Triple Eight Race Engineering (2006-19)

NEEDING TO FIGHT BACK: The seven-time Supercars champion has had an up and down start to 2019, notching up seven top-10 finishes and three podiums, including becoming the first driver to record 200 career podiums. Whincup dropped significant points following challenging weekends in Tasmania and Phillip Island, needing strong results in Winton to stay in championship contention.

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SCOTT McLAUGHLIN

TEAM SHELL V-POWER RACING TEAM CAR FORD MUSTANG DATE OF BIRTH June 10, 1993 FROM Christchurch, New Zealand LIVES Brisbane, Queensland STATUS Fiance, Karly CHILDREN None HEIGHT 184cm WEIGHT 84kg ENGINEER Ludo Lacroix

ROUND STARTS 94 RACE STARTS 209 RACE WINS 33 PODIUMS 73 POLE POSITIONS 54 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 1st (2018) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 3rd (2018) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 1st

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2012 Sandown Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Tekno Autosports (2012), Garry Rogers Motorsport (2013-16), DJR Team Penske (2017-19)

REIGNING CHAMP OFF TO A FLYER: McLaughlin overcame the disppointment of his last-gasp defeat in 2017 to win his first championship in 2018. And he’s continued where he left off, winning eight races so far this season with his only blight being a non-start in Race 5 following an out-lap tangle. The new Ford Mustang Supercar has had a strong start with McLaughlin leading the charge. P14

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FABIAN COULTHARD

TEAM SHELL V-POWER RACING TEAM CAR FORD MUSTANG DATE OF BIRTH July 28, 1982 FROM Auckland, New Zealand LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Partner, Becky CHILDREN Mackenzie and Carter HEIGHT 188cm WEIGHT 80kg ENGINEER Mark Fenning

ROUND STARTS 181 RACE STARTS 394 RACE WINS 12 PODIUMS 51 POLE POSITIONS 9 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 3rd (2017) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 3rd (2017) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 9th

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2004 Oran Park Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Tasman Motorsport (2004-05), Paul Morris Motorsports (2006-07), Paul Cruickshank Racing (2008-09), Walkinshaw Racing (2010-11), Brad Jones Racing (2012-15), DJR Team Penske (2016-19)

KEEPING HIS TEAMMATE HONEST: Coulthard struggled to keep pace with his teammate Scott McLaughlin in 2018, though the change to the Ford Mustang Supercar has resulted in more consistent performances at the front-end of the grid. Coulthard took the first pole of this season in Adelaide and has scored six podiums thus far, including wins at Phillip Island and Perth to sit in second in the standings.

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LEE HOLDSWORTH

TEAM TICKFORD RACING CAR FORD MUSTANG DATE OF BIRTH February 2, 1983 FROM Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Wife, Alana CHILDREN Ava and Riley HEIGHT 170cm WEIGHT 73kg ENGINEER Sam Scaffidi

ROUND STARTS 192 RACE STARTS 429 RACE WINS 3 PODIUMS 13 POLE POSITIONS 4 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 7th (2010) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 3rd (2009) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 21st

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2004 Sandown Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Smiths Trucks Racing (2004-05), Garry Rogers Motorsport (2005-11), Stone Brothers Racing/Erebus Motorsport (2012-14), Charlie Schwerkolt Racing/Team 18 (201518), Tickford Racing (2019)

FRESH START AT TICKFORD RACING: Holdsworth’s career looked to have stalled in a four-year stint with Team 18, though swapping seats with Mark Winterbottom has seen Holdsworth join Tickford Racing at a time when the team upgraded to the new Ford Mustang Supercar. Holdsworth has recorded five top-10 finishes in Melbourne, Tasmania and Perth, following a challenging run in Adelaide.

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CHAZ MOSTERT

TEAM TICKFORD RACING CAR FORD MUSTANG DATE OF BIRTH April 10, 1992 FROM Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Partner, Riarne CHILDREN None HEIGHT 190cm WEIGHT 85kg ENGINEER Adam De Borre

ROUND STARTS 84 RACE STARTS 187 RACE WINS 13 PODIUMS 44 POLE POSITIONS 17 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 5th (2017) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2014) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 6th

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2013 Barbagallo Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Dick Johnson Racing (2013), Ford Performance Racing/Prodrive Racing Australia/Tickford Racing (2014-19)

TICKFORD’S LEADING ENTRY: Mostert assumes the role of unofficial team leader at Tickford Racing following the departure of long-time teammate Mark Winterbottom. Mostert has carried over his form from a strong end to 2018, which included victory on the Gold Coast, with four podiums and a race win in Melbourne to claim the Larry Perkins Trophy and Tickford Racing’s first win with the Mustang. VIRGIN AUSTRALIA SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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CAMERON WATERS

TEAM TICKFORD RACING CAR FORD MUSTANG DATE OF BIRTH August 3, 1994 FROM Mildura, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 180cm WEIGHT 77kg ENGINEER Sam Potter

ROUND STARTS 59 RACE STARTS 112 RACE WINS 1 PODIUMS 8 POLE POSITIONS 3 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 8th (2017) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 4th (2016) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 16th

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2011 Mount Panorama Circuit SUPERCARS TEAMS Kelly Racing (2011-12), Charlie Schwerkolt Racing/Team 18 (2014), Prodrive Racing Australia/Tickford Racing (2015-19)

STEPPING UP IN 2019: Waters broke through for his first Supercars race win with a commanding performance at the 2017 Sandown 500, though struggled along with his team in 2018. The arrival of the Ford Mustang Supercar represented a fresh start with Waters getting off to a strong start to 2019 with four podium finishes in Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth to keep teammate Chaz Mostert honest.

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WILL DAVISON

TEAM MILWAUKEE RACING CAR FORD MUSTANG DATE OF BIRTH August 30, 1982 FROM Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Fiance, Riana CHILDREN None HEIGHT 180cm WEIGHT 76kg ENGINEER Brendan Hogan

ROUND STARTS 195 RACE STARTS 431 RACE WINS 19 PODIUMS 51 POLE POSITIONS 17 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 2nd (2009) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2009, ’16) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 15th

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2004 Winton Motor Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Team Dynamik (2004), Dick Johnson Racing (2005-08), Holden Racing Team (2009-10), Ford Performance Racing (2011-13), Erebus Motorsport (2014-15), Tekno Autosports (201617), 23 Red Racing (2018-19)

BACK IN THE TICKFORD FOLD: Davison led 23 Red Racing’s single-car entry in its debut season in 2018, with the team moving into the Tickford Racing stable as part of its transition to the Ford Mustang Supercar in 2019. The change has had an immediate impact with Davison scoring 10 top-10 finishes, including three fourth places, in his bid to score a maiden podium for 23 Red Racing.

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DAVID REYNOLDS

TEAM PENRITE RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH July 3, 1985 FROM Albury, NSW LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Partner, Tahan CHILDREN None HEIGHT 177cm WEIGHT 69kg ENGINEER Alistair McVean

ROUND STARTS 141 RACE STARTS 300 RACE WINS 7 PODIUMS 25 POLE POSITIONS 12 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 3rd (2015) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2017) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 5th

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2007 Sandown Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Paul Weel Racing (2007), HSV Dealer Team/Walkinshaw Racing (200810), Kelly Racing (2011), Rod Nash Racing/Prodrive Racing Australia (2012-15), Erebus Motorsport (201619)

PROVING HIS CONTENDER CREDENTIALS: Reynolds was the best non-DJR Team Penske and Triple Eight Race Engineering entry in the standings in 2018, hoping to emerge as a genuine championship contender in 2019. Reynolds and Erebus Motorsport have had a consistent start to this season with a podium in Race 8 at the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint and two fourth-place finishes. P16

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ANTON DE PASQUALE

TEAM PENRITE RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH September 14, 1995 FROM Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Partner, Melanie CHILDREN None HEIGHT 178cm WEIGHT 74kg ENGINEER Mirko De Rosa

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2018 Adelaide Parklands Circuit SUPERCARS TEAMS Erebus Motorsport (2018-19)

ROUND STARTS 21 RACE STARTS 43 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 1 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 20th (2018) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 24th (2018) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 20th

PODIUM BREAKTHROUGH: De Pasquale impressed the Supercars paddock with his rookie efforts in 2018, finishing as the second best of five full-time rookies despite significantly less experience in the main game. He enters his second season at Erebus Motorsport with increased expectations, scoring his first podium finish with third place in Race 10 at the WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint.

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SCOTT PYE

TEAM MOBIL 1 MEGA RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH January 8, 1990 FROM Adelaide, SA LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 183cm WEIGHT 80kg ENGINEER Rob Starr

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2012 Sandown Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport (201213), Dick Johnson Racing/DJR Team Penske (2014-16), Walkinshaw Racing/Walkinshaw Andretti United (2017-19)

ROUND STARTS 91 RACE STARTS 203 RACE WINS 1 PODIUMS 7 POLE POSITIONS 1 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 7th (2018) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 2nd (2017, ’18) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 7th

BUILDING ON HIS BEST SEASON: Pye stepped up in 2018 with his best season yet in Supercars, leading Walkinshaw Andretti United to seventh in the championship, recording his first race win in Melbourne and scoring a second consecutive runner-up finish at Bathurst. Pye will be looking to build on those results with three top-10 finishes in an otherwise inconsistent start to the season.

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JAMES COURTNEY

TEAM MOBIL 1 MEGA RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH June 29, 1980 FROM Penrith, NSW LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Single CHILDREN Zara and Cadel HEIGHT 181cm WEIGHT 71kg ENGINEER Terry Kerr

ROUND STARTS 188 RACE STARTS 417 RACE WINS 15 PODIUMS 58 POLE POSITIONS 10 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 1st (2010) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 2nd (2007) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 14th

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2005 Sandown Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Holden Racing Team (2005), Stone Brothers Racing (2006-08), Dick Johnson Racing (2009-10), Holden Racing Team/Walkinshaw Racing/Walkinshaw Andretti United (2011-19)

DESPERATE TO END A WIN-LESS RUN: Courtney lost out to his younger teammate Scott Pye in the championship standings in 2018, continuing a win-less run that dates back to the season opener in Adelaide in 2016. Courtney has enjoyed a consistent start to the season with five top-finishers from 10 races, though he and Pye will be aiming for podium finishes to build on last season. VIRGIN AUSTRALIA SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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TIM SLADE

TEAM BRAD JONES RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH August 3, 1985 FROM Hornsby, NSW LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Fiance, Dani CHILDREN None HEIGHT 172cm WEIGHT 65kg ENGINEER Tony Woodward

ROUND STARTS 148 RACE STARTS 315 RACE WINS 2 PODIUMS 16 POLE POSITIONS 2 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 5th (2012) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 7th (2009, ’12, ’16) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 11th

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2009 Adelaide Parklands Circuit SUPERCARS TEAMS Paul Morris Motorsport (2009), Stone Brothers Racing (2010-12) Erebus Motorsport (2013), Walkinshaw Racing (2014-15), Brad Jones Racing (2016-19)

CONSISTENT TOP-10 CHALLENGER: Slade engaged in a tight tussle with teammate Nick Percat in 2018, just missing out on a top-10 finish in 11th. Slade and Percat are once again running in unison, with Slade sitting just one spot behind Percat in ninth place in the standings albeit having scored the team’s only podium thus far with a third place in Race 5 at the Beaurepaires Melbourne 400.

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NICK PERCAT

TEAM BRAD JONES RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH September 14, 1988 FROM Adelaide, SA LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 189cm WEIGHT 72kg ENGINEER Andrew Edwards

ROUND STARTS 85 RACE STARTS 177 RACE WINS 2 PODIUMS 8 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 10th (2018) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2011) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 10th

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2010 Phillip Island GP Circuit SUPERCARS TEAMS Walkinshaw Racing (2010), Holden Racing Team (2011-13), Walkinshaw Racing (2014), Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport (2015-16), Brad Jones Racing (2017-19)

LOOKING FOR A FIRST WIN WITH BRAD JONES RACING: Percat has been a valuable addition to Brad Jones Racing since joining in 2017, matching his teammate Tim Slade and recording a career-best 10th in the championship standings in 2018. The former Bathurst 1000 winner has continued his good run of form into 2019, notching up 10 top-10 finishes across the opening 12 races of the season.

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MACAULEY JONES

TEAM BRAD JONES RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH October 4, 1994 FROM Albury, NSW LIVES Albury, NSW STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 175cm WEIGHT 70kg ENGINEER Julian Stannard

ROUND STARTS 21 RACE STARTS 35 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 33rd (2018) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 7th (2018) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 33rd

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2015 Sandown Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Brad Jones Racing (2015- 19)

STEPPING UP INTO THE MAIN GAME FULL-TIME: Jones, son of team owner Brad Jones, is a well-credentialled rookie with four endurance campaigns, five seasons in the Dunlop Super2 Series and four wildcard rounds. His full-time move into the main game has been difficult, though, with crashes in Adelaide and Melbourne through no fault of his own leaving him at the tail-end of the standings. P18

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TODD HAZELWOOD

TEAM MATT STONE RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH September 25, 1995 FROM Adelaide, SA LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Partner, Alice CHILDREN None HEIGHT 173cm WEIGHT 72kg ENGINEER Wes McDougall

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2017 Queensland Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Brad Jones Racing (2017), Matt Stone Racing (2017-19)

ROUND STARTS 25 RACE STARTS 48 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 26th (2018) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 12th (2017) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 26th

UPSWING IN FORM FOR SOLO ENTRANT: The 2017 Dunlop Super2 Series champion had a difficult rookie season in the main game, punctuated by a mid-season switch from a Ford FG X Falcon to a Holden VF Commodore. A change to a Triple Eight-built ZB Commodore has had an immediate impact with Hazelwood scoring a first top-10 finish in Adelaide followed by regular finishes in the top 15.

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RICK KELLY

TEAM KELLY RACING CAR NISSAN ALTIMA DATE OF BIRTH January 17, 1983 FROM Mildura, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Wife, Elysia CHILDREN Lex HEIGHT 184cm WEIGHT 73kg ENGINEER George Commins

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2001 Queensland Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Kmart Racing (2001), Holden Young Lions (2001-02), Kmart Racing/HSV Dealer Team (2003-08), Kelly Racing/ Nissan Motorsport (2009-19)

ROUND STARTS 244 RACE STARTS 534 RACE WINS 13 PODIUMS 39 POLE POSITIONS 10 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 1st (2006) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2003, ’04) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 8th

KEEPING UP THE FIGHT: Kelly scored his first race win in a Nissan Altima in 2018 on his way to a top-10 championship finish, though he and the team reset in 2019 following the departure of Nissan as an official backer and rebrand to Kelly Racing. It’s been a difficult start to the season with Kelly currently down in the standings, though he bounced back with two top-10 finishes at Phillip Island.

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ANDRE HEIMGARTNER

TEAM KELLY RACING CAR NISSAN ALTIMA DATE OF BIRTH June 8, 1995 FROM Auckland, New Zealand LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 185cm WEIGHT 80kg ENGINEER Dilan Talabani

ROUND STARTS 50 RACE STARTS 106 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 2 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 17th (2018) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 9th (2017) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 17th

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2014 Mount Panorama Circuit SUPERCARS TEAMS Super Black Racing (2014-15), Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport (2016), Brad Jones Racing (2017), Nissan Motorsport/Kelly Racing (2018-19)

LEADING NISSAN ENTRY: Heimgartner had a challenging first season in the Nissan Altima in 2018, though showed enough form to hold onto his drive for a second season. And the faith shown in him has been rewarded with Heimgartner leading the way for Kelly Racing so far this season, scoring the team’s first podium of the year and the New Zealander’s first solo podium in Race 9 at Phillip Island. VIRGIN AUSTRALIA SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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GARRY JACOBSON

TEAM KELLY RACING CAR NISSAN ALTIMA DATE OF BIRTH February 28, 1992 FROM Shepparton, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Partner, Naomi CHILDREN None HEIGHT 185cm WEIGHT 67kg ENGINEER Giovanni Colombo

ROUND STARTS 11 RACE STARTS 20 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 37th (2018) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 8th (2017) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 37th

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2017 Sandown Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Prodrive Racing Australia (2017), Nissan Motorsport/Kelly Racing (2018-19)

LONG-AWAITED MAIN-GAME CHANCE: The 2016 Dunlop Super2 Series champion impressed in his endurance campaigns with Prodrive Racing Australia in 2017 and Nissan Motorsport in 2018, leading to this full-time opportunity. It will be a learning season for Jacobson in only his second year racing the Nissan Altima, hoping to match his more experienced teammates and fellow rookie Macauley Jones.

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SIMONA DE SILVESTRO

TEAM KELLY RACING CAR NISSAN ALTIMA DATE OF BIRTH September 1, 1988 FROM Thun, Switzerland LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 170cm WEIGHT 68kg ENGINEER Chris Stuckey

ROUND STARTS 37 RACE STARTS 71 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 23rd (2018) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 14th (2016, ’18) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 23rd

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2015 Mount Panorama Circuit SUPERCARS TEAMS Prodrive Racing Australia (2015), Nissan Motorsport/Kelly Racing (2016-19)

SETTLED SWISS RACER: De Silvestro is in her third full-time season in Supercars, buoyed by an improvement in results in 2018. The Swiss racer remains with the rebranded Kelly Racing, benefitting from continuity in the Nissan Altima. Improved qualifying performances are key if de Silvestro is to step out of the midfield, recording a best of 12th in both races in Perth last time out.

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RICHIE STANAWAY

TEAM BOOST MOBILE RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH November 24, 1991 FROM Tauranga, New Zealand LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 176cm WEIGHT 79kg ENGINEER Richard Hollway

ROUND STARTS 27 RACE STARTS 51 RACE WINS 1 PODIUMS 2 POLE POSITIONS 1 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 25th (2018) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 12th (2016) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 25th

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2016 Sandown Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Super Black Racing (2016), Prodrive Racing Australia/Tickford Racing (2017-18), Garry Rogers Motorsport (2019)

SECOND CHANCE IN SUPERCARS: Stanaway’s rookie year with Tickford Racing proved a disappointment for he and the team, struggling to 25th in the championship and ending in a split after only one season. He received a lifeline when Garry Rogers Motorsport and new sponsor Boost Mobile picked him over incumbent Garth Tander, looking for improved results in the new-look team. P20

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JAMES GOLDING

TEAM BOOST MOBILE RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH January 19, 1996 FROM Warragul, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 175cm WEIGHT 65kg ENGINEER Manuel Sanchez

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2016 Sandown Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Garry Rogers Motorsport (2016-19)

ROUND STARTS 29 RACE STARTS 55 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 22nd (2018) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 8th (2018) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 22nd

UNEXPECTED TEAM LEADER: Golding completed his first full-time main-game season with Garry Rogers Motorsport in 2018, finishing in 22nd in the championship after a tough campaign. With Richie Stanaway replacing veteran Garth Tander on the otherside of the garage, Golding assumes the unexpected role of team leader and recorded its best result with 13th at Phillip Island and Perth.

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JACK LE BROCQ

TEAM TEKNO AUTOSPORTS CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH July 7, 1992 FROM Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 186cm WEIGHT 85kg ENGINEER Tim Newton

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2015 Sandown Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Erebus Motorsport (2015), Prodrive Racing Australia (2016), MW Motorsport (2017), Nissan Motorsport (2017), Tekno Autosports (2018-19)

ROUND STARTS 32 RACE STARTS 59 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 19th (2018) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 4th (2016) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 19th

BATTLING ON IN SOLO ENTRY: Le Brocq was one of five full-time main-game rookies and finished highest in the championship with 19th place, an impressive performance in the single-car outfit. Le Brocq remains with the team for a second season in a customer Triple Eight ZB Commodore, with the team ending speculation over his future by confirming he will race with them for the rest of 2019.

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MARK WINTERBOTTOM

TEAM IRWIN RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH May 20, 1981 FROM Sydney, NSW LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Wife, Renee CHILDREN Oliver and Austin HEIGHT 185cm WEIGHT 75kg ENGINEER Stuart McDonald

ROUND STARTS 217 RACE STARTS 482 RACE WINS 38 PODIUMS 117 POLE POSITIONS 36 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 1st (2015) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2013) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 12th

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2003 Sandown Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Stone Brothers Racing (2003), Larkham Motorsport (2004-05), Ford Performance Racing/Prodrive Racing Australia/Tickford Racing (2006-18), Team 18 (2019)

FINDING HIS FEET IN A HOLDEN: Winterbottom ended a 13-year association with Tickford Racing and an even longer link with Ford with an off-season move to the single-car Team 18. It marks the first time Winterbottom has driven a Holden Commodore in Supercars, in a Triple Eight-built ZB Commodore. And Winterbottom has adjusted well with multiple top-10 finishes and a pole position in Tasmania. VIRGIN AUSTRALIA SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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JACK SMITH

TEAM BRAD JONES RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH July 9, 1999 FROM Gold Coast, Queensland LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 185cm WEIGHT 70kg ENGINEER Wally Storey

ROUND STARTS 1 RACE STARTS 2 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT N/A BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT N/A 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP N/A

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2019 Symmons Plains Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Brad Jones Racing (2019)

WILDCARD ENTRANT: Smith made his Virgin Australia Supercars Championship debut in a wildcard entry with Brad Jones Racing at Symmons Plains Raceway and gets a second outing this weekend. Smith has an impressive pedigree with championship wins in the Kumho Tyre Super3 Series and BNTV8 series in New Zealand and is Brad Jones Racing’s lone entry in the Dunlop Super2 Series in 2019.

WINTON SUPERCARS RECORDS RACE WINS BY DRIVER Driver Glenn Seton John Bowe Jim Richards Jason Bargwanna Jason Bright Garth Tander Jamie Whincup Craig Lowndes Mark Winterbottom James Courtney Mark Skaife Tim Slade Fabian Coulthard George Fury Larry Perkins George Murphy Marcos Ambrose Cameron McConville Jason Richards Will Davison James Moffat Lee Holdsworth Chaz Mostert Scott McLaughlin Shane van Gisbergen Rick Kelly P22

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Driver Scott McLaughlin Mark Winterbottom Chaz Mostert Jim Richards Jamie Whincup Dick Johnson Mark Skaife Glenn Seton Marcos Ambrose Jason Bright James Courtney Fabian Couthard Gary Scott Peter Brock John Bowe Larry Perkins Jason Bargwanna Russell Ingall Craig Baird Todd Kelly Rick Kelly Craig Lowndes Tim Slade

Poles 5 4 4 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

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2019 RESULTS SUPERLOOP ADELAIDE 500

TYREPOWER TASMANIA SUPERSPRINT

RACE 1

RACE 4

1st – Scott McLaughlin 2nd – Jamie Whincup 3rd – Shane van Gisbergen 4th – Will Davison 5th – Chaz Mostert 6th – Fabian Coulthard 7th – Nick Percat 8th – David Reynolds 9th – Mark Winterbottom 10th – James Courtney

1st – Scott McLaughlin 2nd – Chaz Mostert 3rd – Cameron Waters 4th – Jamie Whincup 5th – Fabian Coulthard 6th – Will Davison 7th – David Reynolds 8th – Tim Slade 9th – James Courtney 10th – Shane van Gisbergen

RACE 7

RACE 5

RACE 8

RACE 2 1st – Scott McLaughlin 2nd – Cameron Waters 3rd – Shane van Gisbergen 4th – Tim Slade 5th – Nick Percat 6th – Mark Winterbottom 7th – Jamie Whincup 8th – Will Davison 9th – David Reynolds 10th – Todd Hazelwood

BEAUREPAIRES MELBOURNE 400

RACE 3 1st – Scott McLaughlin 2nd – Fabian Coulthard 3rd – Cameron Waters 4th – Will Davison 5th – Chaz Mostert 6th – Tim Slade 7th – James Courtney 8th – Jamie Whincup 9th – Lee Holdsworth 10th – David Reynolds

P24

1st – Chaz Mostert 2nd – Jamie Whincup 3rd – Tim Slade 4th – David Reynolds 5th – Fabian Coulthard 6th – Scott Pye 7th – James Courtney 8th – Nick Percat 9th – André Heimgartner 10th – Will Davison

RACE 6 1st – Scott McLaughlin 2nd – Chaz Mostert 3rd – Jamie Whincup 4th – Cameron Waters 5th – Will Davison 6th – Mark Winterbottom 7th – Tim Slade 8th – David Reynolds 9th – Lee Holdsworth 10th – Nick Percat

1st – Scott McLaughlin 2nd – Fabian Coulthard 3rd – Shane van Gisbergen 4th – Mark Winterbottom 5th – James Courtney 6th – David Reynolds 7th – Tim Slade 8th – Nick Percat 9th – Anton de Pasquale 10th – Chaz Mostert 1st – Shane van Gisbergen 2nd – Fabian Coulthard 3rd – David Reynolds 4th – Scott McLaughlin 5th – Jamie Whincup 6th – Mark Winterbottom 7th – Nick Percat 8th – Scott Pye 9th – Lee Holdsworth 10th – Chaz Mostert

WD-40 PHILLIP ISLAND SUPERSPRINT

RACE 9

1st – Scott McLaughlin 2nd – Fabian Coulthard 3rd – André Heimgartner 4th – David Reynolds 5th – Chaz Mostert 6th – Shane van Gisbergen 7th – Rick Kelly 8th – Scott Pye 9th – Nick Percat 10th – Will Davison

RACE 10

1st – Fabian Coulthard 2nd – Scott McLaughlin 3rd – Anton de Pasquale 4th – Will Davison 5th – Chaz Mostert 6th – Cameron Waters 7th – Shane van Gisbergen 8th – Rick Kelly 9th – Tim Slade 10th – Nick Percat

PIRTEK PERTH SUPERNIGHT

RACE 11 1st – Fabian Coulthard 2nd – Scott McLaughlin 3rd – Chaz Mostert 4th – Jamie Whincup 5th – Shane van Gisbergen 6th – Will Davison 7th – Nick Percat 8th – Cameron Waters 9th – Lee Holdsworth 10th – David Reynolds

RACE 12 1st – Scott McLaughlin 2nd – Jamie Whincup 3rd – Cameron Waters 4th – Fabian Coulthard 5th – Shane van Gisbergen 6th – David Reynolds 7th – Anton de Pasquale 8th – Will Davison 9th – Lee Holdsworth 10th – Nick Percat

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Position Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26

Scott McLaughlin Fabian Coulthard Shane van Gisbergen David Reynolds Chaz Mostert Jamie Whincup Will Davison Nick Percat Tim Slade Cameron Waters Mark Winterbottom Anton de Pasquale Lee Holdsworth James Courtney André Heimgartner Rick Kelly Todd Hazelwood Scott Pye James Golding Simona de Silvestro Richie Stanaway Jack Le Brocq Garry Jacobson Macauley Jones Tim Blanchard Jack Smith

Team Shell V-Power Racing Team Shell V-Power Racing Team Red Bull Holden Racing Team Penrite Racing Supercheap Auto Racing Red Bull Holden Racing Team Milwaukee Racing Brad Jones Racing Freightliner Racing Monster Energy Racing IRWIN Racing Penrite Racing The Bottle-O Racing Team Mobil 1 MEGA Racing Plus Fitness Racing Castrol Racing Bigmate Racing Mobil 1 MEGA Racing Boost Mobile Racing Team Harvey Norman Boost Mobile Racing Truck Assist Tekno Racing RABBLE.club Racing Team CoolDrive Petronas Motorsport SCT Logistics

Car Ford Mustang Ford Mustang Holden ZB Commodore Holden ZB Commodore Ford Mustang Holden ZB Commodore Ford Mustang Holden ZB Commodore Holden ZB Commodore Ford Mustang Holden ZB Commodore Holden ZB Commodore Ford Mustang Holden ZB Commodore Nissan Altima Nissan Altima Holden ZB Commodore Holden ZB Commodore   Holden ZB Commodore   Nissan Altima Holden ZB Commodore  Holden ZB Commodore Nissan Altima Holden ZB Commodore Holden ZB Commodore Holden ZB Commodore

TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

Points Difference 1346 1204 1024 971 944 937 914 877 837 811 763 741 708 658 656 609 595 577 563 547 452 436 401 381 93 69

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Points Difference

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

2490 1901 -589 1714 -776 1695 -795 1682 -808 1652 -838 1215 -1275 1175 -1315 1015 -1475 918 -1572 733 -1757 565 -1925 406 -2084 381 -2109

Shell V-Power Racing Team Red Bull Holden Racing Team Freightliner Racing and Brad Jones Racing Monster Energy Racing and Milwaukee Racing Penrite Racing The Bottle-O Racing Team and Supercheap Auto Racing Castrol Racing and Plus Fitness Racing Mobil 1 MEGA Racing Boost Mobile Racing Team Harvey Norman and RABBLE.club Racing IRWIN Racing Bigmate Racing Truck Assist Tekno Racing Team CoolDrive

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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KUMHO SUPER3 SERIES ENTRY LIST

# Driver Steven Page 2 3 Shane Hunt Tony Auddino 4 5 Hamish Ribarits Madeline Stewart 8 9 Bradley Neill 11 Jayden Ojeda 12 Matt McLean 14 Josh Fife 17 Jason Foley 23 Francois Habib 26 Harry Hayek 35 Jason Gomersall 37 Matt Powers 39 Chris Smerdon 48 Nic Carroll 67 Broc Feeney 69 Jon McCorkindale 75 Brendan Strong 76 Garry Hills 78 Zak Best 84 Emily Duggan 888 Jim Pollicina

KUMHO TYRE SUPER3 SERIES

Supercars officially welcomes a third-tier category to the fold in 2019 with the second round of Kumho Tyre Super3 Series at Winton Motor Raceway this weekend. The new-look category launched in 2008 as the V8 Touring Cars and enters its second decade with new branding and official recognition from Supercars, taking on the Kumho Super3 name to accelerate the development of drivers and teams with eyes on the Dunlop Super2 Series and Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. Kumho Super3 continues to cater for ex-Supercars built to the pre-Car of the Future platform, P26

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up to Holden’s VEII Commodore and Ford’s FG Falcon. With an influx of new talent joining established names in the category’s most competitive field yet across the Kumho Cup and Championship classes, based on the age of the cars, the new season started at Phillip Island with three different winners across the three races: Broc Feeney, Zac Best and Hamish Ribarits. Supercars outfits Brad Jones Racing, Matt Stone Racing and Erebus Motorsport all have an involvement in the series in 2019. Brad Jones Racing, which won the title in 2017 with Jack Smith, is fielding two cars for karting graduates Madeline Stewart and

Car Holden VE II Commodore Ford BF Falcon Ford BF Falcon Ford FG Falcon Holden VE II Commodore Ford FG Falcon Ford FG Falcon Ford FG Falcon Holden VE II Commodore Ford BF Falcon Holden VZ Commodore Ford FG Falcon Ford FG Falcon Ford FG Falcon Ford FG Falcon Ford FG Falcon Ford FG Falcon Ford FG Falcon Holden VE II Commodore Holden VE II Commodore Ford FG Falcon Holden VE Commodore Holden VE Commodore

Josh Fife, both 18, in Holdens. Matt Stone Racing runs exStone Brothers Racing Falcons for team co-owner and series newcomer Jason Gomersall. Erebus Motorsport is represented through its Academy’s tie-up with Image Racing, which has signed 22-year-old go-kart graduate Matt McLean. Leading Dunlop Super2 Series squad MW Motorsport won the 2018 title with Tyler Everingham, who has stepped up to Super2 in 2019, leaving runner-up from last season, Best, as the championship favourite. He is joined at MW Motorsport by Formula Ford runner-up Ribarits and Nic Carroll, a Toyota 86 Series race winner. Paul Morris Motorsport is

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running an entry for former Toyota 86 Series racer Feeney. Another newcomer is 2018 Australian Formula 4 champion Jayden Ojeda, who switches to tin-tops with the Bathurst-based Anderson Motorsport. Matt Powers, meanwhile, becomes Kumho Super3’s first American driver, through Aussie Driver Search program he won in 2018. The Kumho Tyre Super3 Series will also support the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship at Queensland Raceway and The Bend Motorsport Park with the season finale at Sandown in September.  The Kumho Tyre Super3 Series will race three times across the weekend.

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FORMULA FORD

Formula Ford has been the breeding ground for most of the current crop of motorsport greats, including Supercars legends such as Russell Ingall, Marcos Ambrose, Garth Tander, Jamie Whincup, Steven Richards, Craig Lowndes, Jason Bright and Rick Kelly. The new breed of rising stars takes to Winton Motor Raceway this weekend for the third round of the 2019 Australian Formula Ford

Championship. Tom Sargent leads the championship ahead of Callum Hedge with Zac Soutar, Angelo Mouzouris and Cody Burcher rounding out the top five. A mix of Mygale and Spectrum cars feature on the grid with the wing-less open-wheelers proving to be a vital developmental category for young drivers with professional aspirations. The Australian Formula Ford Championship will race three times across the weekend.

FORMULA FORD ENTRY LIST # 2 3 4 5 6 10 14 23 35 36 47 60 66 77 88 97 98

Driver Angelo Mouzouris Courtney Prince Jay Hanson Callum Hedge Paul Zsidy Zac Soutar John Mineeff Hank Perkins Jake Donaldson Cody Burcher Tom Sargent Cody Donald Ben D’Alia Kyle Gurton Harrison Goodman Liam McLellan Conor Nicholson

EXCEL SERIES

Hyundai Excel classes have been growing in popularity across Australia. The Excel Series provides a low cost yet effective pathway into circuit racing and caters to beginners who are just starting out their racing careers to the

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more experienced racer. The strictly-controlled regulations mean that the emphasis is on a driver’s race craft and car set-up, so it’s not all about horsepower or budgets. The Excel Series races four times across this weekend.

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Driver Ben Crossland Adam Bywater Wil Longmore Matt Seymour David Lowe Peter Robotham David Page

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ECB SUPERUTES SERIES

The ECB SuperUtes Series made its racing debut last year, representing a whole new automotive sector on the race tracks of Australia. SuperUtes are based on the popular ute segment that makes up almost a quarter of all new cars sold in Australia with the Ford Ranger, Holden Colorado, Mitsubishi Triton, Toyota Hilux, Mazda BT-50 and Isuzu D-MAX represented on the grid in 2019. The production turbo-diesel engines produce 340bhp and a torque figure of 500 ft/lb. The rear-wheel drive cars weigh 1800 kilograms and feature control components including P28

a CAMS-approved roll cage, brakes, tyres, gearbox, wheels, springs and dampers. The introduction of suspension modifications and a new control wheel and R-spec tyre will see a lower the ride height of more than 50mm and the wheel-and-tyre combination 6kg lighter per corner. Tom Alexander in a Isuzu D-Max leads the championship entering this weekend with an eight-point margin over Elliot Barbour’s Mitsubishi Triton with Ryal Harris, Michael Sieders and Ben Walsh rounding out the top five. With Barbour out injured, Dakar Rally winner Toby Price returns as his sub. The ECB SuperUtes will race three times across the weekend.

ECB SUPERUTES SERIES ENTRY LIST # 1 7 8 10 17 18 22 49 64 72 78 87 94

Driver Ryal Harris Cameron Crick Ben Walsh Gerard Maggs Benjamin Falk TBA Tom Alexander Christopher Formosa Craig Woods Craig Thompson Jalden Maggs Toby Price TBA

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TOURING CAR MASTERS

Iconic cars of yesteryear return to the track with the popular Touring Car Masters category. Fan favourites such as Toranas, Mustangs, Camaros, Monaros will be on the grid for the third round of the 2019 season this weekend. Steven Johnson began his bid for a third consecutive Touring Car Masters title in style with an undefeated run at Adelaide and Phillip Island and enters this weekend with a 35-point championship lead. Adam Bressington is best of the rest in second overall with Ryal Harris, John Bowe and Bruce Williams completing the top five. Bowe suffered a setback in Adelaide following an engine change and will be looking to claw back in the standings at this weekend. Johnson and Bowe have engaged in a classic Ford versus Holden battle in recent seasons, with Johnson driving a 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback and Bowe in a 1974 Holden Torana SL/R 5000. A more recent car is the 1980 Ford Falcon XD of Markus Zukanovic, who sits in 16th in the standings but has shown flashes of competitive pace and will be aiming to get into the top 10. Joining the field this weekend is third-generation racer Aaron Seton. The 20-year-old son of double Australian Touring Car Champion Championship winner Glenn and grandson of Bathurst winner Barry ‘Bo’ Seton will drive the 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 owned by Leo Tobin. Touring Car Masters will race four times this weekend, beginning with the reversed-grid Trophy Race on Saturday. 

TOURING CAR MASTERS ENTRY LIST # 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 12 17 18 24 30 33 37 60 58 67 71 77 85 88 90 95

Driver Danny Buzadzic Thomas Randle Bruce Williams Ryan Hansford Jim Pollicina Gary O’Brien Andrew Fisher Peter Burnitt Steve Johnson John Bowe Robert Hackwood Aaron Seton Cameron Mason Damien Gambold Cameron Tilley Ryal Harris Jeremy Gray Markus Zukanovic Rohan Little Adam Garwood Tony Karanfilovski Sven Burchartz Adam Bressington

Entry Western General Body Works Skye Sands ACDelco / Auto Action Magazine Multispares Racing MOCOMM Motorsport Communications Bendigo Accident Repair Centre Jesus Racing The Lighthouse Hotel - Burnett Heads WM Waste / Kubota PAYNTER DIXON Wellpro Racing Hillier Brothers / THD Motorsport Peter Drayton Wines Gambold Mechanical ANGLOMOIL Lubricants/MD Steel Fabrications EFS 4X4 Accessories Bilstein/JMG Racing Centec Security Industries Red Rock Winery / Skunk Werks Whiteline Racing / Giraffe Civil Contracting TIFS - Warehousing & Distribution Kalus Kenny Interlex Lawyers-Advisors Whiteline Racing / VDC

Car Torana A9X Hatch Mustang Fastback Torana SL/R 5000 Torana A9X Torana A9X Monaro GTS Falcon XY GT HO Torana A9X Mustang Fastback Torana SL/R 5000 Trans Am Boss Mustang Mustang Fastback Falcon XD Pacer Camaro SS Capri Perana Falcon XD 911 IROC Camaro RS Mustang Trans Am 911 IROC Camaro SS

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supercars officials

Deputy Secretary of the Event

Stewards Trevor Neumann (Chair), Steve Lisk, Trisha Davidson VCS Race Director Tim Schenken VCS Deputy Race Director David Stuart Clerk of the Course Daryl McHugh Secretary of the Event Wayne Giles Timing Coordinator Ian Leech Head of Motorsport Adrian Burgess Medical Delegate Dr Carl Le Starter Paul Martin Driving Standards Adviser Craig Baird Recovery Coordinator Alistair Walker Safety Car Driver Jason Routley Safety Car Communicator Veronica Russell Judges of Fact (Start) Tim Schenken, David Stuart, Craig Baird, Ian Leech, Tiffany Leech, Paul Martin, Melissa Hatton, Daryl McHugh Judges of Fact (Finish) Ian Leech, Tiffany Leech, Melissa Hatton, Daryl McHugh Judges of Fact (Pit Lane Speed) Ian Leech, Tiffany Leech, Jason Routley Adrian Burgess, Campbell Little, Paul Martin, Judges of Fact (Pit Lane Penalty) Frank Adamson, Jason Routley, Som Sharma, Mitchell Timms, Mark Galbraith, Craig Hasted Weigh Station Campbell Little, Paul Martin Media Manager Cole Hitchcock

support event officials Chair Panel Member (SuperUtes Series) Panel Member Secretary of the Event

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Clerk of the Course

Daryl McHugh

Deputy Clerk of the Course

Richard Weston

Assistant Clerks of the Course

Bruce Robertson, Michael Neilsen

Compliance Checker

Ross Coles

Emergency Controller

Simon Maas

Chief Medical Officer

Dr John Moran

Chief Scrutineer

Cindy Davis

Chief Starter

Matt Cornford

Chief Timekeeper Judges of Fact (Start & Finish)

Melissa Hatton Daryl McHugh, Melissa Hatton, Matt Cornford

ECB SuperUtes Series Race Director

Nigel Faull

ECB SuperUtes Series Category Administrator

Tony Bowker

ECB SuperUtes Series Technical Assistant

Tony Bowker

Kumho Tyre Super3 V8 Touring Car Series Category Administrator Kumho Tyre Super3 V8 Touring Car Series Technical Advisor Touring Car Masters Series Category Administrator Touring Car Masters Series Technical Delegate Australian Formula Ford Championship Category Manager

Australian Formula Ford Championship Technical Delegate Circuit Excel Category Administrator Circuit Excel Technical Advisor

Laurie Griffin

Tony Hunter, Rowan Harman

Australian Formula Ford Championship Category Administrator David Bellenger Bradley Tubb Bill Bennett Wayne Giles

Liam Curkpatrick

John Mahncke Iccy Harrington Phil Marrinon Scott Black Brendan Avard Michelle Adams

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ISSUE 111

6 ANALYSIS: MUSTANG DOMINATION How parity measures may not be enough to stop the Ford Mustang from dominating in the rest of 2019. 8 ANALYSIS: THE DOWNFORCE DILEMMA Why Supercars could soon cut the amount of downforce on its cars. 10 ANALYSIS: THE UNDERDOGS OF 2019 Kelly Racing and André Heimgartner’s unsung performances so far this season. 12 ANALYSIS: THE CASE FOR A SECOND ROUND AT BATHURST Why Supercars could soon have a second round at Bathurst. 14 WINTERBOTTOM COLUMN Winterbottom on why he’s such a fan of night racing in Supercars.

16 LOWNDES COLUMN Lowndes on the performance of the Ford Mustang Supercar and Scott McLaughlin in 2019. 18 ROGERS COLUMN Rogers on the business of running a Supercars team and attracting new manufacturers. 23 FEATURE: 60 YEARS OF THE ATCC/ SUPERCARS Celebrating six decades of the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars. 24 FEATURE: A RICH RACING HISTORY The evolution of the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars championship through its various technical guises. 30 FEATURE: THE RACE OF CHAMPIONS The 25-car grid of Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars championship-winning drivers.

38 FEATURE: THE CIRCUITS The 34 circuits that have hosted the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars. 44 FEATURE: ROLLED GOLD RECORDS The records and numbers from 60 years of the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars. 50 FEATURE: TICKFORD’S HOMEGROWN STARS Chaz Mostert and Cameron Waters on stepping up as team leaders at Tickford Racing. 56 FEATURE: THE TECH PLAYBOOK Adrian Burgess and Campbell Little on their sporting and technical roles with Supercars. 60 FEATURE: MATURE-AGE ROOKIE Kelly Racing’s Garry Jacobson on his long-awaited promotion into the main game of Supercars. 66 SHOOTOUT Ranking the top-10 best seasons. SUPERCAR XTRA

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he Australian Touring Car Championship/ Supercars has come a long way since its first event in 1960. The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is now the biggest motorsport category in Australia with events across the country and in New Zealand, built off the back of six decades of history. We celebrate the 60-year milestone of the Australian Touring Car Championship/ Supercars in this special edition of SupercarXtra Magazine. We begin by looking at the history of the category through its various technical guises, from the Appendix J rules first used in 1960 to the V8-based formula born in the 1990s (pictured), which still forms the basis for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

The champions of the category are commemorated in our ‘Race of Champions’ feature, in which we imagine what the grid of the 25 championship-winning drivers would look like. We also profile the 34 circuits that have hosted the Australian Touring Car Championship/ Supercars, in addition to a list of records and champions from the last 60 years and the top-10 seasons in our ‘Shootout’ section. Elsewhere, we chat with Tickford Racing duo Chaz Mostert and Cameron Waters on their rise to team leaders at the Ford team in the wake of Mark Winterbottom’s departure. We also touch base with Garry Jacobson on his longawaited promotion into the Supercars main game at Kelly Racing. Supercars’ motorsport and technical managers Adrian

Burgess and Campbell Little detail what their roles involve and explain the crucial role parity plays in the category. Winterbottom, Craig Lowndes and Garry Rogers also share their thoughts in their new columns, following on from our analysis of the key issues in Supercars, including the form of the Ford Mustang and more. Remember, this edition is also available in digital form online and in the App Store and Google Play stores. Visit us at SupercarXtra.com. au for more details, to follow the latest news and to visit our online store, or keep in touch with us on our social media channels: on Twitter and Instagram at @SupercarXtra and on Facebook at www.facebook. com/SupercarXtra. Enjoy! – Adrian

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The Ford Mustang Supercar, in particular the DJR Team Penske entries of Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard, have dominated the first half of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. And despite technical changes to the car to bring it back to the pack, it’s still the one to beat.

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he form of the Ford Mustang Supercar has been the major talking point of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship season. After storming out of the gates with dominant wins, centre of gravity changes were made to the Mustangs, in addition to the Holden Commodores, in March following a test that showed a disparity with the Nissan Altima. Then the Mustang was forced to run smaller rear-wing endplates, a lower rear-wing Gurney flap and a reduced front under-tray extension from April. The wing changes were made after an extensive analysis of track data and additional Computational Fluid Dynamic work by Supercars’ technical department and its UK-based technology partner D2H. Supercars said the changes were made based on the ‘Racing Entitlements Contract’ (REC) and rule A1.4 of the Supercars Operation Manual, which dictates the championship’s technical parity guidelines, allowing changes if a significant disparity exists between the competing cars. “The Supercars technical department has worked

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The DJR Team Penske Ford Mustangs ruled the first half of the 2019 season.

through the data available and requested these changes from homologating team DJR Team Penske and Ford Performance in a transparent manner,” said Supercars CEO Sean Seamer. “The Mustang is a worldclass race car and we respect the work that has gone into developing the package. Despite passing VCAT any incoming car needs to meet the incumbent. “DJRTP and Ford Performance understand that technical parity underpins the success of the sport and accept the changes.” The Ford teams, in addition to Ford Australia and Ford Performance, accepted the

ruling and promptly made the changes. “The Mustang is an advanced, state-of-the-art Supercar, designed and built within the rules of the series,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director of motorsport for Ford Performance. “We are disappointed that we have had to make changes to the cars, however we respect the Supercars technical department and will comply.” Yet despite the changes the Mustang continued winning, especially the two entries of DJR Team Penske. The disparity in results between DJR Team Penske and

the other Ford team, Tickford Racing, highlights the strength of the former’s performance as a result of the solid foundation built by Team Penske and the engineering nous of Ludo Lacroix. It isn’t a surprise, therefore, that the team that took the ageing Ford FG X Falcon to the teams’ championship in 2017 and drivers’ championship with McLaughlin in 2018 has stepped up to another performance level with its new car. The in-season changes led to a spirited debate over parity and questions over the homologation process, in addition to queries over whether true parity can be achieved between

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a two-door coupe and its fourdoor rivals. “Remember [the aero testing is] done at an aerodrome, it’s done up to 200km/h, it’s done for downforce, it’s done for drag,” explained former Ford driver turned television commentator Mark Larkham. “But the whole art of this game is between the game keeper (Supercars) and the teams, which are the poachers. [The teams] are going to take their cars along to this test and make sure they comply. “I can tell you that the three manufacturers got these closer at the last test late last year than we have in the sport’s history. That’s great news, but here’s where the poacher comes into it. “The art of this game is to cleverly make your car work differently and better when you take it to a track and now you’ve got the car in yaw (cornering), doing way beyond 200km/h, so all of those things change. “More specifically we put different rake and ride heights on the car; all of that stuff means all that information from the aerodrome is really only a base platform. “So, go back to the rule A1.4, that’s really then in there so the Supercars team analyse time data, [and] they use computer fluid dynamics, to look at some of the airflows over the cars in the real world at a racetrack. “That’s how they’ve come up with this change to the

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Mustang. It’s evidence-based.” Confusing the situation around the wing changes were the other technical changes leading into 2019, including the introduction of a new control transaxle and the banning of twin springs. The latter, in particular, has significantly limited set-up options for teams and forced a rethink for engineers. With centre of gravity adjustments made to the Commodore and Mustang resulting in 28 kilograms of lead redistributed to the roof of the Mustang before the wing changes, the Ford teams have been forced to

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“It’s fantastic to beat everyone else, but if we are serious we need to make some big changes to beat car 17 at a consistent level. “We’ll stick on our program. These guys have raised the game and we’re still doing a similar thing to what we’ve done the last three or four years. “It all makes sense, but really for the sake of the competition and the category we really need to step up and make a race of it. “It’s really up to us to step up and make a battle of it. “If we can do that, everyone will win.”

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The size of the wings of the Ford Mustang Supercar has been a big talking point in terms of its performance parity with the Holden ZB Commodore and Nissan Altima. But it also points to another dilemma: the heavy reliance on downforce.

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rguably the biggest difference in comparing a Supercar to its road-going versions is the front and rear spoilers. The size of the rear wing, for example, has become a big talking point since the debut of the Ford Mustang Supercar and has increased calls for Supercars to look to reduce downforce to create better racing and improve performance parity. The current regulations allow for a total downforce figure of approximately 350kg (200kg from the rear) at 200km/h,

measured in straight-line testing during the homologation process. But there’s now a big push for Supercars to significantly decrease that figure for upcoming seasons. A reduction in downforce would allow cars to follow more closely and, therefore, create more overtaking opportunities. The Supercars push would follow similar trends to decrease downforce in Formula 1, IndyCar and more. The push for a reduction in downforce has received support from across the Supercars paddock, not just from a racing

point of view but also aesthetically so the future Supercars look more akin to their roadgoing versions. Two-time Bathurst 1000 winner and 2005 Supercars champion Russell Ingall has supported the idea of reduction in downforce. “All of a sudden they reckon there’s nearly 30 per cent more downforce in the current cars to when Car of the Future initially came out,” he says. “You don’t want more downforce in these cars; more downforce produces worse racing. Think of F1; what are F1 trying

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s the only non-Ford and Holden entrant in Supercars, it can be easy to overlook the efforts of Kelly Racing in 2019. The four-car Victorian-based team persisted with its Nissan Altimas despite the loss of manufacturer backing heading into this season. Changes were made to the rear wing Gurney flap and front splitter of the Altimas during the off-season, in a bid to extract more speed from the car that debuted in Supercars in 2013.

Despite losing factory funding from Nissan heading into 2019, Kelly Racing is keeping up the fight with its four Altimas with the form of its unsung young-gun André Heimgartner highlighting the stellar job the team is doing.

The shift of balance with the new aerodynamic package resulted in some inconsistent results in the early stages of the season, though the team insists it’s getting better and more confident in the new direction it’s taking. André Heimgartner scored the team’s first podium of the season at the WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint in April and is growing in confidence with the Altima. “It’s been bigger than anyone thought,” Heimgartner tells Supercars.com in regards to the changes to the Altima.

“We all thought it would be a small shift in how the car was, but it’s been a massive jump. “It’s definitely something you have to get used to. Now we’ve definitely found a set-up that works in the car. “At the moment, we’re just discovering where that new window is with the new aero, and we seem to be getting an idea now on what it needs, which is good.” Heimgartner has been a revelation at Kelly Racing and emerged as the team’s most consistent performer. The 24-year-old New Zealander was out of a Supercars drive in 2017,

following stints at Super Black Racing and Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport that ended abruptly. He was called in as a last-minute injury replacement for Ashely Walsh at Brad Jones Racing for the 2017 Bathurst 1000 and impressed in wet conditions, going on to finish on the podium with co-driver Tim Slade at the following round on the Gold Coast. Heimgartner’s podium at the 2019 WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint marked his first solo Supercars top-three finish and first for Kelly Racing in his second season with the team.

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The second circuit set to be built adjacent to the Mount Panorama Circuit opens up the possibility of a second Supercars event at Bathurst. So, should Bathurst host a Supercars sprint round alongside the endurance classic?

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hen the Mount Panorama Circuit hosted a sprint round of the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1995 and 1996, the event didn’t befit the stage and it proved short-lived. But with Bathurst in the process of developing a second circuit alongside the Mount Panorama Circuit, there would be justification in having a second event in Bathurst that doesn’t intrude on the Bathurst 1000. British firm Apex Circuit

Design won a tender to design the facility that would sit alongside the Mount Panorama Circuit. If all goes to plan, construction would commence in 2020 with the track completed in either late 2021 or in 2022. With the Mount Panorama Circuit limited to five events per year, the new circuit would be used as a motoring/ motorsport hub with the aim of hosting major motorcycling events in addition to fourwheeled motorsport. Supercars was quick to back the second circuit at Bathurst and declare it could look into

hosting a sprint round at the new location. It follows Supercars being one of six organisations to have lodged an Expression of Interest to potentially hold a fifth event at the Mount Panorama Circuit, following the Bathurst Regional Council identifying an opportunity for a fifth event with the ‘Mount Panorama Motor Racing Act 1989’ permitting up to five full-track closures for motorsport events per year. A Supercars sprint event would be highly sought after for the new Bathurst circuit, which is hoping to attract

international events in addition to Australian domestic categories. And on a different circuit than the Bathurst 1000, the event would avoid the pitfalls of the sprint rounds in the mid-1990s by having a separate identity while still being able to tap into Bathurst’s rich heritage. The new Bathurst circuit would follow in the footsteps of The Bend Motorsport Park in hosting a Supercars sprint round as a new complex. Recently, The Bend SuperSprint confirmed OTR as its title sponsor for the next three years.

The proposed second circuit at Bathurst.

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SUPERCARS 2019 CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR

FEB 28-MAR 3 Superloop Adelaide 500

Adelaide Parklands Circuit

MAR 14-17

Beaurepaires Melbourne 400

Albert Park Street Circuit

APR 5-7

Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint

Symmons Plains Raceway

APR 12-14

WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint

Phillip Island GP Circuit

MAY 2-4

PIRTEK Perth SuperNight

MAY 24-26

Truck Assist Winton SuperSprint

Winton Motor Raceway

JUN 14-16

BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown

Hidden Valley Raceway

JUL 5-7

Watpac Townsville 400

Townsville Street Circuit

JUL 26-28

Century Batteries Ipswich SuperSprint

AUG 23-25

OTR The Bend SuperSprint

The Bend Motorsport Park

SEP 13-15

ITM Auckland SuperSprint

Pukekohe Park Raceway

OCT 10-13

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

Mount Panorama Circuit

OCT 25-27

Vodafone Gold Coast 600

Surfers Paradise Street Circuit

NOV 8-10

Penrite Oil Sandown 500

Sandown Motor Raceway

NOV 22-24

Coates Hire Newcastle 500

Barbagallo Raceway

Queensland Raceway

Newcastle Street Circuit Dates correct at time of printing

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EXPERT INSIGHT

BEYOND THE WHEEL Column by Mark Winterbottom

NIGHT RACING A WINNER

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like the spectacle of racing Supercars at night and think it’s a good atmosphere for all involved. The PIRTEK Perth SuperNight proved a winner, and if the night-racing format can be combined with a condensed two-day schedule, then Supercars will be on a winner. It’s hard to find the right balance between needs and wants nowadays, so a two-day schedule works as you can squeeze so much more into the schedule by continuing on into the twilight hours. So instead of dragging out a race weekend for three days, when people may not have the time to attend all days, we can get it done in a short, sharp

time with fans getting a lot of value for their ticket. It means you can have practice and qualifying sessions scattered throughout the day, in and around support categories, before the main racing event under lights. Racing at night is different, but there’s no doubt it’s an amazing spectacle. It’s a different challenge for us drivers. The shadows and perception of distance is different from inside the cars. So it feels like your closing speed on a car is a lot quicker than it is in the daytime. The set-up of the car also varies a little bit, given the cooler temperatures. But definitely driving at night-time is mentally a bit tougher, though

physically a bit easier because of the cooler conditions. You’ve just got to readjust, especially at the start because you line up on the grid and haven’t had any reconnaissance at race speed. It is a bit of a wake up to the old system. Clearly night racing works best at shorter circuits. As a result, it worked better at Perth than at Sydney Motorsport Park. Symmons Plains Raceway would work well because it’s such a short track, as would Queensland Raceway. That would be a really cool spectacle given the layout of the circuit and the possibility of racing into twilight hours in Queensland. The talk around a summerbased schedule would make

twilight/night racing more common, opening up the potential schedule and condensing the calendar of events. One of the most common feedback we get from fans is the irregular gaps between events on our current calendar. So running a more condensed series, potentially over summer where you’re not clashing with AFL and rugby and those things and can go into twilight hours, definitely has benefits. There’s definitely a lot of factors to such a decision. And I know that the hard part is getting governments to allocate timeslots that suit their particular event. So if they can get around all that, the summer series would work really well. – Frosty

“IF THE NIGHT-RACING FORMAT CAN BE COMBINED WITH A CONDENSED TWO-DAY SCHEDULE, THEN SUPERCARS WILL BE ON A WINNER.”

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RIGHT ON TRACK

Column by Craig Lowndes

PERFORMANCE PARITY

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he debate around parity in Supercars following the debut of the Ford Mustang is a com-

plicated one. The frustration for everyone is why the category is changing things during the season, as it’s the beginning of the process that needs more work. I understand that when a car has been ticked off there needs to be some rounds to assess and analyse what advantage a car might have and adjust if need be. But where the category looks bad is that the Mustang was passed, and maybe the process before a car is ticked off needs to be more thorough. Something like this, a change after one car has won so many of the races, creates a no-win situation. You’re damned if you do something, but equally damned if you don’t. If the Mustang keeps winning, people will say the changes didn’t go far enough. If the Mustang is pegged back, then the talk will be the changes were too much and

it’ll water down the achievement of whichever manufacturer beats Ford. The changes to the Mustang shouldn’t overshadow the performances of Scott McLaughlin, though, who has been outstanding this season. In some ways, he’s been so good that he’s masked the fact that the racing has been pretty decent. When you have one person dominating like he has in any motorsport category, there’s a tendency to downplay the other racing going on behind that dominant driver. Winning the championship is obviously the goal for every driver, but what winning it last

year did for Scott, especially after he came so close but lost it in 2017, has been really significant. He’s gone to a new level this year, and maybe one he couldn’t have got to without the pain he went through of seeing one slip through his fingers. The confidence he gained from winning it, and the belief he’s now got knowing that he actually can do it, has really reflected in his driving this year. The belief in him, where the car is, where the team is means they’re all at the top of their games. Scott’s been on a journey since 2017 to get more mentally strong, and he’s talked about working with psychologists and

fitness people to fill in the gaps that maybe were lacking when he came close two years ago. It’s just bolstered his selfbelief, and you see it in qualifying where he goes out and nails it. He knows he can do it, he knows its repeatable and he knows how to get himself in the right space to deliver. He’s matured, and he’s the benchmark at the moment. His peers now see him differently. There’s a good combination of confidence, belief and even a little bit of arrogance… all the elements are there for him to be more formidable than he’s been before. – Craig

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GARRY THE GURU

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CHANGES TO REGULATIONS NEEDED

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upercars is a first class show and the racing has stood the test of time. After many years it is still a great spectacle to watch and people love it, but if the powers-that-be are serious about attracting more manufacturers to the sport then they need to look hard at the regulations. We certainly don’t need to start from ground zero because what we have is extremely good and the envy of a lot of other categories around the world. However, I don’t think that the technical regulations are 100 per cent right. They may have been right 10 years ago, but times have changed. I think we need to have a little more liberalism. If Supercars want to sell the show to other sponsors and manufacturers then they have to be able to put forward a case where those parties believe that they would be able to present their product in a positive light. They need to be able to get their marketing departments on board. The Car of the Future was part of gaining enquiries from other manufacturers and importers, but to be perfectly frank, whilst there were considerable enquiries, not a lot came to fruition. I spoke to Chrysler and there was some positivity in that discussion but eventually they had of change of management and decided against a Supercars program. GRM had discussions with Volvo and we procured the deal. The other parties that got 18

involved were Nissan and Betty Kilmenko of Erebus Motorsport was able to come to an arrangement with AMG, but no other manufacturer or importer showed serious interest. Prior and since the Volvo arrangement we have had serious discussions with other manufacturers but we have been unable to procure an arrangement with any of them and I am sure other Supercars teams have been trying to do the same. The problem is that the Supercars category has such enormous development and ongoing maintenance costs and I think that cost frightens a lot of the manufacturers away. The cost of the sport has

just become prohibitive, so how does Supercars change it? Instead of skirting around the boundary line and making minimal changes that keep certain parties within the sport happy but don’t really fix the problem, we need to look at serious change that will actually benefit the category. I have made my thoughts clear about the cost of engines and the cost of shock absorbers, as I believe these are where some major savings could be made, but to date there just hasn’t been enough movement in the regulations in those areas. The engines represent huge costs not just in the initial

development phase, but with the ongoing maintenance that is required. Changing the regulations around shock absorbers and engines could literally save millions for a team our size. I don’t think that production car racing is the answer, as it’s not exciting, and what we have is exciting. Teams and manufacturers want to be able to go into the series and compete. Most sensible people understand that you won’t win all of the time, but you need to be able to compete, and at the moment, unless you have a huge bank account, then that is not easy to do. – Garry

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A RICH RACING

HISTORY

The Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars notches up its 60th season in 2019. To celebrate we look back at the six-decade history of the category, starting with how we got here through various guises.

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n February 1 in 1960, at the Gnoo Blas Motor Racing Circuit in Orange in New South Wales, the Australian Touring Car Championship was born. Forty-eight cars took to the grid across five classes that day, from the Jaguar Mark

1 3.4 that triumphed in the hands of David McKay to the Austin A40 Farina of Brian Foley that won the under 1000cc class. It marked the start of something big with the championship growing massively over the coming decades, from the single-race deciders of those early years to multiple

rounds and then the inclusion of the great endurance races such as the Bathurst 1000 and regular ventures outside of Australia. The history of the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars rules since 1960 showcases in its own way the evolution of the automotive industry in Australia and

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the guiding principles of parity that have been part of the championship throughout its six decades. This is the evolution of the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars through its various guises:

APPENDIX J

1960-1964

Australia’s first organised touring car rulebook paved the way for single-event Australian Touring Car Championship deciders, starting in 1960. The rules insisted on four-door production cars sold in the marketplace with some engine and suspension modifications allowed. Cars competed in various classes based on engine capacity. Jaguars won the first four titles before victory for the Ford Cortina Mark I GT of Ian

Geoghegan in 1964. The grid relied heavily on imported British cars, until an influx of locally-made cars in the latter years. The single-race championship deciders were held in various locations across Australia, in addition to various state-level meetings. The professionalism around the sport had not yet grown to form the multiround national championship.

IMPROVED PRODUCTION

1965-1972

Improved Production was the forerunner for the popular Group C era, which would eventually include production-based sedans with limited modifications racing alongside the more highly modified cars (Group C). This allowed imported muscle cars, such

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as the Ford Mustang V8, to dominate over the local brigade and popular Morris Coopers. The Mustang was an unstoppable force from 1965 to 1969, winning five consecutive championships, four courtesy of Ian Geoghegan. Norm Beechey claimed the maiden title for an Australian-built car in 1970, with the Holden HT Monaro GTS350, though American muscle cars would once again dominate with two titles for the Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1 of Bob Jane in 1971 and 1972. The championship grew into a multiround format from 1969, in various states across Australia, though the technical rulebook of the championship didn’t align with the growing endurance event at Bathurst. So, while locally-made Monaros and Ford Falcons were winning what was then known as the Bathurst 500, it was imported cars dominating the championship. The ‘Supercar scare’ of 1972, which accused local makes of selling high-performance “race homologation” versions of its cars to the public, prompted a rethink of the direction of Australian touring cars that would create a unified class with an emphasis on Australian cars.

GROUP C

1973-1984

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GROUP A Car Championship, known at the time as Group C, were amalgamated with the more basic Group E Series Production Touring Cars regulations that governed the Bathurst event, creating a single class for touring car racing in Australia. But, despite the same rules applying to both, what became known as the Bathurst 1000 from 1973 remained outside of the Australian Touring Car Championship. The Group C era is considered the golden age of Australian touring cars; the point in which touring cars surpassed open-wheelers as the most popular form of motorsport in the country and made household names of its heroes with a direct link between the cars being raced to those driven on the roads. Ford and Holden became central to Australian touring cars with their Falcons and Toranas becoming highly sought-after aspirational road cars following on from the heroics of the lead drivers, Allan Moffat and Peter Brock. Moffat and Brock traded championship and Bathurst wins across the 1970s with their fortunes often tied to the level of support they received from their respective manufacturers, though the competition became distorted with the increased interests of European makes into the 1980s. While Ford and Holden were relatively on par with V8-powered four-door sedans in the shape of the Falcon and new Commodore from 1980, the impending arrival of the Mazda RX-7, BMW 635CSi, Nissan 26

Bluebird and the like made it difficult for officials to maintain a level playing field.

GROUP A

1985-1992

With so much angst around the rules in a bid to achieve parity, the Australian Touring Car Championship (and Bathurst 1000) adopted the international-based Group A rules from 1985. It would bring Australia in line with Europe, at a time when Australia was about to host its first Formula 1 world championship grand prix and international entrants were increasingly interested in what Australian touring cars had to offer. It was an international formula for production-derived cars in which different scales were applied to the various engine capacities, while tyre width and weight was adjusted based on relative performance. At least 5000 identical car units had to be produced in a 12-month period for the race car to compete in the series, demanding manufacturer commitment. This led to a swarm of international makes and models arriving in the series, including the BMW 635 CSi, Volvo 240T and the Bathurst-winning Jaguar XJ-S, albeit making it difficult for local favourites Ford and Holden. While Holden struggled to fit the Commodore into the Group A formula, failing to win a championship in the eight Group A seasons, Ford entrants were forced to park the Falcon and opted for the uncompetitive

Mustang before finding a winner with the Sierra RS500. The popularity of the Australian Touring Car Championship took a nosedive in this era with the pecking order often determined by the competitiveness of machinery before it arrived in Australia. And the result was periods of dominations for cars/makes: BMW with the 635 CSi and M3 in 1985 and 1987, sandwiched by the Volvo 240T in 1986, Ford with the Sierra RS500 in 1988 and 1989, and Nissan with the BNR32 GT-R from 1990 to 1992. With shrinking grids and uncompetitive racing, Group A had failed to entice Australians. And with the formula also on its knees in Europe, the Australian Touring Car Championship needed something new.

GROUP 3A/ V8 SUPERCARS

1993-2002

The Australian Touring Car Championship went in the opposite direction of Group A from 1993: Australian-built four-door fivelitre V8 Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores were the only cars eligible to compete in the new Group 3A formula, later to be renamed V8 Supercars. The championship would shut out other manufacturers and base the new formula around the two Australian brands who were so instrumental in the growth of the

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championship in the Group C years. Fans flocked back to the championship with an emphasis on tight and tough racing, but parity remained a stumbling block as they tried to find an equal footing for the Falcons and Commodores. Technical squabbles would dominate most of this era with the perceived strengths and weaknesses of various Falcons and Commodores argued over, but as it was a locally-derived formula, it wasn’t as political or polarising as Group A. The championship grew with an increased calendar of events and greater emphasis on the television spectacle, despite the threat posed by the international-based Super Touring formula that was booming in Europe and had a presence here with its bid for the Bathurst 1000. But despite having a greater manufacturer presence than V8 Supercars, the latter prevailed to become the undisputed dominant player in Australian motorsport. The growth of the championship was confirmed in 1999 with the debut of the Adelaide 500 creating a template for marquee street-circuit events and the inclusion of the Bathurst 1000 in the championship for the first time.

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“FANS FLOCKED BACK TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP WITH AN EMPHASIS ON TIGHT AND TOUGH RACING.” – GROUP 3A/V8 SUPERCARS

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2003-2012

While V8 Supercars grew exponentially into the 2000s, the perceived lack of parity remained an ongoing concern. Holden had won five consecutive championships between 1998 and 2002, which wasn’t good for a formula based around the head-tohead rivalry of only two manufacturers. ‘Project Blueprint’ was developed to eliminate most of the differences that created performance disparity between the Falcons and Commodores. The chassis pick-up points, wheelbase, track and driving position became common across both cars; suspensions were made the same and aerodynamic packages revised. This change in philosophy set the groundwork for the control chassis that would follow, cementing parity and cost reduction as the two key pillars the championship would be based on. The changes had an immediate impact with Ford’s new BA Falcon ending Holden’s championship run in 2003. In the 10 seasons of the Project Blueprint rules, the Falcon won six championships to four for the Commodore.

automotive landscape was changing. The two brands had lost their market dominance and would soon close their local manufacturing plants. V8 Supercars had to open up to new manufacturers to stay relevant and did so with an extension of the Project Blueprint era, with a control chassis design and specification across all manufacturers with body shells and engines unique to each make. These could include non-Ford and Holden entities for the first time since the imposed duopoly of the Group 3A rules in 1993, with Nissan, Volvo Polestar and AMG Mercedes-Benz (via a customer deal through Erebus Motorsport) entering the championship between 2013 and 2014. But the requirement for these manufacturers to race five-litre V8s proved challenging, especially up against Ford and Holden’s well established powerplants. The three brands would soon move on, leaving Holden as the only committed brand in the series with Ford also pulling their support with the Falcon being retired. While the series remained as popular as ever and featured a strong schedule of events, its sustainability was being questioned given the changes in the Australian automotive landscape.

GEN2

CAR OF THE FUTURE

2017-PRESENT

While V8 Supercars was still the exclusive domain of Ford and Holden, the Australian

Australian touring cars came full circle with the implementation of the Gen2 rules from 2017.

2013-2017

Gen2 allows the use of two-door coupé body styles and turbocharged four- or six-cylinder engines to race alongside the four-door V8 sedans that had been the mainstay of the series since 1993. Cars were still required to be based on front-engined, rear-wheel drive production cars that are sold in Australia, while the chassis and control components are carried over from the Car of the Future rules. The more open rulebook was designed in order to make it easier for manufacturers to race in the series, like in the formative years of the championship. This change allowed Ford to return in an official capacity with the Mustang from 2019, the first two-coupe to race under the V8 formula, while Holden recommitted to the series with the imported version of the Commodore and considered a twin-turbo engine option before sticking with its V8. With the success of the Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro appearing to be the long-term alternative instead of the Commodore for Holden, the rulebook will likely be updated so coupes can better fit over the control chassis. After 60 years it seems history is about to repeat with imported American muscle cars set to dominate Australian touring cars. But what of the next 60 years?

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In total, 25 drivers have won the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars championship over the last six decades.

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o commemorate the 60-year milestone, we put these drivers together on a grid to see how this dream ‘Race of Champions’ would look. With drivers with the most titles higher up the grid, we’ve also picked the most dominant championship-winning cars for the multitime champs. Here’s how the 25-car grid of champions would look…

25 DAVID MCKAY

1960 • DAVID MCKAY • JAGUAR MARK 1 3.4

McKay won the first Australian Touring Car Championship in a Jaguar Mark 1 3.4 at Gnoo Blas near Orange, New South Wales, in 1960. The motoring journalist enjoyed a distinguished racing career, highlighted by the championship win.

22 JAMES COURTNEY

2010 • DICK JOHNSON RACING • FORD FG FALCON

Courtney scored his first and so far only championship win following a sensational title race in 2010. In a Triple Eight-built Ford FG Falcon, Courtney overcame the ownership instability at Dick Johnson Racing to win the title in a dramatic finale in Sydney. James Courtney

24 BILL PITT

1961 • MRS DI ANDERSON • JAGUAR MARK 1 3.4

Pitt became the second championship winner in a Jaguar Mark 1 3.4 at Lowood, Queensland, in 1961. Pitt had an extensive career racing Jaguars, finishing second in 1960 by six seconds before victory the following year.

23 ROBBIE FRANCEVIC

1986 • VOLVO DEALER TEAM • VOLVO 240T

Francevic became the oldest winner of the Australian Touring Car Championship at 44 years of age in 1986. The New Zealander overcame internal team squabbles to give Volvo its maiden championship win.

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21 RICK KELLY

19 SHANE VAN GISBERGEN

2006 • HSV DEALER TEAM • HOLDEN VZ COMMODORE

Kelly won the title following a controversial collision at the season finale at Phillip Island, but it was a consistent campaign for the HSV Dealer Team that put him in that winning position.

20 RUSSELL INGALL

2016 • TRIPLE EIGHT RACE ENGINEERING • HOLDEN VF COMMODORE

Van Gisbergen confirmed his promise by winning the championship in his first season with Triple Eight Race Engineering, winning eight races and overcoming the challenge of his multiple championshipwinning teammate, Jamie Whincup.

18 MARK WINTERBOTTOM

2005 • STONE BROTHERS RACING • FORD BA FALCON

After four runners-up finishes, Ingall won his only championship in 2015 • PRODRIVE RACING AUSTRALIA • FORD FG X FALCON 2005. ‘The Enforcer’ curtailed his aggressive driving style to collect points and win the championship through consistency.

Winterbottom claimed a long-awaited title for Prodrive Racing Australia with the new Ford FG X Falcon in 2015. With nine wins across the season, Winterbottom won the championship with a race to spare.

Russell Ingall

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17 SCOTT MCLAUGHLIN

2018 • DJR TEAM PENSKE • FORD FG X FALCON

McLaughlin just missed out on the championship win in 2017, making amends in 2018 to give the Ford Falcon its 17th and final championship win. He became the 25th championship winner and fourth from New Zealand (in addition to Jim Richards, Robbie Francevic and Shane van Gisbergen).

16 GARTH TANDER

Colin Bond

2007 • HSV DEALER TEAM • HOLDEN VE COMMODORE

Tander was a contender throughout his career, though it all came together for his only championship win in 2007. Tander won 15 races throughout the season, the equal second most in the history of the championship.

15 COLIN BOND

1975 • HOLDEN RACING TEAM • HOLDEN LH TORANA SLR5000 L34

The versatile Bond scored his only championship win for the Holden Dealer Team in 1975 (pictured carrying the #1 in the championship-winning car in 1976), winning three rounds for a comfortable points margin.

14 BOB MORRIS

1979 • RON HODGSON MOTORS • HOLDEN LX TORANA SS 5000 A9X

Morris produced a win for the underdogs in 1979, defeating the factory-backed Peter Brock to the title in the championship decider at Adelaide International Raceway. With four round wins to Brock’s three, Morris was a worthy champion.

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Norm Beechey John Bowe

13 JOHN BOWE

1995 • DICK JOHNSON RACING • FORD EF FALCON

After playing second fiddle to teammate Dick Johnnson with the Sierras in the Group A years, Bowe emerged as Dick Johnson Racing’s lead driver into the V8 era and won his only title in 1995.

12 NORM BEECHEY

1970 • NEPTUNE RACING TEAM • HOLDEN HT MONARO GTS350

Beechey became the first driver to win a championship for Ford and Holden in 1970. His championship win in the Holden HT Monaro GTS350 in 1970 marked the first title win for an Australian-made car, claiming three wins from seven rounds.

11 MARCOS AMBROSE

2004 • STONE BROTHERS RACING • FORD BA FALCON

Ambrose became a Ford hero when he ended the Holden Racing Team’s run of championships with a victory for Stone Brothers Racing in the new Ford BA Falcon in 2003. He defended the crown with an even more convincing result in 2004, winning 11 of 26 races.

Glenn Seton

10 GLENN SETON

1993 • GLENN SETON RACING • FORD EB FALCON

Seton won two championships for his own Ford team in 1993 and 1997. The 1993 season saw a dominant performance from the team, winning six of nine rounds with four of those from Seton.

Marcos Ambrose

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9 PETER BROCK

1978 • HOLDEN DEALER TEAM • HOLDEN LX TORANA A9X

Brock won his three championships for the Holden Dealer Team in 1974, 1978 and 1980. While he dominated the 1974 championship using the Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 and LH Torana SL/R 5000, he won three from eight rounds to win the 1978 title with the LX Torana A9X. Bob Jane

8 CRAIG LOWNDES

1996 • HOLDEN RACING TEAM • HOLDEN VR COMMODORE

Lowndes’ championship win in his rookie season remains the most dominant campaign in the history of the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars, winning a record 16 races from 30. The Holden Racing Team driver in the VR Commodore was unstoppable, ushering in a new era for the sport.

7 BOB JANE

1971 • BOB JANE RACING TEAM • CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL-1

Jane won two titles in Jaguars in single-race deciders in 1962 and 1963, though the car of his that really captured the public’s imagination was the Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1 with which he won back-to-back titles in 1971 and 1972. The 1971 version of the Camaro featured a seven-litre 427 V8 engine, before rule changes the following year forced a reduction to a 5.7-litre 350 V8 engine.

Craig Lowndes

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Jim Richards

6 JIM RICHARDS

1985 • JPS TEAM BMW • BMW 635 CSI

Richards was the master of Group A, winning four championships across a seven-year period for both BMW and Nissan. His most dominant win came in the BMW 635 CSi in 1985, winning seven of 10 rounds, including six in a row.

5 ALLAN MOFFAT

1977 • ALLAN MOFFAT RACING • FORD XB FALCON GT/XC GS500

Moffat became Ford’s leading entry in the formative years of Group C, winning three titles for the Blue Oval between 1973 and 1977.

Ian Geoghegan

He dominated the 1977 season along with teammate Colin Bond in the XB Falcon GT and then the slightly updated XC GS500. Moffat won seven of 11 rounds for an equal record 72.73 per cent winning season, finishing comfortably ahead of Bond.

4 IAN GEOGHEGAN

1969 • TOTAL TEAM • FORD MUSTANG

Geoghegan won his first championship in a Ford Cortina in 1964, but he’s best remembered for his run of four consecutive titles with the Ford Mustang from 1966 to 1969. The Mustang evolved and improved across that period, with the win in 1969 the first under the multi-round format.

Allan Moffat

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3 DICK JOHNSON

2 MARK SKAIFE

1981 • DICK JOHNSON RACING • FORD XD FALCON

Johnson won five championships for Ford, three in Falcons and two in Sierras. The most dominant and memorable of the lot was 1981 in the XD Falcon, in which Johnson won eight races for an equal record 72.73 per cent winning season and overcame the challenge of Holden rival Peter Brock. Mark Skaife

2002 • HOLDEN RACING TEAM • HOLDEN VX COMMODORE

Skaife had already won two championships for Gibson Motorsport before the start of his dominant run with the Holden Racing Team, in which time he won three consecutive championships from 2000 to 2002. The 2001 and 2002 seasons saw Skaife conquer all in his VX Commodore, winning 15 races in 2002 for a winning percentage of more than 50 per cent.

1 JAMIE WHINCUP

2008 • TRIPLE EIGHT RACE ENGINEERING • FORD BF FALCON

Whincup became the undisputed best in Supercars with his run of seven championships between 2008 and 2017. The first championship win in 2008 was a clinic, winning 15 races for an equal second most in championship history. Despite missing an entire round in New Zealand following a qualifying crash, Whincup still won his first title by a big margin. Jamie Whincup

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Thirty–four circuits have hosted the Australian Touring Car Championship/ Supercars over the last 60 years, across all states and territories of Australia and across six countries. ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY Location: Virginia, SA Active years: 1972–1988 Bahrain International Circuit

Adelaide Street Circuit

ADELAIDE STREET CIRCUIT Location: Adelaide, SA Active years: 1999–2019

BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT Location: Sakhir, Bahrain Active years: 2006–2008, 2010

CALDER PARK RACEWAY Location: Keilor North, Victoria Active years: 1969–1983, 1985–1988, 1996–2001

AMAROO PARK Location: Annangrove, NSW Active years: 1974–1978, 1985–1994 Barbagallo Raceway

BARBAGALLO RACEWAY Location: Pinjar, WA Active years: 1973, 1978–2009, 2011–2019

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GNOO BLAS Location: Orange, NSW Active years: 1960

HAMILTON STREET CIRCUIT Location: Hamilton, New Zealand Active years: 2008–2012

Canberra Street Circuit

CANBERRA STREET CIRCUIT

CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS

HIDDEN VALLEY RACEWAY

Location: Canberra, ACT Active years: 2000–2002

Location: Austin, Texas, USA Active years: 2013

Location: Darwin, Northern Territory Active years: 1998–2019

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Homebush Street Circuit

Location: Mallala, SA Active years: 1963, 1969–1971, 1989–1998

MELBOURNE GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT HOMEBUSH STREET CIRCUIT

LONGFORD CIRCUIT

Location: Sydney Olympic Park, NSW Active years: 2009–2016

Location: Longford, Tasmania Active years: 1962

LAKESIDE INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

LOWOOD AIRFIELD CIRCUIT

Location: Kurwongbah, Queensland Active years: 1964, 1967, 1970–1971, 1975–1998

Location: Tarampa, Queensland Active years: 1961

Location: Albert Park, Victoria Active years: 2018–2019

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MOUNT PANORAMA CIRCUIT Location: Bathurst, NSW Active years: 1966, 1969–1970, 1972, 1995–1996, 1999–2019

ORAN PARK RACEWAY

PUKEKOHE PARK RACEWAY

Location: Narellan, NSW Active years: 1971–2008

Location: Pukekohe, New Zealand Active years: 2001–2007, 2013–2019

NEWCASTLE STREET CIRCUIT Location: Newcastle East, NSW Active years: 2017–2019

PHILLIP ISLAND GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT Location: Phillip Island, Victoria Active years: 1976–1977, 1990, 1993– 2003, 2005–2019

QUEENSLAND RACEWAY Location: Ipswich, Queensland Active years: 1999–2019

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Shanghai International Circuit

Location: Springvale, Victoria Active years: 1965, 1970–1974, 1976– 1989, 1991–1992, 1994–2019

SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT Location: Shanghai, China Active years: 2005

SURFERS PARADISE INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

SURFERS PARADISE STREET CIRCUIT

SYDNEY MOTORSPORT PARK

Location: Surfers Paradise, Queensland Active years: 2002–2019

Location: Eastern Creek, NSW Active years: 1992–1997, 1999–2005, 2007–2008, 2012, 2014–2018

Location: Surfers Paradise, Queensland Active years: 1969, 1971–1977, 1979–1987

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TOWNSVILLE STREET CIRCUIT

WINTON MOTOR RACEWAY

Location: Townsville, Queensland Active years: 2009–2019

Location: Winton, Victoria Active years: 1985–1986, 1988–1995, 1997–2004, 2006–2019

THE BEND MOTORSPORT PARK

WARWICK FARM RACEWAY

Location: Tailem Bend, SA Active years: 2018–2019

Location: Warwick Farm, NSW Active years: 1968, 1970, 1972–1973

YAS MARINA CIRCUIT Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Active years: 2010–2012

Townsville Street Circuit

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The key records from 60 years of the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars championship. MOST CHAMPIONSHIP WINS – DRIVERS

Jamie Whincup: Most championship wins.

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1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

David McKay Bill Pitt Bob Jane Bob Jane Ian Geoghegan Norm Beechey Ian Geoghegan Ian Geoghegan Ian Geoghegan Ian Geoghegan Norm Beechey Bob Jane Bob Jane Allan Moffat Peter Brock Colin Bond Allan Moffat Allan Moffat Peter Brock Bob Morris Peter Brock Dick Johnson Dick Johnson Allan Moffat Dick Johnson Jim Richards Robbie Francevic Jim Richards Dick Johnson Dick Johnson Jim Richards Jim Richards Mark Skaife Glenn Seton Mark Skaife John Bowe Craig Lowndes Glenn Seton Craig Lowndes Craig Lowndes Mark Skaife Mark Skaife Mark Skaife Marcos Ambrose Marcos Ambrose Russell Ingall Rick Kelly Garth Tander Jamie Whincup Jamie Whincup James Courtney Jamie Whincup Jamie Whincup Jamie Whincup Jamie Whincup Mark Winterbottom Shane van Gisbergen Jamie Whincup Scott McLaughlin

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Scuderia Veloce Jaguar 3.4 Bill Pitt Jaguar 3.4 Bob Jane Racing Jaguar 3.8 Mk II Bob Jane Racing Jaguar 4.1 Mk II Total Team Ford Cortina Mark I GT Neptune Racing Team Ford Mustang Total Team Ford Mustang Total Team Ford Mustang Total Team Ford Mustang Total Team Ford Mustang Shell Racing Team Holden HT Monaro GTS350 Bob Jane Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1 Bob Jane Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1 Allan Moffat Racing Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase III Holden Dealer Team Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1/LH SL/R 5000 Holden Dealer Team Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 Allan Moffat Racing Ford XB Falcon GT Allan Moffat Racing Ford XB Falcon GT/XC GS Holden Dealer Team Holden LX Torana SS A9X Ron Hodgson Motors Holden LX Torana SS A9X Holden Dealer Team Holden VB Commodore Dick Johnson Racing Ford XD Falcon Dick Johnson Racing Ford XD Falcon Allan Moffat Racing Mazda RX-7 Dick Johnson Racing Ford XE Falcon JPS Team BMW BMW 635 CSi Volvo Dealer Team Volvo 240T JPS Team BMW BMW M3 Dick Johnson Racing Ford Sierra RS500 Dick Johnson Racing Ford Sierra RS500 Gibson Motorsport Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R/BNR32 GT-R Gibson Motorsport Nissan Skyline BNR32 GT-R Gibson Motorsport Nissan Skyline BNR32 GT-R Glenn Seton Racing Ford EB Falcon Gibson Motorsport Holden VP Commodore Dick Johnson Racing Ford EF Falcon Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore Glenn Seton Racing Ford EL Falcon Holden Racing Team Holden VS/VT Commodore Holden Racing Team Holden VT/VS Commodore Holden Racing Team Holden VT Commodore Holden Racing Team Holden VX Commodore Holden Racing Team Holden VX Commodore Stone Brothers Racing Ford BA Falcon Stone Brothers Racing Ford BA Falcon Stone Brothers Racing Ford BA Falcon HSV Dealer Team Holden VZ Commodore HSV Dealer Team Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford BF Falcon Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing Ford FG Falcon Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore Prodrive Racing Australia Ford FG X Falcon Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore DJR Team Penske Ford FG X Falcon

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Gnoo-Blas, NSW Lowood, Qld Longford, Tasmania Mallala, SA Lakeside, Qld Sandown, Vic Bathurst, NSW Lakeside, Qld Warwick Farm, NSW 5 rounds 7 rounds 7 rounds 8 rounds 8 rounds 7 rounds 7 rounds 11 rounds 11 rounds 8 rounds 8 rounds 8 rounds 8 rounds 8 rounds 8 rounds 7 rounds 10 rounds 10 rounds 9 rounds 9 rounds 8 rounds 8 rounds 9 rounds 9 rounds 9 rounds 10 rounds 10 rounds 10 rounds 10 rounds 10 rounds 13 rounds 13 rounds 13 rounds 13 rounds 13 rounds 13 rounds 13 rounds 13 rounds 14 rounds 14 rounds 26 races 26 races 28 races 30 races 36 races 38 races 36 races 29 races 26 races 31 races

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Craig Lowndes: Youngest champion.

YOUNGEST CHAMPION

Craig Lowndes – 21 years, 11 months, 11 days (1996)

OLDEST CHAMPION

Robbie Francevic – 44 years, 8 months, 25 days (1986)

MOST CHAMPIONSHIP WINS IN SUCCESSION – DRIVER

MOST TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP WINS 9 Triple Eight Race Engineering 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018

MOST CHAMPIONSHIP WINS – MODELS

5 Mustang, 1965-1969

MOST CHAMPIONSHIP WINS – MAKES

4 Ian Geoghegan, 1966-1969 4 Jamie Whincup, 2011-2014

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MOST DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP WINS – TEAM

MOST RACE WINS – DRIVER

8 Dick Johnson Racing/DJR Team Penske 1981, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1995, 2010, 2018 8 Triple Eight Race Engineering 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017

113 Jamie Whincup*

Dick Johnson Racing/ Team Penske: Equal most championships. Jamie Whincup: Most race wins.

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MOST RACE WINS IN SUCCESSION

8 Craig Lowndes (1996, Lakeside, Barbagallo, Mallala)

MOST ATCC/VASC RACE WINS – TEAM

185* Triple Eight Race Engineering

MOST RACE WINS – MANUFACTURER

549* Holden

MOST RACE WINS – MODEL

108 Holden VF Commodore

MOST PODIUM FINISHES

201* Jamie Whincup

MOST PODIUM FINISHES WITHOUT A WIN

20 Murray Carter

Murray Carter: Most podium finishes without a win. Scott McLaughlin: Youngest race winner.

YOUNGEST WINNER OF AN ATCC/VASC RACE

Scott McLaughlin – 19 years, 10 months, 3 days (Pukekohe 2013)

OLDEST WINNER OF AN ATCC/VASC RACE

Jim Richards – 55 years, 1 month, 11 days (Bathurst 2002)

MOST RACE WINS IN A SEASON

16 Craig Lowndes – Holden Racing Team, 1996 (53.33 percent)

Holden: Most race wins as a manufacturer.

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Scott McLaughlin: Youngest polesitter.

Hall of Fame MOST ROUND STARTS

294 Craig Lowndes

MOST ATCC/VASC POLE POSITIONS

80* Jamie Whincup

YOUNGEST ATCC/VASC POLESITTER

Scott McLaughlin – 20 years, 9 months, 27 days (Winton 2014)

OLDEST ATCC/VASC POLESITTER

Peter Brock – 52 years, 5 months, 8 days (Oran Park 1997)

MOST POLE POSITIONS IN A SEASON

16 Scott McLaughlin – DJR Team Penske, 2017 (61.54 per cent)

MOST POLE POSITIONS – TEAM

124* Triple Eight Race Engineering

MOST POLE POSITIONS – MAKE

344* Holden

MOST POLE POSITIONS IN SUCCESSION

13 Peter Brock, 1979-1980

Peter Brock: Most poles in succession.

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TICKFORD RACING

WORDS John Bannon IMAGES Supercars, Ben Auld, Peter Norton

While the focus from the Blue Oval side of the fence in Supercars has come from DJR Team Penske, there’s a fascinating subplot at Tickford Racing with the team’s homegrown stars Chaz Mostert and Cameron Waters taking over the mantle of team leaders following the departure of long-time teammate Mark Winterbottom. We chat with the Tickford Racing young guns on their new roles within the team and what comes next.

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n one simple sentence, 2014 Bathurst 1000 winner Chaz Mostert sums up what Mark ‘Frosty’ Winterbottom meant to the Ford outfit. “Well, he’s the Tickford God,” he says. That might be true. But the pendulum has shifted during the past two seasons. In both 2017 and 2018, Mostert finished higher than Winterbottom in the standings, and while at 37 Winterbottom no doubt has unfinished business in Supercars, it’s Mostert at 26 who is nearing the peak of his powers. While Mostert may have the recent runs on the board, the significance of Winterbottom’s departure is not lost on the 2018 Gold Coast winner. “There is obviously a big, massive hole there to fill,” says Mostert. “He has given so much to this team for so many years. The way he holds himself on and off the track is second to none. I’ve learnt a lot being beside him. I try to [be positive] when the days aren’t going well and keep the lip up when talking to the sponsors and talking to the fans. “He’s taught me a lot in that regard. For me it’s sad to see him go because he influences the team in such a way and directs things when it’s not quite going our way. Obviously Cam [Waters] and I have to step up into that role a little bit more and definitely try and help fill the shoes that have been left behind.” While 24-year-old teammate Waters says it will be strange not having Winterbottom in the team. “He is like a fatherly figure and we’re good mates, so it’s 50

obviously going to be weird him not being in the garage with us, being a teammate,” he says. “But, even still, he’ll remain a really good mate. He has obviously helped me a lot, stepping in to assist in my Dunlop Series days and everything like that. So, yeah, I’ll still race him just as hard and fairly and still be mates.” We ask Mostert what he’s learnt from the 2015 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship winner. “I think the way he backs himself, whereas I second guess myself a lot,” he says. “He backs his ability, he backs his feelings in the car, he backs the path he envisions and makes the car better. The way he works with people to try and make that happen whether it be with management or people on the workshop floor. He really, really embraces that kind of thing. For me, it’s the way he points the ship in the direction he needs it to make sure he gets the results.” Waters says it’s what Winterbottom has taught him outside the car that’s helped him develop. “I guess he taught me a lot in the car but also out of the car,” he says. “He always had an answer for a question I had. He’s really good outside of the car and how he deals with himself, the fans and sponsors. He was a good team leader with all that, which taught me heaps. And even in the car he passed on his ideas. He told me what worked for him and what didn’t. He was always helping with advice. He’s been really important in my rookie years while getting up to speed.”

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With both drivers in their mid-twenties, we ask the pair whether they feel teams consider age when making decisions about drivers. “I think for me age is just a number,” says Mostert. “At the end of the day you look at guys like Craig Lowndes who are probably racing the best they have ever raced. I think age gives you experience in the game, and that experience helps in a lot of ways, but Frosty’s talent is second to none. If anything it just brings experience to fight more over the years and to move the ship in the direction you need to.” Waters adds that there is “a bit of a new wave coming through with the younger guys now.” “But in saying that the older guys are not driving any slower,” he says. “Frosty is still fast and Lowndsey [Craig Lowndes] was right up there in the Championship. GT [Garth Tander] is always competitive, his racecraft is always strong. I think teams are probably trying to get younger guys to set themselves up for the future so they can grow with someone. I think that’s probably more where it’s coming from, not because the older guys are slow.” While Tickford Racing had a troubled 2018, one of the highlights was a Gold Coast win for Mostert and codriver James Moffat, which helped the 2010 Australian Formula Ford champion finish an impressive sixth in the championship. Mostert denies that this strong result, with his nearest teammate Winterbottom back in 12th and Waters 16th, means he’s done enough to show he’s the new team leader at Tickford.

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“No, definitely not,” Mostert insists. “Tickford has always tried to produce four even cars and four great crews alongside it. We’ve got awesome talent. We have Cam. “I remember watching him the year behind me in Formula Ford and he was one of those guys who always did something that I did but in one less year. “When you’ve got a guy like that pushing you along, we work really well together and bounce off each other. I feel like between all the drivers we are just trying to share the load and at least direct the team in the best way we can and make sure we get the results.” Waters has always had Mostert as a yardstick, the Mildura native two years younger than Melbourne born Mostert. “Even from the karting days, Chaz was always like one class ahead of me and he was someone I always watched,” Waters says. “We used to go to the same race meetings. It’s cool to progress through the ranks with Chazy. I was a little bit behind him, so to now to be in the same team working with him, we’ve got a good mateship going on and we’re both super competitive people. So it’s good to work together and push each other as well. I’m fairly excited for 2019.” Results were hard to come by for Tickford Racing in 2018, especially for Waters who had a run of bad luck after a stellar 2017 when he finished 8th in the Championship and won the Sandown 500 in just his second full-time season.

BELOW: Waters and Mostert celebrate their second place at Sandown in 2015.

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“I guess the results in 2018 have been really ordinary and not acceptable really,” Waters says. “We started the year okay, but I quickly realised that our set-ups and philosophies were a bit out of the window I guess. It took us a little while to get back on track. From Sandown on we really started to kind of get a better platform in the cars and get consistently top 10 in qualifying.” Compounding the teams 2018 woes was an unfortunate incident at the Bathurst 1000 where Mostert clipped Waters’ co-driver David Russell, sending him into the fence coming out of Forrest’s Elbow. The incident ended the chances of a strong result at the Mountain for the Monster Energy Racing Ford. In a Supercars television interview directly after the incident, Waters says, “I don’t know what Chaz was

doing trying to pass him [Russell] and put him in the fence. Pretty dumb, 30 laps into the race. Two years in a row, we got taken out by Chaz.” Mostert apologised for the incident post race, with his Supercheap Auto Racing Ford finishing a strong fourth at the Mountain. Waters says he feels the media beat up the incident and apparent tension between the pair. “It’s funny that the media and whoever the people are in particular try and make a story and a rivalry out of something that is nothing,” he says. “Obviously there is always going to be emotion if you are taken out at Bathurst. It doesn’t matter what it is, which is good for the sport because you need to be able to show emotion I think.” In fact, Waters says he and Mostert don’t hold any ill-feelings about the Bathurst incident. “Chaz and I are mates... we’ll always just talk about it and move on,” he says. “There’s no hard feelings. We had a beer about it later and moved on to the next thing. There is no point holding grudges or doing anything that is not good for anyone. It’s good to have that kind of a relationship with a teammate who you can race hard. “You’re always going to make mistakes. You tell the other guy what you think, you move on and try to improve and get the next result.” While Mostert says you always consider the team game, mistakes do happen. “When you’re racing with your teammate you’ve always got to try and be a bit careful of each other, and sometimes it comes off one way or the other,” says Mostert. “Bathurst was obviously crap for the team. You go back to New Zealand last year, it was crap for the team. SUPERCAR XTRA

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It’s just one of those things, you see it all up and down pitlane. The classic example is Walkinshaw a year or so ago when they took each other out in consecutive races. I don’t think we’re on a bad end of the stick. Cam and I get along off track.” But are inter-team rivalries necessarily a bad thing? Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost’s fierce battle at McLaren in Formula 1 is still enjoyed and debated by motorsport fans around the globe 30 years on. But Waters disagrees, slamming the media for any reference to the pair as rivals. “That’s where I think the media are dumb,” he says. “They don’t realise that we are close as mates. We’re in the same team and we’ve grown up together racing. “There is never going to be a rivalry, so they are just trying to start something out of nothing. If it’s against a Holden guy, say Chaz and Nick Percat [Brad Jones Racing], who’ve come up the categories together. “They have raced against each other, that would actually make a rivalry. But Chaz and I have a totally different relationship.

“You’re working together at the end of the day. All the stuff that they said and making it a rivalry was a bit of a nothing [story]. It probably looked pretty silly at the next round when we are sitting together and smiling and having photos. It is what it is.” Mostert agrees with Waters, emphasising the healthy relationship the pair share. “I wish for the sake of your article I could say it was a massive rivalry but, nah, it’s really not,” he says. “I guess it’s one of those things you’ve got to try and beat your teammate to make sure your race works, and that goes all the way down pitlane. If he qualifies in front of me, then I’m kicking my own arse because the car can do it. He’s driving better than you so you need to find it. And that’s the way any team works because it’s only going to benefit you.” Mostert says the focus now is on an improved 2019 with both he and Waters pushing the team forward in the absence of Winterbottom. And, as for what happens in 2020 and beyond, that’s just speculation at present. “We have the same goal, we always want to go out there and win,” he says. “At the end of the day, if Cam gets up there on the podium I’m ecstatic for him because I know how much effort he puts in off the track to make sure he can perform on the track. “I don’t think there is any malice. There’s definitely no perception that we hate each other, if anything it’s totally the opposite. We share weekends in the same room together and let the same steam off when it’s not going well. “That’s how we get through it as a team together. I’m actually probably really lucky to have a guy like Cam as my teammate. I’m not just saying that so people can read that, it is the case.”

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BURGESS & LITTLE

WORDS Andrew Clarke IMAGES Peter Norton

Adrian Burgess and Campbell Little have won multiple championships for various teams. And now they apply the technical rulebook for Supercars. We touch base with the duo to discuss how they are trying to achieve a level-playing field with all their knowledge from working on the other side of the fence.

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upercars technical department has found a mojo it never knew it had with the appointments of Adrian Burgess and Campbell Little. Between the two they have enough experience to run a team and win championships, but now they have switched sides and are using that experience to deal with the technical issues that are an everyday part of motorsport. There is a respect for the department we haven’t seen previously. Burgess is the head of motorsport and Campbell the motorsport technical manager. And only a few months into these roles they are relishing the opportunities in front of them. They have a clear mandate to get it right, and to do that they cast aside the sins of the past and act on the evidence they see and collect. The first to join was Burgess, crossing sides after championship-winning spells at Dick Johnson Racing and Triple Eight Race Engineering, and most lately with Tekno Autosports after time at the Holden Racing Team. His background in Europe traces its way through Formula 1 with McLaren and Jordan. His appointment was rated as controversial at the time, but the logic was sound. The role, he says, is not as different from running a team. “It is, but it sort of isn’t different; I’m just basically on the other side of the fence,” he says. “I’ve operated in team-land for over 30 years, and now my role has changed a little bit. Not a lot in my opinion. “Instead of running the team and looking to exploit the rulebook, or looking to do the best possible job with my car and my driver every weekend, I’m now managing the group of people responsible for technical department and operations department. “I’m more hands-on in scrutineering the cars, for instance, and what programmes we’ve got that we’re investigating and what measures we’re looking at to capture from the teams and understand what they are all doing, as opposed to just the one that I was in before. I think it’s a little bit more varied. It’s certainly interesting and it’s certainly something I’m enjoying. “It’s different not having a driver and a car to sort of root for, but it’s probably more interesting. I’ve been in motor racing all my life; I’m invested in Supercars and I feel, as all my guys probably feel, a bit of responsibility to make sure that we’ve got a healthy series going forwards. So, in that sense, it’s as enjoyable as it is competing on the other side.” SUPERCAR XTRA

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Burgess keeps a close eye on the grid in his role as Supercars head of motorsport.

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Once he had his feet under the desk, he hunted out Campbell Little to head the technical side. Little has been around the sport since the 1980s with a history that traces through some of the biggest and best teams in the category. He was with Ross and Jim Stone when they were running Andrew Miedecke, and then he was a key player at Stone Brother Racing, Tony Longhurst’s BMW operation, Dick Johnson Racing and Triple Eight. He’s seen it all, including a brief spell heading the sport’s technical team. “When I had this role 10 years ago, it was very different,” says Little. “A lot of things have changed in that time, and right now it’s just proving to be quite a challenge, and I’m enjoying it. All our guys have a lot of experience, and we often find a lot of people come to us to help sort out little problems for them. So it’s not like you’re just sitting in the corner being a policeman and pulling over whoever’s drunk; we’re giving back on a daily basis. I’m enjoying it more than I thought I would. “The teams have been great. I don’t think anyone would begrudge any of us walking into their garage. I think everybody in team land - well, I won’t say everyone, 99 and a half per cent of the people in team land – are accepting of what we are doing. We do this because we want to be here, and all most of them want is a nice, level playing field, and that’s what we’re doing. Or trying to do.” Burgess is certain his and

Little’s team backgrounds help to a degree, but it is not critical. Understanding how they operate brings a level of understanding, but his team is concentrating on facts and will respond to what the data tells them. “I think you probably wouldn’t want to have someone in this role that hasn’t been in team-land,” he says. “You need to understand what the teams are going through, you need to understand how teams will look at any one particular rule, to try and anticipate what they’re doing and what they’re thinking, so I think it’s definitely a help to have had the team experience before you step into our role.” But the risk is clearly whether the teams will open the garage door to people who only a couple of months ago were rivals. “Everyone’s been very open, and they’re open not just with me but with my whole team; with Campbell and all his guys,” says Burgess. “The teams are enjoying the fact that we’re being a little bit harder on them, making sure that they’re compliant everywhere across the rulebook. There hasn’t been anyone who shuts the door or tries to hide anything. They’ve welcomed us in and I think they’re enjoying our input into making the whole product better.” Burgess comes across as confident without appearing cocky. He certainly won’t say anything negative about the technical team before his arrival. In that sense, he is letting actions and decisions talk. In reality, he is letting the rulebook make the statements. After all, recent changes to the Mustang could easily have ended in tears.

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“I certainly wouldn’t say it’s a mandate we developed this year,” he says of the increased push for parity. “Parity is enshrined in the rulebook. That’s rule 101 for our racing entitlements contract and our rulebook, so it’s nothing new. But with any new car being introduced, clearly you look at it in detail. C of G for me and my group, I think was fairly easy. “Once we’d identified there’s potential for an issue, then we measured all the cars and took the data and made informed decisions from the data we got. It was fairly straightforward. “I think everyone came to the party. Clearly someone who feels they’ve had a bigger penalty than others, they’re going to be upset about it, but equally, they haven’t had a penalty. All we’ve done is just equalised the field to where it should’ve been in the first place, so they understand and they all worked with us.” The full discussion around aero parity requires a little shift. Traditionally drag and downforce have been measured with a few tests on an airstrip. Years ago Holden abandoned the centre mounting for the wing because there were benefits to having endplates. Ludo Lacroix, who was with Triple Eight back then and worked on the homologation, spoke about airflow over the mirrors and onto the endplates. Then this year the Mustang appeared with endplates that were, and still are, huge despite a downsizing. What the crew had to do through the process was collect data and analyse, and then the changes were applied just prior to Perth. It was science. “In engineering terms, they call it sensitivity,” adds Little. “So we can identify what different sensitivities a track will have and then simulate what an effect it might have on one change that we might do.” “It’s knowledge and data,” adds Burgess. “Clearly, we know, as the teams do, what parts of the set-up or attributes from the car are going to be important at which circuits. So whether a CofG will have a bigger influence than downforce, or whether drag will have a bigger influence than downforce, we know, as they do, pretty much how they’re going to set their car up and why. “We have improved our knowledge of their cars, of three manufacturers. We have done that through a variety of tools life CFD and CAD and all sorts of things.”

Which brings us to the elephant in the room, new cars, and specifically Ryan Walkinshaw’s desire to race a Camaro, but not on the same terms that Ford accepted with the Mustang. He doesn’t want the aesthetics of his car ruined by the need to raise the roof height. “If they want to bring the Camaro in, they’ll want it to look as close as they can to the road car, so we’ll look at, as they will look, in what we need to do to accommodate that. But equally you can’t just change the fundamentals of the car every time someone sticks their hand up,” says Burgess. “We’ll work with them, and we are working with them, to assess whether it’s a viable opportunity or not.” The sport is entering a period of change, and it is not just the push to the two-door cars; it is also about new manufacturers and new engine configurations. Under the current rules, there is a lot of variety in what engines can be used. But we will have to see what changes, if any, the manufacturers make. Roland Dane has been quite vocal in his desire for the sport to look at hybrid drivetrains, while other team owners like Brad Jones and Matt Stone just want the costs to be kept under control. And therein lies the complexity of what confronts Burgess and Little. They have roles on policing the sport today, but on a technical level they also hold the keys to the future, and that is no simple job.

ABOVE: Burgess and DJR Team Penske’s Ludo Lacroix were once rivals but must now work together in achieving Supercars parity.

BELOW: The performance of the Mustang in 2019 has put the focus on parity.

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Three years after winning the Dunlop Super2 Series championship, Garry Jacobson got a long-awaited main-game chance at Kelly Racing in 2019. And despite the challenge of racing a Nissan Altima without factory support, the 27-year-old is proving he deserves his shot in the main game.

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ntering the Supercars world as a rookie is a tough task for any driver. Getting yourself in the car against the best drivers in the country, being deeper in the field than you’re used to and being under more scrutiny than you’re used to can cultivate nervousness in a driver. But when you’ve been knocking on the door for half a decade, the relief is palpable, and the excitement is immeasurable. The daunting task feels a lot less daunting when there is an excitement and a burning desire to test yourself. Such is the case of Garry Jacobson. The 27-year-old has finally broken into the main game with Kelly Racing, some six seasons after his first Dunlop Super2 Series season. And for a born racer like Jacobson, the opportunity gives him the chance to do what he loves the most – race. “I’m in the car so much more now, I’m in my element pushing myself more often,” he says. “There’s not as many big breaks between rounds now, waiting and not doing what you love. Being in the car more often is what you want as a young driver. That’s the only way to get better.” Some drivers may baulk at the idea of pitching themselves directly against the best Australia has to offer and putting the effort in to improve yourself, your car and your team, but not Jacobson. “Obviously its challenging, racing against better drivers than you’ve ever had to before, but the biggest thing for me is embracing that grind that you have in these longer races and embracing that grind in terms of finding the speed to better your results week in, week out and I’m enjoying the challenges,” he says. This desire has been stoked by his relatively long road to Supercars, where he spent half a decade in the Dunlop Super2 Series, winning the title in 2016. Most would naturally expect the title winner of the second tier to go up the following season, especially when they are a talented young prospect like Jacobson. “When I first began racing in Super2, one of the things that I envisioned was that you win Super2 and one thing

comes after another in terms of opportunities,” he explains. “You show that you can win races and championships and you’ll be able to get straight into Supercars from there.” But with a title win under his belt, Jacobson soon found the common motorsport pitfall of sponsorship to be a barrier to his graduation. “I needed a lot more sponsorship than I had at the time,” he admits. “I had to restructure what I was focusing on in that offseason and learn how to develop more corporate relationships with sponsors that could take me to the next level. “That was the whole thing with working with Tickford at the time, learning the language of talking to corporate sponsors and learning how to better myself outside of the car, because the results were always there in the car but I needed to be able to get more branding experience.” His time with perennial front-runners Tickford Racing taught him invaluable lessons when it comes to the corporate side of Supercars. “From there on I’ve learnt so much, I’ve grown up so much and you learn a lot about life-skills racing in Supercars, rather than just the racing aspect. You really grow a lot as a person too with developing your skills with corporate sponsors,” says Jacobson. “From there on I was a hell of a lot closer as it was a steep learning curve after winning a championship and going, ‘Where’s my drive?’ and it’s not there. You’ve got to work a little bit harder than you thought you would.” SUPERCAR XTRA

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Jacobson’s Dunlop Super2 Series title win saw him beat Jack Le Brocq, Todd Hazelwood and Anton De Pasquale, all members of last year’s rookie migration to the main game. This only served to fuel his desire to reach the top. “When I saw those guys go up to the top, it was a lot of envy but also a lot of motivation to go up there with them,” he says. “It took me a little bit longer, but it made me a lot hungrier. I’m not the jealous type; you get into this category and you have the same dream as they have, so I didn’t put myself in any higher priority in terms of getting there before them and whether that dictated why I loved racing or not. “It certainly helped motivate me to get up there because I knew I had the skills to beat those guys in Super2 and Formula Ford, so I knew that once I got there, I’d be able to challenge them, and that’s what motivated me the most. “When I saw those guys get up there, I thought, ‘Yep, it’s not a matter of if I get there, it’s a matter of when’, so it was just more motivating.” Last year saw Jacobson align himself with Matt White Motorsport and Kelly Racing, a partnership that saw him drive a Nissan Altima to third in last season’s Dunlop Super2 Series and also as co-driver with Rick Kelly in the endurance events. Whilst the Altima’s aero changes have made it a different vehicle to the older spec one that Jacobson drove last season, the relationships formed with engineers have helped ease the transition into the main game. “Having that relationship with Giovanni (Colombo, Jacobson’s engineer) and George (Commins, Rick Kelly’s engineer), you’ve already got that knowledge of those guys and what they’re targeting, so it’s helped in terms of set-up goals and knowing and being on the same plan as what they are,” he says. Moving into the Kelly Racing stable for 2019 has seen Jacobson link up with some of the most experienced members of the Supercars paddock. Jacobson cites Kelly as someone he has looked up to in his quest to move up the field. “I look at my relationship with him very positively; I look at him as a bit of a team leader,” he says. “Racing with him last year developed a pretty cool bond between us and he always goes out of his way to give me

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support outside of the car and encouragement that I’m on the right track. “He’s a very positive influence on me outside of the car, and inside the car I get to see all of his data. He shows that potential to jag a really quick lap out of the car, and that’s shown why he’s the driver he is today. He’s very good at what he does and he helps push me to the next level.” With all of these ingredients in place, and the confidence and excitement that Jacobson shows, his goals for this season are surprisingly measured, with incremental development being prioritised over unrealistic expectations. “Going into the year I didn’t necessarily set myself goals in terms of results outright for the championship or personal best goals,” he says. “It was more wherever I am on Friday to keep building on that. It’s always trying to get those next five spots for me and knowing whether that’s the achievable thing. Not trying to overdo it is the biggest thing at the moment, because as a rookie sometimes you feel like, ‘Man, how am I going to be as fast as a Scott McLaughlin?’ because when you look at the timesheets those guys are pretty fast. “The trick for me is to not overdo it and try and keep picking at it and keep embracing the grind with grabbing those small wins, and that keeps building my confidence to do better and better through Saturday and Sunday, which is what we’ve showed this season.”

ABOVE: Jacobson with his #3 Kelly Racing crew.

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