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THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER Start Finish

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07:15 07:35

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20 minutes

Practice 1

07:45 08:05

Touring Car Masters

20 minutes

Practice

08:15 08:35

ECB SuperUtes

20 minutes

Practice 1

08:45 09:25

Dunlop Super2 Series

40 minutes

Practice 1

09:35 10:35

Supercars

60 minutes

Practice 1 (all drivers)

10:45 11:35

Porsche Carrera Cup

50 minutes

Practice

12:55 13:55

Supercars

60 minutes

Practice 2 (co-drivers only)

14:05 14:25

Toyota 86

20 minutes

Practice 2

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20 minutes

Practice 2

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Supercars

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Touring Car Masters

20 minutes

Qualifying

Track Map

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16:45 17:15

Porsche Carrera Cup

30 minutes

Qualifying

Entry List

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Co-Driver Changes

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Event Preview

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By The Numbers

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Circuit Guide

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Season To Date

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Championship Standings

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FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER Start Finish

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ECB SuperUtes

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Qualifying

07:55 08:15

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Supercars

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Practice 4 (co-drivers only)

09:45 10:10

Supercars Events

25 minutes

Demonstration

10:20 11:00

Dunlop Super2 Series

40 minutes

Practice 2

11:15 12:15

Supercars

60 minutes

Practice 5 (all drivers)

13:35 13:55

ECB SuperUtes

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14:05 14:50

Porsche Carrera Cup

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Race 1

15:05 15:35

Dunlop Super2 Series

30 minutes

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15:50 16:30

Supercars

40 minutes

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16:45 17:05

Touring Car Masters

17:15 17:20

Supercars Events

6 laps or 1 lap after 17:02 5 minutes

Race 1 Demonstration

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08:20 08:40

Toyota 86

6 laps or 1 lap after 08:37

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6 laps or 1 lap after 09:12

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09:30 09:45

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12:50 13:10

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6 laps or 1 lap after 13:07

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Touring Car Masters

6 laps or 1 lap after 13:37

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9 laps or 1 lap after 14:12

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41 laps or 1 lap after 16:32

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17:10 17:55

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Top 10 Shootout

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08:35 08:55

Touring Car Masters

09:05 09:20

Supercars Events

09:30 09:55

Porsche Carrera Cup

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6 laps or 1 lap after 08:52 15 minutes

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CHRIS WILESMITH

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER SUPERCHEAP AUTO

Happy Bathurst Day and welcome to the mountain for another legendary Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 event! The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 isn’t just a great sporting event; it’s a great cultural event. Friends and families have been coming together to celebrate the day for generations and Supercheap Auto is, once again, extremely proud to be involved. We could not celebrate this prestigious event without a big thank you to both Supercars and you, the fans, for continuing to make Bathurst the pinnacle of the Supercars season.

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It was in 2005 that we became the naming rights sponsor of Australia’s most iconic motorsport event and it remains a very proud part of our history to date. Our 21-year commitment to this sport and category underlines the

enormous benefits we as a company and a brand have enjoyed and continue to enjoy. Just as the world of motorsport is constantly evolving to ensure success, we as a brand are travelling a similar road. By the end of 2018 our retail network will have grown to reach 325 stores across Australia and New Zealand and our Club Plus loyalty program has grown to over 2.3 million members. Our stores now offer the convenience of 30 minute click and collect, as well as many product fitment services, provided across our network by trained Team Members. In partnership with Bosch, we have moved into a new and exciting era with our first full vehicle service center opening in NSW. ‘AutoCrew – Powered by Supercheap Auto’ leverages Bosch’s

technological capabilities and pairs them with our customer understanding, to provide a high quality experience and new standard of efficient, reliable car servicing for today’s convenience-focused customer. As we continue to advance and modernise the way we connect with customers through our physical stores, the success of our online customer experience is also at the forefront of our mind. 2018 has seen the launch of our new Supercheap Auto website and boy, it is smart! Powered by machine learning it provides a personalised online experience and is faster than ever before, offering our customers an engaging and enjoyable shopping journey. Members of our Supercheap Auto Club Plus loyalty program

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will benefit from some great perks this year at the event, including an exclusive priority entry gate at the main track entrance. Club Plus members will also have access to a fantastic suite of extras such as pit-tours, special offers and competitions including the chance to win exclusive access to the ‘Club House’ or ‘Fan Stand’. The ‘Club House’ is a unique viewing deck situated in the Supercheap Auto Pit Garage that allows members an even closer behind-the-scenes action experience. For your chance to win, just visit the Club Plus Zone in the Track Store and swipe your card. Our popular Bathurst Bargain Buggy is back again this year to service campers on the mountain. And, as always, our Track Store and Mountain Store are full of hot new products exclusive to the event. These stores wouldn’t be possible without the support of our valued trade partners who again have a host of entertaining and informative demonstrations and competitions happening in-store. Make sure you check the daily event boards so you don’t miss them! You will also find a very special addition at the Trackstore this year. Supercheap Auto is ‘revved up’ to launch our new Lubricants Campaign right here at this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 event. Our new Lubricants TV commercial will air for the first time on Sunday at our Track Store and via Channel 10 and Foxtel coverage. It’s a high octane piece – our most impressive yet, and the Mighty Car Mods car, built exclusively for this campaign, is here on display at the Trackstore. Make sure you check it out and stay tuned to our media channels for all the explosive new action coming your way on Sunday. Finally, I’d like to wish Chaz Mostert and James Moffat and the team at Supercheap Auto Racing the best of luck for Sunday’s race. We hope you enjoy what is always a thrilling four days of Australia’s very best motorsport. Sit back and enjoy, and stay safe. Happy Bathurst Day from Supercheap Auto! – Chris Wilesmith

GRAEME HANGER OAM

MAYOR OF BATHURST

The city of Bathurst extends a warm welcome to all visitors to this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the first race at Mount Panorama and we are very proud of this iconic track. Over the years Bathurst has become the

home of motor racing and Bathurst Regional Council is extremely proud to be the custodian of this internationally acclaimed circuit that is recognisable worldwide. It’s an exciting time for motorsports in Australia and around the world. We have a vision to build on the city’s reputation for staging world class international motor sport events and take it to the next level. Plans for the second circuit are progressing. $25 million has been provided for this project with $15 million from the State Government and $10 million from the Federal Government. Earlier this year we announced that the tender for the design of the second circuit has been awarded to Apex Circuit Design – a UK-based internationally recognised multidisciplinary automotive facility and destination design consultancy. This announcement is the start of bringing our vision to reality. Apex Circuit Design has extensive experience in

motor track design. The company has designed and delivered some of the best motor sports tracks around the world. Bringing Apex on board with this project allows us to get this design right and to make the second circuit a world renowned facility, as iconic in the world of motorsports as the existing Mount Panorama Circuit. Mount Panorama and motor racing have a long association and so do Council and Supercars, promoters of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. We look forward to many more years of working together and continuing to promote not only The Great Race, but also our city and the racing circuit. I hope you enjoy your visit to Bathurst, whether you are a spectator or a team member who is here for this iconic event on Mount Panorama, the premier motor racing circuit in Australia. – Graeme Hanger OAM

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SEAN SEAMER

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER SUPERCARS AUSTRALIA Welcome to the 2018 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, one of the world’s great motorsport events and most significant weekend’s in Australian sport. For 161 gruelling laps of this famous circuit, our drivers will be putting it all on the line in their quest to become one of the fortunate few to win the Peter Brock Trophy. This year we celebrate 50 years since Holden claimed its first win at Mount Panorama, a memorable victory in 1968 by Bruce McPhee and Barry Mulholland in a Monaro. Equally, we will pay tribute to another icon of the event, the Ford Falcon. After decades of flying the flag for the Blue Oval, the iconic Falcon will make way for the Mustang in 2019 following Ford Australia’s announcement the iconic muscle car will return to the sport next year. We also welcome three new inductees to Legends Lane at the mountain, a fitting honour to the great race and those who have played a significant part in the history of Mount Panorama. This time last year two more drivers, Erebus Penrite Racing’s David Reynolds and Luke Youlden, had the honour of winning a Bathurst crown. Come Sunday evening, a new chapter will be written. This weekend we not only honour what happens on the track but the hard work of teams off the track with four pit crews battling it out in the final of the PIRTEK Pit Stop Challenge. We thank Supercheap Auto for their 14th year as naming rights partner of the great race. Now the longest running consecutive partnership of the event, the Supercheap Auto name is synonymous with Mount Panorama. Thank you also to Destination NSW for its support of Supercars events in this state. We are honoured to be able to repay the support of the NSW Government and Premier Gladys Berejiklian by staging these mega events in the state. I also want to thank Bathurst City Council, led by Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM, and the people of this wonderful city for their P8

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hospitality and warm welcome. Thank you also to the hundreds of volunteers, officials, marshals and staff that make this event possible. We couldn’t do it without you. Finally, a shout out to our amazing fans for their ongoing support. You are the lifeblood of our sport and I trust you will enjoy another unforgettable weekend. To our teams and drivers in all categories, we wish you good luck. – Sean Seamer

Welcome to the Bathurst round of the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. This is the second year of our partnership and Virgin Australia is delighted to support another dynamic and competitive season. Virgin Australia is passionate about championing the sport and promoting Australian tourism. Over the course of this season, Virgin Australia will transport 16 teams, 26 drivers and thousands of fans across the country. Virgin Australia has increased flights to Supercars rounds across the Championship and will be releasing holiday packages for fans throughout the season via our dedicated travel platform Supercars Travel. On behalf of Virgin Australia, I hope you enjoy the action and I look forward to welcoming you onboard soon. – John Borghetti

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Step beyond the Mountain Plan your visit to discover a different side to Bathurst. From festivals to fun runs and epic signature events, there’s always so much going on.

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Bathurst Cycling Classic

Winter Winery Wander

16 - 17 March 2019

June 2019

Mount Panorama Punish

Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour

Bathurst Winter Festival

19 - 21 April 2019

6 - 21 July 2019

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Royal Bathurst Show 4 - 5 May 2019

1 – 3 February 2019 Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail 18 - 19 May 2019

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SUPERCARS PADDOCK AREA

When: Thursday – Sunday from 7am daily. Make sure you head to the Supercars Paddock area at the rear of the Supercars garages where the behind-the-scenes action takes place. From inside the paddock fans can see the amazing purposebuilt transporters, teams working in the garages and maybe even grab an autograph from a driver. Anyone aged 16 years and under in the paddock must be accompanied by an adult. Upgrade to paddock access $45 for four days.

SUPERCARS DRIVER AUTOGRAPH SESSION

When: Friday 1:30pm to 2pm, Saturday 1pm to 1:30pm. Where: Supercars Paddock at the rear of the team garages. Come along to the Supercars Paddock on Friday and Saturday for the opportunity to meet the drivers and grab an autograph. Each driver will appear at the back of their garage for half an hour.

SUPPORT CATEGORY PADDOCK AREA

When: Thursday – Sunday from 7am daily. Where: Behind the Supercars Paddock. Check out all the behind-the-scenes action of the upport categories by visiting the Support Category Paddock. Upgrade to paddock access $45 for four days

SUPERUTES UP CLOSE

When: Friday 12:30pm. Where: In the SuperUtes Paddock, behind the Supercars Paddock. Come down and meet the ECB SuperUtes teams and check out the next era of dual-cab turbo diesel machines. This is your chance to learn more about this new category, ask questions and see these beasts up close.

HEROES & LEGENDS MUSEUM

When: Thursday – Sunday. Where: Supercars Paddock. An amazing array of cars celebrating the heroes and legends of Bathurst will form a special attraction at this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama. Cars covering the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s will be on hand to celebrate the rich contribution to the history of the famous circuit and annual classic race by a select group of special drivers. This impressive collection of cars representing a wide range of Bathurst history will be located in a special display area in the Supercars Paddock.

AUTOGRAPH SIGNING SESSIONS: DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES DRIVERS

When: Saturday 12:05pm to 12:35pm. Where: Dunlop Garages, Supercars Paddock. Meet the stars of the Dunlop Super2 Series. Come along to the Paddock for the opportunity to meet them and grab an autograph.

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DEFENCE FORCE F18 FLYOVER

When: Sunday, between 10am and 10.30am.   Where: Look to the sky! Always a crowd favourite, look out for the F/A-18 Hornet performing an incredible low-level acrobatic display over the starting grid on Sunday.  

KENWORTH DRIVER’S PARADE

When: Sunday 9:05am to 9:20am.  Where: On track. Be sure to catch all the Supercars drivers as they make a lap around the circuit before the race starts on Sunday.  

SYDNEY HELICOPTERS – SCENIC FLIGHTS

When: Thursday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm ($80pp Thursday and Friday, $90pp Saturday and Sunday). Where: Commercial Helipad located at the western end of the Merchandise Alley at Turn 1. Scenic flights include two amazing laps of the track where passengers will have a birds-eye view of all the racing and the spectacular Mount Panorama. Also on offer are seats for the race start. These are strictly limited in number and start at $350pp ($400pp for the front seat). Passengers will see the start of the race from the best seat in the house and follow the cars around the track for three laps.

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When: Thursday – Sunday. Where: Cooper’s Bar, Inside The Chase. ‘Pig Iron Bob’, a diverse rock cover band local to Bathurst, has been much loved and respected since it was formed in the early 1990s. The band’s high-energy performances have featured on race weekend at the Coopers Bar for the last three years and have been a feature at local venues during race weekend for the past 17 years. 

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Drivers

Team Sponsor Name

Car

1

Jamie Whincup / Paul Dumbrell

Red Bull Holden Racing Team

Holden ZB Commodore

2

Scott Pye / Warren Luff

Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

5

Mark Winterbottom / Dean Canto

The Bottle-O Racing Team

Ford FG X Falcon

6

Cameron Waters / David Russell

Monster Energy Racing

Ford FG X Falcon

7

André Heimgartner / Aaren Russell

Plus Fitness Racing

Nissan Altima

8

Nick Percat / Macauley Jones

Brad Jones Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

9

David Reynolds / Luke Youlden

Erebus Penrite Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

11

Rick Kelly / Garry Jacobson

Castrol Racing

Nissan Altima

12

Fabian Coulthard / Tony D’Alberto

Shell V-Power Racing Team

Ford FG X Falcon

14

Tim Slade / Ashley Walsh

Freightliner Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

17

Scott McLaughlin / Alexandre Prémat

Shell V-Power Racing Team

Ford FG X Falcon

18

Lee Holdsworth / Jason Bright

Preston Hire Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

19

Jack Le Brocq / Jonathon Webb

Tekno Autosports

Holden ZB Commodore

21

Tim Blanchard / Dale Wood

Team CoolDrive

Holden ZB Commodore

23

Michael Caruso / Dean Fiore

Drive Racing

Nissan Altima

25

James Courtney / Jack Perkins

Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

33

Garth Tander / Chris Pither

Wilson Security Racing GRM

Holden ZB Commodore

34

James Golding / Richard Muscat

Wilson Security Racing GRM

Holden ZB Commodore

35

Todd Hazelwood / Bryce Fullwood

Bigmate Racing

Holden VF Commodore

55

Chaz Mostert / James Moffat

Supercheap Auto Racing

Ford FG X Falcon

56

Richie Stanaway / Steve Owen

RABBLE.club Racing

Ford FG X Falcon

78

Simona De Silvestro / Alex Rullo

Team Harvey Norman

Nissan Altima

97

Shane van Gisbergen / Earl Bamber

Red Bull Holden Racing Team

Holden ZB Commodore

99

Anton De Pasquale / Will Brown

Erebus Motorsport

Holden ZB Commodore

230

Will Davison / Alex Davison

Milwaukee Racing

Ford FG X Falcon

888

Craig Lowndes / Steven Richards

Autobarn Lowndes Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

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CO-DRIVER MOVERS & SHAKERS

It’s been a busy off-season for the endurance co-drivers, making moves and getting set for their return to the spotlight. These are the movers and shakers from last year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000... Tony D’Alberto and Alexandre Prémat remain at DJR Team Penske. Paul Dumbrell and Steven Richards remain at Triple Eight Race Engineering. Warren Luff and Jack Perkins remain at Walkinshaw Andretti United. Dean Canto and Steve Owen remain at Tickford Racing. Macauley Jones remains at Brad Jones Racing. Ashley Walsh returns to the team after missing through injury. Dean Fiore remains at Nissan Motorsport. Luke Youlden remains at Erebus Motorsport. Richard Muscat remains at Garry Rogers Motorsport. Jonathon Webb remains at Tekno Autosports. Earl Bamber makes his debut at Triple Eight Race Engineering. Bryce Fullwood makes his debut at Matt Stone Racing. Will Brown makes his debut at Erebus Motorsport.

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James Moffat moves from Garry Rogers Motorsport to Tickford Racing. Garry Jacobson moves from Tickford Racing to Nissan Motorsport. David Russell (right) moves from Nissan Motorsport to Tickford Racing. Dale Wood moves from Erebus Motorsport to Brad Jones Racing. Aaren Russell moves from Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport to Nissan Motorsport. Alex Rullo (below right) moves from Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport to Nissan Motorsport. Jason Bright moves from Tickford Racing to Team 18. Chris Pither moves from Erebus Motorsport to Garry Rogers Motorsport. Alex Davison moves from Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport to 23 Red Racing.

Simona De Silvestro and Alex Rullo, drivers of the #78 Nissan Motorsport Altima.

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ROUND 13 PREVIEW

The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship arrives at Mount Panorama Circuit with the championship momentum swinging to Triple Eight Race Engineering, though Bathurst has a way of throwing up some surprises.

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riple Eight Race Engineering scored a crushing podium sweep of the RABBLE.club Sandown 500, highlighting the speed of the factory Holden team’s ZB Commodores entering the final stages of the 2018 season. The win for Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell puts them top of the PIRTEK Enduro Cup standings, the prize for the driver pairing with the most points at Sandown, Bathurst and the Gold Coast. Second place extended Shane van Gisbergen’s championship lead and third place continued the resurgent form of Craig Lowndes in his final full-time season. The new-for-2018 ZB

Commodore has proven hard to beat on high-speed circuits with the three Triple Eight entries shaping as the favourites for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. DJR Team Penske is flying the flag for Ford with Scott McLaughlin only recently losing the championship lead. The team is out to end a 24-year winless run at Bathurst in what shapes as the final appearance for the Falcon at Mount Panorama, with Ford entrants replacing their Falcons with Mustangs in 2019. The Falcon has not won at Bathurst since 2014 and will need to defeat the new-generation Commodore on debut at Mount Panorama if it’s to go out with a 15th and final win. Fellow Ford runners Tickford

Racing have had a challenging season with their four-car lineup including former Bathurst winners Mark Winterbottom and Chaz Mostert. Erebus Motorsport upstaged the bigger teams last season and retain their winning driver pairing of David Reynolds and Luke Youlden, hoping to become the first entrants to go back-to-back at the event since Whincup and Lowndes in 2007. Other Holden runners to watch include the Walkinshaw Andretti United entries, featuring the same driver line-up as last season in the one-year anniversary of Andretti

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will be a litmus test of the team’s pace. Two teams are making their Bathurst 1000 debuts with Matt Stone Racing stepping up from the Dunlop Super2 Series, running a Holden VF Commodore following a midseason switch from a Ford FG X Falcon, and 23 Red Racing, which took over from Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport at the end of last season. The 2018 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 will feature a compulsory brake disc change for the first time in the event’s history. It follows recent concerns of brake wear with some teams choosing to voluntarily change discs during the races. There will not be a mandated window for the disc change within the race, which adds to the strategic options for teams.

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6.213km

Length of Mount Panorama Circuit, the longest on the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship schedule.

178km/h

Average speed of a Supercar around a lap of Mount Panorama Circuit.

55

The number of years since the first running of what was then known as the Bathurst 500 in 1963.

50 45 20

The number of years since Holden’s first win in the event in 1968.

300km/h

The number of years since the event first ran to 1000 kilometres in 1973.

2:03.8312

The number of Bathurst 1000s that have been part of the Supercars championship since 1999, including 2018.

The speed a Supercar will approach at the end of Conrod Straight.

Qualifying lap record set by DJR Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin in a Ford FG X Falcon in 2017.

2:06.2769

Race lap record set by Erebus Motorsport’s David Reynolds in a Holden VF Commodore in 2016.

80

The number of years since Mount Panorama Circuit was created in 1938.

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15

The number of Bathurst 500/1000 wins the Falcon will bow out with should a Ford entrant win this weekend.

24

Dick Johnson Racing/ DJR Team Penske’s winless run in the event is at 24 years, dating back to 1994. It’s the longest winless

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period for an active team in the event.

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A win for a Triple Eight Race Engineering entry would move the team to equal second on the all-time Bathurst 500/1000 wins’ list, level with Walkinshaw Andretti United (formerly the Holden Racing Team) on seven wins. The Holden Dealer Team holds the record on nine.

26 700

The number of years since a Nissan last won the Bathurst 1000 in 1992. The number of Australian Touring Car Championship/Virgin Australia Supercars Championship race starts Garry Rogers Motorsport brings up this weekend. The team made its championship debut in 1996 and won the Bathurst 1000 in 2000.

49

The combined number of Bathurst 1000 starts for Craig

Lowndes and Steven Richards, the most experienced pairing in the event. A win for them would take Lowndes equal second on the all-time Bathurst 500/1000 wins’ list, level with Steven’s father Jim Richards.

25

The number of Bathurst 1000 starts Craig Lowndes brings up this weekend, putting him in equal 11th on the all-time starts’ list alongside Mark Skaife and Russell Ingall.

17

Craig Lowndes will equal Peter Brock in third on the all-time Shootout appearances’ list on 17 should he make it into the top 10 in qualifying.

23 15

A Commodore on pole position would put Holden equal with Ford on 23 poles at the event. Holden has the most entries on the grid with 15. There are seven Fords and four Nissans.

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9 THE ESSES

10 THE DIPPER

A sharp downhill left-hand corner, named after the dip in the road. Speed: 90km/h Gear: 2nd

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11 FORREST’S ELBOW

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Another sharp left-hand turn, where the line drifts towards the outside wall. Named after motorcycle racer Jack Forrest, who scraped his elbow away after dropping his bike here. Speed: 90km/h Gear: 2nd

7 MCPHILLAMY PARK

The ‘S’ shaped downhill series of corners that begin the plunge down Mount Panorama. Speed: 130km/h Gear: 2nd

9

A fast left-hand turn with the crest on the inside of the corner making the entry blind for drivers. Named after Walter J. McPhillamy, a former Mayor of Bathurst, who donated 15 acres of land at the top of Mount Panorama for park and circuit use. Speed: 188km/h Gear: 4th

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8 BROCK’S SKYLINE

The short straight at the top of Mount Panorama. Named as the best vantage point for looking down on Bathurst and for Peter Brock following his passing in 2006, with fans leaving messages of condolence on the wall at Skyline. Speed: 215km/h Gear: 4th gear

6 SULMAN PARK

A steep drop leads into a climbing left-hand turn, which tops out at the highest point of the track at 862-metres above sea level. Named after racer Tom Sulman, a regular at Bathurst, who was killed in an accident at the end of Conrod Straight in 1970. Speed: 180km/h Gear: 4th

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5 12 CONROD STRAIGHT

The 1.916km straight is the fastest point of the circuit, descending downhill with a hump in the middle. Named after the conrod failure suffered by Frank Kleinig in his Kleinig Hudson in a race in 1939. Speed: 290km/h Gear: 6th

3 GRIFFIN’S BEND

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Negatively-cambered corner that opens up on exit. Named after the former Mayor of Bathurst Martin Griffin, who opened the track in 1938. Speed: 120km/h Gear: 3rd

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4 2 MOUNTAIN STRAIGHT

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The undulating 1.111km-long straight that rises, plunges, then rises again towards the mountain. Speed: 250km/h Gear: 5th

5 REID PARK

A pair of uphill right-hand corners then a left-hand turn as the circuit opens up and continues to climb. Named after engineer Hughie Reid, who redesigned sections of the road for motor racing. Speed: 160km/h Gear: 3rd

4 THE CUTTING

The tightest corner on the circuit has a 1:6 gradient on exit. Named after the cutting made into the rock of the mountain to create the circuit. Speed: 90km/h Gear: 2nd

13 THE CHASE

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Added to the circuit in 1987 on safety grounds to break up Conrod Straight, creating one of the fastest right-handers in Australia before the tight left-right corners. Speed: 120km/h Gear: 2nd

14 MURRAY’S CORNER

Ninety-degree left-hander that ends the lap. Named after racer Bill Murray, who crashed his Hudson at the corner in 1946. Speed: 95km/h Gear: 2nd P28

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Ninety-degree left-hander that starts the lap and the run up Mount Panorama. Named after a tree stump that sat on the inside of the corner, which riders claimed would condemn them to hell if they fell. Speed: 95km/h Gear: 2nd

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ADELAIDE 500 RACE 1 1st – Shane van Gisbergen 2nd – James Courtney 3rd – Scott McLaughlin

RACE 2 1st – Shane van Gisbergen 2nd – David Reynolds 3rd – Garth Tander

COATES HIRE MELBOURNE 400 RACE 3

TYREPOWER TASMANIA SUPERSPRINT RACE 7 1st – Jamie Whincup 2nd – Craig Lowndes 3rd – James Courtney

RACE 8 1st – Craig Lowndes 2nd – Scott McLaughlin 3rd – Jamie Whincup

WD-40 PHILLIP ISLAND 500 RACE 9

1st – Scott McLaughlin 2nd – Jamie Whincup 3rd – Fabian Coulthard

1st – Scott McLaughlin 2nd – Rick Kelly 3rd – Shane van Gisbergen

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RACE 10

1st – Jamie Whincup 2nd – Scott McLaughlin 3rd – Fabian Coulthard

1st – Scott McLaughlin 2nd – David Reynolds 3rd – Rick Kelly

RACE 5 1st – Scott Pye 2nd – Jamie Whincup 3rd – Nick Percat

RACE 6 1st – David Reynolds 2nd – Nick Percat 3rd – Jamie Whincup P30

WINTON SUPERSPRINT RACE 13 1st – Rick Kelly 2nd – Scott Pye 3rd – Shane van Gisbergen

RACE 14

COATES HIRE IPSWICH SUPERSPRINT RACE 19

1st – Scott McLaughlin 2nd – Shane van Gisbergen 3rd – Craig Lowndes

RACE 20

1st – Fabian Coulthard 2nd – Shane van Gisbergen 3rd – Scott McLaughlin

1st – Shane van Gisbergen 2nd – Scott McLaughlin 3rd – Chaz Mostert

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1st – Scott McLaughlin 2nd – Shane van Gisbergen 3rd – David Reynolds

RACE 16 1st – David Reynolds 2nd – Scott McLaughlin 3rd – Jamie Whincup

PERTH SUPERSPRINT RACE 11

WATPAC TOWNSVILLE 400 RACE 17

1st – Scott McLaughlin 2nd – Mark Winterbottom 3rd – Shane van Gisbergen

1st – Jamie Whincup 2nd – Shane van Gisbergen 3rd – Scott McLaughlin

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RACE 18

1st – Scott McLaughlin 2nd – David Reynolds 3rd – Craig Lowndes

1st – Shane van Gisbergen 2nd – Jamie Whincup 3rd – Scott McLaughlin

1st – Shane van Gisbergen 2nd – Jamie Whincup 3rd – Scott McLaughlin

OTR SUPERSPRINT – THE BEND RACE 22

1st – Shane van Gisbergen 2nd – Rick Kelly 3rd – Michael Caruso

RACE 23

1st – Jamie Whincup 2nd – Shane van Gisbergen 3rd – David Reynolds

RABBLE.CLUB SANDOWN 500 RACE 24

1st – Jamie Whincup/Paul Dumbrell 2nd – Shane van Gisbergen/Earl Bamber 3rd – Craig Lowndes/Steven Richards

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# 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 27

Driver Shane van Gisbergen Scott McLaughlin Jamie Whincup Craig Lowndes David Reynolds Fabian Coulthard Rick Kelly Chaz Mostert Scott Pye Tim Slade Nick Percat Mark Winterbottom Garth Tander James Courtney Will Davison Michael Caruso Cameron Waters Jack Le Brocq Andre Heimgartner Anton De Pasquale James Golding Lee Holdsworth Tim Blanchard Richie Stanaway Simona De Silvestro Todd Hazelwood Paul Dumbrell

Points 3054 2999 2716 2487 2435 2114 2098 2048 1906 1862 1759 1640 1626 1596 1567 1489 1420 1322 1280 1248 1025 1023 986 965 942 895 300

Diff. -55 -338 -567 -619 -940 -956 -1006 -1148 -1192 -1295 -1414 -1428 -1458 -1487 -1565 -1634 -1732 -1774 -1806 -2029 -2031 -2068 -2089 -2112 -2159 -2754

# 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53

Driver Earl Bamber Steven Richards Alexandre Prémat Luke Youlden Warren Luff Macauley Jones Tony D’Alberto Garry Jacobson Chris Pither James Moffat Alex Davison Will Brown David Russell Aaren Russell Ashley Walsh Jack Perkins Dean Canto Richard Muscat Dale Wood Steve Owen Kurt Kostecki Bryce Fullwood Jonathon Webb Jason Bright Dean Fiore Alex Rullo

Points 276 258 240 222 204 201 192 180 168 156 144 138 132 126 120 114 108 102 96 90 90 84 78 72 60 0

TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

# 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 P32

Team Red Bull Holden Racing Team Shell V-Power Racing Team Erebus Motorsport The Bottle-O Racing Team and Supercheap Auto Racing Brad Jones Racing and Freightliner Racing Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing Castrol Racing and Plus Fitness Racing Wilson Security Racing GRM Autobarn Lowndes Racing Drive Racing and Team Harvey Norman Monster Energy Racing and RABBLE.club Racing Milwaukee Racing Tekno Autosports Preston Hire Racing Team CoolDrive Bigmate Racing

Diff. -2778 -2796 -2814 -2832 -2850 -2853 -2862 -2874 -2886 -2898 -2910 -2916 -2922 -2928 -2934 -2940 -2946 -2952 -2958 -2964 -2964 -2970 -2976 -2982 -2994 -3054

Points 5770 5113 3688 3688 3621 3502 3378 2651 2487 2456 2305 1567 1292 1023 956 895

Diff. -657 -2082 -2082 -2149 -2268 -2392 -3119 -3283 -3314 -3465 -4203 -4478 -4747 -4814 -4875

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Drivers Jamie Whincup / Paul Dumbrell Shane van Gisbergen / Earl Bamber Craig Lowndes / Steven Richards Scott McLaughlin / Alexandre Prémat David Reynolds / Lulke Youlden Scott Pye / Warren Luff Fabian Coulthard / Tony D’Alberto Rick Kelly / Garry Jacobson Garth Tander / Chris Pither Chaz Mostert / James Moffat Will Davison / Alex Davison Anton De Pasquale / Will Brown Cameron Waters / David Russell Andre Heimgartner / Aaren Russell Tim Slade / Ash Walsh James Courtney / Jack Perkins Mark Winterbottom / Dean Canto James Golding / Richard Muscat Tim Blanchard / Dale Wood Richie Stanaway / Steve Owen Todd Hazelwood / Bryce Fullwood Jack Le Brocq / Jonathon Webb Lee Holdsworth / Jason Bright Nick Percat / Macauley Jones Michael Caruso / Dean Fiore Simona De Silvestro / Alex Rullo

Team Red Bull Holden Racing Team Red Bull Holden Racing Team Autobarn Lowndes Racing Shell V-Power Racing Team Erebus Penrite Racing Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing Shell V-Power Racing Team Castrol Racing Wilson Security Racing GRM Supercheap Auto Racing Milwaukee Racing Erebus Motorsport Monster Energy Racing Plus Fitness Racing Freightliner Racing Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing The Bottle-O Racing Team Wilson Security Racing GRM Team CoolDrive RABBLE.club Racing Bigmate Racing Tekno Autosports Preston Hire Racing Brad Jones Racing Drive Racing Team Harvey Norman

Car Holden ZB Commodore Holden ZB Commodore Holden ZB Commodore Ford FG X Falcon Holden ZB Commodore Holden ZB Commodore Ford FG X Falcon Nissan Altima Holden ZB Commodore Ford FG X Falcon Ford FG X Falcon Holden ZB Commodore Ford FG X Falcon Nissan Altima Holden ZB Commodore Holden ZB Commodore Ford FG X Falcon Holden ZB Commodore Holden ZB Commodore Ford FG X Falcon Holden VF Commodore Holden ZB Commodore Holden ZB Commodore Holden ZB Commodore Nissan Altima Nissan Altima

Points Difference 300 276 -24 258 -42 240 -60 222 -78 204 -96 192 -108 180 -120 168 -132 156 -144 144 -156 138 -162 132 -168 126 -174 120 -180 114 -186 108 -192 102 -198 96 -204 90 -210 84 -216 78 -222 72 -228 66 -234 60 -240 0 -300

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Erebus Motorsport claimed its first win in the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 last year. Winning-engineer Alistair McVean talks us through how to conquer Mount Panorama.

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t’s entirely appropriate that the Virgin Australia Supercars reaches its greatest heights at a place called Mount Panorama. There have been more highlights, more dramas, more joy and more heartbreak

experienced than you could think possible on its climbs and descents, including the incredible victory for Erebus Motorsport last year. The little team of rejects led by pitlane’s only female owner, Betty Klimenko, triumphed over the heavyweights, running a perfect

race in conditions that invited calamity. Maybe not in the minutes after the #9 Penrite Holden VF Commodore crossed the finish line, maybe not even that night as he sat on the couch beer in hand minding a stress headache, maybe not even the

next day as he shared the long drive home to Melbourne, but certainly within days of that win Alistair McVean was noting down what he’d learned from Bathurst 2017 and what he could take into this year’s race. McVean is the technical cheif of Erebus and race weekend

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engineer of the #9 driven by David Reynolds (and Luke Youlden in the PIRTEK Enduro Cup) and he is regarded as one of the shrewdest minds in any garage along the Supercars pitlane. McVean is a three-time Bathurst-winning engineer, having previously taken glory with the Holden Racing Team in 2009 and 2011. So much about winning Supercars races comes down to logic, preparation and getting the details right. Which is where those 2017 debrief notes come in. It’s the start of the process that culminates on the evening of the first Sunday in October with a result – good, bad or indifferent. “You jot down the notes at the debrief after the event and make sure you remember them the next year,” says McVean. “I think the key thing for us from last year was we were

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strong so there’s no need to reinvent the wheel too much. “I think last year the guys who made the least mistakes won. There were multiple guys at the front of the field with less than 40 laps to go and they either fell back or fell off or weren’t quite fast enough.” The way Supercars races are run now with pitstops in almost all of them, they’re all warmups for Bathurst. But the focus on endurance racing really clicks into gear when the teams conduct their pre-Sandown tests focussing on driver and co-driver and pitstop processes. Then it’s a forensic dissection of the meeting supplementary regulations in search of any changes, anything that might be exploited to an advantage. But the fundamental rules of Bathurst are well known: 161 laps of a 6.213km circuit; 54 laps minimum to be completed by the co-driver; seven pit

stops minimum; 36 new hard compound Dunlop tyres to be managed across the meeting. “We start with the end of the race and work out how far back from the end we can pit and make it to the finish,” explains McVean. “We call that our reverse window. Then you do the opposite and figure out how far from the start you can get on a tank, which becomes your forward windows. The laps in between become the options you have for when to pit. “You want your fastest driver with the best set of tyres with the least amount of fuel, good brakes and the best track position [for that last stint]. You have basically spent all day working on getting that track position for that last stint.” Sounds straight forward, doesn’t it? But it’s not. We know that for a fact it’s not. And each year there are always

new issues big and small to contend with. The obvious change this year for Erebus is the move from the VF to ZB Commodore. Under the skin the mechanical package is the same as both cars are based on the same Supercars chassis. That helps find a setup, as does the fact last year’s race was conducted on the 2016 tyre. This year the category has reverted to the ’16 rubber, so data directly translates. But the aerodynamic balance of the ZB is skewed more to the rear and that’s required some thought. “The aero package does operate a little bit differently,” McVean concedes. “So we expect to see a difference in the high-speed corners. Aero takes precedence from about 120km/h and higher, so that’s everything over the top of the hill and The Chase. “We’ll do a fair bit of pre-analysis here trying to understand

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what the circuit has in-store for us. We are not a team with really strong simulation… so most of our work here is covering the basics off and setting a good testing plan to cover off what we need. “So we will rely on practice to understand a lot of what we need. But I also think we have a pretty good understanding from the 12 rounds we have done with the car of what’s changed from year-to-year.” At Bathurst it is also now mandatory to change frontbrake disc rotors during the race. It’s a rule introduced along with new discs in an effort to avoid the cracking problems experienced with the AP package in both 2016 and 2017. The fundamental need is this: change the discs – and pads at the same time – in the same 30 seconds it takes to fill the tank with E85 and swap co-drivers. Needless to say, this has occupied McVean’s sizable brain a lot of late. “We’ve gone through three or four different options for how to achieve it in the fuel stop time, because the lower you get it the more flexibility it gives you within the stop,” he says. “It can be done inside 30 seconds and we’ve got a pretty good process to do it; it’s taken a lot of engineering, time spent with the mechanics and work to get it down to that level. “There’s a lot of little processes within that to get it done; engineering of the equipment, setting up the boom to be able to achieve it, lots of small little jobs that need to be done. “In terms of resources it’s taken a lot of effort to gear up for it. It looks pretty impressive when it happens in the right timeframe.” The good news is there’s a lot of track time on Thursday to get drivers acclimatised, remembering young gun Anton De Pasquale will be joined by Dunlop Super2 prospect Will Brown in the second ZB.

The Erebus Motorsport brain’s trust at Bathurst last year.

With five sets of pre-marked tyres permitted for practice, there’s plenty of old rubber to use as everyone relearns the track and gets comfortable with the conditions. The day will close out with a crack at a time on fresh tyres ahead of Friday’s qualifying session. Set a top 10 time there and you’re into the Shootout and an invaluable few minutes of national television coverage with only your car and your sponsors on-track. The most important thing, says McVean, is to get to this point unscathed. An engine failure is a problem, but a sizable practice or qualifying crash means your race chances are pretty much cooked even before you get to Sunday’s race start. “You see that a lot; cars looking strong in practice have a crash and never get back on the pace,” he says. “You may not be able to fix the car 100 per cent in the timeframe… the biggest issue is just the workload that it will take and the effect it has on the crew later in the weekend.” There’s another challenge Bathurst-week will present for McVean and that’s making sure he gets adequate time with his

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drivers. As defending champions they will be in demand for public appearances and media, especially Reynolds, the comedian of pitlane. “It is always a struggle to get time with them,” McVean concedes. “You are always conscious they need their rest time to recover after a big session or whatever. You never get enough time with them, you just have to share it around. “Dave is the not the sort of guy who spends a lots of time sitting next to me as an engineer going through the very

detail of what the car is doing. He probably leaves that up to me to decide and I feed it back to him.” Make it to the Sunday with drivers and car fighting fit and the question then becomes who starts the car? In a purely strategic sense putting the co-driver in first makes sense, because you want his laps out of the way as early as possible. But starting at Bathurst is problematic. It’s uphill, the cars are loaded down with fuel and they have their tallest mandated gearing. And if you do put your co-driver in for the start and most other

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leading teams opt for their regulars, your car could quickly plummet down the order as he gets punched up. Erebus has already decided that Reynolds will start the race in #9. “It’s just a philosophy we have,” explains McVean. “There is an advantage to starting the co-driver because that part of the race is less intense when everyone is settling in. So you might not lose as much as you might in a normal phase. But it’s also an opportunity to really set the tone, maintain your positon at the front and try and fight in clear air for most of the day.” Every car starts with a plan. But everyone also knows that plan is unlikely to be followed 100 per cent. There are just too many variables at play here; weather, incidents, safety cars, stacking, car set-up, engine power and fuel economy, pit dramas and penalties. The list goes on and on.

Simply put, overseeing a Supercars enduro attack is crisis management and whoever manages the crisis best tends to win. “If it’s green flag for 161 laps – which everyone knows is highly unlikely - you come up with a plan. That sets your baseline strategy,” says McVean. “Generally within that you have some rules up your sleeve for when a safety car comes and under what circumstances would you pit or not. Then if rain comes into it it’s very much seat of the pants gut-feel.” That mind-busting process is not McVean’s responsibility alone. While he engineers #9 and Mirko De Rosa #99, the team has also called in engineer Jason Bush for the enduro season to provide strategy assistance. “It’s great to have someone with a wider view on what’s happening,” McVean explains.

“He can assist Mirko and I with strategic options because we might be too busy dealing with an issue with the car that has taken our full attention.” As the race goes on track positon becomes ever more important. That’s why safety cars tend to appear more often later in the day, because the dice is getting rolled. Cop damage and it’s vital the car gets back on track. You can’t change chassis or an engine during the race, but many things can be addressed in an area set aside in the garage specifically for crash repair. A crack team can replace a corner in 25 minutes and a steering arm within one safety car-controlled slow lap. Obviously, it’s vital not to go a lap down, but even when all hope of a rostrum is gone it’s still critical the car be registered as a finisher, if at all

possible. Bathurst is worth 300 championship points and Reynolds is in contention for a top three overall finish. A DNF is a disaster. Considering that Supercars is a category very much structured around a consistent foraging of points, you might think conservation and conservative thinking rules the roost come the closing stages of this marathon. But McVean doesn’t hesitate when he’s asked if Reynolds would be told to hold position or go for it if he’s a close second in the closing laps of the race. “You race for a win. That’s never a question for us and I suspect everyone in the race would feel the same.” That being the case – and past evidence certainly bears him out – it sounds like a recipe for more memorable moments at Mount Panorama in 2018!

David Reynolds and Luke Youlden hold aloft the Peter Brock Trophy in 2017.

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BATHURST WINNERS

YEAR/RACE TITLE WINNING DRIVERS 1963 Armstrong 500 Harry Firth/Bob Jane 1964 Armstrong 500 Bob Jane/George Reynolds 1965 Armstrong 500 Barry Seton/Midge Bosworth 1966 Gallaher 500 Rauno Aaltonen/Bob Holden 1967 Gallaher 500 Harry Firth/Fred Gibson 1968 Hardie-Ferodo 500 Bruce McPhee/Barry Mulholland 1969 Hardie-Ferodo 500 Colin Bond/Tony Roberts 1970 Hardie-Ferodo 500 Allan Moffat 1971 Hardie-Ferodo 500 Allan Moffat 1972 Hardie-Ferodo 500 Peter Brock 1973 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 Allan Moffat/Ian Geoghegan 1974 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 John Goss/Kevin Bartlett 1975 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 Peter Brock/Brian Sampson 1976 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 Bob Morris/John Fitzpatrick 1977 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 Allan Moffat/Jacky Ickx 1978 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 Peter Brock/Jim Richards 1979 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 Peter Brock/Jim Richards 1980 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 Peter Brock/Jim Richards 1981 James Hardie 1000 Dick Johnson/John French 1982 James Hardie 1000 Peter Brock/Larry Perkins 1983 James Hardie 1000 Peter Brock/Larry Perkins/John Harvey 1984 James Hardie 1000 Peter Brock/Larry Perkins 1985 James Hardie 1000 John Goss/Armin Hahne 1986 James Hardie 1000 Allan Grice/Graeme Bailey 1987 James Hardie 1000 Peter Brock/David Parsons/Peter McLeod 1988 Tooheys 1000 Tony Longhurst/Tomas Mezera 1989 Tooheys 1000 Dick Johnson/John Bowe 1990 Tooheys 1000 Allan Grice/Win Percy 1991 Tooheys 1000 Jim Richards/Mark Skaife 1992 Tooheys 1000 Jim Richards/Mark Skaife 1993 Tooheys 1000 Larry Perkins/Gregg Hansford 1994 Tooheys 1000 Dick Johnson/John Bowe 1995 Tooheys 1000 Larry Perkins/Russell Ingall 1996 AMP Bathurst 1000 Craig Lowndes/Greg Murphy 1997 AMP Bathurst 1000 (Super Touring) Geoff Brabham/David Brabham 1997 Primus 1000 Classic Larry Perkins/Russell Ingall 1998 AMP Bathurst 1000 (Super Touring) Rickard Rydell/Jim Richards 1998 FAI 1000 Classic Jason Bright/Steven Richards 1999 FAI 1000 Greg Murphy/Steven Richards 2000 FAI 1000 Garth Tander/Jason Bargwanna 2001 V8 Supercar 1000 Mark Skaife/Tony Longhurst 2002 Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 Mark Skaife/Jim Richards 2003 Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 Greg Murphy/Rick Kelly 2004 Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 Greg Murphy/Rick Kelly 2005 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Mark Skaife/Todd Kelly 2006 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Craig Lowndes/Jamie Whincup 2007 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Craig Lowndes/Jamie Whincup 2008 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Craig Lowndes/Jamie Whincup 2009 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Garth Tander/Will Davison 2010 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Craig Lowndes/Mark Skaife 2011 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Garth Tander/Nick Percat 2012 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Jamie Whincup/Paul Dumbrell 2013 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Mark Winterbottom/Steven Richards 2014 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Chaz Mostert/Paul Morris 2015 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Craig Lowndes/Steven Richards 2016 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Will Davison/Jonathon Webb 2017 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 David Reynolds/Luke Youlden

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TEAM CAR Ford Motor Company Ford Cortina GT Ford Motor Company Ford Cortina GT Fairfield Motors Ford Cortina GT500 BMC Australia Morris Cooper S Ford Motor Company Ford Falcon XR GT Wyong Motors Holden Monaro GTS 327 Holden Dealer Team Holden Monaro GTS 350 Ford Motor Company Ford Falcon XW GT-HO Ph II Ford Motor Company Ford Falcon XY GT-HO Ph III Holden Dealer Team Holden Torana XU-1 Ford Motor Company Ford Falcon XA GT McLeod Ford Ford Falcon XA GT Gown-Hindhaugh Racing Holden Torana L34 Ron Hodgson Racing Holden Torana L34 Moffat Ford Dealers Ford Falcon XC Holden Dealer Team Holden Torana A9X Holden Dealer Team Holden Torana A9X Holden Dealer Team Holden Commodore VC Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon XD Holden Dealer Team Holden Commodore VH Holden Dealer Team Holden Commodore VH Holden Dealer Team Holden Commodore VK Tom Walkinshaw Racing Jaguar XJ-S Chickadee/Roadways Racing Holden Commodore VK HDT Racing Holden Commodore VL Benson & Hedges Racing Ford Sierra RS500 Dick Johnson Racing Ford Sierra RS500 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VL SS Gibson Motorsport Nissan Skyline GT-R Gibson Motorsport Nissan Skyline GT-R Perkins Engineering Holden Commodore VP Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon EB Perkins Engineering Holden Commodore VR Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VR BMW Motorsport Australia BMW 320i Perkins Engineering Holden Commodore VS Volvo S40 Racing/TWR Volvo S40 Stone Brothers Racing Ford Falcon EL Gibson Motorsport Holden Commodore VT Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Commodore VT Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VX Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VX Kmart Racing Holden Commodore VY Kmart Racing Holden Commodore VY Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VZ Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford Falcon BA Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford Falcon BF Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford Falcon BF Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VE Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore VE Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VE Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore VE Ford Performance Racing Ford Falcon FG Ford Performance Racing Ford Falcon FG Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore VF Tekno Autosports Holden Commodore VF Erebus Motorsport Holden Commodore VF

MOST WINS WINS DRIVER

9 7 6 4 3 2

Peter Brock Jim Richards Larry Perkins, Mark Skaife, Craig Lowndes Allan Moffat, Greg Murphy, Jamie Whincup, Steven Richards Dick Johnson, Garth Tander Harry Firth, Bob Jane, John Goss, Allan Grice, John Bowe, Russell Ingall, Tony Longhurst, Rick Kelly, Will Davison

MOST WINS IN A ROW WINS DRIVER Peter Brock/Jim Richards (1978-1980) 3

3 3

Peter Brock/Larry Perkins (1982-1984) Craig Lowndes/Jamie Whincup (2006-08)

MOST WINS PER MAKE WINS MAKE

32 19 2 1

Holden Ford Nissan Morris, Jaguar, BMW, Volvo

BEST RESULT FOR MAKE

1st to 9th – Morris Cooper S in 1966 MOST WINS IN A ROW PER MAKE

7 – Holden (1999-2005) BIGGEST WINNING MARGIN

6 laps – Peter Brock/Jim Richards in 1979 CLOSEST NON-FORMATION FINISH

0.1434 seconds – Will Davison/Jonathon Webb ahead of Shane van Gisbergen/Alexandre Prémat (2016)

MOST WINS PER TEAM WINS TEAM

9 7 6 3 2

Holden Dealer Team/HDT Racing Holden Racing Team/Walkinshaw Andretti United Ford Motor Company, Triple Eight Race Engineering Dick Johnson Racing/DJR Team Penske, Perkins Engineering, Gibson Motorsport Tom Walkinshaw Racing, Kmart Racing, Ford Performance Racing/Tickford Racing

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MOST PODIUMS TOTAL 13 12 12 12 10 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5 5

DRIVER 1st Craig Lowndes 6 Peter Brock 9 Jim Richards 7 Larry Perkins 6 Mark Skaife 6 Greg Murphy 4 Jamie Whincup 4 Steven Richards 4 Allan Moffat 4 Allan Grice 2 John Bowe 2 Colin Bond 1 Dick Johnson 3 Bruce McPhee 1 Brad Jones 0 Cameron McConville 0 Garth Tander 3 John Harvey 1

2nd 5 1 2 3 2 1 3 2 1 4 4 2 3 3 3 2

3rd 2 2 3 3 2 3 0 1 2 1 1 4 0 2 3 4

3

1

0

POLE POSITIONS

2

MOST POLE POSITIONS 6 5 4 2

OTHER RECORDS

Peter Brock Mark Skaife Allan Moffat Ian Geoghegan Kevin Bartlett Dick Johnson Glenn Seton Craig Lowndes Garth Tander Mark Winterbottom Greg Murphy Jamie Whincup

MOST STARTS: 35 – Jim Richards MOST STARTS IN A ROW: 33 – Jim Richards MOST FINISHES: 24 – Peter Brock, Jim Richards MOST SHOOTOUTS: 21 – Dick Johnson MOST POLES FOR MAKE: 23 – Ford MOST POLES IN A ROW: 3 – Allan Moffat (1970-1972), Peter Brock (1977-1979) MOST WINS FROM POLE POSITION: 2 – Allan Moffat (1970-1971), Peter Brock/Jim Richards (1978-1979), Mark Skaife/Jim Richards (1991 & 2002) ROOKIES ON POLE: Klaus Ludwig (1987), Marcos Ambrose (2001) MOST FASTEST RACE LAPS: 6 – Peter Brock MOST BATHURST-CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES: 3 – Mark Skaife (1992, 2001, 2002) MOST SANDOWN-BATHURST DOUBLES: 5 – Peter Brock (1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1984) MOST SANDOWN-BATHURST-CHAMPIONSHIP TRIPLES: 2 – Peter Brock (1978, 1980)

YEAR 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* 1997 1998* 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

DRIVER Ian Geoghegan Bruce McPhee Ian Geoghegan Allan Moffat Allan Moffat Allan Moffat John Goss Peter Brock Colin Bond Allan Moffat Peter Brock Peter Brock Peter Brock Kevin Bartlett Kevin Bartlett Allan Grice Peter Brock George Fury Tom Walkinshaw Gary Scott Klaus Ludwig Dick Johnson Peter Brock Klaus Niedzwiedz Mark Skaife Dick Johnson Larry Perkins Glenn Seton Craig Lowndes Glenn Seton Paul Morris Mark Skaife Rickard Rydell Mark Skaife Mark Larkham Wayne Gardner Marcos Ambrose Mark Skaife Greg Murphy Steven Richards Craig Lowndes Mark Skaife Mark Winterbottom Garth Tander Garth Tander Mark Winterbottom Greg Murphy Will Davison Jamie Whincup Shane van Gisbergen David Reynolds Jamie Whincup Scott McLaughlin

TIME 3m02.00s 2m56.70s 2m48.90s 2m52.10s 2m38.90s 2m35.80s 2m33.40s 2m30.80s 2m27.40s 2m25.00s 2m24.90s 2m20.00s 2m20.50s 2m20.97s 2m36.40s** 2m17.50s 2m16.20s 2m13.85s 2m18.82s 2m17.16s 2m16.96s 2m16.46s 2m15.80s 2m13.94s 2m12.62s 2m12.893s 2m13.013s 2m12.1464s 2m11.5540s 2m11.0160s 2m16.5958s 2m10.0397s 2m14.9265s 2m09.8954s 2m09.5146s 2m28.3844s** 2m09.7785s 2m08.8278s 2m06.8594s 2m07.9611s 2m08.5990s 2m07.4221s 2m07.0908s 2m07.2963s 2m07.9463s 2m07.5377s 2m08.8009s 2m08.0693s 2m07.8825s 2m06.3267s 2m27.8201s** 2m05.4263s 2m03.8312s

CAR Ford Falcon XR GT Holden Monaro GTS 327 Ford Falcon XW GT-HO Ford Falcon XW GT-HO Ph II Ford Falcon XY GT-HO Ph III Ford Falcon XY GT-HO Ph III Ford Falcon XA GT Holden Torana L34 Holden Torana L34 Ford Falcon XB GT Holden Torana A9X Holden Torana A9X Holden Torana A9X Chevrolet Camaro Chevrolet Camaro Holden Commodore VH Holden Commodore VH Nissan Bluebird Turbo Jaguar XJ-S Nissan Skyline Turbo Ford Sierra RS500 Ford Sierra RS500 Ford Sierra RS500 Ford Sierra RS500 Nissan Skyline GT-R Ford Sierra RS500 Holden Commodore VP Ford Falcon EB Holden Commodore VR Ford Falcon EF BMW 320i Holden Commodore VS Volvo S40 Holden Commodore VT Ford Falcon AU Ford Falcon AU Ford Falcon AU Holden Commodore VX Holden Commodore VY Holden Commodore VY Ford Falcon BA Holden Commodore VZ Ford Falcon BF Holden Commodore VE Holden Commodore VE Ford Falcon FG Holden Commodore VE Ford Falcon FG Holden Commodore VF Holden Commodore VF Ford Falcon FG X Holden Commodore VF Ford Falcon FG X

*Super Touring Bathurst 1000 **Wet weather qualifying Note: From 1963 to 1966 the grid was lined up by classes with the most expensive class at the front.

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YEAR 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

DRIVER Ian Geoghegan/Leo Geoghegan Brian Foley Frank Matich Fred Gibson Bruce McPhee Allan Moffat/Alan Hamilton Fred Gibson/Barry Seton John Goss/Bob Skelton Bob Morris Allan Moffat John Goss Peter Brock Not recorded Allan Moffat Peter Brock Allan Moffat Allan Moffat Peter Brock Dick Johnson Dick Johnson Peter Brock Peter Brock Peter Brock John Goss Allan Grice Andrew Miedecke Tony Longhurst

TIME 3m21.3s 3m.13.7s 3m10.0s 3m03.0s 2m58.0s 2m52.1s 2m52.1s 2m53.0s 2m40.0s 2m36.5s 2m34.8s 2m29.8s 2m28.4s 2m28.4s 2m26.4s 2m22.0s 2m21.1s 2m22.2s 2m20.9s 2m20.1s 2m18.5s 2m15.13s 2m21.86s 2m18.99s 2m22.50s 2m19.06s

CAR Ford Cortina GT Morris Cooper S Morris Cooper S Ford Falcon XR GT Holden Monaro GTS 327 Ford Falcon XW GT-HO Ford Falcon XW GT-HO Ford Falcon XW GT-HO Ford Falcon XY GT-HO Ford Falcon XY GT-HO Ford Falcon XA GT Holden Torana L34 Ford Falcon XB GT Holden Torana L34 Ford Falcon XC Ford Falcon XC Holden Torana A9X Ford Falcon XD Ford Falcon XD Holden Commodore VH Holden Commodore VH Holden Commodore VK Jaguar XJ-S Holden Commodore VK Ford Sierra RS500 Ford Sierra RS500

1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997* 1997 1998* 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Dick Johnson Mark Skaife Mark Skaife Mark Skaife Mark Skaife Dick Johnson Craig Lowndes Craig Lowndes Jason Plato Larry Perkins Rickard Rydell Craig Lowndes Paul Radisich Craig Lowndes Simon Wills Brad Jones Garth Tander Jason Bright Mark Skaife Craig Lowndes Jamie Whincup James Courtney Jason Richards Jason Bright Jamie Whincup Shane van Gisbergen Garth Tander Chaz Mostert Jamie Whincup David Reynolds David Reynolds

2m19.12s 2m15.46s 2m14.50s 2m16.47s 2m14.803s 2m14.1458s 2m14.3229s 2m13.1636s 2m16.8034s 2m12.3398s 2m17.9558s 2m12.7771s 2m.12.5624s 2m14.2602s 2m10.2011s 2m09.5705s 2m08.6726s 2m08.8972s 2m08.6515s 2m08.6571s 2m08.4651s 2m09.2775s 2m08.9972s 2m08.8215s 2m09.3340s 2m09.5962s 2m10.5344s 2m07.4913s 2m07.1226s 2m06.2769s 2m07.5013s

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SUPPORT CATEGORIES DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES

The Dunlop Super2 Series is the breeding ground for the stars of Supercars. And with the former race winners Todd Hazelwood, Jack Le Brocq, James Golding, Richie Stanaway and Anton De Pasquale stepping up into the main game in 2018, a new generation is coming through for their shot at the big time. The strength of the Dunlop Super2 Series is the fact it pits this young talent against experienced Supercars racers, and it’s the veteran of the series, Eggleston Motorsport’s Paul Dumbrell, who leads the championship following race wins at the Adelaide 500, Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint and Perth SuperSprint. Dumbrell will be out to continue his strong start to the season in his bid for a third Dunlop Super2 Series title. His Eggleston Motorsport teammates include Will Brown, Nathan Morcom and Dominic Storey. Main-game teams Brad Jones Racing and Garry Rogers Motorsport also have representatives in the Dunlop Super2 Series. Brad Jones Racing fields three rising stars in Macauley Jones, Zane Goddard and Jack Smith, while former Supercars full-timer Chris Pither returned to Dunlop Super2 Series with Garry Rogers Motorsport in 2018 and currently sits in second in the standings. Dunlop Super2 Series champion of 2016 Garry Jacobson and his MW Motorsport teammates Dean Fiore and

Alex Rullo are flying the flag for Nissan this weekend, with all three drivers also co-drivers for Nissan Motorsport in the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. There are two Ford entries on the grid: Tickford Racing’s Thomas Randle, the former Australian Formula Ford champion who raced in Europe but has now committed to Supercars, and Shae Davies at Paul Morris Motorsport. The three Kostecki Brothers Racing entries of Kurt, Jake and Brodie Kostecki will also be in the mix for a strong result. The Kosteckis have been regulars in the top 10 so far this season with Brodie scoring a breakthrough win for the team last time out at Sandown, in the process climbing up to third in the standings. Eight Dunlop Super2 Series drivers are on double duty

DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES ENTRY LIST # 5 8 10 14 15 16 18 21 23 26 38 44 49 50 54 55 56 57 62 63 67 88 99

Driver Thomas Randle Zane Goddard Brenton Grove Macauley Jones Adam Marjoram Bryce Fullwood Matt Chahda Jack Smith Dean Fiore Garry Jacobson Will Brown Chris Pither Jordan Boys TBA Nathan Morcom Kurt Kostecki Jake Kostecki Brodie Kostecki Alex Rullo Dominic Storey Shae Davies Paul Dumbrell Mason Barbera

Entry Skye Sands BGD Architects Grove Hire PAYCE Auto One Racing Middy’s Electrical Auto One Albury SCT Logistics MW Motorsport MEGA Fuels / MWM Eggleston Motorsport Wilson Security PAYCE GRM Dynamic Supplies Motorsport Parts Australia Racing Eggleston Motorsport Arcoplate Racing Arcoplate Racing Arcoplate Racing Land Surveys / MWM Eggleston Motorsport Paul Morris Motorsport Eggleston Motorsport Wilson Security PAYCE GRM

Car Ford FG X Falcon Holden VF Commodore Holden VF Commodore Holden VF Commodore Holden VF Commodore Holden VF Commodore Holden VF Commodore Holden VF Commodore Nissan Altima Nissan Altima Holden VF Commodore Holden VF Commodore Holden VF Commodore Holden VF Commodore Holden VF Commodore Holden VF Commodore Holden VF Commodore Holden VF Commodore Nissan Altima Holden VF Commodore Ford FG X Falcon Holden VF Commodore Holden VF Commodore

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this weekend, highlighting the depth that makes it such a competitive category and strong feeder series to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. The Dunlop Super2 Series will take part in a 250km 41-lap race on Saturday at 2:55pm. Unlike last year, the race is part of the Dunlop Super2 Series championship for their penultimate round of the season.

ECB SUPERUTES

The ECB SuperUtes series made its racing debut at the Adelaide 500 in March, representing a whole new automotive sector on the race tracks of Australia. SuperUtes are based on the popular ute segment that makes up 18 per cent 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 2018. 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 a CAMS-approved roll cage, brakes, tyres, gearbox, wheels, springs and dampers.  Toyota racer Craig Woods leads the championship heading into Bathurst, winning just one race at Queensland Raceway but with a 19-point

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though a crash left Zukanovic scrambling to repair the car in # Driver Entry Car time for this weekend. 3 Steve Wilson Wilson Auto Isuzu D-MAX Dick Johnson’s son, Steven 8 Ben Walsh Car City Toyota Hilux Johnson, leads the way in 18 Tomas Gasperak AC Delco Racing Holden Colorado the standings with a 55-point 22 Tom Alexander SP Tools Holden Colorado margin in his Ford Mustang 34 Chelsea Angelo Ranger Racing Australia Ford Ranger Fastback. Johnson’s former 45 Michael Sieders Total Tools /Team Mitsubishi Triton Mitsubishi Triton teammate John Bowe, driving a 49 Christopher Formosa Allgate Ford Ranger Holden Torana SL/R 5000, led 58 Ryal Harris EFS 4x4 Racing Mazda BT50 pre-Sandown but lost ground 64 Craig Woods Western Sydney Motorsport Toyota Hilux with an off-track excursion in 87 Craig Dontas Team Mitsubishi Triton Mitsubishi Triton damp conditions. 95 Aaron Cameron Bushranger Racing Mazda BT50 Adam Bressington sits in 99 Matthew MacKelden Kubota Tractors Australia Toyota Hilux third place in his Chevrolet TBA Charlotte Ponting Craig Thompson Toyota Hilux Camaro SS with Jason Gomersall in a Torana A9X Hatchback and Mark King in a Chevrolet margin over Ryal Harris in a Also look out for female Camaro RS rounding out the Mazda BT-50. racers Charlotte Ponting and top five. Harris has been the driver to Chelsea Angelo, the latter Joining the field is sevenbeat in the championship thus making her debut in the series. time Bathurst 1000 winner far, winning six races in total, The ECB SuperUtes will race though consistency has given three times across the weekend.  Jim Richards in a Ford Falcon Sprint. Other entries to watch Woods the slight edge in the include Ryan Hansford’s championship battle with three TOURING CAR Torana SL/R 5000, Jim rounds remaining.  MASTERS Iconic cars of yesteryear return Policina’s Torana A9X, Mark Aaron Cameron is next best to the track with the popular King’s Chevrolet Camaro RS, in another Mazda BT-50, with Touring Car Masters category.  Leo Tobin’s Ford Boss Mustang, Toyota driver Ben Walsh and Fan favourites such as Andrew Fisher’s Ford Falcon Holden driver Thomas GaspToranas, Mustangs, Camaros, XY GT HO and Allen Boughen erak completing the top five.  Monaros will be on the grid in in the only Mercury Comet in Versatile racer Elliot Barbour addition to the recent arrival in the field. stepped into Toby Price’s the Ford XD Falcon. Touring Car Masters will race Mitsubishi Triton SuperUte for The XD Falcon has been three times this weekend for recent rounds. Price, the 2016 their penultimate round of the Dakar Rally winner, is undertak- added to Touring Car Masters’ eligible vehicle list with the season.  ing a part-program in the ECB model made famous by Dick SuperUtes Series with Team Johnson a popular addition to PORSCHE WILSON Triton. Barbour won two races the grid in the hands of Markus SECURITY CARRERA last time out at Sandown in a Zukanovic. It debuted at round sweep for the Mitsubishi CUP AUSTRALIA Sandown and was on the pace, The Porsche Wilson Security Triton. Carrera Cup Australia features a strong mix of experienced drivers and rising stars in 2018.  New Zealander Jaxon Evans leads the championship entering the seventh of eight rounds this weekend, holding a 62-point lead over fellow youngster Dylan O’Keeffe. The veterans include former Supercars full-timer Dale Wood, who returned to the Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia this season and has won seven races thus far, though sits fifth in the standings following some retirements.   Defending Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia

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champion David Wall has won one race in his title defence, currently sitting in third place in the championship standings. James Moffat is settling into the Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup from Supercars and scored a race win in the final race of the Darwin event and two second places in Sydney.  Michael Almond and Jordan Love will also be amongst the contenders, having won races at the recent rounds at Sydney Motorsport Park and The Bend Motorsport Park. Roger Lago leads the way in the TAG Heuer Pro-Am standings, ahead of Stephen Grove and Adrian Flack. The Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia will race three times across the weekend for their penultimate round of the season. 

TOYOTA 86 RACING SERIES

The Toyota 86 Racing Series is in its third season with a strong grid of identical two-litre Toyota 86 sports cars battling it out for an increased prize pool of $150,000 for the 18-race grassroots series. Tim Brook arrives at Bathurst

TOURING CAR MASTERS ENTRY LIST # 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 15 17 18 19 21 22 28 29 35 44 46 48 52 56 60 69 71 74 75 85 88 90 95 97 99

Driver Jim Richards Cameron Mason Rusty French Bruce Williams Ryan Hansford Jim Pollicina Rob Burns Andrew Fisher Graeme Crawford Dean Lillie Steve Johnson John Bowe Darren Beale Robert Hackwood Terry Knight Brad Tilley Jamie Tilley Jason Gomersall Brett Hotchkin Leo Tobin Rod Hotchkin Brett Curran Brett Youlden Cameron Tilley Ian Woodward Markus Zukanovic Wayne Mercer Aaron McGill Mark King Tony Karanfilovski Sven Burchartz Adam Bressington Allen Boughen Ben Dunn

Entry SHANNONS Insurance Lake Macquarie Sheet Metal / Toronto Hotel Skye Sands ACDelco Multispares Racing MOCOMM Motorsport Communications Bendigo Retro Muscle Cars Jesus Racing Pittman Trucks / Halkin Developments MOCOMM Motorsport Communications WM Waste / Herrod Performance Wilson Security / PAYCE Tincone Industrial Services Wellpro Racing Mega Fuels Speedgas / ANGLOMOIL Lubricants Burrells Soils & Sand / Brad Tilley Auto Garage Bigmate Racing Rent-A-Bomb Car Rentals THD Motorsport Rent-A-Bomb Car Rentals Angliss Meats Atlas Copco Carry On Victoria / ANGLOMOIL Lubricants Fataz Competition Engines Action Racing / LMF Constructions Lyndways Builders Ranger Lifting-Rigging-Safety Whiteline Racing / King Springs TIFS - Warehousing & Distribution Kalus Kenny Interlex Whiteline Racing / Fabre Australia Johns Furniture Removals Balmain Coffee Company

Car Ford Falcon Sprint Ford Mustang Fastback Ford Mustang Fastback Holden Torana SL/R 5000 Holden Torana SL/R 5000 Holden Torana A9X Holden Monaro GTS Ford Falcon XY GT HO Ford Falcon XA GT Holden Monaro GTS Coupe Ford Mustang Fastback Holden Torana SL/R 5000 Monaro GTS Coupe Pontiac Trans Am Porsche 911 IROC Ford Falcon XY GT HO Ford Mustang Coupe Holden Torana A9X Hatchback Ford Falcon XY GT Boss Mustang Ford Falcon XY GT Ford Mustang Fastback Holden Monaro GTS Coupe Valiant Pacer Chevrolet Camaro SS Ford Falcon XD Ford Falcon XY GT HO Ford Falcon XW GT Chevrolet Camaro RS Mustang Trans Am Porsche 911 IROC Chevrolet Camaro SS Mercury Comet Chevrolet Monza 2+2

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PORSCHE CARRERA CUP ENTRY LIST

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Driver Entry David Wall PAYCE/Wilson Security Stephen Grove Grove Group Tim Miles Miles Advisory Partners/Garage 1 Jaxon Evans Morris Finance Nick McBride Porsche Centre Melbourne Marc Cini Hallmarc Adam Garwood Garwood Motorsport Peter Major Sonic/Totally 4x4 Josh Hunt LORY Construction James Moffat Payce/Wilson Security/JBL Anthony Gilbertson Hallmark Homes Adrian Flack Agas National Dean Cook BMF/Pitman Racing Roger Lago JBS Australia Indiran Padayachee Hyundai Forklifts Australia Dave Stevens Wall Racing/Brennan IT Michael Almond Bob Jane T Marts/PSA Max Twigg WM Waste Management Dylan O’Keeffe APB Group Dale Wood Sonic/Polyflor Cameron Hill Southern Star Truck Centre/Seears Workwear Graham Williams Harcourts Williams Jordan Love Bob Jane T Marts TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

holding a 26-point advantage. Brook claimed the series lead at Townsville, dominating the weekend to claim all three wins. Luke King sits in second in the standings with Cameron Crick, Cameron Walton and Jaylyn Robotham rounding out the top five. Competitors in the series can benchmark themselves against experienced guest drivers at each round, which this weekend includes Glenn Seton. The two-time Australian Touring Car Championship/ Supercars winner will drive the P52

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#17 entry at a track where he came so close to winning the Bathurst 1000 numerous times. Also joining the field is James Davison, the cousin of Supercars drivers Will and Alex Davison, who has raced extensively in North America in recent years. The racing versions of the Toyota 86 sports cars are fitted with a roll cage and performance kit developed by Neal Bates Motorsport and control Dunlop road tyres. The Toyota 86 Racing Series will race three times across the weekend.

TOYOTA 86 SERIES ENTRY LIST # 2 3 6 7 8 9 11 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 23 24 27 28 29 30 33 34 35 36 37 38 48 55 56 60 68 71 74 77 84 86 90 93 96 97 98 99 777

Driver Adam Gowans David Sieders Jake Klein Cameron Crick John Iafolla Luke King Zane Morse James Wilkins Benjamin Grice Glenn Seton Tomas Gasperak George Gutierrez Timothy Beddoe Zach Loscialpo Simon Samoilenko Michael Fabri Dylan Thomas Lachlan Gibbons Jaylyn Robotham Hayden Jackson Jake Burton Tim Brook Haydn Clark James Davison Aaron Cameron Luke van Herwaarde Nic Carroll Gavan Reynolds Kane Baxter-Smith Cam Walton Gerard Maggs Kyle Austin Trent Grubel TBA Emily Duggan Jack Milligan Jarrod Whitty Broc Feeney Jaiden Maggs Liam McAdam Dylan Gulson Graham Smith Declan Fraser

Entry Valvoline Gowans Racing Sieders Racing Team PK Transport / Aussie Driver Search Clintons Toyota / Plus Fitness Racing John Iafolla Racing AISIN Products Brema Group Racing That English Bloke Hinde Transport Toyota Racing Australia Hashtag Race Academy George Gutierrez Motorsport SLO-Mango Racing Tempest Solutions / Pastro Custom AG / Excellerate Motorsport Samoilenko Racing M1 Racing Hi-Tec Oils / CXC / CGR Performance CGR Performance / Muller Motorsport Melbourne City Toyota TEAM RSG Aussie Driver Search McLaren Real Estate Macarthur MDR Motorsport / Bow Wow Dog Treats Toyota Racing Australia melbas.com.au Sieders Racing Team / Longreach Tourist Park Auto Approve / Wilson Security Reynolds Auctions Luff Motors Yass Toyota Cam Walton Racing Sieders Racing Team / WBT Aussie Driver Search Pulse Racing / Zen Garage / Cars For Hope Hi-Tec Oils / CXC / CGR Performance Surelinc Toyota Racing Australia Whitty Race Engineering Broc Feeney Racing Sieders Racing Team / WBT Liam McAdam Motorsport Gulson Racing Hazard Solutions Declan Fraser Racing

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LLOYDS AUCTIONS

THE BROCK COLLECTION Peter Brock. No other name in Australian tin-top motorsport is as recognised or revered as much as the nine-time Bathurst winner who was colloquially known as the “King of the Mountain”. Brock’s determination is echoed in Lloyds Auctions upcoming sale of ‘The Brock Collection’, a showcase of Peter Brock’s racing history put together and curated by Brock’s mate Peter Champion who made his museum in Yeppoon, Queensland, a showcase of all things Brock. Cars from the very beginning of Brock’s driving life appear with everything from a creation of his Austin 7 ‘paddock bomb’ to the last car Brock campaigned full-time in 1997, along with several Targa cars and other notable highlights from his career. The Brock cars span his

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formative years from the wild Holden-powered Austin A30 to the mighty Torana in LJ, LH and LX forms which gave Brock his first few Bathurst wins and ATCC championships, then to the Group C and Group A Commodores in which Brock’s domination was cemented along with his legend and future legacy by winning Bathurst three years running from 1982-84, most notably in the ‘day-glo’ orange ‘Big Banger,’ and capping it off in 1987 with another win at Mount Panorama to make his nine wins at Bathurst. The collection then charts Brock’s years as elder statesman of the sport with cars reminiscent of his progression from Mobil/HRT sponsorship in VP and VR cars via the awkward (for Brock fans at least) Blue Oval patch, which saw the Red Lion’s favourite son

switch to a Ford Sierra to stay competitive in 1989-90. From there the collection sees the re-emergence of Brock after 1997 with forays in Targa events in a Holden Monaro and in a VU ute for Targa Tasmania at the request of organisers, before teaming up with Craig Baird for another crack at Mount Panorama in 2002. With a character as mercurial as Brock, forays into differing driving disciplines and motorsport categories are a given with the collection representing this aspect with a Brock-livery Chevrolet Monza reminiscent of the Bob Janesponsored car which Brock raced in the Australian GT Championships in 1982. Following on are other notable cars like the tribute to Harry Firth’s V8 Torana XU-2, which was to be

Holden’s ‘next-big-thing’ until the ‘Supercar scare’ of 1972 killed it, along with ‘The Beast,’ another nod to Harry Firth/Brock, with the engine mounted half-way into the cabin and a stance and presence like no other Torana before or after. Lloyds Auctions will be offering ‘The Brock Collection’ for auction with bids starting online at one dollar with the hammer down sale scheduled to commence on Bathurst race weekend, Saturday 6 October. With such an iconic gathering of cars the interest will be huge with thousands of people expected to pass through the doors on auction day for what could possibly be the very last time these cars will be seen together in one place as a complete set. Visit www.lloydsauctions. com.au for more information.

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ISSUE 107 FEATURES

22 LOWNDES: END OF AN ERA Reflecting on the career of Craig Lowndes as his full-time Supercars career comes to an end. 28 LOWNDES: HIS GREATEST VICTORIES Looking back at Lowndes’ best and most memorable wins in Supercars. 32 LOWNDES: RECORDS & NUMBERS Lowndes’ achievements from his 22 seasons in Supercars. 52 ICONIC BATHURST MOMENTS The moments that made the legend that is the Bathurst 1000. 58 THE YEAR THAT WAS: 1973 Journey back to the first year of what became known as the Group C era. 4

60 ICONIC CARS: HOLDEN VL COMMODORE Profile of Holden’s two-time Bathurstwinning Group A racer. 64 BRIGHT: BACK IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT Jason Bright on his return to driving in Supercars in the endurance events. 68 NEWCASTLE: THE GREATEST FINALE The story of the most dramatic Supercars championship showdown told through images. 74 KOSTECKIS: TRIPLE THREAT The Kostecki family on their main-game aspirations.

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8 ANALYSIS: KIWIS TAKE FLIGHT Why New Zealand drivers are dominating Supercars. 10 ANALYSIS: WHO IS THE NEXT LOWNDES? The contenders to take the crown of the Supercars fan favourite. 12 ANALYSIS: TRIPLE EIGHT RECORD BREAKERS Triple Eight Race Engineering’s rise to the top of the all-time wins’ list. 14 ANALYSIS: RANKING THE ROOKIES How the rookie class of 2018 is faring this season.

15 2018 SUPERCARS CALENDAR Keep up to date with the 2018 schedule. 16 MARK WINTERBOTTOM COLUMN Frosty on fighting back with Tickford Racing in the second half of the season. 18 CRAIG LOWNDES COLUMN Lowndes on ending his final full-time season on a high. 20 GARRY ROGERS COLUMN Rogers on his team’s journey to its milestone events this season. 82 THE SHOOTOUT The top 10 championship showdowns.

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raig Lowndes will end his fulltime Supercars driving career at the conclusion of 2018. While he will remain at Triple Eight Race Engineering as an endurance co-driver, it does mark the end of an era dating back to his stunning championship debut in 1996. We celebrate the career of the fan favourite in this edition of SupercarXtra with the story of his journey in the series, his greatest victories and his remarkable records and achievements. It was at Bathurst in 1994 where Lowndes burst onto the Australian touring-car scene, so it’s only fitting that in this issue we reflect on the iconic moments from the event’s storied history. Elsewhere, we chat with Jason Bright on his return to the driver’s seat at Team 18, profile the Kostecki family-run team and look back on last

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season’s dramatic season finale at Newcastle. You’ll also find the latest columns from Lowndes, Mark Winterbottom and Garry Rogers, analysis of key issues around the series and our ranking of the top 10 title deciders in the history of the Australian Touring Car Championship/ Supercars. We continue the trip down memory lane with a profile of the Holden VL Commodore and a look back at the key developments from the 1973 season. 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 and to visit our online store, or keep in touch with us on our social media channels: on Twitter and Instagram @SupercarXtra and on Facebook at www.facebook. com/SupercarXtra. Below are the two sides of the pullout poster you’ll find in the print edition of this issue, including the second of a threepart Lowndes farewell special series. Part one, featuring Lowndes’ Holden Racing Team years, was included with the print edition of issue #106. Part three, the Triple Eight years, will be included in the print edition of issue #108. Purchase our posters and more from our online store. Enjoy! – Adrian

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or a country with a population of less than five million people, New Zealand has made a remarkable contribution to motorsport with competitive entrants across the globe. This is also evident in Australia, where Scott McLaughlin and Shane van Gisbergen are competing for the Virgin Australia

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Supercars Championship, Fabian Coulthard, Richie Stanaway and Andre Heimgartner have competitive full-time drives and Earl Bamber and Chris Pither are joining the grid for the endurance events. Their current success in Supercars can be traced to the inclusion of a championship round at Pukekohe Park Raceway in New Zealand from 2001.

The likes of McLaughlin and van Gisbergen grew up watching and idolising Greg Murphy winning on home soil and at Bathurst, inspiring them to race in Australia. “You’ve got to have the right people and the right support around you to make sure all your skills are tuned and that you’re able to extract them to the absolute maximum,” says Murphy.

“That’s what we’ve got at the moment, which for all the Kiwis fans back in New Zealand watching and for the likes of me it’s great and is fantastic for our motorsport culture.” New Zealand’s motorsport culture is strong thanks to a large number of circuits, strong domestic categories that run over the southern hemisphere summer, with European drivers racing in

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them, and, as Murphy states, benefactors willing to back young drivers. “I think it sort of comes back to the fact that we are a small nation and there is a strong desire to succeed here,” says MotorSport New Zealand CEO Brian Budd. “I guess we like to beat Aussies but that’s beside the point. We definitely punch above

our weight internationally in a whole range of sports and activities and motorsport is one of those. “A lot of young guys, particularly ones that are on farms, are driving vehicles at a young age. “We’ve got a very strong karting scene and most major towns and cities have a kart club and a kart track. “We’ve got a lot of circuits for

the size of the population, eight permanent-licence circuits for four and a half million people. “If you look at Sydney you’ve got one or two. There’s a chance that a lot of young guys will do a heck of a lot more racing because it’s not a big thing to travel the length and breadth of the country to do events.” It took a New Zealander 25 years to win the Australian

Touring Car Championship courtesy of Jim Richards in 1985. He set the path for New Zealanders to follow in Australian touring cars. Now, with the current level of talent coming out of New Zealand and the likes of McLaughlin and van Gisbergen at their peak, we could be in a spell of Kiwi domination in Supercars.

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With Craig Lowndes retiring from full-time Supercars driving at the end of 2018, who will step up to fill the breach as the fan favourite of the series?

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wheels quickly. Still only 29 years of age, despite racing in Supercars for more than a decade, van Gisbergen will be at the forefront of the series for some time still if he stays in Australia. While he might not be as popular with fans as the likes of Lowndes, McLaughlin and co, he lets his driving do the talking.

raig Lowndes has been the undisputed fan favourite in Supercars for more than two decades. His absence as a fulltime driver from next season presents an opportunity for other drivers to assume the role of Supercars’ number one with the fans. These are some of the contenders:

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SCOTT MCLAUGHLIN

McLaughlin has been popular with fans since his arrival into the series with Garry Rogers Motorsport. He has also attracted a new fanbase by driving for Dick Johnson in the iconic #17 and being the leading Ford entrant over the last two seasons. He engages well with fans in person and on social media, but can a New Zealander become the most popular driver of an Australianbased series? 10

Mostert came through the ranks with Scott McLaughlin and shot to fame with his dramatic win in at Bathurst in 2014. His recovery from the injuries sustained at Bathurst the following year added to his story, and he too is popular with fans at and away from events. He’s been unable to match the results of McLaughlin in recent seasons as Tickford Racing has lost ground to DJR Team Penske, with a return to the top step of the podium needed to build more awareness.

Van Gisbergen divides opinion amongst fans, yet there’s no denying his natural talent and ability to drive anything with

De Silvestro became the first full-time female driver in the Supercars era when she joined Nissan Motorsport last season. The Swiss driver is helping to bring a bigger female audience to Supercars and is set for a climb up the grid with her impending move next season. If she does become a regular towards the front end of the field in the coming seasons, her fanbase will only grow and, potentially, from non-traditional Supercars fans.

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a strong fanbase, which will continue to grow and showcase Reynolds’ personality with the more races they win.

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DAVID REYNOLDS

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Triple Eight Race Engineering is now the most successful team in the history of the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars, achieving the feat on the brink of its 15th anniversary in the series.

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hen Triple Eight Race Engineering entered Supercars after purchasing the Briggs Motor Sport team heading into the Sandown 500 in 2003, few could have predicted the impact new arrival Roland Dane would have in Australia. Fifteen years later, Triple Eight is the most successful team in the history of the category, surpassing the Holden Racing Team/Walkinshaw Andretti United’s mark of 180 race wins. In that period, it has also taken the record for most pole positions, most teams’ championships (eight) and most drivers’ championships (eight).

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Ironically, Triple Eight took over the mantle of the factory Holden squad and Holden Racing Team name from the team now known as Walkinshaw Andretti United in 2017. “Sandown is the 15th anniversary of Triple Eight in Australia and we’ve achieved that (victory) milestone in a far shorter period in time than they’ve had,” Dane told Supercars.com. “We’ve come first or second in the championship every year since ’05. We’ve won something every year since ’06, whether it’s Bathurst or the teams’ championship or the drivers’ championship. “It’s very satisfying to have been operating at that level for that long. Everyone can

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Five full-time rookies feature on the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship grid. This is how they’ve fared this season.

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t’s been an up and down season for the five full-time rookies in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. The five youngsters had varying levels of experience heading into 2018. Considering that experience and their circumstances, this is how we rank them thus far:

1 JACK LE BROCQ

Le Brocq had the most experience entering this season and has proven he belongs in the main game, scoring regular top 10s with the added responsibility

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of leading a single-car customer team in Tekno Autosports. He is showing clear signs of progress as the season goes on.

2 ANTON DE PASQUALE

De Pasquale was the only one of the five rookies who hadn’t made a Supercars start entering this season. And despite just two seasons racing touring cars in the Dunlop Super2 Series, he has been a worthy addition to Erebus Motorsport, holding his own in the midfield and assisting the continued rise of the team and teammate David Reynolds.

3 TODD HAZELWOOD

Hazelwood faced the biggest challenge of the rookies with a one-car team new to Supercars. The mid-season switch from a Falcon FG X to Commodore VF added to the workload, yet the reigning Dunlop Super2 Series has shown great maturity in leading the team on and off the track.

4 JAMES GOLDING

Golding is the latest rookie given his break in Supercars with Garry Rogers Motorsport and has found his full-time transition into the main game difficult, particularly with the team struggling

to find consistent speed from its ZB Commodores compared to other Holden entrants. Matching up against the experienced Garth Tander has been no easy feat, either.

5 RICHIE STANAWAY

Big things were expected of Stanaway, yet his arrival coincided with a significant form slump from Tickford Racing. It’s been a frustrating season for the highly rated New Zealander, trying to find his way at a struggling team up against experienced teammates. Some top-10 finishes are required to salvage his campaign.

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MAR 1-4

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Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint

APR 20-22 WD-40 Phillip Island 500 MAY 4-6

Perth SuperSprint

MAY 18-20 Winton SuperSprint

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Hidden Valley Raceway

JUL 6-8

Watpac Townsville 400

Townsville Street Circuit

JUL 20-22

Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint

Queensland Raceway

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Red Rooster Sydney SuperNight

Sydney Motorsport Park

AUG 24-26 OTR The Bend SuperSprint

The Bend Motorsport Park

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RABBLE.club Sandown 500

Sandown Motor Raceway

OCT 4-7

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OCT 19-21

Vodafone Gold Coast 600

Surfers Paradise Street Circuit

NOV 2-4

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Pukekohe Park Raceway

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Newcastle Street Circuit

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EXPERT INSIGHT

BEYOND THE WHEEL Column by Mark Winterbottom

FIGHTING BACK FOR THE FALCON

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t’s been a challenging season for us at Tickford Racing, though we are determined to give the Falcon a strong farewell in the final few events. The feedback from our drivers has been the same this season, though it’s been a hard fix to implement right away. We are on the right track and developing the right bits in the right areas, but it doesn’t happen overnight so you have to maximise what you’ve got in the meantime. The change in tyres this season definitely had an impact, especially in terms of how we approach setting up our cars for each race weekend. The thing about Supercars is

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there are no consistently slow teams, especially with customer teams running so much gear from the bigger teams. The game has moved forward in a big way, so you’ve got to be on top of your game so you aren’t left behind. Although we are switching to the Mustang next year, the bits we bolt onto the car are similar from this season so we need to try and finish strongly to start from a better base next season. Our time will come again, but as a driver we want it yesterday and not tomorrow. Hopefully it means we will be in a position to challenge for race wins in the final few events of this season. It’s strange to think they

“IT’S STRANGE TO THINK THEY WILL BE OUR LAST FEW EVENTS IN A FALCON. AND IF SCOTT MCLAUGHLIN DOESN’T WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP, ONE OF US COULD BE THE FINAL DRIVER TO WIN IN A FALCON…” will be our last few events in a Falcon. And if Scott McLaughlin doesn’t win the championship, one of us could be the final driver to win in a Falcon. I’ve won a championship and a Bathurst in a Falcon. In fact, it’s all I’ve ever raced in Supercars, so it holds a special place for me and we want to give it a fitting farewell. It’ll be the end of an era in

more ways than one when we roll out for the final time in a Falcon. But it’s a positive change with the arrival of the Mustang, which is such an exciting development not just for our team and Ford but also Supercars. We can’t wait to roll it out and start a new era for the Blue Oval. – Frosty

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EXPERT INSIGHT

RIGHT ON TRACK

Column by Craig Lowndes

RIDING THE EMOTIONS

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e head into the final stages of the 2018 season confident that we can end on a high and in the top five of the championship standings. The new-generation Commodore suits my style better and we’ve developed it into a consistently strong race car, which will prove a strong asset at the likes of Bathurst. It seems to have a lot more rear stability, especially at high speed, so across the top of Mount Panorama it will give us a lot more confidence to push on through those key corners. Steven Richards and I have had a great relationship for a long time, not just in Supercars but back in Formula Ford and other categories. He’s the same height and weight as me and likes the car to perform in a similar way, so we develop the car the same way over the course of the endurance events. The addition of co-drivers brings a new lease of life into

the team, also giving us a new pair of eyes on the development of the cars and the direction we’ve taken it. Co-drivers are vital to the championship with 900 points on the line at the PIRTEK Enduro Cup events, so it’s a real championship game changer. Now that we’ve made our decision regarding our future, it will become more emotional as we head towards Newcastle

“NOW THAT WE’VE MADE OUR DECISION REGARDING OUR FUTURE, IT WILL BECOME MORE EMOTIONAL AS WE HEAD TOWARDS NEWCASTLE IN NOVEMBER.” in November. Nothing’s changed in terms of how we’ve approached race weekends, but knowing it will be my last

event as a full-time driver in Supercars will be a different feeling. Last season’s Newcastle event was pretty dramatic in terms of the championship outcome and it’s shaping up to be that again. We’ll go back to Newcastle better prepared knowing what we need to get the car to perform on that circuit. It was a fantastic round there last year and I have no doubt it will be the same. Hopefully through this important period of the championship we can make some inroads to the number-one spot, but to finish off my fulltime career placed in the top five in the standings would be a great outcome. – Craig

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EXPERT INSIGHT

GARRY THE GURU

Column by Garry Rogers

MILESTONES & MEMORIES

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arry Rogers Motorsport reached a number of milestones this season, including our 300th event at The Bend Motorsport Park and 700th race start at Bathurst. While milestones and statistics are really just numbers, they do create an opportunity to celebrate some of the achievements of the team over the years. And I am extremely proud of what we have done in the sport. We started with Steven Richards in a single-car team in 1996. When I think back to those days, we had a lot of fun with our racing. We still have fun today, but there is a lot of official rubbish that gets in the way. I think it’s great that the sport is so professional now thanks to Tony Cochrane and SEL getting involved, but it really is different times. I have enjoyed giving young people opportunities in the sport over the years. We gave starts to Richards, Jason Bright, Jamie Whincup, Garth Tander, Lee Holdsworth, Michael Caruso and Scott McLaughlin. However, it’s not just the drivers as we have also given some opportunities to some great engineers and mechanics.

As for my favourite races, there are a lot that I have enjoyed, but in terms of achievements it’s hard to go past winning Bathurst in 2000. That was a terrible day weatherwise and I think it’s fair to say that we weren’t the favourites, but Garth and Jason Bargwanna just drove magnificently and the team was on its game. Garth was six-foot and Bargs was two-foot nothing and we made it work from a driver position point of view with some good old ingenuity, by Bargs using a ‘booster’ seat. I think that sort of ingenuity is lost a little bit today with the

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so-called professionalism. That car, the 2000 Bathurstwinning VT Commodore, is one of the few cars that I have kept. Another is the Bathurst 24 Hourwinning Monaro. Winning that race twice after being trusted by Holden to build the Monaro from the ground up was a real feather in the cap of the team. Talking of building a car from the ground up, another huge achievement was making the Volvo competitive from day one. That was a big project and the team did a great job for those three years. Yes, it had a disappointing end but if you ask me if I would have done it even if we knew how it was going to end, the answer would be an unequivocal “of course”. Probably one of my proudest days was when Barry said he wanted to get involved in the team. He had never really showed a lot of interest in the racing as a youngster and he didn’t need to take over my

business for the money. Barry has been an extremely successful businessman in his own right, but he decided that he wanted to get involved. As a father and just as his mate, I was extremely happy with that outcome and it’s fair to say that Garry Rogers Motorsport is in good hands, so roll on the next 300 events and 700 races! – Garry

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CRAIG LOWNDES

CELEBRATING A LEGEND

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Craig Lowndes’ full-time Supercars driving career comes to an end this season. It’s been a remarkable journey since he burst onto the scene as a championship-winning rookie. This is his story. WORDS Bruce Newton IMAGES Supercars, Autopics.com.au, Ben Auld

ome late afternoon on November 25 in Newcastle, the Craig Lowndes era in Australian touring-car racing will come to an end. He will clamber from his racing car for the last time as a full-time Supercars driver. Yes, he will continue with Triple Eight Race Engineering as an endurance co-driver and ambassador. But when the V8s roar at the Adelaide 500 next year, for the first time in the history of that event he won’t be part of the field. Just on the basis of his results there’s no doubt Lowndes’ contribution has been monumental. But his departure counts for more than that. And that’s because

his story is a classic. Take the cars and the multi-million dollar trappings of motor racing out of it and it would still resonate. Everyday kid makes good, emulates his idol, endures setbacks but still comes through smiling. Literally smiling, because that’s a key ingredient of Lowndes’ appeal. Through good times and bad, occasionally forced but often genuine, Lowndes has been the very human face of Supercars. Big grin, big teeth, eyes squinting, freckles abounding, bushy eyebrows, a thumbs-up and a voluble willingness to communicate. Pleasant and approachable and always with time for the punters, Lowndes comfortably slipped into the role of fan favourite following on from his Holden Racing Team (HRT) teammate and mentor, Peter Brock. His popularity has endured without damage despite his swap from Holden to Ford and back again during his career.

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CRAIG LOWNDES

CELEBRATING A LEGEND

After more than 20 years in the spotlight there are still recognisable traits of the ‘The Kid’ in there. He still comes across as relatively straightforward. Sure, pitlane, a place that can be vituperative, spiteful and corrosive, has had an effect, has worn down that exuberance and erased that naiveté. But those who know him well insist he remains an uncomplicated and genuinely nice fella, who has driven at an elite level for more than two decades at a time when the category has never been tougher. And now, as Lowndes himself says, in 2019 he enters a new chapter. Predictably, Lowndes’ decision has generated masses of comment and controversy. In a world where 15 seconds worth of fame is now an achievement, it says much about Lowndes that his retirement is the biggest local motorsport story of 2018. It’s been energised – as Neil Crompton would say – because not everyone is convinced Lowndes actually wants to retire. Lowndes admitted publicly as far back as mid-2017 that 2018 might be his last year, but that was when he was struggling for front-running pace on the new Dunlop tyre and learning to work with engineer John ‘Irish’ McGregor. Back on song in 2018 and with a contract to drive full-time into 2019, his retirement announcement was a shock. Lowndes’ performance at the press conference in Townsville where he and Triple Eight team boss Roland Dane announced his retirement was unconvincing . “We know that this is the right time for me,” he said more than once in Townsville, without really sounding like he believed it. Since then both men have appeared in multiple television and print interviews together and separately to insist he wasn’t forced out. Lowndes has sounded more at peace with his decision, while Dane has defended as he always does, by attacking. “I couldn’t care less what everyone else thinks about it,” he said. “Craig and I know what the decision that he made that I completely agree with and that I think was the right decision to make. He knows the facts and I know the facts.”

THE BEGINNINGS

Lowndes was born on June 21 in 1974 and grew up in Melbourne’s north-eastern suburbs. His father Frank worked for the old Holden Dealer Team in the era when Peter Brock was Australia’s superstar touring-car driver. Lowndes was originally meant to test a Dick Johnson Racing Falcon as a reward for winning the 1993 Formula Ford Series, but that never happened and Holden Racing Team stepped in, at team manager Jeff ‘Hog’ Grech’s urging, to give the 19-year-old a go. His touring-car career began in September 1994 when he debuted in a HRT Commodore as Brad Jones’ codriver in the Sandown 500, where they finished fifth. A few weeks later Lowndes imprinted himself on the national psyche with a daring round-the-outside-pass of John Bowe at Griffin’s Bend with just laps to go in the Bathurst 1000. Bowe fought back to win the race in the Shell-FAI Falcon he was sharing with Dick Johnson, but less than two laps in the lead literally launched a new legend. 24

“If I hadn’t made that passing manoeuvre, who knows?” pondered Lowndes. “Hopefully I had done enough already to have interest from other teams, but I think that pass sparked my future with HRT.” Lowndes’ performance cracked the dyke. After a decade where the veterans had locked out young talent, Lowndes led the likes of Greg Murphy, Steven Richards, Jason Bright, Marcos Ambrose and Garth Tander onto the grid. Only Tander has outlasted him. And yet there were so many nuances to Bathurst 1994 and so many ways it could have gone wrong. He might not have been there at all if Swede Rickard Rydell hadn’t pulled out of his HRT co-drive at Sandown for family reasons. Did Lowndes actually mean to pass Bowe or did his foot slip off the brake? How lucky was he to stay off the wall when he spun earlier in race… even luckier the car’s Chev

ABOVE & BELOW: Lowndes had significant spells with both Holden and Ford in Supercars.

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“WE’LL BE FIGHTING HARD TIL THE END OF THE YEAR. WE WANT TO FINISH THE SEASON ON A POSITIVE.” – CRAIG LOWNDES engine wasn’t too damaged to start when he crashed in the warm-up session. And then there was Jones’ role, performing a heroic double stint to get the car back into contention from nearly a lap down. Jones’ reward was to never drive for HRT again. “‘Hog’ was in love with Craig and it turned out he was right,” Jones said years later. “He went on to do amazing things.”

THE STATS TELL A STORY

BELOW: Lowndes won the championship on his first attempt with the Holden Racing Team in 1996.

Lowndes’ record since he started in touring-car competition in 1994 now stands at: 600-plus races contested, 100-plus races won, 40-plus pole positions, three drivers’ championships won, six Bathurst wins. Dig into those statistics and there are bare patches that tell their own story of times not always successful. In fact, Lowndes’ Supercar career can be split into three distinct patches, each of them with their challenges. From 1994 to 2000 he was ensconced within the Holden Racing Team and the Walkinshaw empire. It was then he won his three drivers’ championships. His first full year in 1996 was simply incredible. Armed with HRT chassis #033, a VR Commodore designed by emerging young engineering superstars Chris Dyer and Richard Hollway and rolling on Bridgestone tyres superior to the rival Dunlops and Yokohama, he dominated the 1996 championship and then was joined by Murphy to win the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000. It’s a trifecta no-one has yet emulated. In that year Lowndes demonstrated an ability to conjure tyre life that remains one of his most valuable racing assets. He could make a softer compound live just as long as the harder compounds teammate Brock used.

Lowndes learned much about the merciless reality of motor racing in this period from two of its toughest operators, HSV/HRT owner Tom Walkinshaw and his chief lieutenant John Crennan. They controlled the early days of his career, signed him to a 10-year management deal and found the funding for a 1997 Formula 3000 campaign in Europe. Their unwillingness to spend another $1.2 million in 1998 to go again rendered the first cracks in the foundations of that relationship. When Lowndes came home disillusioned in 1998, he faced a new and hungry teammate at HRT in Mark Skaife. Complex, aggressive, ruthless, utterly committed and focused, Skaife worked constantly to garner the team’s loyalty. He also had a father-son relationship with Crennan, both of them fascinated by the business and politics of racing. That’s not Lowndes in the slightest. Even though he won two more championships for the team in 1998 and 1999, Lowndes, by now living in Queensland, increasingly found himself on the outer at HRT. One day he rang the workshop only to discover the team had gone testing at Phillip Island without him. “It was one of the hardest decisions in my life to cut ties with someone I started my career with,” Lowndes said in 2004. “The decision was heart-wrenching.” From 2001 to 2004, having been wooed by Ford Australia chief Geoff Polites across the great divide, Lowndes raced unsuccessfully for two Ford teams in four years. In this period, driving uncompetitive and unreliable cars, he was overshadowed by Skaife and Ambrose, who had returned from overseas to lead Stone Brothers Racing. “We’ve smiled at times when we were angry inside,” Lowndes said at his retirement press conference. There was a lot of that going on in the early 2000s.

RESURRECTION AT TRIPLE EIGHT

The third (and final) chapter of his Supercars career began in 2005 when he made what then seemed to be the risky decision to move from Ford Performance Racing (FPR) to Triple Eight Race Engineering, the Ford team built up by Irish émigré Roland Dane and his voluble engineering sidekick Frenchman Ludo Lacroix. In those days FPR was the factory team and Triple Eight the support act – and not a particularly convincing one in a 2004 season blighted by unreliability. But it proved an inspired decision. Lowndes won Triple Eight’s first Supercar race at Eastern Creek in 2005 and has followed up with five of his six Bathurst 1000s, including the emotional 2006 victory just weeks after Brock’s death, and 50-plus Supercars race wins for the team. He has only once finished outside the drivers’ championship top four since 2005. SUPERCAR XTRA

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Armed with cars often the class of the field, there is no doubt Lowndes’ career has been maximised by the move to Triple Eight. The wrong decision in 2004 may well have seen it fizzle out years earlier. But while he has been Triple Eight’s most popular driver and a merchandising money-spinner, he has not been its best driver. That honour clearly goes to Jamie Whincup, who was initially signed in 2006 to be Lowndes’ number two but soon flipped the roles. Their head-to-head fight has been onesided. Whincup has won seven championships to none and won a record number of races, all with Triple Eight. “We’ve been second [in the championship] numerous times to Jamie, which has been a thorn in my side,” admitted Lowndes. “But he’s been a fantastic teammate and collectively we’ve pushed the team to where it is.” Like Skaife, Whincup is an immensely hard worker, melding great speed with a willingness to spend hours dissecting the data and looking for performance improvement from himself and the car. To his credit, Lowndes has never given up. He has lifted his performances time and again, worked harder on setup, improved his qualifying and honed his fitness. Through the years his natural talent has remained obvious and his love of racing and fierce competitive instinct undimmed. It was never enough. And yet fan regard increased rather than decreased. That popularity helps explain why Dane chose to keep Lowndes as a driver in a satellite team within the Triple Eight organisation after he had signed Shane van Gisbergen to partner Whincup. Firing Lowndes would have been a PR nightmare and a revenue clanger. But Dane, a ruthless businessman, had other motivations which revealed another side of him. “I think Triple Eight as a business owes Craig a debt of gratitude,” he said when the deal was announced.

“I want to make sure we do the right thing by the business, the right thing by Craig, the right thing by the category, the fans and also in due course Craig can morph into being an endurance driver if that is what he wants.” And, yes, he does want that. It is expected he will become Whincup’s co-driver in 2019. They already have three Bathurst wins together – and their dominance was one important reason Supercars decided that regular drivers could not team together. Their reunification will surely make them Great Race favourites. But, before that, there’s a championship still to fight for. “I’d love to be in the top three or four [of the] championship at the end of the year,” says Lowndes. “We’ll be fighting hard til the end of the year,” he promised. “We want to finish the season on a positive.” And an era.

ABOVE: Three constants in the rise of Triple Eight Race Engineering, Jamie Whincup, Roland Dane and Lowndes.

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CELEBRATING A LEGEND

1996

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EASTERN CREEK

Lowndes had already stunned the establishment with his starring debut at Mount Panorama in 1994. Then he took the championship by storm in 1996. In the first round of the season at the short Eastern Creek layout, Lowndes harried John Bowe in the first race before getting the jump and scoring his first win in the second race. He backed that up with his second win under lights in the final race for a sensational round victory. He would go on to sweep the year with the championship plus Sandown and Bathurst victories.

1998

SANDOWN

Following his domination of the 1996 season, Lowndes ventured to Europe to compete in Formula 3000. After a character-building season, he returned home and claimed victory in the 1997 Sandown 500 with Greg Murphy in preparation for a full-time return from 1998. He then picked up exactly where he left off, claiming two of three races at the seasonopening Sandown round in an emphatic return to the championship.

1998

ORAN PARK

Lowndes wrapped up his first championship in 1996 with a round to spare. In 1998 he headed into the final round of the season at Oran Park with an in-form Russell Ingall just six points behind. Both had debuted their new VT Commodores the round before at Hidden Valley, but Ingall won the round while Lowndes’ car suffered a series of mechanical failures. Lowndes, however, lifted for the finale, claiming pole position and racing away to sweep the round with comfortable victories in all three races.

1999

ADELAIDE

Perhaps the most convincing of all of Lowndes’ wins was at the first Adelaide 500 round on the punishing street circuit. Lowndes won the first 250km leg despite a stop-go penalty for contact with privateer Danny Osborne. He was sent to the back of the grid for the second leg, only to work his way through the field without the aid of a safety-car intervention. While the heat and demands of the circuit took its toll on his rivals, Lowndes kept his cool for an incredible come-from-behind win. 28

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2001

ADELAIDE

Lowndes shocked Supercars when he departed HRT to cross the manufacturer divide in a striking silver and black Gibson Motorsport Ford AU Falcon. After finishing second in the opening round at Phillip Island, he headed to Adelaide and from eighth on the grid avoided the carnage around him for his first win in a Ford and 50th all-time race win. A collision with Mark Skaife in the second race would rob him of another round win in Adelaide.

2001

SANDOWN

Wet weather is a great equaliser in motorsport and that proved to be the case at the 2001 season finale at Sandown, where torrential rain allowed Lowndes to overcome the deficiencies of his AU Falcon. The race started under the safety car and Lowndes, from third on the grid, overcame the challenge of fellow AU runner and rookie sensation Marcos Ambrose to score what would be his second and final win for Gibson Motorsport.

2003

PHILLIP ISLAND

Lowndes’ spell with Ford Performance Racing was characterised by frustration as the new factory Ford outfit struggled with reliability. So while Stone Brothers Racing and Marcos Ambrose took the BA Falcon to the title, Lowndes battled away for minor placings. Nevertheless, at the second round at Phillip Island, he fought through from sixth on the grid on a wet day to be leading when the race was red -flagged due to torrential conditions.

2005

EASTERN CREEK

Lowndes’ move to Triple Eight in 2005 revived a career that appeared to have stalled. The Roland Dane-led team was on the up and Lowndes’ arrival brought the team into contention. At the fourth round of the season at Eastern Creek, Lowndes beat Marcos Ambrose with a quicker pitstop for the team’s break-through win. Defeating the era’s dominant team in a straight head-to-head was a decisive moment in the team’s rise.

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2005

SANDOWN

The momentum of that breakthrough win carried into the endurance events. Lowndes teamed with versatile Frenchman Yvan Muller for the long-distance races, with the duo putting in a virtuoso performance at Sandown to confirm their reputations as wet-weather masters. From second on the grid, Lowndes pulled away from the field in the opening stint, while Muller dealt with the changeable middle-stint conditions with ease. While a strategy gamble handed Mark Skaife the lead, Lowndes hunted him down on an increasingly wet track and passed with four laps remaining. It would be the first of many Triple Eight endurance triumphs. And, fittingly, future teammate Jamie Whincup joined them on the podium.

2006

MOUNT PANORAMA

The death of Peter Brock a month before set the tone for a sombre 2006 Bathurst 1000. Lowndes – as Brock’s protégé – was thrust into the spotlight and even took part in a pre-race parade of Brock’s cars. Without a win at Mount Panorama since 1996, Lowndes and new co-driver Jamie Whincup fought back from an early strategic error that sent them to the back of the pack. The duo worked their way into the lead, with Lowndes holding off Rick Kelly in an edge-of-your-seat finish. Fittingly, Lowndes and Whincup held aloft the first Peter Brock Trophy, with Lowndes unable to hold back the tears.

2007

MOUNT PANORAMA

Lowndes’ ability in damp conditions and love of Mount Panorama stood out in the closing stages of the 2007 Bathurst 1000. As rain increased, many struggled in the conditions and high-calibre drivers such as Mark Winterbottom, Jason Bright, Russell Ingall and Mark Skaife all fell victim. Lowndes battled away with Steven Johnson on slick tyres on the slippery track to claim a second consecutive Bathurst 1000 win with Whincup.

2010

MOUNT PANORAMA

New co-driver rules that forced full-time drivers to remain in their own cars for the endurance events separated Triple Eight’s dream team of Lowndes and Jamie Whincup. It recruited Lowndes’ former teammate Mark Skaife as his co-driver for 2010 and the duo won first up at Phillip Island. At Mount Panorama, Lowndes was again in top form with a record-breaking lap in practice (2:06.8012). In the race, Skaife was troubled by a back complaint and Lowndes would be forced to triple stint from lap 82 to lap 161 and fight back to regain lost track position. He just avoided the limit on driving time to lead home a Triple Eight one-two formation finish in the team’s first season with Holden.

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ADELAIDE

The 2013 Supercars season saw the introduction of the Car of the Future regulations, bringing new manufacturers into the series. Meanwhile, Holden introduced the VF Commodore and Triple Eight debuted with new title sponsor Red Bull. Showing his versatility as he approached his 40th birthday, Lowndes won the first race of this new era on the streets of Adelaide to go equal at top of the all-time wins’ list with 90 victories.

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2013

BARBAGALLO

Lowndes didn’t have to wait long to surpass Mark Skaife’s record of most race wins. Three events later at his favourite Barbagallo Raceway hunting ground, he moved up from fourth on the grid to second in the first half of the 60/60km SuperSprint race. Then he got the jump over Jamie Whincup at the start and raced away for the record-breaking 91st win. Fittingly, Skaife was in parc ferme to welcome home and congratulate his former teammate.

2015

HIDDEN VALLEY

As Lowndes edged closer to the 100 mark, the pressure mounted. A double on the Saturday at Symmons Plains left him sitting nervously on 99, but he squandered the chance to notch up the century on Sunday with a clumsy dive bomb on David Reynolds off the start. Three events later at Hidden Valley, the seas parted for him when front-row starters Rick Kelly and Fabian Coulthard collided into turn one and he vaulted from fifth on the grid into a lead he would hold for the rest of the race. A relieved Lowndes finally claimed the century in, incredibly, the 888th championship race in the #888 car a day before his 41st birthday.

2015

MOUNT PANORAMA

Lowndes put in a vintage performance to secure his sixth Bathurst 1000 win in 2015. He and co-driver Steven Richards missed the Shootout and started down in 15th, though the veterans fought back in mixed conditions and took the lead with 40 laps to go. The win helped keep Lowndes in championship contention, though he would eventually lose out to Mark Winterbottom at the season finale in Sydney.

2016

BARBAGALLO

Lowndes and engineer Ludo Lacroix played the strategy game and won at Barbgallo Raceway in 2016. They decided on an extra pitstop for new tyres at a circuit notorious for high tyre degradation, dropping to 22nd but carving through the field in the final stint of the race. Lowndes even had time to pull out a five-second lead, despite a last-lap downpour.

2018

SYMMONS PLAINS

After a winless run dating back to Barbagallo Raceway in 2016, Lowndes responded to criticism over his form with a dominant display at Symmons Plains. The 44-year-old scored his first pole since August 2015 and converted it into his first win since May 2016. The double podium across the event came just weeks before he announced his retirement from full-time driving in Supercars.

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CELEBRATING A LEGEND

Craig Lowndes’ remarkable list of achievements in Supercars... SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP WINS: 1996, 1998, 1999 PIRTEK ENDURO CUP WINS: 2013 BATHURST 1000 WINS: 1996, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2015 SANDOWN 500 WINS: 1996, 1997, 2005, 2007, 2012 QUEENSLAND 500 WINS: 2000 PHILLIP ISLAND 500 WINS: 2010, 2011 FIRST RACE WIN: Eastern Creek Raceway, 1996 25TH RACE WIN: Barbagallo Raceway, 1998 50TH RACE WIN: Adelaide Street Circuit, 2001 75TH RACE WIN: Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, 2010 100TH RACE WIN: Hidden Valley Raceway, 2015

MOST WINS PER MANUFACTURER: Holden, 81* MOST WINS PER TEAM: Triple Eight Race Engineering, 54* MOST WINS PER CAR: Holden VT Commodore, 23 MOST WINS PER CIRCUIT: Barbagallo Raceway, 16 MOST WINS PER CO-DRIVER: Mark Skaife and Jamie Whincup, 4 MOST RACE WINS IN A SEASON RECORD: 16 from 30, 1996 MOST RACE WINS AT PHILLIP ISLAND RECORD: 11 MOST RACE WINS AT BARBAGALLO RACEWAY RECORD: 16 MOST RACE WINS AT QUEENSLAND RACEWAY RECORD: 12 MOST RACE WINS AT SANDOWN RACEWAY RECORD: 9 MOST PODIUMS IN THE BATHURST 500/1000: 13 YOUNGEST SUPERCARS CHAMPION RECORD: 21 years, 11 months, 11 days (1996) MOST RACE WINS IN SUCCESSION RECORD: 8 (Lakeside, Barbagallo, Mallala – 1996) MOST ROUND STARTS RECORD: 289* BARRY SHEENE MEDALIST: 2005, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2015 FANS’ MOST POPULAR DRIVER CHOICE: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 FIRST SUPERCARS DRIVER TO 100 RACE WINS: Hidden Valley Raceway, 2015 * Up to date to the conclusion of the OTR SuperSprint.

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FABIAN COULTHARD

TEAM DJR TEAM PENSKE CAR FORD FG X FALCON DATE OF BIRTH July 28, 1982 BIRTHPLACE Burnley, England LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Partner, Becky HEIGHT 188cm WEIGHT 80kg NICKNAME Fabs ENGINEER Mark Fenning

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 (2016-18)

ROUND STARTS 172 RACE STARTS 375 RACE WINS 10 PODIUMS 45 POLE POSITIONS 8 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 3rd (2017) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 3rd (2017) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 3rd

KEEPING HIS TEAMMATE HONEST: Coulthard kept pace with teammate Scott McLaughlin in 2017, staying in championship contention until the final round of the season and securing third in the championship standings. Coulthard, like his teammate and the Tickford Racing entries, remains with the proven Ford FG X Falcon package, taking a race win at the Winton SuperSprint. CO-DRIVER

TONY D’ALBERTO

DATE OF BIRTH December 9, 1985 BIRTHPLACE Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria HEIGHT 170cm WEIGHT 68kg 2018 RACING Australian GT Championship, Australian Production Car Series, Bathurst 12 Hour

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ROUND STARTS 171 RACE STARTS 103 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 2 BEST BATHURST RESULT 3rd (2017)

SUPERCARS TEAMS HSV Dealer Team/Walkinshaw Racing (2006, 2014-15), Rod Nash Racing (2007), Tony D’Alberto Racing (200813), DJR Team Penske (2016-18)

D’Alberto teams up with Fabian Coulthard for the second time in the PIRTEK Enduro Cup, in his third season with DJR Team Penske. The pair finished in third in the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 last year, their first podium at Bathurst.

SCOTT McLAUGHLIN

TEAM DJR TEAM PENSKE CAR FORD FG X FALCON DATE OF BIRTH June 10, 1993 BIRTHPLACE Christchurch, NZ LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Fiance, Karly HEIGHT 184cm WEIGHT 84kg NICKNAME Scotty, Nigel ENGINEER Ludo Lacroix

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2012 Sandown Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Tekno Autosports (2012), Garry Rogers Motorsport (2013-16), DJR Team Penske (2017-18)

ROUND STARTS 85 RACE STARTS 191 RACE WINS 23 PODIUMS 58 POLE POSITIONS 44 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 2nd (2017) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 5th (2012) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 2nd

LOOKING TO GO ONE BETTER: McLaughlin was one lap away from winning a maiden championship in 2017. Despite the loss he can still look back at a remarkable year that included the record for most pole positions in a season. McLaughlin is in his second season at DJR Team Penske and scored round sweeps at the WD-40 Phillip Island 500 and Perth SuperSprint, sitting in second in the standings. CO-DRIVER

ALEXANDRE PRÉMAT

DATE OF BIRTH April 5, 1982

BIRTHPLACE Juvisy-sur-Orge, France

ROUND STARTS 41 RACE STARTS 78 RACE WINS 2 PODIUMS 6 BEST BATHURST RESULT 2nd (2016)

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Garry Rogers Motorsport (2012-15), Triple Eight Race Engineering (2016), DJR Team Penske (2017-18)

LIVES Las Vegas, USA HEIGHT 184cm WEIGHT 84kg 2018 RACING IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge

Prémat spent two seasons as a full-time driver with Garry Rogers Motorsport before becoming a highly-sought after co-driver, winning the PIRTEK Enduro Cup with Triple Eight in 2016 before joining McLaughlin at DJR Team Penske in 2017. VIRGIN AUSTRALIA SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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TEAM TRIPLE EIGHT RACE ENGINEERING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH February 6, 1983 BIRTHPLACE Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Single HEIGHT 178cm WEIGHT 75kg NICKNAME JDub ENGINEER David Cauchi

ROUND STARTS 210 RACE STARTS 458 RACE WINS 113 PODIUMS 194 POLE POSITIONS 79 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 1st (2008, ’09, ’11, ’12, ’13, ’14, ’17) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2006, ’07, ’08, ’12) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 1st

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2002 Queensland Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Garry Rogers Motorsport (2002-03), Perkins Engineering (2004), Tasman Motorsport (2005), Triple Eight Race Engineering (2006-18)

BACK IN THE #1: Whincup secured his seventh drivers’ championship with victory in the final race of 2017. Whincup is in championship contention yet again, though the threat from his teammate Shane van Gisbergen and DJR Team Penske is stronger than ever with the multiple champion more than 300 points behind in the standings but fighting back with a dominant win at Sandown. CO-DRIVER

PAUL DUMBRELL

DATE OF BIRTH September 1, 1982 BIRTHPLACE Melbourne, Victoria

ROUND STARTS 148 RACE STARTS 297 RACE WINS 7 PODIUMS 14 BEST BATHURST RESULT 1st (2012)

LIVES Melbourne, Victoria

SUPERCARS TEAMS John Faulkner Racing (1999), Rod Nash Racing (2000), Garry Rogers Motorsport (2001), Perkins Engineering (2002-06), Paul Weel Racing (2007), Walkinshaw Racing (2008-09), Ford Performance Racing (2010-11), Triple Eight (2012-18)

HEIGHT 177cm WEIGHT 70kg 2018 RACING Dunlop Super2 Series

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SHANE VAN GISBERGEN

TEAM TRIPLE EIGHT RACE ENGINEERING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH May 9, 1989 BIRTHPLACE Auckland, NZ LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Single HEIGHT 188cm WEIGHT 95kg NICKNAME SVG ENGINEER Grant McPherson

ROUND STARTS 160 RACE STARTS 353 RACE WINS 30 PODIUMS 92 POLE POSITIONS 24 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 1st (2016) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 2nd (2016) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 4th

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 (2016-18)

FLYING IN 2018: Van Gisbergen had an up and down season in 2017, dominating in the early stages of the year before losing valuable points with a series of incidents and penalties. The fast Kiwi is once again a championship threat and pushing countryman Scott McLaughlin with race wins in Adelaide, Tasmania, Townsville, Ipswich, Sydney and Tailem Bend, where he retook the points lead. CO-DRIVER

EARL BAMBER

DATE OF BIRTH 9 July, 1990 BIRTHPLACE Whanganui, NZ LIVES Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia HEIGHT 183cm WEIGHT 74kg 2018 RACING 24 Hours of Le Mans, WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Bathurst 12 Hour

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ROUND STARTS 1 RACE STARTS 1 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 1 BEST BATHURST RESULT Debut in 2018

SUPERCARS TEAMS Triple Eight Race Engineering (2018)

Bamber scored a podium on his Supercars debut alongside countryman van Gisbergen at the RABBLE.club Sandown 500. He has an impressive pedigree having won the Le Mans 24 Hours twice and the World Endurance Championship in 2017.

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TEAM TRIPLE EIGHT RACE ENGINEERING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH June 21, 1974 BIRTHPLACE Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Brisbane, Queensland STATUS Wife, Lara HEIGHT 182cm WEIGHT 83kg NICKNAME Lowndesy ENGINEER John ‘Irish’ McGregor

ROUND STARTS 290 RACE STARTS 660 RACE WINS 106 PODIUMS 164 POLE POSITIONS 42 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 1st (1996, ’98, ’99) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (1996, ’06, ’07, ’08, ’10, ’15) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 10th

SUPERCARS DEBUT 1996 Eastern Creek Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Holden Racing Team (1996-2000), Gibson Motorsport (2001-02), Ford Performance Racing (200304), Triple Eight Race Engineering (2005-18)

FAREWELL TOUR: Lowndes ended a pole position and win drought with a masterful performance at the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint, converting pole into victory in Race 8 in a resurgent season following a winless 2017. The three-time Supercars champion will retire from full-time driving in the category at the end of 2018, though will remain with the team as a co-driver in 2019 and beyond. CO-DRIVER

STEVEN RICHARDS

DATE OF BIRTH 11 July, 1972 BIRTHPLACE Auckland, NZ LIVES Melbourne, Victoria

ROUND STARTS 202 RACE STARTS 452 RACE WINS 9 PODIUMS 58 BEST BATHURST RESULT 1st (1998, 1999, 2013, 2015)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Garry Rogers Motorsport (1996-98), Gibson Motorsport (1999-2000), Ford Tickford Racing (2001), Perkins Engineering (200206), Ford Performance Racing (2007-13), Triple Eight Race Engineering (2014-18)

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The four-time Bathurst winner is in his fourth season co-driving with Craig Lowndes at Triple Eight. Richards drives for his own entry in the Australian GT Championship and made his 200th Supercars round start at Bathurst last season.

JACK LE BROCQ

TEAM TEKNO AUTOSPORTS CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH July 7, 1992 BIRTHPLACE Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Single HEIGHT 186cm WEIGHT 85kg NICKNAME None ENGINEER Campbell Little

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

ROUND STARTS 23 RACE STARTS 40 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 36th (2017) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 4th (2016) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 36th

DESERVED OPPORTUNITY IN FULL-TIME DRIVE: Le Brocq is one of the best-credentialled rookies with three previous endurance campaigns, including top 10 results at Bathurst, two wildcard event outings and four seasons in the Dunlop Super2 Series. Le Brocq is leading the charge for the single-car Holden team with top 10s in Tasmania, Perth, Ipswich and Sydney. CO-DRIVER

JONATHON WEBB

DATE OF BIRTH 10 December, 1983 BIRTHPLACE Castle Hill, NSW

ROUND STARTS 78 RACE STARTS 144 RACE WINS 4 PODIUMS 8 BEST BATHURST RESULT 1st (2016)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Paul Cruickshank Racing (2006-07), Stone Brothers Racing (2008), Dick Johnson Racing (2009), Tekno Autosports (2010-18)

LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland HEIGHT 192cm WEIGHT 86kg 2018 RACING Aussie Racing Cars

The owner of Tekno Autosports returns to the driver’s seat for his fifth endurance campaign with his own team. Webb won at Bathurst alongside Will Davison in 2016 and will assist Le Brocq in the rookie’s first campaign as the lead driver. VIRGIN AUSTRALIA SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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MARK WINTERBOTTOM

TEAM TICKFORD RACING CAR FORD FG X FALCON DATE OF BIRTH May 20, 1981 BIRTHPLACE Sydney, NSW LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Wife, Renee HEIGHT 185cm WEIGHT 75kg NICKNAME Frosty ENGINEER Brendan Hogan

ROUND STARTS 208 RACE STARTS 463 RACE WINS 38 PODIUMS 117 POLE POSITIONS 35 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 1st (2015) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2013) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 6th

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)

RACE WINS THE AIM: Winterbottom went without a win for the first time in his stint with the team now known as Tickford Racing in 2017. The veteran lost ground to teammates Chaz Mostert and Cameron Waters and faces a new threat with the arrival of Richie Stanaway at Tickford. Winterbottom is out to add to the podium he scored at the Perth SuperSprint in an otherwise challenging season. CO-DRIVER

DEAN CANTO

DATE OF BIRTH 24 September, 1980 BIRTHPLACE Sydney, NSW

ROUND STARTS 88 RACE STARTS 157 RACE WINS 2 PODIUMS 5 BEST BATHURST RESULT 2nd (2012)

LIVES Adelaide, SA

SUPERCARS TEAMS RPM International Racing (2001), Glenn Seton Racing (2001), Briggs Motor Sport (2002-03), Dick Johnson Racing (2004-05), Garry Rogers Motorsport (2005-07), Ford Performance Racing/Prodrive/Tickford (2008-18), Erebus Motorsport (2015)

HEIGHT 165cm WEIGHT 67kg 2018 RACING Aust. GT Championship, Bathurst 12 Hour

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Canto nothches up his 10th season as a co-driver with Tickford Racing in 2018 for his third consecutive season alongside Winterbottom. Canto finished second at Bathurst in 2012, racing in the Australian GT Championship this season.

CAMERON WATERS

TEAM TICKFORD RACING CAR FORD FG X FALCON DATE OF BIRTH August 3, 1994 BIRTHPLACE Mildura, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Single HEIGHT 180cm WEIGHT 77kg NICKNAME Cam ENGINEER Brad Wischusen

ROUND STARTS 50 RACE STARTS 94 RACE WINS 1 PODIUMS 4 POLE POSITIONS 3 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 8th (2017) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 4th (2016) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 8th

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

BUILDING ON MAIDEN WIN: Waters broke through for his first Supercars race win with a commanding performance at the 2017 Wilson Security Sandown 500. It was an impressive second season in the main game for Waters, rewarding the faith shown in him by Tickford Racing, with the battle between fellow young guns Chaz Mostert and Richie Stanaway shaping up nicely. CO-DRIVER

DAVID RUSSELL

DATE OF BIRTH 4 January, 1982 BIRTHPLACE Casino, NSW

ROUND STARTS 25 RACE STARTS 32 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 1 BEST BATHURST RESULT 8th (2014)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Fernรกndez Racing (2003), Tekno Autosports (2010), Kelly Racing/Nissan Motorsport (2011-17), Tickford Racing (2018)

LIVES Lismore, NSW HEIGHT 180cm WEIGHT 78kg 2018 RACING Bathurst 12 Hour

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Russell brings a decade of endurance experience to Tickford Racing after six seasons with Kelly Racing/Nissan Motorsport. Russell will be supporting young-gun Waters for the first time in the 2018 PIRTEK Enduro Cup.

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CHAZ MOSTERT

TEAM TICKFORD RACING CAR FORD FG X FALCON DATE OF BIRTH April 10, 1992 BIRTHPLACE Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Partner, Riarne HEIGHT 190cm WEIGHT 85kg NICKNAME Mozzie ENGINEER Adam De Borre

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2013 Barbagallo Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Dick Johnson Racing (2013), Ford Performance Racing/Prodrive Racing Australia/Tickford Racing (2014-18)

ROUND STARTS 75 RACE STARTS 168 RACE WINS 11 PODIUMS 38 POLE POSITIONS 16 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 5th (2017) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2014) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 5th

TICKFORD’S LEADING ENTRY: Mostert returned to winning ways in 2017 and was the ‘best of the rest’ behind the Triple Eight and DJR Team Penske entries in the championship standings, also winning the PIRTEK Enduro Cup with a podium at Sandown and race win on the Gold Coast. Tickford Racing has had a tough start to 2018, though Mostert has led the way with a podium in Ipswich. CO-DRIVER

JAMES MOFFAT

DATE OF BIRTH June 18, 1984

BIRTHPLACE Melbourne, Victoria

ROUND STARTS 102 RACE STARTS 223 RACE WINS 1 PODIUMS 2 BEST BATHURST RESULT 2nd (2014)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Ford Performance Racing/Tickford Racing (2010, 2018), Dick Johnson Racing (201112), Nissan Motorsport (2013-15), Garry Rogers Motorsport (2016-17)

LIVES Melbourne, Victoria HEIGHT 179cm WEIGHT 75kg 2018 RACING Porsche Carrera Cup Australia

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Moffat shifts back co-driver duties with Tickford Racing this year, after seven fulltime Supercars seasons. He teams with reigning PIRTEK Enduro Cup winner Mostert after racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup in 2018.

RICHIE STANAWAY

TEAM TICKFORD RACING CAR FORD FG X FALCON DATE OF BIRTH November 24, 1991 BIRTHPLACE Tauranga, NZ LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Single HEIGHT 176cm WEIGHT 79kg NICKNAME None ENGINEER Sam Potter

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

ROUND STARTS 18 RACE STARTS 31 RACE WINS 1 PODIUMS 2 POLE POSITIONS 1 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 28th (2017) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 12th (2016) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 28th

BIG EXPECTATIONS FOR FAST KIWI: Stanaway’s record includes race wins in GP2 and the World Endurance Championship and he showed his speed with victory in his Dunlop Super2 debut and fifth race start in Supercars alongside Cameron Waters at the Sandown 500 in 2017. However, he’s suffered a challenging start to his first full-time season in Supercars with a string of retirements thus far. CO-DRIVER

STEVE OWEN

DATE OF BIRTH 18 December, 1974 BIRTHPLACE Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria

ROUND STARTS 101 RACE STARTS 187 RACE WINS 3 PODIUMS 7 BEST BATHURST RESULT 2nd (2010, 2015)

SUPERCARS TEAMS (SINCE 2004) Walkinshaw Racing (2004, 2009), Britek Motorsport (2005), Rod Nash Racing (200607), Dick Johnson Racing (2008), Triple Eight (2010), Paul Morris Motorsport (2011-12), Ford Performance Racing/Prodrive/Tickford (2013-18)

HEIGHT 180cm WEIGHT 78kg 2018 RACING Bathurst 12 Hour, Toyota 86 Series

Owen is one of the most experienced drivers on the grid, making his Bathurst debut with Garry Rogers Motorsport back in 1998. The two-time Bathurst runner-up won the PIRTEK Enduro Cup with Chaz Mostert last season and joins Stanaway in 2018. VIRGIN AUSTRALIA SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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GARTH TANDER

TEAM GARRY ROGERS MOTORSPORT CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH March 31, 1977 BIRTHPLACE Perth, WA LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Wife, Leanne HEIGHT 192cm WEIGHT 80kg NICKNAME GT ENGINEER Richard Hollway

ROUND STARTS 278 RACE STARTS 627 RACE WINS 54 PODIUMS 95 POLE POSITIONS 30 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 1st (2007) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2000, ’09, ’11) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 9th

SUPERCARS DEBUT 1998 Phillip Island GP Circuit SUPERCARS TEAMS Garry Rogers Motorsport (1998-2004), HSV Dealer Team (2005-07), Holden Racing Team (2008-16), Garry Rogers Motorsport (2017-18)

TOP 10 CHALLENGER: Tander returned to Garry Rogers Motorsport in 2017 and, despite the team’s late switch from Volvo S60s to Holden VF Commodores, finished in the top 10 in the championship. With rookie James Golding on the other side of the garage, Tander will be charged with leading Garry Rogers Motorsport in its switch to the new Commodore, scoring a podium at the Adelaide 500. CO-DRIVER

CHRIS PITHER

DATE OF BIRTH December 3, 1986

BIRTHPLACE Palmerston North, NZ

ROUND STARTS 35 RACE STARTS 64 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 BEST BATHURST RESULT 4th (2017)

LIVES Sydney, NSW

SUPERCARS TEAMS Team Kiwi Racing (2006, 2008), Paul Morris Motorsport (2007), Britek Motorsport (2012-14), Garry Rogers Motorsport (2015, 2018), Super Black Racing (2015-16), Erebus Motorsport (2017)

HEIGHT 184cm WEIGHT 75kg 2018 RACING Dunlop Super2 Series, Toyota 86 Series

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Pither returned to the Dunlop Super2 Series this year, winning races for Garry Rogers Motorsport in the second-tier series in preparation for this endurance campaign. He scored a fourth place at Bathurst last season with Erebus Motorsport.

JAMES GOLDING

TEAM GARRY ROGERS MOTORSPORT CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH January 19, 1996 BIRTHPLACE Warragul, Victoria LIVES Warragul, Victoria STATUS Single HEIGHT 175cm WEIGHT 65kg NICKNAME Bieber ENGINEER Manuel Sanchez

ROUND STARTS 20 RACE STARTS 36 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 26th (2017) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 18th (2017) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 26th

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2016 Sandown Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Garry Rogers Motorsport (2016-18)

LATEST ROGERS YOUNG TALENT: Golding steps from endurance co-driving and mechanic duties to a full-time main-game drive with Garry Rogers Motorsport in 2017. The youngster had wildcard outings with the team last season and paired with Garth Tander at the endurance events, claiming fourth at Sandown. It will be a learning season for Golding up against a number of fellow rookies. CO-DRIVER

RICHARD MUSCAT

DATE OF BIRTH 9 July, 1992

BIRTHPLACE Melbourne, Victoria

ROUND STARTS 4 RACE STARTS 5 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 BEST BATHURST RESULT DNF (2017)

SUPERCARS TEAMS

Garry Rogers Motorsport (2017-18)

LIVES Melbourne, Victoria HEIGHT 178cm WEIGHT 74kg 2018 RACING Super Trofeo Asia Series

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Muscat is contesting his second PIRTEK Enduro Cup with Garry Rogers Motorsport. He made his debut with James Moffat in 2017, finishing seventh at Sandown. Muscat teams up with former Dunlop Super2 Series teammate Golding this season.

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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DAVID REYNOLDS

TEAM EREBUS MOTORSPORT CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH July 3, 1985 BIRTHPLACE Albury, NSW LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Partner, Tahan HEIGHT 177cm WEIGHT 69kg NICKNAME Daffid ENGINEER Alistair McVean

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2007 Sandown Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Paul Weel Racing (2007), Walkinshaw Racing (2008-10), Kelly Racing (2011), Rod Nash Racing/Prodrive Racing Australia (2012-15), Erebus Motorsport (2016-18)

ROUND STARTS 132 RACE STARTS 280 RACE WINS 6 PODIUMS 22 POLE POSITIONS 9 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 3rd (2015) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2017) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 7th

GENUINE CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDER: Reynolds led Erebus Motorsport’s charge up the grid with an impressive win at Mount Panorama and a number of podiums in 2017. With Alistair McVean leading the engineering team, Reynolds will be aiming for more giant-killing performances with wins at the Coates Hire Melbourne 400 and CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown. CO-DRIVER

LUKE YOULDEN

DATE OF BIRTH 28 January, 1978 BIRTHPLACE Melbourne, Victoria

ROUND STARTS 43 RACE STARTS 49 RACE WINS 1 PODIUMS 7 BEST BATHURST RESULT 1st (2017)

LIVES Melbourne, Victoria

SUPERCARS TEAMS Perkins Engineering (2001), Steven Ellery Racing (2002-04), Stone Brothers Racing (2005-07, 2012), Ford Performance Racing (2008-11), Brad Jones Racing (201315), DJR Team Penske (2016), Erebus Motorsport (2017-18)

HEIGHT 182cm WEIGHT 78kg 2018 RACING Bathurst 12 Hour

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Youlden scored his first win in Supercars alongside Reynolds in the biggest race of them all, the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. Erebus Motorsport keeps the winning combination this season with the goal of another Great Race title.

ANTON DE PASQUALE

TEAM EREBUS MOTORSPORT CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH September 14, 1995 BIRTHPLACE Williamstown, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Partner, Melanie HEIGHT 178cm WEIGHT 74kg NICKNAME None ENGINEER Mirko De Rosa

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

ROUND STARTS 12 RACE STARTS 24 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT Debut in 2018 BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT Debut in 2018 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP N/A

HIGHLY-RATED ROOKIE IMPRESSING: De Pasquale made his Supercars debut at the Adelaide 500 after impressing in his switch to touring cars from open wheelers. The former Formula Ford and Formula Renault champion claimed fourth in his second Dunlop Super2 Series season in 2017, impressing Erebus with his pace and application as evidenced by being one of the most consistent rookies so far. CO-DRIVER

WILL BROWN

DATE OF BIRTH June 5, 1998

BIRTHPLACE Toowoomba, Queensland

ROUND STARTS 1 RACE STARTS 1 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 BEST BATHURST RESULT Debut in 2018

SUPERCARS TEAMS Erebus Motorsport (2018)

LIVES Toowoomba, Queensland HEIGHT 171cm WEIGHT 64kg 2018 RACING Dunlop Super2 Series, Bathurst 12 Hour

Brown debuted in the Dunlop Super2 Series last season, off the back of a double championship win in the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Champion and Toyota 86 Racing Series in 2016, and impressed at Sandown with strong stints. VIRGIN AUSTRALIA SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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ANDRE HEIMGARTNER

TEAM NISSAN MOTORSPORT CAR NISSAN ALTIMA DATE OF BIRTH June 8, 1995 BIRTHPLACE Auckland, NZ LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Single HEIGHT 185cm WEIGHT 80kg NICKNAME None ENGINEER Dilan Talabani

ROUND STARTS 41 RACE STARTS 87 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 1 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 24th (2015) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 9th (2017) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 46th

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

NEW BEGINNING: An injury to Ashley Walsh handed Heimgartner a late-minute call-up to race with Tim Slade at Bathurst and the Gold Coast in 2017, which led to the Kiwi starring in wet conditions and claiming a podium at the latter. The career-saving stint impressed the paddock and led to a move to Nissan Motorsport to replace the retiring Todd Kelly, who will mentor the recruit in his new role. CO-DRIVER

AAREN RUSSELL

DATE OF BIRTH 22 August, 1991 BIRTHPLACE Newcastle, NSW

ROUND STARTS 18 RACE STARTS 31 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 BEST BATHURST RESULT 17th (2015, 2017)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Novocastrian Motorsport (2015), Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport (2016-17), Erebus Motorsport (2016), Nissan Motorsport (2018)

LIVES Newcastle, NSW HEIGHT 172cm WEIGHT 60kg 2018 RACING N/A

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Russell made his Supercars debut in the family-run Novocastrian Motorsport entry before spells at Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport and Erebus Motorsport. This is his first outing in the Altima, impressively winning the Sandown co-driver qualifiyng race.

RICK KELLY

TEAM NISSAN MOTORSPORT CAR NISSAN ALTIMA DATE OF BIRTH January 17, 1983 BIRTHPLACE Mildura, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Wife, Elysia HEIGHT 184cm WEIGHT 73kg NICKNAME Ricko ENGINEER George Commins

ROUND STARTS 235 RACE STARTS 515 RACE WINS 13 PODIUMS 39 POLE POSITIONS 10 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 1st (2006) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2003, ’04) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 14th

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 (2009-18)

TEAM LEADER FOR NISSAN: Kelly assumed the role of the most experienced driver in the Nissan Motorsport line-up with the retirement of elder brother Todd Kelly at the end of last season. He ended a winless drought that dated back to 2011 with victory at the Winton SuperSprint and also claimed a pole position at the CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown, rejuvinated with an upswing in form. CO-DRIVER

GARRY JACOBSON

DATE OF BIRTH February 28, 1992 BIRTHPLACE Shepparton, Victoria

ROUND STARTS 4 RACE STARTS 5 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 BEST BATHURST RESULT 8th (2017)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Prodrive Racing Australia (2017), Nissan Motorsport (2018)

LIVES Melbourne, Victoria HEIGHT 185cm WEIGHT 78kg 2018 RACING Dunlop Super2 Series, Bathurst 12 Hour

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The 2016 Dunlop Super2 Series champion switched to a Nissan Altima this season and moved across into Nissan Motorsport’s stable of drivers. He impressed on his Bathurst debut last season, starring in wet conditions to take eighth place.

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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MICHAEL CARUSO

TEAM NISSAN MOTORSPORT CAR NISSAN ALTIMA DATE OF BIRTH May 25, 1983 BIRTHPLACE Sydney, NSW LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Wife, Dani HEIGHT 165cm WEIGHT 72kg NICKNAME Caruse, MC ENGINEER Steven Todkill

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2006 Mount Panorama Circuit SUPERCARS TEAMS Brad Jones Racing (2006), WPS Racing (2007), Garry Rogers Motorsport (2008-12), Nissan Motorsport (2013-18)

ROUND STARTS 156 RACE STARTS 339 RACE WINS 2 PODIUMS 10 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 10th (2014, ’16) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 3rd (2009) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 13th

CONSISTENT CARUSO BACK FOR MORE: Caruso was once again the highest-placed Nissan Motorsport entry in the championship standings in 2017, but went without a podium for the first time since joining the team in 2013. Caruso and Rick Kelly have been the leading Nissan entries so far this season, becoming regular challengers in the top 10 over recent rounds. CO-DRIVER

DEAN FIORE

DATE OF BIRTH December 1, 1983 BIRTHPLACE Kalgoorlie, WA

ROUND STARTS 85 RACE STARTS 162 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 1 BEST BATHURST RESULT 6th (2017)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Team Kiwi Racing (2009), Triple F Racing (2009-12), Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport (2013), Nissan Motorsport (2014-18)

LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland HEIGHT 176cm WEIGHT 67kg 2018 RACING Dunlop Super2 Series, Bathurst 12 Hour

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Fiore returned to a full-time racing program this year in a Nissan Altima in the Dunlop Super2 Series. He’s been an endurance driver alongside Michael Caruso at Nissan Motorsport for the last four years, stepping back from full-time racing at the end of 2013.

SIMONA DE SILVESTRO

TEAM NISSAN MOTORSPORT CAR NISSAN ALTIMA DATE OF BIRTH September 1, 1988 BIRTHPLACE Thun, Switzerland LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Single HEIGHT 170cm WEIGHT 68kg NICKNAME Iron Maiden ENGINEER Chris Stuckey

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2015 Mount Panorama Circuit SUPERCARS TEAMS Prodrive Racing Australia (2015), Nissan Motorsport (2016-18)

ROUND STARTS 28 RACE STARTS 52 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 24th (2017) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 14th (2016) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 24th

SOPHMORE SEASON: De Silvestro is in her second full-time season in Supercars, buoyed by a strong end to the 2017 season where she showed her racecraft with impressive performances at Bathurst and Newcastle. The Swiss racer now knows the ins and outs of the Altima and is familiar with the circuits on the schedule, so will be looking to make gains and climb up the grid on a regular basis. CO-DRIVER

ALEX RULLO

DATE OF BIRTH June 15, 2000 BIRTHPLACE Perth, WA

ROUND STARTS 13 RACE STARTS 28 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 BEST BATHURST RESULT 15th (2017)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport (2017), Nissan Motorsport (2018)

LIVES Perth, WA HEIGHT 180cm WEIGHT 68kg 2018 RACING Dunlop Super2 Series

Rullo became the youngest ever driver to compete in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship at the age of just 16 in 2017. He returned to the Dunlop Super2 Series this season, driving a Nissan Altima ahead of his return to the main game. VIRGIN AUSTRALIA SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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SCOTT PYE

TEAM WALKINSHAW ANDRETTI UNITED CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH January 8, 1990 BIRTHPLACE Adelaide, SA LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Single HEIGHT 183cm WEIGHT 80kg NICKNAME Scotty ENGINEER Rob Starr

ROUND STARTS 82 RACE STARTS 184 RACE WINS 1 PODIUMS 6 POLE POSITIONS 1 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 12th (2017) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 2nd (2017) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 12th

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2012 Sandown Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport (201213), Dick Johnson Racing/DJR Team Penske (2014-16), Walkinshaw Racing/Walkinshaw Andretti United (2017-18)

BREAKTHROUGH WIN A BOON: Pye scored his and Walkinshaw Andretti United’s first race win at the Coates Hire Melbourne 400, impressively holding off Jamie Whincup in wet conditions on dry-weather tyres. The strong start to the season is an encouraging sign for the new-look team with Andretti Autosport and United Autosports buying into Walkinshaw Racing in 2018. CO-DRIVER

WARREN LUFF

DATE OF BIRTH 21 April, 1976 BIRTHPLACE Sydney, New South Wales LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland HEIGHT 181cm WEIGHT 72kg 2018 RACING World Time Attack Challenge, Bathurst 12 Hour

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ROUND STARTS 76 RACE STARTS 131 RACE WINS 3 PODIUMS 11 BEST BATHURST RESULT 2nd (2017)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Power Racing (1999), Lansvale Racing Team (2002), Dick Johnson Racing (2003-04, 2008-10), Stone Brothers Racing (2005), Britek Motorsport (2006-07), Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport (2010-11), Triple Eight (2012-13), Walkinshaw Racing/ Walkinshaw Andretti United (2014-18)

Luff won the inaugural PIRTEK Enduro Cup alongside Craig Lowndes in 2013 before moving to Walkinshaw Andretti United, where he won at Sandown with Garth Tander in 2015 and finished in second place at Bathurst with Scott Pye last season.

JAMES COURTNEY

TEAM WALKINSHAW ANDRETTI UNITED CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH June 29, 1980 BIRTHPLACE Penrith, NSW LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Single HEIGHT 181cm WEIGHT 71kg NICKNAME JC ENGINEER Terry Kerr

ROUND STARTS 179 RACE STARTS 398 RACE WINS 15 PODIUMS 57 POLE POSITIONS 10 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 1st (2010) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 2nd (2007) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 21st

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2005 Sandown Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Holden Racing Team (2005), Stone Brothers Racing (2006-08), Dick Johnson Racing (2009-10), Walkinshaw Racing/Walkinshaw Andretti United (2011-18)

SEEKING A NEW START: Courtney suffered his worst championship result from his full-time Supercars career with 21st in 2017 as Walkinshaw Racing struggled to keep pace. Courtney will be hoping the creation of Walkinshaw Andretti United gives the team a new lease on life and a chance for the former series champion to get back to winning ways. CO-DRIVER

JACK PERKINS

DATE OF BIRTH 22 August, 1986 BIRTHPLACE Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria

ROUND STARTS 71 RACE STARTS 141 RACE WINS 1 PODIUMS 1 BEST BATHURST RESULT 8th (2008, 2011, 2013)

SUPERCARS TEAMS

Perkins Engineering (2006-08), Paul Morris Motorsport (2006, 2010-11), Kelly Racing (2009), James Rosenberg Racing (2010), Garry Rogers Motorsport (2012-13), Ford Performance Racing (2014), Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport (2015, 2017), Walkinshaw Racing/Walkinshaw Andretti United (2015-18)

HEIGHT 172cm WEIGHT 67kg 2018 RACING National Sports Sedan Series

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Perkins enters his fourth endurance campaign with Walkinshaw Andretti United, teaming with Courtney with whom he scored a breakthrough first win on the Gold Coast in 2015. This will be their third endurance season as co-drivers.

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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TIM SLADE

TEAM BRAD JONES RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH August 3, 1985 BIRTHPLACE Hornsby, NSW LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Partner, Dani HEIGHT 172cm WEIGHT 65kg NICKNAME Sladedog ENGINEER Julian Stannard

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 (2016-18)

ROUND STARTS 140 RACE STARTS 296 RACE WINS 2 PODIUMS 15 POLE POSITIONS 2 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 5th (2012) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 7th (2009, ’12, ’16) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 11th

LEADING THE WAY FOR BRAD JONES RACING: Slade scored podium finishes at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 and Coates Hire Newcastle 500 to finish as the highest Brad Jones Racing entry in 2017 in an otherwise challenging season for the team. New teammate Nick Percat kept Slade honest and the inter-team battle will drive Brad Jones Racing forward with, hopefully, a better run of results. CO-DRIVER

ASHLEY WALSH

DATE OF BIRTH 11 January, 1988

BIRTHPLACE Ipswich, Queensland

ROUND STARTS 23 RACE STARTS 44 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 BEST BATHURST RESULT 7th (2016)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Dick Johnson Racing (2013-14), Erebus Motorsport (2015), Brad Jones Racing (2016-18)

LIVES Ipswich, Queensland HEIGHT 175cm WEIGHT 76kg 2018 RACING Bathurst 12 Hour

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The former full-timer with Erebus Motorsport missed last season’s Bathurst and Gold Coast events through injury. He also suffered an elbow injury in this year’s Bathurst 12 Hour, looking for a change of luck in his return with Brad Jones Racing.

NICK PERCAT

TEAM BRAD JONES RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH September 14, 1988 BIRTHPLACE Adelaide, SA LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Single HEIGHT 189cm WEIGHT 72kg NICKNAME Perdog ENGINEER Andrew Edwards

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 (2017-18)

ROUND STARTS 76 RACE STARTS 158 RACE WINS 2 PODIUMS 8 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 12th (2014) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2011) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 19th

GROWING INTO BRAD JONES RACING: Percat had an up and down first season with Brad Jones Racing in 2017, showing glimpses of speed but caught up in a series of accidents that saw him drop in the championship standings. Percat will be aiming to convert his strong pace into results in his second season with the team with two podiums at the Coates Hire Melbourne 400 a solid start. CO-DRIVER

MACAULEY JONES

DATE OF BIRTH October 6, 1994 BIRTHPLACE Albury, NSW

ROUND STARTS 14 RACE STARTS 21 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 BEST BATHURST RESULT 10th (2016)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Brad Jones Racing (2015-18)

LIVES Albury, NSW HEIGHT 175cm WEIGHT 70kg 2018 RACING Dunlop Super2 Series, Supercars

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TEAM BRAD JONES RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH June 30, 1987 BIRTHPLACE Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Single HEIGHT 178cm WEIGHT 75kg NICKNAME TB, Timmy ENGINEER Wally Storey/Tony Woodward

ROUND STARTS 80 RACE STARTS 168 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 21st (2015) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 10th (2016) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 22nd

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2010 Phillip Island GP Circuit SUPERCARS TEAMS Paul Morris Motorsport (2010), Kelly Racing (2011-12), Dick Johnson Racing (2013), Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport (2014-15), Brad Jones Racing/Tim Blanchard Racing (2016-18)

AIMING TO KEEP PACE WITH TEAMMATES: Blanchard ran his own license (Tim Blanchard Racing) at Brad Jones Racing in 2017, though recorded just one top 10 over the course of the season. Blanchard is again driving his own entry in 2018, with improving his results to match his teammates key to his future in the driver’s seat as he ponders a future as a team owner/boss. CO-DRIVER

DALE WOOD

DATE OF BIRTH 9 June, 1983

BIRTHPLACE Melbourne, Victoria

ROUND STARTS 76 RACE STARTS 156 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 1 BEST BATHURST RESULT 4th (2017)

LIVES Melbourne, Victoria

SUPERCARS TEAMS Tasman Motorsport (2008), Kelly Racing/ Nissan Motorsport (2009-10, 2016), Tony D’Alberto Racing (2011-12), Dick Johnson Racing (2013), Brad Jones Racing/Tim Blanchard Racing (2014-15, 2018), Erebus Motorsport (2017)

HEIGHT 174cm WEIGHT 69kg 2018 RACING Porsche Carrera Cup

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Wood moved back into the Porsche Carrera Cup this year after four full-time seasons in Supercars, returning to the Brad Jones Racing stable alongside Blanchard. Wood scored a career-best fourth at Bathurst last season with Erebus Motorsport.

TODD HAZELWOOD

TEAM MATT STONE RACING CAR HOLDEN VF COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH September 25, 1995 BIRTHPLACE Adelaide, SA LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Partner, Alice HEIGHT 173cm WEIGHT 72kg NICKNAME Hazelnut ENGINEER Wes McDougall

ROUND STARTS 16 RACE STARTS 29 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 47th (2017) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 12th (2017) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 47th

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2017 Queensland Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Brad Jones Racing (2017), Matt Stone Racing (2017-18)

CAR CHANGE FOR HAZELWOOD: Hazelwood won the 2017 Dunlop Super2 Series title and his reward was a move up to the main game with Matt Stone Racing. After starting the season in an ex-DJR Team Penske Ford FG X Falcon, the team switched to an ex-Triple Eight Holden VF Commodore with which Hazelwood won the Dunlop Super2 title last year. CO-DRIVER

BRYCE FULLWOOD

DATE OF BIRTH May 11, 1998 BIRTHPLACE Darwin, NT

ROUND STARTS 1 RACE STARTS 1 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 BEST BATHURST RESULT Debut in 2018

SUPERCARS TEAMS Matt Stone Racing (2018)

LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland HEIGHT 182cm WEIGHT 57kg 2018 RACING Dunlop Super2 Series, Bathurst 12 Hour

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TEAM TEAM 18 CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH February 2, 1983 BIRTHPLACE Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Wife, Alana HEIGHT 170cm WEIGHT 73kg NICKNAME Leethal, Holdsy ENGINEER Stuart McDonald

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)

ROUND STARTS 182 RACE STARTS 409 RACE WINS 3 PODIUMS 13 POLE POSITIONS 4 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 7th (2010) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 3rd (2009) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 16th

CONTINUED GROWTH FOR TEAM 18: Holdsworth moved Team 18 up to 16th in the drivers’ championship last season, just 12 points shy of fellow single-car Triple Eight customer team Tekno Autosports. Team 18 is in its third season running as an independent entry, with Holdsworth aiming to crack the top 10 on a more consistent basis. CO-DRIVER

JASON BRIGHT

DATE OF BIRTH 7 March, 1973 BIRTHPLACE Moe, Victoria

ROUND STARTS 258 RACE STARTS 575 RACE WINS 20 PODIUMS 88 BEST BATHURST RESULT 1st (1998)

LIVES Melbourne, Victoria HEIGHT 180kg WEIGHT 87kg 2018 RACING Toyota 86 Series

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SUPERCARS TEAMS Garry Rogers Motorsport (1997), Stone Brothers Racing (1998-99), Dick Johnson Racing (2000), Holden Racing Team (2001-02), Paul Weel Racing (2003-04), Ford Performance Racing/Prodrive Racing (2005-06, 2017), Britek Motorsport (2007-09), Brad Jones Racing (2010-16), Team 18 (2018)

Bright returns to Supercars after stepping down as a full-time driver at the end of last season. The 1998 Bathurst winner is the third most experienced driver after Craig Lowndes and Garth Tander, slotting in alongside Holdsworth at Team 18.

WILL DAVISON

TEAM 23 RED RACING CAR FORD FG X FALCON DATE OF BIRTH August 30, 1982 BIRTHPLACE Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Fiance, Riana HEIGHT 180cm WEIGHT 76kg NICKNAME Davo, Wilbur ENGINEER Rob Palermo

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)

ROUND STARTS 185 RACE STARTS 411 RACE WINS 19 PODIUMS 51 POLE POSITIONS 17 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 2nd (2009) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2009, ’16) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 15th

SOLO FALCON FLYER: Davison is racing for his seventh different team in Supercars with a move to the new-look 23 Red Racing, formerly Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport, following a two-year stint with Tekno Autosports. The two-time Bathurst 1000 winner has impressively scored regular top-10 finishes in an ex-Tickford Racing Ford FG X Falcon. CO-DRIVER

ALEX DAVISON

DATE OF BIRTH November 3, 1979 BIRTHPLACE Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland HEIGHT 186cm WEIGHT 88kg 2018 RACING Porsche Carrera Cup, FIA World Endurance Championship, Bathurst 12 Hour

ROUND STARTS 88 RACE STARTS 163 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 3 BEST BATHURST RESULT 4th (2014)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Perkins Engineering (2004-05), Dick Johnson Racing (2006-07, 2012), Stone Brothers Racing (2009-11), Ford Performance Racing (2013), Erebus Motorsport (2014-15), Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport (2016), 23 Red Racing (2018)

The Davison brothers team up for the third time in their careers but the first time in a Falcon. They drove at Erebus Motorsport in 2014 and 2015, netting a fourth at Bathurst in the former. The senior Davison has been racing Porsches in 2018. VIRGIN AUSTRALIA SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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BATHURST 1000

A MOUNTAIN OF MOMENTS

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Mount Panorama Circuit was born 80 years ago and the Great Race 55 years ago. To celebrate the milestones, we look back at the iconic moments that helped create the legend of the Bathurst 1000.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

1963

regulations as the Australian Touring Car Championship for the first time.

1968

Australia’s longdistance touring-car endurance race moved from Phillip Island to Mount Panorama, Bathurst. There were 56 cars and 16 manufacturers on the grid for the first Bathurst 500, won by Harry Firth and Bob Jane in a Ford Cortina MkI GT.

1967

V8 power rose to the fore, with the Ford works team of Harry Firth and Fred Gibson handing the Falcon its first win at Mount Panorama.

1963

1985

Australian touring cars implemented the international Group A regulations. The V12-powered Jaguar XJ-S was the car to beat with victory going to John Goss and Armin Hahne.

1968

Holden took the fight to Ford and prevailed for its first win courtesy of Bruce McPhee and Barry Mulholland in the Monaro HK, with Holden sweeping the podium.

1973

The event went from 500 miles to 1000 kilometres, won by Allan Moffat and Ian Geoghegan in the Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop, and ran to the same

1993

The Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore V8 formula replaced Group A, with Larry Perkins and Gregg Hansford winning in a Holden VP Commodore featuring a Perkins Engineering-developed Holden engine.

2013

Supercars opened up to other manufacturers, with Nissan Altimas and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMGs joining the field, though the race came down to a last-lap Ford versus Holden showdown won by the Ford FG Falcon of Mark Winterbottom over the Holden VF Commodore of Jamie Whincup.

CORONATION OF KINGS

1970

Canadian-born Allan Moffat became the first driver to win the event solo, doing so in a GTHO Falcon in a time of six-and-ahalf hours. He repeated the feat the following year.

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formation finish in the event, with owner/driver Allan Moffat crossing the line just ahead of teammate Colin Bond for Ford’s most famous moment at Mount Panorama.

1979

Peter Brock and Jim Richards led from start to finish, winning by six laps and Brock setting the fastest lap of the race on the final lap to underscore their domination.

1984

The Holden Dealer Team claimed its own one-two formation finish, with Brock leading home the team’s Holden VK Commodores in the farewell to the Group C era.

1970

DOMINATORS

1966

The Morris Cooper S dominated the race, filling the first nine positions in what remains the best result for a manufacturer in the event.

1977

The Moffat Ford Dealers team completed the first one-two

1991

The combination of Richards and Mark Skaife signified a changing of the guard, with the Nissan teammates taking the first win for the manufacturer in the Skyline BNR32 GT-R.

1997

Perkins Engineering secured its third Bathurst win from five starts, in what was Larry Perkins’

1972

1972

Holden driver Peter Brock defeated Allan Moffat in wet conditions for his first win at Mount Panorama, setting up the rivalry between the two drivers and Ford and Holden. It was also the first win for the Torana.

1978

The combination of Brock and Jim Richards scored the first of three consecutive wins for the Holden Dealer Team. It’s considered the greatest driver pairing in the event’s history.

1982

Larry Perkins joined Brock at the Holden Dealer Team, starting their own run of three consecutive victories.

1996

Young guns Craig Lowndes and Greg Murphy combined for victory, completing a near-perfect season for Lowndes and confirming the most significant generation change in Australian touring cars.

1996

1977 sixth win and confirmation of his mastery of producing cars that could conquer Mount Panorama.

2003

Greg Murphy set Mount Panorama alight with his ‘Lap of the Gods’ in the Shootout. He and Rick Kelly completed their domination of the event with a comfortable race win the following day. SUPERCAR XTRA

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Triple Eight became the second team after the Holden Dealer Team to win three Bathurst 1000s in a row; the third success for the combination of Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup. Triple Eight achieved its onetwo formation finish in the team’s first season running Holden Commodores and with Lowndes leading home Whincup after they were split by new co-driver rules.

Johnson once again suffered the wrath of Mount Panorama three years after his encounter with a rock, crashing into the trees on the exit of Forrest’s Elbow in the Shootout. Glenn Seton came within 10 laps of his dream of following in the footsteps of his father, only to

suffer an engine failure while leading. It handed the win to Larry Perkins and Russell Ingall, who fought back from a puncture on lap one to storm through the field.

international John Cleland. Brock’s long-time co-driver Jim Richards looked on course for victory alongside son Steven Richards, only to collide with a kangaroo.

2004

POPULAR WINS

Peter Brock’s final Bathurst 1000 ended before he could even get in the car, with co-driver Jason Plato colliding with fellow

1974

Privateers John Goss and Kevin Bartlett survived wet conditions to win

2004

HEARTBREAKS

1980

Dick Johnson led in his privateer Falcon until he hit a rock thrown onto the circuit, resulting in an outbreak of support from fans.

1982

Kevin Bartlett’s hopes of winning Bathurst with the Chevrolet Camaro ended with a dramatic rollover following a puncture in the early stages of the race.

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2006

As Mount Panorama mourned the loss of Peter Brock, his protégé Craig Lowndes overcame the emotion of the weekend to end a decade-long drought at Bathurst in the first win in the event for Triple Eight and codriver Jamie Whincup.

1981

2017

Erebus Motorsport’s David Reynolds and Luke Youlden took a commanding win. It marked the rise of Erebus and Reynolds as genuine contenders and was also Youlden’s first race win in his 18th Bathurst 1000.

CONTROVERSIES

one of the the longest Bathurst 1000s in history, taking seven hours and 50 minutes.

courtesy of Grice and Win Percy, overcoming the challenge of the then-dominant Ford Sierras.

1981

1998

Dick Johnson recovered from the heartbreak of the previous year, claiming the championship and Bathurst double.

1986

Allan Grice ended years of Bathurst near-misses with a rousing win in his own Chickadee entry alongside co-driver Graeme Bailey.

1990

The Holden Racing Team scored a debut win at Mount Panorama

1987

Bathurst saw an influx of international entrants as a round of the World Touring Car Championship. Following a wet and action-packed race, the Eggenberger Ford Sierras were disqualified for a technical infringement, handing Peter Brock his ninth win.

Stone Brothers Racing young guns Jason Bright and Steven Richards overcame an accident earlier in the weekend and a lowly grid position to win in the team’s debut year.

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Garry Rogers Motorsport’s Garth Tander and Jason Bargwanna survived wet and treacherous conditions to give team owner Garry Rogers a long-awaited win at Mount Panorama.

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Jim Richards and Mark Skaife were awarded victory when the race was red-flagged due to heavy rain, despite the fact Richards had crashed out just as the race was stopped. Richards’ response to the unhappy crowd

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A MOUNTAIN OF MOMENTS

1992 at the podium presentation went down in Bathurst folklore.

2002

Greg Murphy received a five-minute penalty for a fuel spillage at a pitstop. He angrily parked his car and retreated to a toilet cubicle in disgust.

2005

Marcos Ambrose was at the centre of a dramatic Bathurst 1000, receiving a penalty for not wearing a balaclava and then colliding with rival Greg Murphy on the run to the Cutting.

2016

A three-car collision involving Jamie Whincup, Scott McLaughlin and Garth Tander paved the way for Tekno Autosports’ Will Davison and Jonathon Webb to take the win.

2014 Whincup was penalised for causing the incident, only for team owner Roland Dane to launch an unsuccessful postrace protest.

DRAMATIC FINISHES

1976

Holden drivers Bob Morris and John Fitzpatrick nursed their ailing Torana to the line for a popular privateer win.

1994

Rookie Craig Lowndes took the fight to John Bowe in the final stint of the race, snatching the lead with a brave pass around the outside of Griffin’s Bend, only to lose it and the win in the remaining laps.

2007

A late rain shower turned the race on its head, with leading contenders falling off the road and Lowndes holding off his rivals in the run to the line.

2011

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Garth Tander and rookie Nick Percat overcame a late challenge from Lowndes to win by just twotenths of a second.

2012

Jamie Whincup came under sustained pressure from David Reynolds in the final stint, producing a classic Holden versus Ford battle in the 50 years of the Great Race celebration.

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RACING LEGENDS

Australian touring cars united under the same technical regulations in 1973 in a season that saw the first head-to-head championship battle between Allan Moffat and Peter Brock, the first title success for the Falcon and the creation of the Bathurst 1000.

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fter being dominated by imported cars such as the Mustang and Camaro, Australian touring cars set about rewriting its rulebook in favour of locally made racers in 1973. New rules, which were essentially the merger of Series Production and Improved Production and in response to the ‘Supercar scare’ that played out in the national media,

ended the schism that had seen different variations of touring cars compete in the Australian Touring Car Championship and Bathurst 500. The result saw the foundations built for what’s often regarded as the greatest era of Australian touring cars, Group C. Allan Moffat was the driver to beat, having parked the Mustang he had raced in previous championships for the GTHO

Falcon that had dominated at Bathurst in previous years. Holden young gun Peter Brock had defeated Moffat in wet conditions at Bathurst in 1972 and would be the main challenger once again. Moffat opened the season in commanding fashion with wins in the opening four races, setting up a championship lead he would hold onto despite the drama that would follow.

Moffat sealed the 1973 championship with victory at Oran Park.

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Moffat guides the Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop to victory at Mount Panorama.

Brock won rounds five and six at Surfers Paradise and Adelaide, where Moffat’s Falcon was remarkably stolen from pitlane the night before the race. Murray Carter gave Moffat his Falcon to race, with the championship leader storming from the back of the grid to salvage second in the borrowed car. The stolen Falcon was recovered the following week with only slight damage and Moffat secured the title with a win at the penultimate round at Oran Park. Brock rounded out the season with a win

at Warwick Farm, completing a dominant season for the two drivers, who won all eight rounds between them. This set up a fascinating showdown for Bathurst, the scene of Brock’s coming of age the previous year and where Moffat had ruled previously. The race’s length went from 500 miles to 1000 kilometres, ruling out the solo efforts by the likes of Brock and Moffat in previous years. Ford’s contenders had switched to the XA Falcon GT Hardtop, which would do battle

1973 ROUND WINNERS

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up against a horde of Torana GTR XU-1s. The Falcons took an early lead but an engine failure for the Fred Gibson/Barry Seton entry left Moffat and Ian Geoghegan fighting a solo battle against the Toranas. While the thirstier V8 Falcons needed more fuel stops, the Holden entrants tried to stretch their strategy to gain track position. This proved costly when the Torana of Brock and Doug Chivas ran out of fuel on the approach to pitlane. The unfortunate Chivas was forced to push the car into pitlane, no easy feat for the 52-year-old in 35ºC heat. He did so but the damage was done – the leading Holden entry had lost three minutes. Moffat and Geoghegan won by a comfortable margin for Moffat’s third win in four years and Geoghegan’s first (and only) triumph in the Great Race. Fittingly, it marked the generation change enforced by the new rules following Geoghegan’s multiple championship wins in the Mustang and Moffat’s championship and Bathurst double with the Falcon. Brock and Chivas recovered to second place, with Colin Bond and Leo Geoghegan completing the podium. Toranas filled positions second to fifth, with a Queensland rookie by the name of Dick Johnson rounding out the top five alongside Bob Forbes. The Falcon claimed the first battle of the locally built cars in the new era of Australian touring cars, in what became a period of extraordinary growth for the championship and Bathurst 1000. SUPERCAR XTRA

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The Group A era wasn’t suited to locally made cars, yet Holden defied the odds at the Bathurst with two wins for the VL Commodore.

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VL SUCCESSES 1987

Monza 500 win: Allan Moffat/John Harvey 1987 Bathurst 1000 win: Peter Brock/David Parsons/ Peter McLeod 1990 Sydney 500 win: Larry Perkins/Tomas Mezera 1990 Bathurst 1000 win: Allan Grice/Win Percy 1992 Sandown 500 win: Larry Perkins/Steve Harrington

V8 engine and Holden weighed up doing the same, while a messy divorce with star driver Peter Brock was on the horizon. Yet through it all Holden won three Bathurst 1000s in five years against the might of Group A’s international invaders, with the VL Commodore winning at Mount

The two VL Group A racers, the Holden Dealer Team version (left) and Walkinshaw version (above).

Panorama in 1987 and 1990. The VL was released in February 1986. And though it shared the same base shell as its predecessors, there was a revised front and read end. Holden bowed to public pressure and retained a V8 option. The Group A racing version debuted on the international stage at the first round of the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) at Monza, Italy, in 1987. Amidst protests and disqualifications, it emerged victorious with Allan Moffat and John Harvey. The Australian Touring Car Championship wasn’t so kind to the VL and Holden went through the season without a win, unable to compete with the BMW M3 and Nissan Skyline in the short races. Larry Perkins was best of the Holden brigade in fifth, albeit running the older VK model. Bathurst was another round of the WTCC and it was once again marred by protests and disqualifications. The Holden Dealer Team’s Peter Brock crossed the line third, despite a mid-race car change, but was later awarded the win following the disqualification of the winning Eggenberger Sierras. It was back to reality at the next round of the WTCC at Calder, where the best-placed VL was in sixth place (Perkins and Denny Hulme) and two laps down. Same again at the penultimate race of the season on the streets of Wellington, with Brock and Parsons two laps down in fifth. Brock and Holden were in the midst of an ugly separation over the ‘Energy Polariser’ scandal, with the split leading to the demise of the Holden Dealer Team. Tom Walkinshaw Racing took over the mantle as Holden’s factory-backed team and Holden Special Vehicles the

performance-vehicle partner. The first car to come out of this new partnership was the SS Group A SV version of the VL, a more aggressive looking car that claimed to reduce drag by more than 25 per cent. The new version of VL racer faced stiffer competition, with the Ford Sierra dominating in the championship and Bathurst in 1988 and 1989. The VL struggled and finished three laps down from the winning Sierra at Bathurst in 1989 (Perkins and Tomas Mezera in sixth). Teething problems were ironed out with the creation of the Holden Racing Team as its own entity into 1990, with driver/owner Win Percy finishing in the championship as the best non-Sierra or Skyline in eighth. Bathurst was expected to be a Sierra and Skyline demonstration, but as those entries fell by the wayside it was VL steerers Percy and Allan Grice who emerged as the shock winners. A win for Perkins and Mezera in the Sydney 500 a month later confirmed that the Commodore was reliable and a worthy opponent to the international cars in longer distance races. The VL was replaced by the all-new VN in 1991, though by then the Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R was proving unbeatable. There was a final hurrah for the VL with Perkins and Steve Harrington winning the Skyline-less Sandown 500 and Perkins qualifying the older model on the front row at Bathurst in 1992. But the Skyline ruled the final year of Group A. It may have come in a bleak period for Holden yet the VL delivered three milestones: a win at the legendary Monza, the ninth and final Bathurst win for Peter Brock and the first for the Holden Racing Team. SUPERCAR XTRA

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After stepping down as a full-time driver at the end of last season, Jason Bright returns to drive a Supercar 20 years after he conquered Mount Panorama.

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n the 1990s he was the coming kid, a driver with a Bathurst win and thirst for IndyCars. In the 2000s he was a contender. And in the 2010s he was about consolidation and leadership. Through it all, Jason Bright etched out a career of significance. He left pretty much every team he drove for in better shape than when he arrived and once he had settled in Australia for his racing he kept pushing towards his goal of team ownership. Now he is retired from full-time driving and a business owner and father. And strangely given his pedigree, it looked like an endurance drive was going to escape him until a late call-up from Charlie Schwerkolt at Team 18 to partner Lee Holdsworth. “November last year was my last race and this is the longest time I’ve ever spent out of a race car,” says Bright. “I obviously didn’t plan on spending the whole year out of a race car but I was busy with my business. I didn’t have the time at the end of last year or the start of this year to try and pull something together in Porsche or GT. But I’d liked to have been out there in one of those categories. I’m lucky that we’ve been able to pick up a drive with Charlie and Lee for the enduros pretty late in the piece. “I expected to still race something and I didn’t mean to miss out on enduros this year, which is what it looked like I was going to. I was trying to do a wildcard for Bathurst, which excited me. But by the time that didn’t happen most of the other drives were taken up. I was fortunate that Charlie called and that I got this opportunity. “I haven’t missed the racing as much as I expected. When I was leaving Newcastle last year, I was like, ‘It’s gonna be a pretty big void to fill’ but I think if I didn’t have my business, which keeps me very occupied, then I probably would have missed it a lot more.” Bright still owns a Racing Entitlements Contract (REC), which is leased to Matt Stone Racing for Todd Hazelwood. He hasn’t worked out what he is going to do with the REC yet, but he knows its value and he does enjoy the involvement it gives him in the sport. “Over the last six months since the Supercars season started I’ve watched the races, been to a few, worked a

few with the Hazelwoods and enjoyed watching it a bit from the outside,” says Bright. His journey started like most kids in karts and then hit its straps in Formula Ford. In 1995 he won the Australian Formula Ford Championship but also shone in front of the international teams at both the Australian Grand Prix and the Gold Coast Indy. Then it was the Australian Drivers’ Championship and two years later he had that title and was also co-driving at Bathurst. In 1996 he started dabbling overseas with a second place in the US Formula Ford 2000 Championship, putting him well and truly on the path he had chosen. He came back to run Supercars and won Bathurst with Stone Brothers Racing in 1998 and then went back to North America for a season of Indy Lights in 2000, leading to a drive in ChampCar on the Gold Coast. “It was hard as an Aussie going overseas to race,” he says of that year. “Trying to find the money to go over there and do Formula Ford 2000 initially, I managed to get a full season in that but I didn’t have the budget to stay there or move up to Atlantics or Indy Lights at that stage. “I had the opportunity to come back to Australia and drive for the Holden Racing Team. My number-one priority, even when I went overseas, was to make sure I could make a career out of it and that is what I did when they made me the offer.” SUPERCAR XTRA

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The wins started piling up at the Holden Racing Team, though not as quickly as teammate Mark Skaife, who was settled in the team and dominating the series. Then Bright left and joined Paul Weel Racing, where he started working with Phil Keed. That driver-engineer combination proved to be pretty special. “The Holden Racing Team was very good, as it was obviously the most high-profile team in the category back then, but I enjoyed the Paul Weel Racing period more,” he says. “I liked working with Phil, my engineer at the time. We punched above our weight with what we had as far as resources. I enjoyed that environment where we were a pretty small team but having a good crack.” In 2001 and 2002 at the Holden Racing Team he finished third and fourth in the championship and also grabbed a podium at Bathurst. But a pattern was starting to emerge: Bright just wasn’t satisfied being there, he wanted more, which came with Paul Weel Racing. It started out as Team Brock and became something of a giant-killer, but a rough run at Sandown and Bathurst killed the dream of championship success. At the end of the 2004 season he left. He had worked with the minnows and had them heading somewhere, but this was now turning into a pattern. There was a deeper plan and it meant he had to drive at Ford Performance Racing (FPR) to make it happen. Bright wanted his own team and he was building Britek from the ground up. In 2005 he had Ford backing lined up for his new team, but in order to get that he had to help sort out FPR. There were complexities inside the deal that slowed the evolution of the Britek team, such as testing limitations, but they were getting there. The other

“I STILL ENJOY THE DRIVING. I ENJOY THE ENGINEERING, WORKING WITH THE TECHIES AND THE DRIVER I HELP. I’LL PROBABLY STILL JUST DO A MIXTURE OF DIFFERENT THINGS RACING-WISE.” – JASON BRIGHT part of the deal was working brilliantly and FPR was fast becoming a contender. “I felt like we had reached a peak at Paul Weel Racing but we still could have been a contender in 2005 and there turned out to be a lot of change there,” reflects Bright. “I don’t have any regrets, but if it was all about winning a championship there’s probably three or four occasions where I would do something different, including staying there. But I wanted my own team and I had a five-year deal with Ford that meant I had to spend some time with Prodrive. “I had the Fujitsu sponsorship to look after as well, so I needed to go there and drive after the two years. But had I known the global financial crisis was coming and that Ford was going to pull out I might have done things differently; I probably wouldn’t have left Prodrive.

BRIGHT’S SUPERCARS JOURNEY

1997 Garry Rogers Motorsport 1998-99 Stone Brothers Racing 2000 Dick Johnson Racing 2001-02 Holden Racing Team 2003-04 Paul Weel Racing 2005-06 Ford Performance Racing 2007-09 Britek Motorsport 2010-16 Brad Jones Racing 2017 Prodrive Racing Australia 2018 Team 18

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ABOVE: Bright ended his full-time Supercars career at Prodrive Racing Australia in 2017. BELOW LEFT: It’s 20 years since Bright won Bathurst alongside Steven Richards at Stone Brothers Racing in 1998. BELOW RIGHT: Bright teams with Lee Holdsworth at Team 18 in 2018.

“Ford wanted all sorts of things which meant we did it the way we did it. In hindsight, we would have been better getting a Triple Eight or Holden customer car, but Ford wanted it done the way we did it. “The second half of 2006 was really good at Prodrive, I think we scored more points that anyone in that time. I think we certainly would’ve gone into 2007 as a very serious contender… that was probably the best chance for a championship. “I went there with a two-year plan, felt like I did my time during those two years and did what was expected of me to do there.” He says the progress at Britek was as expected, until Ford’s withdrawal left him “a couple of million dollars” short, which proved to be a hard gap to fill for a growing team. They nearly won Bathurst in 2007, a contender late in the race when a rain shower hit, though Bright drifted

off the racing line and hit the wall along with the likes of Skaife and Russell Ingall. The minnows weren’t bad, but they were struggling and the team was on its knees. That led Bright to a happy place at Brad Jones Racing (BJR), where he could park his REC and stayed for seven years before finishing his full-time career back at Prodrive. “I never thought I would drive for a team for seven years straight but BJR has made my time here a very satisfying chapter in my Supercar career,” he reflects. In the end, his career could have given a greater returns on the wins front and maybe even titles, but it looked like every time he was near he jumped ship. Now with the full-time career done and a burgeoning life as an entrepreneur with his Taskforce business, we are seeing the business acumen that pushed his racing career in different directions shine through. As a driver, everywhere he raced he helped improve the team. He left them all (except, perhaps, the final stint at Prodrive) in better shape than when he arrived. For now, it is life as a father and businessman that gets him out of bed every day. “I’m enjoying doing other things, though I still enjoy the driving,” he admits. “I enjoy the engineering, working with the techies and the driver I help. I’ll probably still just do a mixture of different things racing-wise like Porsches or GTs. It’s just time-consuming trying to pull those things together, so we’ll see what happens. I’ll do a little bit more racing next year. It’ll be good. I’m not gonna lose too much sleep over it if I don’t. I’d still like to do enduros, depending on how well this year goes. I’d like to have involvement with a team in some way, but we’ll see what happens.” Twenty years since the win in the Bathurst 1000 that showcased his talent, he is once again helping to steer a growing team in the right direction at Mount Panorama and beyond.

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The inaguaral Coates Hire Newcastle 500 produced the most dramatic championshipdeciding showdown in the history of Australian touring cars. Let’s reflect on that historic weekend through the images of our lead photographer Peter Norton.

ABOVE: Jamie Whincup celebrates title number seven, the most unexpected success of his recordbreaking championship tally. BELOW: Five drivers entered the event with a mathematical chance of securing the championship, Jamie Whincup, Scott McLaughlin, Fabian Coulthard, Chaz Mostert and Shane van Gisbergen. Realistically, though, it was between Whincup and McLaughlin.

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The view from Fort Scratchley down to the final sector of the circuit, with the stage set for the championship showdown.

Scott McLaughlin on the run down the second sector. The DJR Team Penske driver scored two pole positions in Newcastle, taking his record-breaking season tally to 16 – pole in 61 per cent of the races.

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Scott McLaughlin won the opening race of the weekend to take a healthy lead into the final race following a tyre failure for Jamie Whincup. But the title would be decided on the final lap of the 26th and final race of the season.

Three penalties, including for a last-lap tangle with Craig Lowndes, demoted Scott McLaughlin to 18th and opened the door for Jamie Whincup to snatch the title.

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ABOVE: While the drama played out with Scott McLaughlin, Jamie Whincup did his bit with a commanding performance across the event. BELOW: The sun sets on the 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. What will the 2018 season finale produce?

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KOSTECKI BROTHERS RACING

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When Kostecki Brothers Racing arrived in Supercars three seasons ago, the limited fanfare was around the age of their young drivers. But with Triple Eight Race Engineering equipment, an expanded team, a talented engineering group and growing confidence amongst the drivers, it’s quite possible the team’s foray into the main game will be in more than just wildcard entries.

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ostecki Brothers Racing (KBR) has cleverly refashioned the bygone era concept of the father and son race team and adapted it for the professional Supercars era. The three-car Dunlop Super2 Series line-up features brothers Kurt and Jake and cousin Brodie. Kurt and Jake’s father Steven is in charge of the operation, while Kurt and Brodie manage the dayto-day preparation of the cars from the team’s base in Meadowbrook, Brisbane. The Kostecki family has a proud racing history, which includes dune-buggy racing, drag racing and building engines. The boys themselves raced karts around the car park of the family business in Malaga, Perth, from just four years of age. The trio have been racing American

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stock cars or Supercars since they were as young as 14 and this early investment is starting to pay dividends. The team is well backed thanks to the boys’ hardworking grandfather Gene, who after immigrating to Australia from the Ukraine – alongside sons Steven and Andrew – developed a preeminent product for the mining industry, which is now widely distributed across the globe. Steven continues to run the day-to-day business and the product Arcoplate features prominently on the KBR liveries. KBR has displayed agility in how it uses its resources, which has seen the team take significant steps forward in the Dunlop Super2 Series since its debut in 2016. From the purchase of recent race-winning Triple Eight Race Engineering equipment to Kurt doing two years as a mechanic at the main-game squad and the hiring of Bathurst and championship-winning engineers Geoff Slater and Jason Gray, the team has developed and grown into a serious championship contending operation. Kurt says plenty of hard work’s gone in to reach this point and credits his father Steven for providing this opportunity for the whole family to work in collaboration. “A lot of drivers can just show up with their helmet at the track and race,” he says. “But for us it’s a lot of work day in day out, but we try and get to the track in the best way we can and show up with the best cars we can and we’re really lucky to be able to do that.” Brisbane-based Kurt is the only KBR driver to drive in the main game to date. The Perth native received a surprise call-up to the main game in 2016 as an 18-yearold to sub in for an injured Lee Holdsworth. With Holdsworth’s car sustaining significant damage,

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the team had to source a car and driver from the Dunlop Super2 Series to fill in at Townsville and Queensland Raceway and Kurt was the lucky one to receive the call up. “At the time it was probably a little bit early to jump up,” Kurt admits. “But it was definitely really good to see what it’s like in the main series and what I would have to improve on when I wanted to go back.” The former Triple Eight mechanic felt the experience of being thrown in the deep-end back then made for a smoother transition during his two wildcard rides at Queensland Raceway and Tailem Bend this year. “I think it definitely allowed me to focus rather than jumping in the car and being nervous the whole time,” he says. “I sort of knew what to expect and we just want to keep building on what we’ve done. We want to take back what we’ve learnt to the Development Series [DVS] and try and go stronger there because ultimately that’s our number one focus.”

Kurt’s results have slowly improved each year in the series, with breakthrough podiums in Adelaide and Perth giving him the confidence to fight towards the front in 2018. “It definitely puts more confidence in the program we are running,” he says. “I think we just need to keep building on that. We’ve had a few struggles this year with the car set-up and the driving but it’s all part of the learning process. I think if we can just keep making progressive steps, then Dad’s happy…it’s been slow progress but it’s always been there which is good to see.” The recruitment of former Bathurst 1000-winning engineer Geoff Slater to manage the team and run Kurt’s car this season has also yielded improvements. “I think he’s forced me to get the most out of what I feel in the car,” he says. “To be able to relay back to him so he can make the right changes and we can talk about what we want from the car. I think so far this year that’s been the biggest thing.”

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A taste of the main game has given Kurt food for thought, but he remains focussed on this year’s Dunlop Super2 Series. “I think we want to focus on the DVS program at the moment and getting the most out of that,” he says. “But definitely next year has come up in conversation a lot recently… we’re still fighting for a good spot in the championship, so we just want to keep that going.” While Kurt and Brodie manage operations of the race team from Meadowbrook, Jake is based at the family business in Perth, which manufactures wear plates for the mining industry. While the younger Kostecki brother remains focused on his racing career, he’s sought to add to his expertise outside the car in 2018. “I’m doing a marketing course, first year, just for a little bit of back-up I guess,” he says. “It’s always going to help from the team perspective… we’re always going to need to find sponsors, to develop our brand, our name and to help build more of a following so we can get the cars onto the track. I’ve developed an interest in it to help me in motorsport and in the family business.” On track, Jake has found himself battling in the midpack this season, while Kurt and cousin Brodie fight towards the front. “Kurt and Brodie are driving excellently at the moment,” he says. “But also they’ve been to America and have done a lot of stock-car racing, so they’ve got a lot of knowledge about these cars and how to make them fast.” Kurt and Brodie also have an advantage in that their days are spent thinking about the race team and preparing the cars from the team’s Brisbane base. “They’ve got a lot of knowledge to make these cars fast off the track before they even hit the track,” he says. “I’m trying to learn as much as I can and copy them but when the race meeting comes I’ve got to be on it. I’ve got to be the best that I can because they are already making steps forward and I’ve fallen back a bit, but I’ll get there. “I want to be at the top of Supercars. I want to be fighting with the top guys which is hopefully my brother and cousin as well. We’ll see what happens.” Kurt and Jake’s cousin, Brodie, has adapted quickly to Supercars, fighting for wins in just his second season and his first under the KRB banner. After a debut season with established squad Matt Stone Racing in an older model Falcon last year, the switch has yielded instant success, with Brodie scoring regular podiums this season. The Perth native puts the quick transition down to the time he spent in the US, which included three USAC Ford Focus Series national championships, wins in latemodel stock cars and top-five finishes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. “I went over to America at a very young age,” he says. “I raced a lot and over there; racing is like a lifestyle. You race week in, week out, there is no break. You race for 50 weeks of the year. I got to run a lot of laps and experience different things. I think that’s been a bit of a key to me running where I am this early on.” The battle between Kurt and Brodie has been close 76

this season, with both boys pushing inside the top five in the championship. He was also quick not to rule Jake out of the mix. “I think we all push each other to a certain level,” he says. “We’ve always pushed each other from a very young age. Kurt and Jake are I are very competitive in everything that we do. We know why we are here and it’s definitely not a competition between ourselves, it’s a competition with other competitors out on the track. So we all work very close together and we’re trying to make our team better. We spend a lot of time together and I’m having a lot of fun doing it with them.” Like his cousins, Brodie has main-game aspirations and believes it is possible for the KBR operation to make that transition. “If the opportunity did present itself and we had everything in place to move up, I’d say that we do have the capabilities to do that,” he says. “I think you can do that as a family operation. But you need some sort of peer support from a big team, you can’t really go in to Supercars these days and do it all yourself.”

TOP & ABOVE: Kurt Kostecki has gone from mechanic at Triple Eight Race Engineering to driving one of its cars in Supercars.

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CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWDOWNS 10 PHILLIP ISLAND, 2007 

2 LAKESIDE, 1981

Two sets of teammates did battle for the title at Phillip Island, HSV Dealer Team’s Garth Tander and Rick Kelly and Triple Eight’s Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes. Tander prevailed with the round win

9 ADELAIDE, 1979

Holden drivers Peter Brock and Bob Morris went head to head for the second consecutive season, with Morris prevailing in a win for the privateer entry over the factory-backed star.

8 ORAN PARK, 1990

Four legends of the sport did battle for the title at the Oran Park finale – Jim Richards in a Nissan Skyline and Dick Johnson, Colin Bond and Peter Brock in Ford Sierras. Richards held the advantage entering the round and sealed the title with victory, leaving the Sierras to fight for the runners-up place. That went to Brock.

Mustangs and Bob Jane in a Chevrolet Camaro. Jane claimed the race win and title.

6 ORAN PARK, 1987

Nissan’s Glenn Seton and BMW’s Jim Richards were battling for the title and running one and two in the finale when Richards punted Seton off track. Richards went on to win the race and the championship. Seton retired soon after the accident.

Jamie Whincup and Mark Winterbottom, sensationally crashed in unison when a sudden downpour hit the Sydney Olympic Park circuit. Courtney’s Dick Johnson Racing team repaired their car the fastest to score valuable points, securing the title in the following race.

Dick Johnson and Peter Brock’s battle for the 1981 title came down to a Lakeside finale, with Johnson winning on home soil for his first championship win. The Ford driver resisted race-long pressure from the Commodore of Brock for a famous win.

1 NEWCASTLE, 2017

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5 SYMMONS PLAINS, 1969

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4 PHILLIP ISLAND, 2006

7 ORAN PARK, 1971

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