Pirtek Perth SuperNight 2019 Program

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THURSDAY 2 MAY Start Finish

Category

Duration

Activity

11:55 12:15

Historic Touring Cars

20 minutes

Practice 1

12:30 13:10

Dunlop Super2 Series

40 minutes

Practice 1

13:25 13:55

ECB SuperUtes Series

30 minutes

Practice 1

14:10 14:40

Australian GT

30 minutes

Practice 1

14:55 15:35

Dunlop Super2 Series

40 minutes

Practice 2

15:50 16:10

Historic Touring Cars

20 minutes

Qualifying

16:25 16:45

ECB SuperUtes Series

20 minutes

Practice 2

17:35 18:05

Australian GT

30 minutes

Practice 2

18:40 19:10

Supercars

30 minutes

Practice 1

FRIDAY 3 MAY 12:15 12:30

Historic Touring Cars

10 laps or 1 lap after 12:33

Race 1

12:45 13:15

Supercars

30 minutes

Practice 2

13:30 13:50

ECB SuperUtes Series

20 minutes

Qualifying

PROGRAM CONTENTS

SECTION I Schedule Welcome Track Map What’s On Event Preview Season Results Championship Standings

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Officials

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Volunteers

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Australian GT

15 minutes

Qualifying 1

14:25 14:40

Australian GT

15 minutes

Qualifying 2

14:55 15:10

Dunlop Super2 Series

15 minutes

Qualifying - Race 1

15:25 15:35

Supercars

10 minutes

Qualifying Part 1 - Race 11

15:40 15:50

Supercars

10 minutes

Qualifying Part 2 - Race 11

15:55 16:05

Supercars

10 minutes

Qualifying Part 3 - Race 11

16:20 16:35

Historic Touring Cars

10 laps or 1 lap after 16:33

Race 2

Entry List

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16:50 17:10

ECB SuperUtes Series

12 laps or 1 lap after 17:08

Race 1

Driver Profiles

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17:25 17:55

Dunlop Super2 Series

26 laps or 1 lap after 17:53

Race 1

18:45

Supercars

50 laps or 1 lap after 19:38

Race 11 - 120kms

Records

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20:00 20:40

Australian GT

Support Categories

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1 lap after 20:39

Race 1

SECTION II

SATURDAY 4 MAY 11:55 12:10

Historic Touring Cars

10 laps or 1 lap after 12:08

Race 3

12:20 12:50

ECB SuperUtes Series

20 laps or 1 lap after 12:48

Race 2

13:05 13:35

Supercars

30 minutes

Practice 3 Qualifying - Race 2

13:50 14:05

Dunlop Super2 Series

15 minutes

14:20 14:35

Historic Touring Cars

10 laps or 1 lap after 14:33

14:50 15:00

Supercars

10 minutes

Qualifying Part 1 - Race 12

15:05 15:15

Supercars

10 minutes

Qualifying Part 2 - Race 12

15:20 15:30

Supercars

10 minutes

Qualifying Part 3 - Race 12

15:45 16:25

Australian GT

1 lap after 16:24

Race 2

16:40 17:00

ECB SuperUtes Series

12 laps or 1 lap after 16:58

Race 3

17:15 17:45

Dunlop Super2 Series

26 laps or 1 lap after 17:43

Race 2

18:45

Supercars

83 laps or 1 lap after 20:13

Race 12 - 200kms

20:35 21:15

Australian GT

1 lap after 21:14

Race 4

Race 3

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STEPHEN DUTTON

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICE, PIRTEK Welcome to the Pirtek Perth Supernight! Pirtek is proud to be the naming rights partner of this fantastic event for the city of Perth and atate of Western Australia. Pirtek is proud to continue as the official hose supplier of this fantastic worldclass series. Pirtek has been involved at all levels of the sport for over 21 years. During that time it has provided Pirtek the opportunity to showcase the breadth of its products and services. It has also provided our customer base with unique experiences whilst P5

broadly building the Pirtek brand across the fan base. Our product has become an integral part of motor racing with our fuel hoses, air hoses and various accessories being utilised on critical pitstop equipment helping the team’s efforts to get the cars back on the track, quickly and safely. By partnering with Supercars in the Pirtek Pitstop Challenge, the Pirtek Enduro Cup and now the Pirtek Perth SuperNight, it reinforces the strength of its brand. Pirtek have the toughest and most durable products suited for the harshest of environments and applications. Just like the race crews, the team from the 96 Pirtek service and supply centres nationally apply the same intensity of speed and accuracy to get its customers and their equipment back in the field as efficiently and quickly as possible. We’ll keep you operating, 24/7, 365 days a year. So get ready Australia for this fantastic spectacle of night racing. We look forward to seeing the people of Western Australia get behind this great event and lighting up the track at Barbagallo. Thank you for welcoming Pirtek, and we are sure you will enjoy the experience. – Stephen Dutton

SEAN SEAMER,

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, SUPERCARS AUSTRALIA The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is delighted to showcase Perth on a global stage by bringing the world’s best touring car racing to Western Australia for this year’s only night race. This is a weekend not to be missed with three nights of action under lights at Barbagallo, an ideal venue for a brilliant night-time entertainment package. The natural amphitheatre of Barbagallo Raceway will be special for the fans and encourage a new audience to come along to watch a night packed with action. As we saw in Sydney last

year the spectacle of our race cars under lights, the glow of the brake discs and the pre-race show was simply spectacular. Our team will take that one step further in Perth as we build on the show with more racing and support categories on the program, as well as a raft of other entertainment. Current Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin has swept the field here since 2017 with a stunning performance to continue Ford’s recent dominance at the circuit. Bringing this event together has taken months of planning and support from key partners. We thank the West Australian Government, Tourism Minister, Paul Papalia and our namingrights partner Pirtek for their support of this exciting event. Perth and the west coast region will be showcased as a stunning part of the world with so much to offer from its stunning coastline and great beaches to its’ unique natural wonders. Thanks also to our many volunteers and officials who ensure our teams and drivers stay safe, the event runs smoothly, and our fans have a great experience. - Sean Seamer

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HON PAUL PAPALIA CSC MLA

MINISTER FOR TOURISM It is my pleasure to welcome you to Barbagallo for the Pirtek Perth SuperNight, part of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, proudly supported by the Western Australian government through Tourism Western Australia.

Hosting national sporting events is an important part of our plan to grow Western Australia’s economy and create jobs. This year marks an exciting new era for the Supercars event in Perth, which will be the only place in the nation where spectators can experience night racing in 2019. The chance for fans to be part of a history-making trackside experience will contribute to drawing visitors to this exciting event where top drivers will put their skills to the test. It is also a valuable opportunity to showcase the transformed city of Perth, as well as regional areas, to key domestic markets through live broadcast coverage to the east coast. I hope everyone enjoys this SuperNight event, which promises to be a spectacular night out for all the family. – Paul Papalia

DANIELLE KEIGHERY

GROUP EXECUTIVE BRAND, MARKETING AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS, VIRGIN AUSTRALIA Virgin Australia is pleased to welcome you to the Perth round of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. This marks the third full year of our partnership and we are looking forward to support

ing another year of exciting, fast-paced competition throughout the season. Virgin Australia is passionate about promoting Supercars, and about facilitating the travel and tourism opportunities around Australia that the sport provides. Over the course of this season, Virgin Australia will transport 12 teams, 24 drivers and thousands of fans across the country. To get as many fans trackside as possible, we have increased flights to Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 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, we’re thrilled to be bringing you closer to the sport, and we look forward to welcoming you on board soon. – Danielle Keighery

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WHAT’S ON SUPERCARS PADDOCK

When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Where: Outfield of Pit Straight near Gate 1. ■ Make sure you head to the Supercars Paddock area at the rear of the Supercars garages for all the behind-the-scenes action. See the purpose-built transporters, teams working in the garages and maybe even grab an autograph from a driver. Paddock passes will be required to enter the Supercars Paddock. Visit the Paddock Box Office this weekend to purchase.

ROOFTOP VIEWING

When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Where: The Rooftop Viewing Area is located on top of the Pit Building, inside the Supercars Paddock. ■ Enjoy a panoramic view of all the racing action and on track entertainment from the rooftop of the pit building. You will require a Paddock Pass to access the rooftop. Visit the Paddock Box Office this weekend to purchase.

CAR DISPLAYS

When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Where: Merchandise Alley and next to the Race Control building. ■ Come and check out the cars on display at the PIRTEK Perth SuperNight. There will be two separate display areas to enjoy, one in Merchandise Alley and one next to the Race Control building.

FAMILY ZONE

When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Where: Inside Gate 21. ■ When it’s time to take a break from all the on-track action visit the Family Zone! ■ Kids can enjoy the free face painting and balloon artist and have fun on the jumping castle, the zipper or take a ride in the dodgem cars. The Army Band will also be entertaining the crowds!

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SUPERCARS DRIVER AUTOGRAPH SESSION

When: Friday, 2:25pm – 2:55pm. Saturday, 4:30pm – 5:00pm. Where: Back of team garages, Supercars Paddock. ■ Come along to the Supercars Paddock for the opportunity to meet the drivers, grab an autograph and maybe even snap a selfie. Paddock Passes will be required to enter the Supercars Paddock. Visit the Paddock Box Office this weekend to purchase.

DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES AUTOGRAPH SESSION

When: Friday, 1:30pm – 2:00pm. Where: Grass area, in front of Race Control building. ■ The Dunlop Super2 Series is the breeding ground for future Supercar stars. Come along to their signing session for your chance to meet the drivers and grab an autograph.

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MERCHANDISE ALLEY

When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Where: Outfield of Turn 2. ■ Stock up on your favourite team’s merchandise and Supercars gear.

TRACK COMMENTARY

■ Tune into 87.8FM during the event to hear on track commentary of racing action and what’s happening on and off the track. NB: All times and activities are subject to change at the promoter’s discretion.

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EVENT PREVIEW ROUND 5

PIRTEK PERTH SUPERNIGHT

Barbagallo Raceway switches on the lights for the Pirtek Perth SuperNight this weekend, with lap records expected to fall on the recently resurfaced circuit with the new Ford Mustang Supercar the car to beat at its debut in Western Australia.

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JR Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin claimed a second consecutive event sweep at Barbagallo Raceway last season, cementing his championship credentials. Having gone on to win the 2018 title in his Ford FG X Falcon, McLaughlin returns to Western Australia as the driver to beat in his Ford Mustang at the new-look Pirtek Perth SuperNight this weekend. Following on from the success of the Sydney SuperNight 300 at Sydney Motorsport Park in 2018, night racing comes to Barbagallo Raceway this weekend with two races under lights. It’s a big year for Barbagallo Raceway, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the track’s opening. The circuit has been resurfaced for the first time since 2004, with a smaller, smoother aggregate than

what was previously in place designed to enhance grip and tyre longevity. With the race lap record still held by Jason Bright from 2004, there will be a lot of attention on lap times in the cooler night temperatures and on the new surface. McLaughin arrives in Perth following a dream start to the season in the new Mustang Supercar, beginning with a round sweep for the defending champion at the season-opening Superloop Adelaide 500. Barbagallo Raceway has been a happy hunting ground for McLaughlin and Ford with round sweeps in 2017 and 2018 and nine consecutive pole positions for the Blue Oval dating back to 2015. Holden runners will be determined to end that winless run for the Commodore with the factory-backed Red Bull Holden Racing Team entries of Jamie Whincup and Shane

van Gisbergen taking the fight to the Mustangs in the early stages of 2019. Fellow Holden team Brad Jones Racing has also had a good start to the new season with Nick Percat and Tim Slade regulars in the top 10, while podium finisher David Reynolds of Erebus Motorsport celebrates his 300th race start this weekend. Kelly Racing continues to run four Nissan Altimas despite the loss of factory backing in 2019, though faces an uphill battle to challenge the Mustangs. New driver and team combinations continue to find their feet in the early stages of the season, including Mark Winterbottom in his first season racing a Holden Commodore with Team 18, Lee Holdsworth who swapped seats with Winterbottom by moving to Tickford Racing, Richie Stanaway at Garry Rogers

Motorsport and rookies Macauley Jones and Garry Jacobson. The Knockout ARMOR ALL Qualifying system that debuted in 2018 will set the grid for 13 races in this year’s Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, including both races this weekend. Q1 is a 10-minute session with the bottom 16 cars from practice; the top six in Q1 advance to Q2; Q2 is a 10-minute session with the top 10 from practice and the top six in Q1 (total 16 cars); the top 10 in Q2 go to Q3; Q3 is a 10-minute session that decides the first five rows for the race. The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship will race twice across the weekend: a 120km race on Friday night (Race 11) and 200km race on Saturday (Race 12). Entry list, driver profiles and records from P25, in the middle of this magazine.

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HISTORY

Barbagallo Raceway opened in March 1969 and has been Western Australia’s premier motorsport facility ever since.

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The circuit was known as Wanneroo Raceway and held its first Australian Touring Car Championship round in 1973, won by Allan Moffat in a Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase III. The circuit returned to the schedule in 1978 and has been a regular ever since, only missing out in 2010. Barbagallo Raceway hosted the 1979 Australian Grand Prix and in recent years has staged the Australian Festival of Speed with Mark Webber and Perthnative Daniel Ricciardo taking to the circuit in Red Bull Racing Formula 1 cars. The circuit underwent significant upgrades in 1992, funded in large part by Western Australian sprintcar champion Alf Barbagallo, leading to a name change for the venue to Barbagallo Raceway. Further upgrades took place in 2011 with the new pit facility built in the centre of the circuit, in addition to other upgrades such as improving safety barriers, while the recent resurfacing is the first since 2004.

LAST YEAR

Scott McLaughlin scored a round sweep at the 2018 Perth SuperSprint, winning his fourth race in succession following on from a round sweep at Phillip Island. The two wins increased McLaughlin’s championship lead to 158 points, extending a dominant run for Ford at the

circuit and giving the Falcon a fitting farewell to Western Australia. Fellow Ford runner Mark Winterbottom scored what would be his only podium of 2018 with second place in the Saturday race, while championship contender Shane van Gisbergen scored valuable points with third place. Jamie Whincup fell to 11th place following a five-second time penalty for contact with Chaz Mostert, with Mostert finishing one place ahead in 10th. David Reynolds was best of the rest in the Sunday race in second place, while Craig Lowndes, the most successful driver at Barbagallo Raceway, scored third in his final solo Supercars appearance in Western Australia. With van Gisbergen and Whincup in fifth and sixth respectively, McLaughlin left Perth with another round sweep and a comfortable championship lead. RACE 1 1st: Scott McLaughlin Ford FG X Falcon 2nd: Mark Winterbottom Ford FG X Falcon 3rd: Shane van Gisbergen Holden ZB Commodore RACE 2 1st: Scott McLaughlin Ford FG X Falcon 2nd: David Reynolds Holden ZB Commodore 3rd: Craig Lowndes Holden ZB Commodore

CIRCUIT LENGTH

2.42km

DIRECTION

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AVERAGE SPEED

157km/h

TOP SPEED

252km/h

FAST FACTS

CIRCUIT

Barbagallo Raceway is the second shortest circuit on the Supercars schedule, following Symmons Plains Raceway in Tasmania. The 2.42km circuit is tight and twisty with overtaking opportunities at the big downhill braking points of turns six and seven. Turn one can also be a passing spot, though defending the place is challenging through the run up the hill at turns two to four. Barbagallo Raceway has been notoriously tough on tyres with high degradation putting a premium on race strategy, though the resurfacing over the off-season should limit wear. Marbles off degrading tyres add to the challenge, in addition to passing winds blowing sand onto the track. The track’s undulations also make for spectacular racing with the changing conditions of tyres, winds and the dips and rises of key braking points making it difficult for drivers to get a clean lap. These factors make it one of the toughest challengers for drivers and engineers in terms of race setup, often leading to intriguing races with mixed grids and results.

QUALIFYING LAP RECORD 0:54.5730s (2017) – Scott McLaughlin, Ford FG X Falcon RACE LAP RECORD

0:55.9440 (2004) – Jason Bright Holden VY Commodore ■ Craig Lowndes is the most successful driver at Barbagallo Raceway with 16 race wins, double the next best of Mark Skaife with eight. The best of the active drivers is Mark Winterbottom on seven. ■ Jamie Whincup holds the record for most pole positions at Barbagallo Raceway with eight, two ahead of Craig Lowndes, Mark Skaife and Peter Brock. ■ Ford entrants have won the last five races at Barbagallo Raceway dating back to 2016. The last non-Ford polesitter at Barbagallo Raceway was Craig Lowndes with Triple Eight Race Engineering’s Holden VF Commodore in 2014. ■ Erebus Motorsport’s David Reynolds notches up his 300th Virgin Australia Supercars Championship race start this Saturday. The 2017 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 winner made his debut at Sandown in 2007. ■ Kelly Racing’s André Heimgartner makes his 50th Virgin Australia Supercars Championship round start this weekend, while Garry Rogers Motorsport’s Richie Stanaway records his 50th race start on Friday.

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2019 RESULTS SUPERLOOP ADELAIDE 500

RACE 1

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

RACE 2

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

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RACE 3

1st – Scott McLaughlin 2nd – Fabian Coulthard 3rd – Cameron Waters

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4th – Will Davison 5th – Chaz Mostert 6th – Tim Slade 7th – James Courtney 8th – Jamie Whincup 9th – Lee Holdsworth 10th – David Reynolds

RACE 4

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

RACE 5

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

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

5th – Jamie Whincup 6th – Mark Winterbottom 7th – Nick Percat 8th – Scott Pye 9th – Lee Holdsworth 10th – Chaz Mostert

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RACE 9

RACE 7

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

RACE 8

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

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

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ISSUE 110

6 ANALYSIS: THE PRANCING PONY How the Ford Mustang has set tongues wagging in Supercars. 8 ANALYSIS: FORD VERSUS HOLDEN REKINDLED Why the marketing battle between Ford and Holden has stepped up in 2019. 10 ANALYSIS: SUMMER SERIES ON THE HORIZON The latest on Supercars’ plans to switch to a summer-based schedule. 12 ANALYSIS: WINNERS OF THE FIRST THOUSAND The most successful drivers, teams, manufacturers and cars after 1000 championship races. 13 2019 SUPERCARS CALENDAR The schedule for the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship season.

14 WINTERBOTTOM COLUMN Winterbottom gives his early-season take on adapting to his Team 18 Holden ZB Commodore. 16 LOWNDES COLUMN Lowndes on his new career as a television pundit for Supercars. 18 ROGERS COLUMN Rogers on Richie Stanaway’s transition into Garry Rogers Motorsport. 21 FEATURE: GENERATION NOW A look at the results of a significant Supercars generation change heading into 2019. 28 FEATURE: FUTURE STARS OF SUPERCARS The young drivers to watch in the Dunlop Super2 Series and Kumho Tyre Super2 Series in 2019.

52 FEATURE: STATE OF THE UNION An exclusive interview with Supercars CEO Sean Seamer. 58 FEATURE: THE TALL AND SHORT OF SUPERCARS How Supercars will find a better fit for two-door coupes on its control chassis. 62 FEATURE: HOLDING HIS WORTH Lee Holdsworth on his long-awaited move to Tickford Racing in 2019. 66 FEATURE: SUPERCARS NUMEROLOGY The history of the racing numbers on the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship grid in 2019. 74 SHOOTOUT Ranking the top-10 best looking cars of 2019, as voted by the fans.

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SETTLING INTO THE 2019 SEASON

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he 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship started with the new Ford Mustang flying out of the gates and a new generation of drivers cementing their place at the top of the category. We take stock of this generation change and attempt to make sense of the new pecking order in 2019 in the cover story of this issue of SupercarXtra Magazine, in addition to a profile of the young drivers to watch in the Dunlop Super2 Series and Kumho Tyre Super3 Series. Elsewhere, we chat with Supercars CEO Sean Seamer for a state of the union on the category and examine how its technical team will attempt to cater for more two-door coupes moving forward. We also touch base with Lee Holdsworth as he settles in at Tickford Racing and reveal the history of the racing numbers on the Supercars grid in 2019.

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Mark Winterbottom, Craig Lowndes and Garry Rogers also share their thoughts in their new columns, following on from our analysis of the key issues in Supercars. If you’re reading this within a Virgin Australia Supercars Championship program, you’ll find the event entry list, driver profiles and records in the middle of the magazine. Or, if you’re reading this in the standard issue of SupercarXtra Magazine, the middle part is our ‘Motorsport Legends’ section featuring Peter Brock’s shock switch to a Ford in 1989, a look back at 1979, a profile of the Holden HT Monaro

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The Ford Mustang Supercar has had a near-perfect start in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, putting its Holden ZB Commodore and Nissan Altima rivals on the back foot in 2019.

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udo Lacroix has done it again! DJR Team Penske’s French car designer/engineer has produced another speedy Supercar, the new-for-2019 Ford Mustang. The Blue Oval’s new racer has continued where the championship-wining FG X Falcon left off, though the number of wins and level of performance suggests there is a significant gain with the Mustang in 2019. Lacroix was responsible for the design of the Ford BF Falcon, FG Falcon and Holden VF Commodore body kits when he was designer and engineer at Triple Eight Race Engineering. Those cars won the championship or Bathurst 1000 in their debut seasons in 2007 (BF),

2009 (FG) and 2013 (VF) and, on current form, the Mustang could do the same, much to the chagrin of Lacroix’s former employers. The Mustang’s early-season

form prompted calls for Supercars to investigate the weight and ballast of the first two-door coupe to be converted into a Supercar. Though the Mustang Supercar meets the

minimum 1395kg weight rule, there were fears significant ballast was placed lower in the car to get the car up to weight and improve the centre of gravity, thus its performance. With no rules around the overall centre of gravity of a Supercar, the category acted quickly by testing the centres of gravity of almost half of the cars on the grid following the Beaurepaires Melbourne 400 and setting about doing what it could to level the playing field. DJR Team Penkse was the focal point of this testing, especially around the weight of its exhaust system and claims it was purposely heavy to help lower the centre of gravity of the car even further. Also raising questions is the look of the Mustang, stretched

The Mustang Supercar has dominated the early stages of 2019.

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to fit over the control Supercars chassis, with its big rear-spoiler endplates prompting some rivals to claim it looks too far removed from the road-going version of the pony car (see page 58). It’s a case of history repeating in Supercars off the back of introduction of the Holden ZB Commodore in 2018. The ZB Commodore’s use of composite panels and parts also led to an early-season scramble to equalise weight and performance between the new model and the FG X Falcon and Nissan Altima. The Holden ZB Commodore Supercar had a similar start to last season, winning seven of the first eight races before the FG X Falcon of eventual champion McLaughlin gained the ascendancy. There were 14 ZB Commodores across seven teams in 2018 with five drivers from three different teams winning those opening races for Holden, so the spread of performance was greater than the two teams (DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing, which also runs the 23 Red Racing entry) running the Mustang in 2019. With two recent championship-winning teams fielding the Mustang compared to the number of ZBs last season, the performance of the new car has been more noticeable in 2019. Confusing the situation is the implementation of a new control transaxle/gearbox and ban on twin-spring dampers in 2019, which limit setup options for drivers and engineers. As the parity debates rage on and the ZB Commodore and Altima fight back against the Mustang, there can be no denying the genius of Lacroix and the strength of his latest weapon.

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FORD VS HOLDEN

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Ford’s return to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship in a factory-backed capacity has forced long-time rival Holden to increase its own support for its teams, rekindling the legendary rivalry in Australian touring cars.

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ord and Holden may have been the cornerstones of Australian touring cars over the last six decades but their involvement in an official capacity has varied over that period. Ford returns as a factory backer in 2019 after a threeyear absence, giving its blessing and providing technical backing to get the new Mustang Supercar on track as a replacement for the retired Falcon Supercar. The Blue Oval is represented in Supercars not just by the six Mustangs on the grid but also as a supplier of safety, recovery, course and medical vehicles and with demonstrations and other significant marketing support. “It’s certainly been a really big shot in the arm for the brand in total,” says Ford Australia marketing boss Tony Jordan on the impact of the Mustang’s arrival into Supercars. “We’ve seen a really strong link between everything we’ve done with Mustang over the past 12 months. “Every time we put something out on social media, it’s been some of the best-performing posts that we’ve had. “In terms of sentiment, in terms of impressions, in terms of sharing, and video completions, it’s been really, really good. It really helps. “The amount of excitement,

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if they’re employees, with our fans, with our dealers... it’s just been immense.” DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing continued racing Falcons even when Ford withdrew its factory backing, forcing the teams to create/strengthen relationships with Ford dealers that continue with the return of head office’s support. “Tickford and our team have respective relationships with a number of Ford dealers, but the two that we’re particularly close to are the Bayfords and Metro Ford,” says DJR Team Penske team principal Ryan Story. “I know from speaking to Tim [Edwards, Tickford principal] and speaking to the dealer principal of Metro, there’s been a spike as a consequence of the Supercars relationship. “That correlates back to how many dashboards Dick, Fabian [Coulthard] and Scott

have had to sign on some of these cars before they leave the dealership!” While Ford’s backing is funnelled to DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing (including the 23 Red Racing entry), Holden has changed its approach to spread its support across all Commodore runners this season – Triple Eight Race Engineering, Erebus Motorsport, Walkinshaw Andretti United, Brad Jones Racing, Garry Rogers Motorsport, Tekno Autosports, Team 18 and Matt Stone Racing – rather than just its factory team, Triple Eight Race Engineering. This has seen the likes of Erebus Motorsport, which ran its own ‘E’ logo on the grilles of its Commodores in 2018, revert to the Holden logo. “What we’ve simply done is recognise the advocacy we get from the teams,” explains

Holden marketing boss Kristian Aquilina. “We’re recognising what they do for us as a brand with a bit of additional support from what we’ve been doing in the last couple of years. “It’s not just a parts deal, it’s a package of stuff. I don’t want to go into detail, but it helps ease their costs a little bit. “We felt that the right decision for us as a brand in the future is to be more involved than just narrowing it to one team. I hope it’s a small start to a longer term relationship with all of the Holden teams.” Holden has struggled in the marketplace since the closure of local manufacturing and with low sales for the ZB Commodore, leading to a change in its marketing approach amidst rumours it will accelerate the importation of the Camaro in a bid to counter the Mustang.

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SUMMER SERIES ON THE HORIZON

The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is busily working on a reworking of its calendar from 2020, with a move to summer well and truly in the works.

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he Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is set for its biggest shake-up since the introduction of a multi-round format in 1969. Work is well underway on a transition to a summer-based series in a bid to avoid the AFL and NRL seasons and get into better weather periods. The 2019/2020 season shapes as a transitional schedule ahead of a full summer move. In an exclusive interview in this edition of SupercarXtra Magazine, Virgin Australia Supercars Championship CEO Sean Seamer gives the

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justifications for the move. “Absolutely we are looking at how do we go racing in better weather patterns, how do we minimise our overlap with the NRL and AFL and get places like Tassie, Auckland and other places where it’s a bit chilly sometimes into better weather,” he says. Racing in summer will allow for more twilight/night running, with Barbagallo Raceway hosting night racing in 2019 and Sydney Motorsport Park returning to the schedule with another event under lights from 2020. “We can do more twilight racing, we can do more night

racing, and it means that people can do what they need to do with their family and their kids on a Saturday and can come to the track that night and enjoy the racing,” he adds. “When you go into a better window and you’ve got more daylight it gives you the flexibility to innovate and do things differently, like we’re doing in Perth this year. “Motorsport is best enjoyed on a sunny day, so we don’t have the same challenges as other codes in terms of how their schedules and their seasons ladder down into youth programs, etc. “We also don’t have the

luxury of being able to play in any weather. We don’t have stadiums, so weather’s really important for us. “We’re just trying to do the right thing by us and our fans so that more people can enjoy us more of the time.” The changes will soon fall into place, with the Superloop Adelaide 500 rumoured to be moving to October/November and the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 potentially switching to February, a date preferred by the IndyCar Series linked with a return to the streets of Surfers Paradise. Read our exclusive interview with Seamer from page 52.

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The Australian Touring Car Championship/Virgin Australia Supercars Championship notched up its 1000th championship race at the 2019 Beaurepaires Melbourne 400. These are the most successful entrants at that milestone.

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ifty-nine years after the Australian Touring Car Championship was born at the short-lived Gnoo Blas circuit in Orange in New South Wales in 1960, the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship celebrated its 1000th championship race at the 2019 Beaurepaires Melbourne 400, on the support bill of the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix. It was fitting that the 1000race milestone occurred at the Australian Grand Prix, in the second year that the event was included in the Supercars championship after a long battle to gain the billing at the biggest motorsport event in Australia. Ironically, the Formula 1 world

championship celebrated its 1000th grand prix a month later in China. The speed in getting to the mark in recent years reflects the increased number of races in latter decades, from singlerace championship deciders at the formation of the series to multiple races per round and a drastically expanded schedule. The years in which the century milestones were achieved are as follows: 100th (1979), 200th (1990), 300th (1996), 400th (1999), 500th (2002), 600th (2006), 700th (2009), 800th (2012), 900th (2015) and 1000th (2019). This skews the stats in regards to the most successful entrants over the 1000 races; nevertheless they highlight the

record-breaking run of Triple Eight Race Engineering and Jamie Whincup since their first championship win in 2008. While Craig Lowndes was the first to 100 race wins in 2013, Whincup surpassed his teammate in 2017. Triple Eight became the most successful team in terms of race wins by passing Holden Racing Team/ Walkinshaw Andretti United in 2018, the season it took over the mantle of the factory Holden team from the former. Holden can also lay claim to the title of most successful manufacturer over the 1000 races, with a comfortable buffer over long-time rival Ford and with the VF Commodore leading a top-three sweep of the most successful cars.

MOST WINS: DRIVERS 1 Jamie Whincup 2 Craig Lowndes 3 Mark Skaife 4 Garth Tander 5 Peter Brock 6 Glenn Seton 7 Mark Winterbottom 8 Allan Moffat =9 John Bowe Shane van Gisbergen

113 107 90 54 48 40 38 36 31

MOST WINS: TEAM 1 Triple Eight Race Engineering 184 2 HRT/Walkinshaw Andretti United 180 3 DJR/DJR Team Penske 107 4 FPR/Prodrive/Tickford Racing 71 5 Kmart Racing/HSV Dealer Team 50 6 Gibson/00 Motorsport 47 7 Glenn Seton Racing/Ford Tickford Racing 42 8 Stone Brothers Racing 41 =9 Allan Moffat Racing Holden Dealer Team 38

MOST WINS: MANUFACTURERS 1 Holden 2 Ford 3 Nissan 4 BMW 5 Volvo 6 Chevrolet 7 Mazda 8 Jaguar =9 Porsche AMG Mercedes-Benz

548 365 31 17 11 10 8 4 2

MOST WINS: CARS

Jamie Whincup, Triple Eight, Holden and the VF Commodore hold the records for most wins at the 1000-race milestone for the Australian Touring Car Championship/Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

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1 Holden Commodore VF 2 Holden Commodore VE/VEII 3 Holden Commodore VT 4 Ford Falcon FG 5 Ford Falcon BA =6 Holden Commodore VX Ford Falcon FG X 8 Ford Falcon BF 9 Holden Commodore VZ 10 Holden Commodore VS

108 103 63 55 51 45 39 37 35

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SUPERCARS 2019 CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR

FEB 28-MAR 3 Superloop Adelaide 500

Adelaide Parklands Circuit

MAR 14-17

Beaurepaires Melbourne 400

Albert Park Street Circuit

APR 5-7

Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint

Symmons Plains Raceway

APR 12-14

WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint

Phillip Island GP Circuit

MAY 2-4

PIRTEK Perth SuperNight

MAY 24-26

Winton SuperSprint

Winton Motor Raceway

JUN 14-16

BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown

Hidden Valley Raceway

JUL 5-7

Watpac Townsville 400

Townsville Street Circuit

JUL 26-28

Ipswich SuperSprint

AUG 23-25

The Bend SuperSprint

SEP 13-15

ITM Auckland SuperSprint

Pukekohe Park Raceway

OCT 10-13

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

Mount Panorama Circuit

OCT 25-27

Vodafone Gold Coast 600

NOV 8-10

Sandown 500

NOV 22-24

Coates Hire Newcastle 500

Barbagallo Raceway

Queensland Raceway The Bend Motorsport Park

Surfers Paradise Street Circuit Sandown Motor Raceway Newcastle Street Circuit Dates correct at time of printing

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BEYOND THE WHEEL Column by Mark Winterbottom

WORKING IN A NEW WAY

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here was a lot of hype heading into the new season around where we’d be in the pecking order, so it was a great feeling to roll out and achieve some good results early on. It’s been a big period of adjustment getting used to a new driving style and not having teammates to work with. We have a link with Triple Eight Race Engineering, so we can keep an eye on their data and correspond with them in terms of what we’re lacking and what we need. It is certainly different not being in a debrief and having a direct teammate to compare

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with. But having the engineering team trying to come up with what’s best for just us was actually a nice change, so it’s a process to get used to, this new way of working. While there’s other singlecar customer teams on the grid, we are looking at Triple Eight as our benchmark considering we have access to their data. It does feel a bit strange working so closely with a team that I’ve had such a strong rivalry with over the years, but it is our technical director Phil Keed’s role to work with them to achieve a better car. Having access to their data means that we can see firsthand what someone like Jamie

“IT’S BEEN A BIG PERIOD OF ADJUSTMENT GETTING USED TO A NEW DRIVING STYLE AND NOT HAVING TEAMMATES TO WORK WITH.” Whincup does in terms of their steering and brake traits, essentially how he drives the car, without being in there with him. It wouldn’t have been relevant in the past given we were in different cars but now it’s really relevant, and I’ve had to adapt my style massively to drive the car. How cars from different teams achieve their speed can be so very different, even though there are so many

control parts. How we get to achieving different results in setup and, therefore, handling is so varied – steering rate, how you’re turning, how you brake, when you’re on the throttle, etc. It’s very hard to explain unless you’re driving but the subtle variables make for a completely different way of achieving speed. This process has been helped by the introduction of the new transaxle and the ban on twin-spring dampers, helping to minimise the tuning options we had while adapting to the new driving style When you get used to something a certain way, you then try to match the car to what it’s done before, but I haven’t had to do that before with this package. I’ve just hopped in and picked its strengths and weaknesses, and I’m not worried about the twin-springs not being there. I’m more worried about tuning it within the new parameters to my liking. There’s still a long way to go this season, so we are confident we will only build our confidence as we learn more and continue to bank some strong results. We haven’t set a specific goal as we wanted to see where we were and then work towards improving the position, so the learning process will continue. – Frosty

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RIGHT ON TRACK

Column by Craig Lowndes

SETTLING INTO A NEW ROLE

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t’s been a busy start to the new season settling into my new role with the Supercars television commentary team. We’ve gone into the events very well prepared, working closely with Jessica Yates and the production crew to try and get our heads around how it all works and what they’re looking for from me. In the beginning I was probably a bit tense, trying to get all the information out, not knowing which camera to look to, where to stand and the like. But I’ve become more comfortable with time, and I’m enjoying being able to contribute to the overall show of Supercars. It’s been great to work so closely with Mark Skaife again, too. Our connection goes way back to the Holden Racing Team days and then, later in our careers, sharing a win at Bathurst with Triple Eight in 2010. Working with him in a new capacity feels very familiar and, therefore, comfortable.

I know his personality, how he operates, when he’s joking, when he’s trying to be serious, the way he delivers information, so it’s a good connection for me to have in this new role. I’ve learned a lot from him already and he’s given me a lot of guidance. Definitely one of the most interesting parts of the new job is being able to wander up and down pitlane and walk into any pit garage, which isn’t

something I could really do as a rival driver! Seeing the cars roll out to start a new season and not being in one of them was a strange feeling. But we had three to four months of getting used to that, talking about it and getting ready for it, so it was expected. At the end of the first event I was happy I made the right decision, especially knowing how challenging the

temperatures and the conditions were for the drivers. In that sense I felt quite content looking back, and I believe now, today, that I still made the right choice and am very happy with where I’ve moved into in the next chapter of my career. In terms of on-track action, it’s shaping up as another close season with the Ford Mustang Supercar rolling out strongly and the Holden Commodore entrants having strength in numbers. The strengths and weaknesses of the Mustang, Commodore and Nissan Altima will show up at different circuits across the schedule. The teams running the Mustang are all showing a good turn of speed, while Triple Eight is leading the way for Holden. My pre-season tip for the championship was Erebus Motorsport’s David Reynolds, so I don’t believe Triple Eight will have it all to themselves in 2019, though. Let’s see! – Craig

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Column by Garry Rogers

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ack in the late 1990s, a young driver called Garth Tander burst onto the Supercars scene. He was extremely fast and got involved in a few incidents. Many of the team owners of the time were outraged and wanted to ban Garth. A meeting was called at Network Ten’s head office, which I was summoned to, and they were demanding that the category ban Garth because he was crashing into everyone. I had to stand up in front of them all and state Garth’s case and say that the fact of the matter is that he is racing as hard as he can and occasionally crashes happen when you race hard. They all got over it, and we all now know what Garth did with his career! I was reminded of this situation at this year’s Australian Grand Prix meeting when everyone was calling for Richie Stanaway’s blood. I think that everyone has forgotten that when we go to these races it is called a ‘motor race’; it is not called a ‘motor procession’. I’m not one for people crashing into everyone else every second of the day, but these cars are so competitive and the category is so close that 95 per cent of the passing moves start with a little tap because the cars just don’t get untidy enough to make a pass unless there is a little contact. Good drivers will deal with the push and shove and balance their car again and push on without losing position.

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The whining drivers can sook all that they like; we are here to race. It’s a shame that they can’t do the same. Richie spent some time in the steward’s office with the major incident being the on-track clash with Tickford Racing’s Lee Holdsworth. I am not one that partakes in social media activity, but I am well informed that both Richie and GRM (particularly myself) were central in a lot of discussion with much of it negative. I have absolutely no problem with that as I am a believer in freedom of speech, so long as derogatory language is not used. Richie is a very accomplished motor-racing driver, and to his credit he backed himself to leave New Zealand in his late

teens and travelled to Europe with no money but plenty of desire. He had some remarkable successes and although his dream to race in F1 didn’t eventuate, he at least gave it a go. I won’t go into the details of the Holdsworth incident, but one thing I did learn was that Richie is not a whinger; he gets on with things. I certainly do not condone dangerous driving, but I do encourage good old-fashioned hard racing where you fight tooth and nail and don’t get bullied. I am seriously over the café latte/bike-riding set of drivers who are all buddy, buddy. Teams and sponsors are spending enormous amounts of money to put on races, not processions.

The facts are victories are tough to get and drivers need to fight for every position. As a sport we need to get fair dinkum because vanilla is boring! It’s absolutely paramount that we remember that motor racing is entertainment, and although incredibly dangerous and rules must be in place for safety, we must focus on the entertainment side. Having said that, we are not at all happy with our performance as a team early in the season. We are just not quick enough! I’m sure some of that missing speed is in the drivers and some of it is in the cars; we are looking into everything as a team. I think that our cars are very good cars, but maybe they could be driven a little better. James ‘Beiber’ Golding has been driving these cars long enough that he should be on to it by now. I believe in him as a driver, but he is going to have to start to do better than he has been doing so far. Richie has proven that he is quick enough in these cars, but he is not consistent enough. To date as full-time driver Richie has not delivered, and ‘Beiber’ is not delivering, but that doesn’t mean we all give up. What it does mean is that we all need to work harder and harder. – Garry

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WORDS Adrian Musolino IMAGES Ben Auld, Supercars

The full-time retirements of Craig Lowndes and Garth Tander put an exclamation point on the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship’s most recent generation change. With a new champion in Scott McLaughlin, new contenders such as Cameron Waters, new veterans such as Jamie Whincup and new rising stars such as Anton de Pasquale, we attempt to make sense of this new pecking order by grouping the 2019 grid into their new roles.

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here have been a number of high-profile retirements in Supercars in recent seasons, with Craig Lowndes’ decision to step back from full-time driving the most significant. He represented the changing of the guard in Australian touring cars in the mid-1990s, bursting down the door that saw Garth Tander, Jason Bright, Greg Murphy, Todd Kelly and more follow and take over the mantle of leading drivers from Peter Brock, Dick Johnson, Jim Richards, Larry Perkins and co. The latter were a golden generation of Australian touring cars, but Lowndes and co. carried the sport through an era of expansion and growth.

The next great generation change took place in the mid-2000s, when Jamie Whincup, Mark Winterbottom, James Courtney, Rick Kelly and co. raised the bar in terms of preparation and fitness. They did battle with Lowndes’ generation in a fascinating era of Supercars, though they now face new foes from the next in line. The new crop of leading drivers are products of the Dunlop Super2 Series, the second-tier category, which has produced well-rounded talent ready to hit the main game running at a younger age. This is the generation led by reigning champ McLaughlin, with each driver in this category filling a different role in Supercars’ newlook pecking order.

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GENERATION CHANGE

THE NEW LEADERS

David Reynolds, Shane van Gisbergen, Scott McLaughlin, Chaz Mostert, Cameron Waters

It was fitting that Scott McLaughlin was crowned champion on the same day Supercars paid tribute to the retiring Craig Lowndes. It marked a handover of sorts between two of the most popular and fanfriendly drivers in the sport, separated by two generations. McLaughlin is leading the way for a crop of drivers who learned their craft in the Dunlop Super2 Series and have helped dethrone the recent ruler of Supercars, Jamie Whincup. With plenty of experience at a young age in a Supercar, success has

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“THE REIGNING CHAMPION HAS ALREADY BUILT UP A GREAT RIVALRY WITH COUNTRYMAN SHANE VAN GISBERBEN, WITH THEIR BATTLE FOR THE TITLE LAST SEASON ONE OF THE MOST CLOSELY FOUGHT IN YEARS.” come quickly for the likes of McLaughlin, who won races in his first full-time season and is already rewriting the record books when it comes to achievements such as pole positions. McLaughlin is the natural successor to Lowndes, with his friendly personality and willingness to engage with fans reaching a level of popularity few New Zealanders

have achieved in Australia. But success at a young age means Supercars may struggle to hold on to him, with his strong ties to Team Penske, love of NASCAR and American fiancée possible triggers for a Marcos Ambrose-like move to North America. The reigning champion has already built up a great rivalry with countryman Shane van Gisberben, with their battle for the

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title last season one of the most closely fought in years. Van Gisbergen doesn’t necessarily fit the rising-star mould filled by McLaughlin in recent times, debuting in the series back in 2007 but still only 30 years of age in 2019. As the aggressor on track and driver of Roland Dane’s powerhouse Triple Eight outfit, van Gisbergen has somewhat assumed the role of villain up against McLaughlin, a narrative that fits in perfectly with what Supercars wants from its new generation of leaders. If McLaughlin is the hero and van Gisbergen the villain, then David Reynolds is the joker. His rise at Erebus Motorsport hasn’t stopped him from playing the class clown; in fact, if anything, he’s been free to be himself under the leadership of equally eccentric team owner Betty Klimenko. Like van Gisbergen, Reynolds has over a decade of experience in Supercars but is now at his peak, leading Erebus Motorsport to results beyond expectations. This combination makes him stand out from the other drivers around his age and level of experience. Tickford Racing duo Chaz Mostert and Cameron Waters may have struggled last season but the team’s return to form with the new Mustang Supercar has allowed them to shine once more. With long-time Tickford Racing driver Mark Winterbottom moving on at the end of 2018, Mostert and Waters have stepped up as team leaders in 2019.

Mostert already has a big following, bursting onto the scene in 2013 and winning a race for the then under-funded Dick Johnson Racing, conquering Mount Panorama with a dramatic fightback in 2014 only to suffer a horror accident there in 2015, and recovering from those injuries to return to the top step of the podium. Like McLaughlin, he has attracted attention from overseas, namely BMW and its GT program, though we hope they hang around to continue a rivalry that dates back to their go-karting days. With Mostert’s similarly engaging personality, both Ford teams have a star driver on-track and marketable personality off-track. And with Mostert starting out at McLaughlin’s current team and having a close friendship with Dick Johnson, rumours have circled they could be teammates at DJR Team Penske in the not-too-distant future. Waters is the dark horse of the group, flying under the radar despite following in the footsteps of McLaughlin by winning the Dunlop Super2 Series title. His stunning win in the 2017 Sandown 500 confirmed his potential, and he has grown as a driver in the switch to the Mustang. These different characters are peaking in their careers at the same time, emerging out of the shadows of the likes of Lowndes to take their place at the top of the pecking order.

THE NEXT TIER

André Heimgartner, Nick Percat, Simona de Silvestro, Scott Pye, Tim Slade.

Some drivers aren’t easily placed in the generation ranking, either by age or results thus far. This group still have time to rise to the ‘new leaders’ bracket, though much will depend on whether they and their teams can step up on a more consistent basis. Brad Jones Racing teammates Tim Slade and Nick Percat have been evenly matched since joining forces at the Holden team in 2017, separated by just one place and 41 points in the championship standings in 2018 and often running in close quarters in 2019. They are aiming to push Brad Jones Racing further up the grid on a more consistent basis, following in the footsteps of of Shane van Gisbergen and Will Davison at Tekno Autosports and David Reynolds at Erebus Motorsport in challenging the factory-backed teams. Percat and Scott Pye were part of arguably the strongest Dunlop Super2 Series field ever in 2012, with fellow graduates Scott McLaughlin and Chaz Mostert battling it out further up the grid in recent seasons. Their chances of following suit appear to rest on the fortunes of their teams. SUPERCAR XTRA

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GENERATION CHANGE

While Brad Jones Racing punches above its weight, Pye’s Walkinshaw Andretti United is aiming to replicate the success of DJR Team Penske following investment from leading international motorsport figures in Michael Andretti and Zak Brown. Pye is well positioned to grow with the team having led the way in 2018, looking to make amends for being forced to make way for McLaughlin at DJR Team Penske. André Heimgartner and Simona de Silvestro face the toughest battle at Kelly Racing, the rebranded team that lost factory backing from Nissan in the offseason but is racing on with the Altima. Heimgartner got a deserved second season with the team having saved his career with a stunning substitute co-driver stint with Brad Jones Racing in 2017, off the back of shortened spells at Super Black Racing and Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport. De Silvestro could have been driving with Triple Eight Race Engineering in 2019, though the failed deal robbed the Swiss racer of a great opportunity to show her talent in a leading Supercar. Matching the likes of Heimgartner is vital for

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her confidence, especially with overseas options out there, including her Formula E testing role in 2019. Will one of these drivers one day challenge the likes of McLaughlin for a title? Or will the abundance of talent and limitations of their teams stop them from making the step up? We shall see.

THE NEW VETERANS

Mark Winterbottom, Rick Kelly, Jamie Whincup, Fabian Coulthard, James Courtney, Lee Holdsworth, Will Davison

The last great generation change in Supercars occurred in the mid-2000s and saw the emergence of Jamie Whincup as the new benchmark in the category and produced fellow champions James Courtney, Rick Kelly and Mark Winterbottom. Following the recent full-time retirements of Craig Lowndes, Garth Tander, Jason Bright and Todd Kelly, the likes of Whincup, Winterbottom, Kelly and Courtney are the new veterans of Supercars. Courtney is the oldest on the Supercars grid at 39 years of age, followed closely by Winterbottom at 38, Coulthard and

Davison at 37 and Holdsworth, Kelly and Whincup at 36. Even though he’s one of the youngest of this group, Kelly is the most experienced in terms of round starts, passing his brother Todd to join the top-five of the all-time round starts’ list in 2019. There’s still plenty of life in these veterans. Whincup can never be counted out as championship contender; he’s the Supercars record breaker in terms of most championships, race wins, podium finishers and pole positions, though he’s faced his toughest inter-team competition from Shane van Gisbergen, who has finished ahead of Whincup in two of their three seasons as teammates. Davison and Holdsworth have been rejuvenated by the form of the Ford Mustang Supercar, though they too face stiff opposition and direct competition from a younger generation in the form of Chaz Mostert and Cameron Waters. Fabian Coulthard, James Courtney and Rick Kelly have been under the most pressure from younger teammates amongst this group. Coulthard is the most at threat given McLaughlin’s red-hot form and the

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pressure mounting from DJR Team Penske to have two drivers at the front of the grid on a regular basis. With the likes of Mostert off-contract and being linked with the highly-sought after drive, Coulthard is racing to extend his career. Courtney, too, has battled to match teammate Scott Pye over the last two seasons, with the latter the right age to grow with the team under the reworked ownership structure of Walkinshaw Andretti United. Kelly faces no such pressures as part of the family-run Kelly Racing. However, in passing his brother in the all-time starts list, will Kelly also ponder his driving future with an eye on committing more time to the off-track running of the team? Unlike many other drivers, Kelly has a clear and visible transition into retirement from driving. Winterbottom set out on a new path by moving to Team 18 in 2019, ending a long association with Ford and Tickford. It seems to have rejuvenated the second oldest driver on the grid, with the potential of taking on a greater role with the team given his seemingly close ties to owner Charlie Schwerkolt. If these drivers follow the example of Lowndes and Tander, then they should have a few years left. And while the veteran tag may not sit comfortably, it’s part of a new reality in this reworking of the pecking order.

THE SOPHOMORES

Jack Le Brocq, James Golding, Richie Stanaway, Todd Hazelwood, Anton de Pasquale

These five drivers were full-time main-game rookies in 2018, earning their spot on the grid as race winners in the Dunlop Super2 Series. But this season shapes as vital for all five if they are to remain in the main game on a long-term basis. The biggest improver has been Todd Hazelwood, benefitting from a move into a Triple Eight-built Holden ZB Commodore following a rookie season in which he was forced into a mid-season switch from a Ford FG X Falcon to a VF Commodore. Hazelwood showed great maturity in handling the situation and is well embedded within Matt Stone Racing, working within the team’s commercial department. Jack Le Brocq and Anton de Pasquale led the way for the rookies in 2018, finishing in 19th and 20th respectively, and they have the chance to build on those campaigns with the stability of staying with the same teams and in the same cars in 2019. But while de Pasquale has the benchmark of Reynolds at Erebus Motorsport, Le Brocq is flying solo at a Tekno Autosports team that has undergone a significant changeover of staff in the off-season. Both have the talent to make an impression in Supercars, though SUPERCAR XTRA

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DRIVERS’ AGES IN 2019

39 James Courtney 38 Mark Winterbottom 37 Fabian Coulthard, Will Davison 36 Lee Holdsworth, Rick Kelly, Jamie Whincup 34 David Reynolds, Tim Slade 31 Simona de Silvestro, Nick Percat 30 Shane van Gisbergen 29 Scott Pye 28 Richie Stanaway 27 Chaz Mostert, Garry Jacobson, Jack Le Brocq 26 Scott McLaughlin 25 Macauley Jones, Cameron Waters 24 Anton de Pasquale, Todd Hazelwood André Heimgartner 23 James Golding

de Pasquale appears best placed of the sophomore runners. Richie Stanaway and James Golding have found themselves as teammates following Stanaway’s departure from Tickford Racing and shock move to Garry Rogers Motorsport (GRM) in place of Garth Tander. It was a lifeline for Stanaway, who endured a nightmare rookie season punctuated by a very public falling out with Tickford. GRM’s new title sponsor Boost Mobile and its owner Peter Adderton clearly believe in Stanaway, but he will need to repay that faith. These changes have left Golding without the mentoring figure of Tander across the other side of the garage. Tander had worked closely with Golding as co-driver and then teammate, so his absence could be seen as a detriment to the youngster’s development given the inexperience in the team. It remains to be seen whether this rookie class will be as strong as the Dunlop Super2 Series graduates of 2012 (Scott McLaughlin, Chaz Mostert, Scott Pye and Nick Percat). They have youth on their side, though as we’ve seen choices and application go a long way in setting down the path of success.

Jacobson won the 2016 Dunlop Super2 Series but had to wait a further two years to graduate into the main game, helped by two impressive endurance campaigns. He faces a tough ask in his full-time rookie season given Kelly Racing’s loss of factory support, though with the opportunity to show his worth against teammates of varying experience. They will be aiming for the progression of the likes of Scott McLaughlin and co. in using success in the Dunlop Super2 Series as a launching pad to a long main-game career. Watching how these drivers progress and their careers play out is a big reason why the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship will be such a compelling drama.

THE ROOKIES

Garry Jacobson, Macauley Jones

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This season’s rookie class is smaller but equally deserving of its chance in the main game. Jones, son of team owner Brad Jones, has competed in five seasons in the Dunlop Super2 Series, four main-game wildcard rounds and four endurance campaigns. His future is likely to be closely tied to Brad Jones Racing, though it will be interesting to see if he follows the example of cousin Andrew Jones (son of Kim Jones) and race for teams other than the family-run operation.

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The change of pecking order in the Supercars main game has thrust a new generation into the spotlight, opening doors for the next tier of drivers to accelerate their development in the Dunlop Super2 Series and rebranded Kumho Tyre Super3 Series. These are the drivers to watch in those developmental categories in 2019. Thomas Randle

debut with an endurance campaign in the Mustang Supercar. “He’s shown he’s a talented driver, and we’ve shown we can mould a talented driver into a winning driver,” says Tickford boss Tim Edwards.

Jack Smith

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THOMAS RANDLE

Randle is following in the footsteps of Chaz Mostert and Cameron Waters as Tickford Racing’s Dunlop Super2 Series young gun being groomed for the main game. The 22-year-old from Melbourne comes from a racing background, with father Dean having been a successful sports-sedan competitor for several years. Randle began in Australian Formula Ford and Formula 4 before heading overseas, running competitively in British Formula 3 and the Formula Renault Eurocup before returning to Australia last year to race in the secondtier Supercars series for Tickford. Randle showed good speed in his transition into touring cars, picking up the Mike Kable Young Gun award for his rookie efforts. In 2019 Randle begins his second season with Tickford and will make his main-game 28

Brown burst onto the scene in 2016, taking out both the Toyota 86 and Australian Formula 4 championships. The Toowoomba native followed this up with an impressive Dunlop Super2 Series debut season with Eggleston Motorsport, while also making his main-game debut with Erebus Motorsport in the endurance events. Strong runs alongside fellow rising star Anton de Pasquale were counteracted by bad luck at Bathurst and a mistake that culminated in a hefty accident on the Gold Coast, but Brown gave a good account for himself and returns to the #99 for this Will Brown

year’s long-distance events. He’s racing yet again with Eggleston in the Dunlop Super2 Series and team owner Racheal Eggleston describes him as a “super talent”. “There is no doubt he has the ability, it’s now just about piecing it all together,” she says.

JACK SMITH

Smith has a lot of experience for someone so young. Now in his third full season in the Dunlop Super2 series, Smith is driving the lone Brad Jones Racing entry and is building a strong relationship with the Albury-based team. The 2017 Kumho Tyre Super3 Series champ also showed his talent across the Tasman, winning the BNTV8 championship in New Zealand over the summer. A maingame debut as a wildcard entry at Symmons Plains Raceway in Tasmania showed the faith the team has in the Gold Coast-native. “I’ve been racing in the BNTV8 Series in

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New Zealand over the summer break, which for a small category has provided me with some of the hardest racing I’ve experienced, and I’m quite enthusiastic about applying what I’ve learned to Super2,” he says.

Dylan O’Keefe Brodie Kostecki

DYLAN O’KEEFFE

O’Keeffe is in his first season in the Dunlop Super2 Series in 2019, taking over from reigning champion Chris Pither at Garry Rogers Motorsport. The Victorian has little experience in a Supercar, having come through the Porsche ranks from the Victorian 944 Cup to the Carrera Cup. 2018 was a breakout year for O’Keeffe with third in the Porsche Carrera Cup standings, earning him global recognition by representing Australia in the prestigious Porsche Motorsport Junior Programme Shootout. O’Keeffe now shapes as the next in a long line of drivers to grow under the tutelage of Garry Rogers, alongside teammate Mason Barbera.

BRYCE FULLWOOD

MW Motorsport has been home to some of the brightest talents in Australian motorsport over the last decade, having housed the likes of Chaz Mostert, Tim Slade, Jack Le Brocq, Garry Jacobson and more. Their latest talent is Bryce Fullwood, who hails from Darwin and is one of the more experienced drivers in the Dunlop Super2 Series, having competed in the category on a full-time basis since 2016. Fullwood made his main game debut in the 2018 PIRTEK Endurance Cup, teaming up with Todd Hazelwood in the Matt Stone Racing entry in what was an otherwise challenging season in the team’s Dunlop Super2 Series. A return to MW Motorsport has already paid dividends with a breakthrough Bryce Fullwood

Kurt Kostecki

win in the season-opening round in Adelaide in 2019, putting Fullwood back on the radar of main-game teams.

BRODIE KOSTECKI

The Kosteckis, Brodie, Kurt and Jake, have become ever-present in the Dunlop Super2 Series over the past couple of years. Brodie, cousin to brothers Kurt and Jake, is the least experienced of the three, having come from a different background to most Supercars-based drivers. He spent most of his years racing in the United States in USAC and stock cars all the way up to NASCAR’s fifth tier, the K&N Pro Series. Yet the eldest of the Western Australian trio has been the most successful of the three, becoming a regular on the podium following a breakout round win at Sandown in 2018.

Jake Kostecki

KURT KOSTECKI

Kurt Kostecki is now part of the new-look Triple Eight Dunlop Super2 Series team, making his debut in the series as a 16-yearold in 2014. He helped launch the Kostecki Brothers Racing with brother Jake in 2016, the same year Kurt made his main-game debut as an injury replacement for Lee Holdsworth with Team 18. He made two main-game wildcard appearances with the family-run team in 2018, though he joined Triple Eight’s two-car Dunlop Super2 Series team in 2019, having worked as a mechanic on Shane van Gisbergen’s car for the past few seasons.

JAKE KOSTECKI

The youngest of the Kosteckis, Jake, followed a similar path to brother Kurt, having come through the karting ranks and into the

The Kosteckis hail from Perth and have become regular contenders in the Dunlop Super2 Series with an eye on the main game. Kostecki Brothers Racing was formed in 2016. Cousins Brodie and Jake (top and bottom) are driving for the team in 2019, with Kurt at Triple Eight Race Engineering. SUPERCAR XTRA

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Tyler Everingham

Kumho Tyre Super3 Series before stepping up to the Dunlop Super2 Series in 2016 with Kostecki Brothers Racing. With Kurt moving across to Triple Eight’s Dunlop Super2 Series team, Jake and cousin Brodie represent the family-run team to continue the upward trajectory of the Kosteckis.

BRENTON GROVE

Grove is a second-generation racer, following in the footsteps of father and Porsche Carrera Cup regular Stephen Grove. The Victorian has had stints in Australian Formula 4, Porsche GT3 Cup

Challenge and Porsche Carrera Cup before his move into the Dunlop Super2 Series with Triple Eight in 2019. Racing Craig Lowndes’ ex-Triple Eight VF Commodore with Triple Eight is a big opportunity for Grove to test himself against teammate Kurt Kostecki and show his talent in a touring car.

TYLER EVERINGHAM

Last year’s Kumho Tyre Super3 Series

champion Everingham is looking to make an impact in his first season in the Dunlop Super2 Series with MW Motorsport in 2019. Everingham has risen through the ranks of Australian motorsport over the past few years, going from Australian Formula 4 to touring cars, including a class title in Australian Production Cars at the age of 17. Teammates Bryce Fullwood and Zane Goddard will provide a good benchmark for the New South Welshman.

Joel Heinrich

Brenton Grove

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JOEL HEINRICH

Hamish Ribarits

The reigning Aussie Racing Cars champion has made the big step up into the Dunlop Super2 Series with Matt Stone Racing in 2019. Unlike many of his rivals, Heinrich’s background is in tin-top cars, having raced HQ Holdens, Nissan Pulsars and saloon cars. The South Australian is the son of five-times national saloon-car series winner Bruce Heinrich and hopes his production-car based background will help in his progression in Supercars. Zane Goddard

HAMISH RIBARITS

ZANE GODDARD

Gold Coaster Goddard comes from a strong open-wheeler background, having won races in the British Formula 4 championship and Renault Eurocup before returning to Australia with Brad Jones Racing last year. He proved to be a safe pair of hands, gradually getting quicker as the season went on. Goddard joined MW Motorsports in 2019 to continue his transition into touring cars.

Ribarits graduates from Formula Ford into a Supercar in 2019 after two successful seasons racing for Team Sonic Motor Racing Services. Ribarits will be hoping to follow a similar path to previous Sonic graduates Will Davison, David Reynolds, Nick Percat and Jamie Whincup by becoming a star in

Supercars. The Victorian is driving for MW Motorsport in the Kumho Tyre Super3 Series this season, replacing 2018 champion Tyler Everingham.

JORDAN BOYS

Boys made an immediate impression in his first outing in the Dunlop Super2 Series in 2017, impressively qualifying

JOSH FIFE

Fife is a karting star looking to make an impact in his very first season in a full-sized race car with Brad Jones Racing in the Kumho Tyre Super3 Series in 2019. Off the back of a stellar karting career that saw him become the youngest driver to win both the KZ2 and DD2 titles in the Australian Karting championship, the teenager from Canberra will be looking to repeat the success that Jack Smith has had over the past two seasons in the same car. Team owner Brad Jones says Fife has “great potential”, with the rebranded Kumho Tyre Super3 Series a natural step up.

Josh Fife

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Jordan Boys

touring cars in the Kumho Tyre Super3 Series in 2017, taking round honours at Phillip Island in his first outing.

Madeline Stewart

BROC FEENEY

Feeney is looking to follow the path of Anton de Pasquale and Bryce Fullwood, moving into the Kumho Tyre Super3 Series with Paul Morris Motorsport this season. At just 15 years of age, Feeney was a consistent front-runner in the Toyota 86 Series and is the latest young driver identified and being coached by Bathurst 1000 winner Paul Morris. “He doesn’t have too many bad habits and when we identify any that he does, he listens and then he goes about correcting what we’ve identified,” says Morris. in fifth at Bathurst at his first attempt in a Supercar. The Albury-based racer is driving for Terry Wyhoon’s Image Racing outfit, following a decade of experience in karting before stints in Victorian and Australian Formula Ford. He stepped up into

MADELINE STEWART

Stewart teams with John Fife in Brad Jones Racing’s Kumho Tyre Super3 Series outfit in 2019. The New Zealand-born and now Melbourne-based racer has spent the best part of the last decade climbing through the karting ranks, and

she competed in the top-tier KZ2 class for the last two years. The third-generation racer now makes the big step up into a Supercar and aims to be the next female racer in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. Broc Feeney and mentor and team boss Paul Morris.

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Driver

Team Sponsor Name

Car

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Scott Pye

Mobil 1 MEGA Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

3

Garry Jacobson

RABBLE.club Racing

Nissan Altima

5

Lee Holdsworth

The Bottle-O Racing Team

Ford Mustang

6

Cameron Waters

Monster Energy Racing Team

Ford Mustang

7

AndrĂŠ Heimgartner

Plus Fitness Racing

Nissan Altima

8

Nick Percat

Brad Jones Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

9

David Reynolds

Penrite Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

12

Fabian Coulthard

Shell V-Power Racing Team

Ford Mustang

14

Tim Slade

Freightliner Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

15

Rick Kelly

Castrol Racing

Nissan Altima

17

Scott McLaughlin

Shell V-Power Racing Team

Ford Mustang

18

Mark Winterbottom

IRWIN Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

19

Jack Le Brocq

Truck Assist TEKNO Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

21

Macauley Jones

Team CoolDrive

Holden ZB Commodore

22

James Courtney

Mobil 1 MEGA Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

23

Will Davison

Milwaukee Racing

Ford Mustang

33

Richie Stanaway

Boost Mobile Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

34

James Golding

Boost Mobile Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

35

Todd Hazelwood

Matt Stone Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

55

Chaz Mostert

Supercheap Auto Racing

Ford Mustang

78

Simona de Silvestro

Team Harvey Norman

Nissan Altima

88

Jamie Whincup

Red Bull Holden Racing Team

Holden ZB Commodore

97

Shane van Gisbergen

Red Bull Holden Racing Team

Holden ZB Commodore

99

Anton de Pasquale

Erebus Penrite Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

Entries correct at the time of printing. Driver profiles in pitlane order from P26 to P33.

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SHANE VAN GISBERGEN

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

ROUND STARTS 168 RACE STARTS 370 RACE WINS 32 PODIUMS 98 POLE POSITIONS 26 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 1st (2016) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 2nd (2016) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 2nd

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

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

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JAMIE WHINCUP

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

ROUND STARTS 218 RACE STARTS 475 RACE WINS 113 PODIUMS 200 POLE POSITIONS 80 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 1st (2008, ’09, ’11, ’12, ’13, ’14, ’17) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2006, ’07, ’08, ’12) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 3rd

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

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

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SCOTT McLAUGHLIN

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

ROUND STARTS 93 RACE STARTS 207 RACE WINS 32 PODIUMS 71 POLE POSITIONS 52 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 1st (2018) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 3rd (2018) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 1st

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

REIGNING CHAMP OFF TO A FLYER: McLaughlin overcame the disppointment of his last-gasp defeat in 2017 to win his first championship in 2018. And he’s continued where he left off, winning seven races so far this season with his only blight being a nonstart in Race 5 following an out-lap tangle. The new Ford Mustang Supercar has had a strong start with McLaughlin leading the charge. P26

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FABIAN COULTHARD

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

ROUND STARTS 180 RACE STARTS 392 RACE WINS 11 PODIUMS 50 POLE POSITIONS 9 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 3rd (2017) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 3rd (2017) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 9th

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

KEEPING HIS TEAMMATE HONEST: Coulthard struggled to keep pace with his teammate Scott McLaughlin in 2018, hoping the change to the Ford Mustang Supercar leads to more consistent performances at the front-end of the grid. Coulthard took the first pole of this season in Adelaide and has scored four consecutive podiums entering this weekend, including a win in Race 10 at Phillip Island.

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LEE HOLDSWORTH

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

ROUND STARTS 191 RACE STARTS 427 RACE WINS 3 PODIUMS 13 POLE POSITIONS 4 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 7th (2010) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 3rd (2009) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 21st

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

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

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CHAZ MOSTERT

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

ROUND STARTS 83 RACE STARTS 185 RACE WINS 13 PODIUMS 43 POLE POSITIONS 17 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 5th (2017) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2014) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 6th

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

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

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CAMERON WATERS

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

ROUND STARTS 58 RACE STARTS 110 RACE WINS 1 PODIUMS 7 POLE POSITIONS 3 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 8th (2017) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 4th (2016) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 16th

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

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

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WILL DAVISON

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

ROUND STARTS 194 RACE STARTS 429 RACE WINS 19 PODIUMS 51 POLE POSITIONS 17 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 2nd (2009) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2009, ’16) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 15th

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

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

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DAVID REYNOLDS

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

ROUND STARTS 140 RACE STARTS 298 RACE WINS 7 PODIUMS 25 POLE POSITIONS 12 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 3rd (2015) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2017) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 5th

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

PROVING HIS CONTENDER CREDENTIALS: Reynolds was the best non-DJR Team Penske and Triple Eight Race Engineering entry in the standings in 2018, hoping to emerge as a genuine championship contender in 2019. Reynolds and Erebus Motorsport have had a consistent start to this season with a podium in Race 8 at the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint and two fourth-place finishes. P28

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ANTON DE PASQUALE

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

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

ROUND STARTS 20 RACE STARTS 41 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 1 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 20th (2018) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 24th (2018) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 20th

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

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SCOTT PYE

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

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

ROUND STARTS 90 RACE STARTS 201 RACE WINS 1 PODIUMS 7 POLE POSITIONS 1 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 7th (2018) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 2nd (2017, ’18) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 7th

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

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JAMES COURTNEY

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

ROUND STARTS 187 RACE STARTS 415 RACE WINS 15 PODIUMS 58 POLE POSITIONS 10 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 1st (2010) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 2nd (2007) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 14th

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

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

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TIM SLADE

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

ROUND STARTS 147 RACE STARTS 313 RACE WINS 2 PODIUMS 16 POLE POSITIONS 2 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 5th (2012) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 7th (2009, ’12, ’16) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 11th

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

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

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NICK PERCAT

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

ROUND STARTS 84 RACE STARTS 175 RACE WINS 2 PODIUMS 8 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 10th (2018) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2011) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 10th

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

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

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MACAULEY JONES

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

ROUND STARTS 20 RACE STARTS 33 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 33rd (2018) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 7th (2018) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 33rd

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

STEPPING UP INTO THE MAIN GAME FULL-TIME: Jones, son of team owner Brad Jones, is a well-credentialled rookie with four endurance campaigns, five seasons in the Dunlop Super2 Series and four wildcard rounds. His full-time move into the main game has been difficult, though, with crashes in Adelaide and Melbourne through no fault of his own leaving him at the tail-end of the standings. P30

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TODD HAZELWOOD

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

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

ROUND STARTS 24 RACE STARTS 46 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 26th (2018) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 12th (2017) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 26th

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

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RICK KELLY

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

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

ROUND STARTS 243 RACE STARTS 532 RACE WINS 13 PODIUMS 39 POLE POSITIONS 10 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 1st (2006) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2003, ’04) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 8th

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

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ANDRE HEIMGARTNER

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

ROUND STARTS 49 RACE STARTS 104 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 2 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 17th (2018) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 9th (2017) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 17th

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

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

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GARRY JACOBSON

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

ROUND STARTS 10 RACE STARTS 18 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 37th (2018) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 8th (2017) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 37th

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

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

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SIMONA DE SILVESTRO

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

ROUND STARTS 36 RACE STARTS 69 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 23rd (2018) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 14th (2016, ’18) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 23rd

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

SETTLED SWISS RACER: De Silvestro is in her third full-time season in Supercars, buoyed by an improvement in results in 2018. The Swiss racer remains with the rebranded Kelly Racing, benefitting from continuity in the Nissan Altima. Improved qualifying performances are key if de Silvestro is to step out of the midfield, recording a best of 15th in the opening race of the season in Adelaide.

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RICHIE STANAWAY

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

ROUND STARTS 26 RACE STARTS 49 RACE WINS 1 PODIUMS 2 POLE POSITIONS 1 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 25th (2018) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 12th (2016) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 25th

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

SECOND CHANCE IN SUPERCARS: Stanaway’s rookie year with Tickford Racing proved a disappointment for he and the team, struggling to 25th in the championship and ending in a split after only one season. He received a lifeline when Garry Rogers Motorsport and new sponsor Boost Mobile picked him over incumbent Garth Tander, looking for improved results in the new-look team. P32

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JAMES GOLDING

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

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

ROUND STARTS 28 RACE STARTS 53 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 22nd (2018) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 8th (2018) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 22nd

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

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JACK LE BROCQ

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

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

ROUND STARTS 31 RACE STARTS 57 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 19th (2018) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 4th (2016) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 19th

RACING FOR HIS SEASON: Le Brocq was one of five full-time main-game rookies and finished highest in the championship with 19th place, an impressive performance in the single-car Tekno Autosports outfit. Le Brocq remains with the team for a second season in a customer Triple Eight ZB Commodore, though is under pressure this weekend with speculation over his future with the team.

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MARK WINTERBOTTOM

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

ROUND STARTS 216 RACE STARTS 480 RACE WINS 38 PODIUMS 117 POLE POSITIONS 36 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 1st (2015) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2013) 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP 12th

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

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

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BARBAGALLO RACEWAY SUPERCARS RECORDS RACE WINS BY DRIVER Driver Craig Lowndes Mark Skaife Mark Winterbottom Peter Brock Jamie Whincup Scott McLaughlin John Bowe Jason Bright Allan Grice Allan Moffat Glenn Seton Paul Radisich Greg Murphy

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Wins 16 8 7 5 5 5 4 4 3 3 3 3 3

Garth Tander Will Davison Jim Richards George Fury Dick Johnson Tony Longhurst Alan Jones Larry Perkins Marcos Ambrose Steven Richards Russel Ingall Dean Canto Chaz Mostert

POLE POSITIONS BY DRIVER 3 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Driver

Poles

Jamie Whincup

8

Allan Moffat

1

Peter Brock

6

Ian Geoghegan

1

Craig Lowndes

6

Jim Richards

1

Mark Skaife

6

Dick Johnson

4

George Fury

1

Scott McLaughlin

4

Tony Longhurst

1

Chaz Mostert

3

Paul Radisich

1

Greg Murphy

2

Steven Richards

1

Garth Tander

2

Jason Bright

1

John Bowe

2

Cameron Waters

1

Mark Winterbottom

2

Fabian Coulthard

1

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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 establishing themselves in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship last year, a new generation is coming through for their shot at the big time. The Dunlop Super2 Series is in its 20th season having debuted in 2000, with former champions such as Paul Dumbrell, Mark Winterbottom, Jonathon Webb and Scott McLaughlin going on to win Bathurst 1000s and/ or a Virgin Australia Supercars Championship title. The current crop of Dunlop Super2 Series began the 2019 season in Adelaide with Bryce Fullwood rejuvenated by a return to MW Motorsport in a Nissan Altima, winning the round with two race wins; a breakthrough maiden victory in the category for the Darwin-born racer. Also in MW Motorsport Altimas are rising stars Tyler Everinghan and Zane Goddard, the latter impressing in Adelaide with three podium finishes. Holden runner Brodie Kostecki shapes as Fullwood’s biggest challenger this season with a race win in Adelaide, leading the two-car Kostecki Brothers Racing alongside cousin Jake Kostecki. Kurt Kostecki moved from the family-run team to drive for Supercars powerhouse Triple Eight Race Engineering in its return to the second-tier category, alongside Brenton Grove.

Brad Jones Racing’s Jack Smith made his main-game debut at the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint and is one to watch this weekend following a challenging run in Adelaide. Garry Rogers Motorsport won the 2018 Dunlop Super2 Series title with Chris Pither and fields Dylan O’Keeffe and Mason Barbera in 2019. Matt Stone Racing won the 2017 title with Todd Hazelwood and is another main-game team with entries in the Dunlop Super2 Series this season, running the experienced Ashley Walsh and Britain’s Abbie Eaton, who is best known as the test driver for ‘The Grand Tour’ television series and raced a Supercar for the first time in Adelaide. Eggleston Motorsport’s Will Brown is another driver to watch having impressed in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship as an endurance co-driver with Erebus Motorsport in 2018, while teammate Dean Fiore will be out to use his experience to claim a win on home soil this weekend. There are three Ford entries on the grid in 2019: Tickford Racing’s Thomas Randle, the former Australian Formula Ford who is set to follow in the footsteps of Chaz Mostert and Cameron Waters and make his main-game debut in the endurance events with the team later in the year, and privateer entrants Joel Heinrich and Matt Chahda. The Dunlop Super2 Series will race twice this weekend, in the twilight of Friday and Saturday evenings.

DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES ENTRY LIST # 5 10 15 16 18 21 27 28 33 35 38 44 47 49 54 55 56 57 88 99

Driver Thomas Randle Brenton Grove Adam Marjoram Bryce Fullwood Matt Chahda Jack Smith Tyler Everingham Zane Goddard Abbie Eaton Ash Walsh Will Brown Dylan O’Keeffe Joel Heinrich Jordan Boys Dean Fiore Kurt Kostecki Jake Kostecki Brodie Kostecki Justin Ruggier Mason Barbera

Entry Sky Sands Grove Hire Racing Image Racing Middy’s Electrical / MWM Auto One Albury SCT Logistics Lowes Petroleum / MWM BGD Architects / MWM Matt Stone Racing Matt Stone Racing Eggleston Motorsport Garry Rogers Motorsport Osborn’s Transport Image Racing Eggleston Motorsport Arcoweld Racing Team Arcoweld Racing Team Arcoweld Racing Eggleston Motorsport Garry Rogers Motorsport

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

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ECB SUPERUTES SERIES ENTRY LIST #

Driver

Entry

Car

1

Ryal Harris

EFS 4x4 Racing

Mazda BT-50

7

Cameron Crick

Total Tools Team Triton Racing

Mitsubishi Triton

8

Ben Walsh

Fat Freddy’s

Toyota Hilux

Sieders Racing Team

Toyota Hilux

11 Luke Van Herwaade Sieders Racing Team

Toyota Hilux

17 Benjamin Falk

Tank World

Holden Colorado

18 Peter Major

ACDelco Racing

Holden Colorado

22 Tom Alexander

Caltex Delo Racing

Isuzu D-Max

49 Christopher Formosa Allgate Auto Doors

Ford Ranger

64 Craig Woods

Western Sydney Motorsport

Toyota Hilux

78 Elliot Barbour

Mitsibishi Motors Team Triton

Mitsubishi Triton

87 Craig Dontas

Mitsibishi Motors Team Triton

Mitsubishi Triton

94 TBA

Allgate Auto Doors

Ford Ranger

95 Adam Dodd

West End Mazda

Mazda BT-50

10 Michael Sieders

98 Stephen Southgate Global Road Maintenance Systems Holden Colorado

ECB SUPERUTES SERIES

The ECB SuperUtes Series made its racing debut last year, representing a whole new automotive sector on the race tracks of Australia. SuperUtes are based on the popular ute segment that makes up almost a quarter of all new cars sold in Australia with the Ford Ranger, Holden Colorado, Mitsubishi Triton, Toyota Hilux, Mazda BT-50 and Isuzu D-MAX represented on the grid in 2019. The production turbo-diesel engines produce 340bhp and a torque figure of 500 ft/lb. The rear-wheel drive cars weigh 1800 kilograms and feature control components including a CAMS-approved roll cage, brakes, tyres, gearbox, wheels, springs and dampers. The introduction of suspension modifications and a new control wheel and R-spec tyre will see a lower the ride height of more than 50mm and the wheel-and-tyre combination 6kg lighter per corner. P38

Ryal Harris in a Mazda BT-50 won two of three races to take round honours at the season opener in Adelaide, recovering from a multi-ute accident in the first race of the weekend. Luke van Herwaade in a Toyota Hilux was awarded the win in the shortened opening race, though it’s Harris that leads the ECB SuperUtes Series by six points entering this weekend. Four different utes are represented in the top four in the standings with Tom Alexander in a Isuzu D-Max in second, Elliot Barbour in a Mitsubishi Triton in third and Michael Sieders in a Toyota Hilux in fourth. Local racer Peter Major makes his ECB SuperUtes debut in Charlie Schwerkolt’s Team 18 AC Delco Holden Colorado this weekend. Major is a Western Australia Formula Ford champion and has experience in a variety of production-based machinery. The ECB SuperUtes will race three times across the weekend.

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HISTORIC TOURING CARS

The WA Historic Touring Car Club has a proud history of keeping the spirit of the Australian Touring Car Championship alive with a strong grid of classic cars from yesteryear. The WA Historic Touring Car Club features a variety of machinery with Group Nb and Group Nc cars set to do battle at Barbagallo Raceway this weekend. Group Nb is for series production-type touring cars manufactured prior to 31st December 1964 of which 100 of the particular model must have been produced (also known as Appendix J). This group is open to cars which were built and established a competition history either in Australia or overseas, provided the make and model was homologated with the FIA. Group Nc is for touring cars of a make and model which competed in Australia between 1st January 1965 and 31st December 1972 in either the Australian Touring Car Championship or in races specifically for the third category Group C Improved Touring Cars. With a resurgence in the popularity of 1960s and 1970s era cars, the grid reflects those golden years with HQ Monaros, Falcon GTs, Valiant Chargers, XU-1 Toranas, Capris, Lotus Cortinas, Minis, Mustangs, Camaros, Galaxie and even a Volvo 142s. The Historic Touring Cars will race four times across the weekend.

HISTORIC TOURING CARS ENTRY LIST Driver Kenneth Badger Randle Beavis Brian Bondi John Bondi Gary Crosswell Aldo De Paoli Patrick Dick Garry Edwards Trevor Fairs Gregory Freeman Michael Gallagher Tony Gilfuis Craig Marsland Raymond Hepburn Michael Holmes Grant Johnson Laurie Lapsley Scott Mackie Thierry Michot Geoffrey Moran Donald Behets Simon Northey Robert O’Neil Cono Onofaro Robert Poglits Michael Rowe Willem Schipper Lance Stannard Ken Waller Dean Whisson Graeme Woolhouse Stuart Young

Car Ford XW GT Falcon 1969 Ford Lotus Cortina 1964 Holden HQ Monaro 1972 Holden HQ Monaro 1972 Chevrolet Bel Air 1962 Chevrolet Camaro 1969 Ford Mustang 1964 BMW 2002 1970 Morris Cooper S 1964 Chevrolet Camaro 1968 Jaguar Mk2 1963 Ford Capri GT V6 Red 1971 Valiant Pacer 1969 Ford Mustang 1969 Ford Mk1 Cortina 1963 Holden Torana XU-1 1972 Jaguar Mk2 1961 Holden Torana LJ GTR XU1 1972 Chevrolet Corvette 1969 Ford Capri 1970 Ford Galaxie 2 Door Coupe 1963 Ford Cortina Mk1 GT 1964 Holden EH 1964 Morris Cooper S 1964 Holden Torana 1972 Ford Falcon Rallye Sprint 1964 Datsun 1600 1972 Morris Cooper S 1964 Volvo 142s 1970 Ford Cortina 1963 Ford Mustang 1965 Holden Torana XU-1 1972

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Exotic sportscars from legendary manufacturers line up for the second round of the CAMS Australia GT Championship this weekend. Highly-sought after European cars from Audi, AMG Mercedes-Benz and Lamborghini take on

American muscle in the shape of a Chevrolet Camaro and Japan’s Nissan GTR in a competitive field of GT3 and GT4 entrants. Peter Hackett won a race in the season opener at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne in his Mercedes-AMG GT3, one of three of the cars on the grid this weekend.

Teenager Ryan How impressed in his Audi R8 LMS Ultra in Melbourne, with the Audi line-up including experienced racer Geoff Emery. The 7.9-litre V8 Chevrolet Camaro GT3 is being driven by Dale Paterson, while Brett Hobson fields the Nissan GTR. Other entries to watch

include the two Reiter KTM X-Bows in the GT4 class, three Lamborghinis including a Super Trofeo EVO and two R-EXs and the Ginetta G55. The CAMS Australian GT Championship will race three times across the weekend, including twice under lights on Friday and Saturday nights.

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It’s a massive year for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship with the arrival of the Ford Mustang, the likely switch to a summer-based schedule, the impending creation of a manufacturers’ council and the next media-rights deal on the horizon. We sat down with Supercars CEO Sean Seamer for an in-depth interview on the state of the series in 2019. t a time when New Zealanders are dominating Supercars on track, it’s fitting that one of them is steering the ship off track. Sean Seamer hails from Whitford, Auckland, and had stints working in business and advertising in America, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Australia, settling in the latter and becoming Supercars CEO in 2018. The 2019 season marks Seamer’s first full-time year in charge of Supercars, at a time when Ford returns in an official capacity to take on old rivals Holden with the new Mustang. We chatted with Seamer at the seasonopening Superloop Adelaide 500 for a state of the union on Supercars in 2019. Where do you see Supercars at in 2019? Yeah, look, we’re really, really happy with how last year went. Attendances were good, even with a bit of bad weather towards the back end of the year. We were really happy with how the TV ratings went, up 16 per cent on Fox Sports, so very happy with that. Obviously, we came into this year knowing we couldn’t sit still. We’ve got to keep doing things differently, tweaking things, improving things to keep people engaged and get people to keep coming back. Every

Holden and Ford are the cornerstone of Australian touring cars and have both recently recommitted to Supercars.

year we’re trying to move forward, and that’s what we’re doing this year. So, yeah, good year last year, not resting on our laurels this year. Fundamentally, the core product is very good but, like I say, you have to keep moving things on to keep people coming back. The big off-season story was the arrival of the Ford Mustang Supercar. How important is it that Ford recommitted to the series? Yeah, the Mustang appeals to multiple generations of people. And because of that it gives us the opportunity to engage people with a relevant product for all ages. And

that’s what is most important about its arrival first of all. And it’s important as well that Ford and Holden are both represented given their heritage in the series and popularity with the fans. Yeah, absolutely. It’s great that Ford’s put a lot of time and effort and energy into this, so we’ve got to thank them for that. And Holden’s really engaged as well. So I think that’s really, really positive. And that’s good momentum to start the season. There’s been a lot of talk about how two-door coupes such as the Mustang SUPERCAR XTRA

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Ford has re-engaged with Supercars to promote the Mustang in Australia.

fit over the control chassis. Is changing that design on the agenda? We’re looking at what the car looks like for 2021, and we’re working backwards from how we can maximise market relevance. And, therefore, what we need to do from an engineering point of view to make that happen, so those discussions are on the agenda. Is attracting new manufacturers still a focal point for Supercars? Yeah, it is because I go back to if we want the maximum market relevance going forward, what would we need to do now to get there? We need an amazing and wellrounded series for a manufacturer to take advantage of off the back of being involved with a Supercars team. And with SuperUtes, Toyota 86s and Bathurst 12 Hour, manufacturers are being engaged by Supercars in different ways than just the main series. Yeah, we’ve got great relationships with everybody from Volkswagen and Audi all the way through to Porsche and Toyota, and that’s what makes this feel like a travelling motor show. And we enjoy that. There were two licenses parked in 2019. Is the aim to get the grid back up to 26 cars or consolidate at 24? We don’t have a magic number in mind as 54

it’s obviously a combination of different factors. The sport seems to be settling around the two-car team model, even though different team owners have different points of view on what the right model is. We want to make sure that we work with the interested parties around the timing and construct of that. There’s no deadline. We’ll just do the right thing by the interested parties and the owners of those licenses. Cost cutting was another focus of the off-season with the ban of twinspring dampers and arrival of a new transaxle. How crucial is that costcutting process for teams? Well, it’s a start. I think a lot of the lowhanging fruit was dealt with some years ago. But every year costs go up, so if you do nothing different things still become more expensive. You have to constantly stay on top of that to make sure that you’re looking at avenues to make sure that people can enjoy the sport and it’s a viable business model for the teams. And it fits in with keeping parity as well; keeping the teams competitive. Yeah, exactly. I think sometimes you have those positive add-on benefits of those things, and you just got to be transparent about what we think is primarily levelling

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a playing field, what’s a slight cost saving and what’s genuinely cost saving as you go through that process. How close is Supercars to deciding on a summer-based schedule change? And what are the benefits? Absolutely we are looking at how do we go racing in better weather patterns, how do we minimise our overlap with the NRL and AFL and get places like Tassie, Auckland and other places where it’s a bit chilly sometimes into better weather. It also helps us with our scheduling. Obviously, we can do more twilight racing, we can do more night racing, and it means that people can do what they need to do with their family and their kids on a Saturday and can come to the track that night and enjoy the racing. So it means that there’s less trade-offs that people are having to make in their entertainment schedules as well. If that’s the case, getting the timing of the events in terms of dates, weather and schedule is crucial. Yeah, absolutely. I think that all of our events have their own character and enable us to do different things. But when you go

into a better window and you’ve got more daylight it gives you the flexibility to innovate and do things differently, like we’re doing in Perth this year. That calendar change will lead into the next media-rights deal. Is the timing of this change so you can go to the market with a summer-based series?

The broadcasters are obviously going to ask us what the shape of the championship looks like over the next five to 10 years as a part of partnering up with us on, so we absolutely need to get that locked down. Trying to lock down a new-look calendar sooner rather than later will help the entire ecosystem know what’s going on with Supercars moving forward.

“WE’VE GOT TO KEEP DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY, TWEAKING THINGS, IMPROVING THINGS TO KEEP PEOPLE ENGAGED AND GET PEOPLE TO KEEP COMING BACK.” – SEAN SEAMER

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LEFT: Seamer with fellow New Zealander Greg Murphy on the grid at the 2019 Superloop Adelaide 500. BOTTOM: Supercars looks set for a switch to a summerbased schedule from next season.

and money to expend on entertainment, and if we’re able to reduce the number of choices that we’re competing against, then hopefully that will be enough for us. Motorsport is best enjoyed on a sunny day, so we don’t have the same challenges as other codes in terms of how their schedules and their seasons ladder down into youth programs, etc. We also don’t have the luxury of being able to play in any weather. We don’t have stadiums, so weather’s really important for us. We’re just trying to do the right thing by us and our fans so that more people can enjoy us more of the time.

Are you happy with the current balance between pay-television and freeto-air television coverage? Yeah, I think we’ve got to look at this as a way of not fading away on pay TV or streaming, but how do we make sure that we’re working with our partners to put our content in as many homes as possible? For example, Kayo is an absolutely fantastic product. We’re getting to a point now where for $25 a month you can get Supercars and more sports live and ondemand. I would think that for the people that have struggled paying for content, that’s a tipping point now where they will have a really big impact on sports and Supercars consumption. What’s cool about that is that we can start customising different feeds. People could interact with a car, so, for example, if you’ve got two favourite drivers, you could watch them both simultaneously, head to their in-car feeds and you can really build a quick, unique and engaging experience around it as well. So, for our core fans, we think that’s a pretty trick product.

what we have: the sounds, everything that’s going on here over a weekend and more is unique. We’re proud of that. But by the same token you’ve got to appreciate that people only give a limited amount of time

Finally, what’s the overall message to Supercars fans for 2019? What we want for our fans is for them to enjoy the sport in more ways than what they have before. We want our fans to experiment with Kayo. We want them to enter an e-sports championship. We want them to watch some of our new programming. We want them to come to an event and enjoy a concert, soaking up everything we have to offer because, yes, there’s the core product, but there’s an awful lot more that goes with it as well.

So where do you see Supercars in the Australian sporting landscape in 2019, especially in the context of the summer move? I think we are a unique experience with 56

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COUPE SUPERCARS

WORDS Andrew Clarke IMAGES Ben Auld, Peter Norton, Walkinshaw Andretti United

The arrival of the Ford Mustang and the possibility of the Camaro following suit has put the spotlight on how two-door coupes fit over the current Supercars control chassis. Here’s a look at the issues around the tight fit and what could change.

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he automotive world is changing. The biggest selling cars in Australia are utes. If you aren’t buying a ute, you are most likely looking to a small car. The big four-door sedans have been in decline for some time. Coupes such as the Mustang and Camaro were the natural replacements for the Falcon and Commodore, which is reflected in Supercars. That is why we are having this discussion now. The Mustang Supercar is the first incarnation, but it’s highlighted what needs to be fixed.

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Allowing the Mustang in for this year’s title race was not without its issues, and when the covers were taken off the look of the Supercar raised some concerns. It had been pulled here, tucked there and the skin of the car essentially stretched to fit the control chassis. For some, the road car had lost its presence. It was no longer wide and squat like a real coupe. The powers that be are starting to think there is something in the two-door way of the world. The Mustang has created massive interest in areas outside of the normal

BELOW: The new Ford Mustang Supercar.

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Supercars domain, and chances are Gen3 of the Car of the Future will look different to what we see today. Supercars CEO Sean Seamer has hinted as much, at a time when Walkinshaw Andretti United boss Ryan Walkinshaw said he was stopping work on the Camaro with the look of the Mustang having put him off. “The process that we are going through right now is trying to make sure we have enduring market relevance in what we are racing out there and we have the most opportunity for a different number of marques,” he says. “We have got about 20 different CAD files that the technical department are working through and dropping those files on the chassis and seeing what changes

“WE’VE BEEN REALLY CLEAR THAT OUR AMBITIONS ARE TO RACE A CAMARO IN SUPERCARS...” RYAN WALKINSHAW

would need to be made to accommodate the maximum number of vehicles. “This is a process where we are doing some work right now, but we really need to take this back to our OEM manufacturer partners to get their feedback on what that looks like. “We are just doing a bit of grunt work right now to understand what the opportunities might be and we can take that back [to manufacturers] and get their feedback on that, and make sure what we are doing and what we are looking to do has longevity.” Walkinshaw’s thoughts were interesting, and given his Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) is importing the

BELOW: The road-going version of the Camaro and the ZB Commodore Supercar.

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Camaro you can bet he wanted it on the track as quickly as he could, just not within the current constraints. “We’ve been really clear that our ambitions are to race a Camaro in Supercars but currently with the chassis and the roll hoop where it is, you’d have to bastardise the aesthetics of the car so much, as you’ve seen with the Mustang,” says Walkinshaw. “For us, particularly as the people who are bringing the Camaro in with Holden, we’ve got a significant incentive, that any of our marketing, particularly on the race track, want to ensure that the race car represents the aesthetic integrity of the road. “So, if and when Supercars change the roll hoops, change the chassis to allow more two-door exciting products into the category we’ll be exploring that opportunity again. At the moment it’s dormant because we’re waiting to see what happens with the chassis. They’re (Supercars) investigating from what my understanding is. We’re obviously pushing that because we’d like to open that door.” Even those at Ford who’ve just jumped through hoops with the current Mustang are keen to look at changes. Ford’s global racing director Mark Rushbrook expressed support for Supercars’ current study. “We definitely understand the rules we had to deal with to get the Mustang on the track like it is today, we have a good understanding for that,” says Rushbrook. “For sure when a change is made on that magnitude [roof height], even though it may seem small, its big in terms of the general effect. We have some understanding of where we would like to see it go and maybe when. They are taking the right approach to study and understand across different OEMs what is best for the future of the series and then to work with partners to work out how to get there and when.” Holden, just like Nissan, Volvo, Erebus Motorsport with the AMG Mercedes-Benz and Ford with the Mustang, have gone through the same process of getting a car that doesn’t fit to fit. In 2003 Project Blueprint defined the cars that were 60

raced in a tighter fashion than previously. This was the first big step towards controlling the physicality of the cars. Previous Supercars had to be modified a little to fit the dimensions. All of a sudden, then, the Commodore had to run the front suspension from a Falcon and the running gear was standardised in many other ways, except the engine. Next came the Car of the Future from 2013, when the sport essentially moved into a silhouette category. The chassis was standard and sat on a control floorpan. All you had to do was make the body and panels fit and find a V8 engine to use to go racing. The goal was to bring other manufacturers in: Ford and, to a lesser degree Holden, could not be the only custodians of the category with their local manufacturing plants closing. Erebus decided it wanted to race an AMG Mercedes-Benz. Nissan was in too with a set of Altimas out of Kelly Racing. Then Volvo joined the party with the most radical Supercar yet, the much smaller S60. Now, the Mercedes has gone, Volvo has gone and Nissan has withdrawn its factory backing. To top it off, the Falcon was retired and the Commodore was now a European hatchback. Something had to change. Twodoor cars were now allowed and Ford was going to get the Mustang up and running. When you see it in the flesh you don’t notice the stretched wheelbase or longer body, but there is the high roof line. And that is perhaps all Walkinshaw could see, especially given the Camaro is shorter and lower again. The solution isn’t that complex. The rules could easily be rewritten to drop the height of the car and the roll cage would need to be redesigned to drop the roll hoop. Then, as with the current cars, it’s simply about getting the aero balance right. Most car brands have a big two-door coupe. And, with engine options opened up since the implementation of the Gen2 rules, there are alternatives. Lowering the control chassis and making it more coupe-friendly seems a given with the future clearly for Mustangs, Camaros and the like in Supercars.

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The Holden ZB Commodore (above) and Ford Mustang (below) Supercars. Note the different shape, size and profile of the four-door Commodore versus the two-door Mustang, the latter the first two-door coupe to be fitted over the Supercars control chassis.

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LEE HOLDSWORTH

WORDS John Bannon IMAGES Tickford Racing, Ben Auld, Peter Norton, Justin Deeley

It was one of the stories of 2018, Ford stalwart Mark Winterbottom’s speculated and eventual defection to Holden’s Team 18 for 2019. The move left Lee Holdsworth scrambling to secure one of the few remaining seats for this season. In the final wash up, the veterans effectively traded places, securing Holdsworth’s longawaited move to Tickford Racing and a seat in the new Ford Mustang Supercar.

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hen you ask drivers what their goals are for the season, the answers are usually pretty standard. If you’re a rookie, they’ll say top 15 in the championship would be an excellent result. If you’re an established driver, they’re always looking to finish in the top 10. If you see yourself as a championship contender, nothing less than the top five will do. But if you’re 36-year-old Lee Holdsworth, you give a different answer; an answer that shows the utmost respect for not only the opportunity you’ve been presented with but also for the company you’re now keeping. The multiple Supercars race winner is not aiming for a number but to keep close company with Tickford Racing star and new stablemate Chaz Mostert. “Well, I think Chaz is the benchmark,” he admits. “Obviously, looking at the results over the last couple of years, he has really set the standard and it seems the development has benefited him… Chaz has set the bar pretty high at the team. I think we’ll all be striving to get to that.” Holdsworth’s arrival at Tickford Racing has been a long time coming. He is a product of renowned talent-spotter Garry Rogers, who drafted Holdsworth in for his first full-time season in 2006. The now Mustang racer is believed to have had different options on the table at the end of the 2011 season but ultimately settled with former championshipwinning squad Stone Brothers Racing (SBR). “I’m excited, I’ve been wanting to be with this team for quite some time,” says Holdsworth. “Now I want to take this opportunity with both hands and hopefully make something of it. I think with the team, from an outsider looking in, they were probably at a point where they needed a bit of a shuffle-up. And with Will [Davison] and myself moving in there and also the Mustang coming along, I think it provides a bit of a fresh start for the team and a bit of a reset.” However, Holdsworth has seen the newcar script before. After a strong first season in a Ford Falcon at SBR in 2012, the team morphed into Erebus Motorsport with an uncompetitive customer AMG Mercedes-Benz package in 2013 that saw Holdsworth go from front-runner to

backmarker. But the father of two believes it will be a completely different story this time around. “Everyone is excited about the Mustang,” he says. “With the aero it should be a step up from what Tickford had. I think they’ll have four drivers who’ll work well together and push the team forward.” While excited to be working with the Mustang package, Holdsworth says that wasn’t the reason he jumped at the chance to join Tickford Racing. “To be honest, I just want to be with a good team, a professional team,” he says. “I want to be with a team that has good teammates. I’ve been missing out on looking at data and getting the technical support for the cars and from other drivers. Now I’ve got that support. “It’s what I’ve really been looking for, for quite some time now. So that will be a huge relief. It was more about that and just being with a professional outfit. And, yeah, the Mustang is a bonus.” Holdsworth also took time to reflect on his stint at Team 18, which after a positive start appeared to lose direction. An unfortunate crash at Darwin in 2016 left Holdsworth on the sidelines for a time, which didn’t help matters either. “We had a good bunch of guys there and the staff were great,” he says. “We had some smart people and some very good mechanics. I think there was a bit of chopping and changing with the engineering. The philosophy changed a lot over the years. The first year we had an alliance with Triple Eight, and when you don’t have the same gear you just can’t run the set-up that Triple Eight have because it just doesn’t work. “There is such a small operating window with these cars that everything has to be exactly the same to have someone else’s set-up in the car. So when we steered away from that, we actually felt like we made some good progress. But then we had some development stuff come along, and as good as it was for some of the meetings, it steered us in a direction that led us down the garden path basically. “The development had great potential, but the set-up that we went with was certainly out of the window. Towards the end of last year, when we went back to basics, we started to find our feet again, but it was all too late.” By the last round of the season in Newcastle, Team 18 had once again found form, with SUPERCAR XTRA

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LEE HOLDSWORTH CAREER TIMELINE

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ROBERT SMITH RACING Holden VX Commodore

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Holdsworth putting in some eye-catching performances. The 36-year-old believes this resurgence played a part in securing the Tickford drive. “No doubt,” he says. “People obviously knew that I could do the job when I’ve got the car and I’ve proven that most times at some point every year. I think it probably gave them a bit of reassurance that they were making the right decision.” The Supercars off-season was full of drama. There was the bombshell that 2007 champion Garth Tander had lost his full-time ride at Garry Rogers Motorsport, while Michael Caruso was unable to reach a deal to continue at Kelly Racing. Fortunately for Holdsworth, learning about his axing last year meant he was able to secure a deal for 2019 with seats still in play. “I feel very fortunate,” he says. “There are some drivers who are not on the grid for this year that should be there, in my opinion. “My results have not been there but it’s nice to be recognised for the opportunities that I’ve had and for people to realise I’ve done quite a good job with what I’ve had. I’ve been fortunate, so I now need to make it happen.

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GARRY ROGERS MOTORSPORT Holden VZ-VE Commodore

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STONE BROTHERS RACING Ford FG Falcon

“I need to make sure that I make the most of this opportunity and just try and get the career progression going in the right direction and on the right path again.” When Holdsworth’s signing was announced, Tickford Racing CEO and team principal Tim Edwards was adamant the veteran racer was a good fit for the team. “We’re very pleased that Lee is driving the new Ford Mustang,” says Edwards. “He’s the right man for the job. He’s a good driver, a good bloke, a good fit with The Bottle-O, and we believe he will bring us great results on and off the track. “He’s got something to prove in 2019, as do we. We like that he’s bullish about the year.” Holdsworth believes he and Tickford returnee Davison have the right mindset to help build a strong team. “I think what’s important from Will and I is that we come in with very positive thoughts,” he says. “From where we have been, we feel like we are going into something better straight away. I think that’s where they will benefit from us. “It’s more the attitude I think. Cam [Waters] and Chaz have been around for a while now and nothing beats experience with a team.

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“Those guys will show us the ropes, I’m sure.” While some may question Tickford’s decision to bring in two drivers in their mid-thirties to the team, Holdsworth is adamant that experience will be invaluable. “A bit of experience doesn’t go astray,” he says. “Keeping a bit of a level head and, based on my experience, not panicking too much when things go wrong at one race meeting. Don’t throw the kitchen sink at it because we’ve found time and time again, a very small tune on these cars can put them in the window. It’s very easy to panic in those situations.” There were plenty of those tough days at Tickford last season but a strong end-of-year resurgence was highlighted by a win on the Gold Coast and a podium in New Zealand for Mostert. So does Holdsworth believe his new team can get back to the front on a regular basis? “Yeah, I do. I definitely do,” he says. “They have to. They are a factory outfit. In terms of staff, probably the biggest team in pitlane. There’s no option but for them to bounce back. “They’ve done it in the past. They’ve won a championship. They’ve won the Bathurst 1000 a couple of times. So we know they can do it. It’s just a matter of getting the right ingredients again and baking the cake right, I suppose.”

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Tickford Racing has been subjected to its fair share of media scrutiny and accompanying expectations over the years. With two new additions and the Mustang, the pressure to perform will be as strong as ever, especially for Holdsworth, who by his own admission feels fortunate to be given this opportunity. “I feel like I’m prepared for anything,” he says. “I’ve been through the wringer and back over the last few years. I’m really just going into this year with no concerns. I know it’s going to be a big challenge but, to be honest, I just feel fortunate that I’ve got the opportunity and I’ll make the most of it.” So back to those goals for 2019. Holdsworth will look to stay as close as possible to the rear of Mostert’s Mustang and pick up some strong results along the way. “It’s hard to set goals at this stage,” Holdsworth says. “I always say it’s boring to say that I want to finish top 10 in the championship. I just want to roll out of the gate competitive and build on it from there. If the team is competitive, I’d like to see podiums this year.”

“EVERYONE IS EXCITED ABOUT THE MUSTANG… I THINK THEY’LL HAVE FOUR DRIVERS WHO’LL WORK WELL TOGETHER AND PUSH THE TEAM FORWARD.” – LEE HOLDSWORTH

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The history of the numbers on the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship grid tells some interesting stories. We look back at the roots of the entries to celebrate the diversity of teams’, drivers’ and Supercars’ histories.

TRIPLE EIGHT RACE ENGINEERING #88, #97

The team named after the #888 isn’t campaigning the number on a full-time basis in 2019. Craig Lowndes had run the #888 since joining the team in 2005, with the number now parked following his full-time retirement. Triple Eight derived the number from Chinese mythology, which considers eight (‘Fa’) a lucky number that’s linked to prosperity and success. The team fielded the #88 and #888 from its first full season in 2004, though Jamie Whincup did opt for the #1 while the reigning champion. Shane van Gisbergen’s preferred number is #97, which he ran at Tekno Autosports and carried across to Triple Eight in 2016.

DJR TEAM PENSKE #12, #17

The #17 has become one of the most iconic racing numbers in Australian motorsport thanks to the efforts of Dick Johnson, who won his five championships and three Bathurst 1000s with the number. It has been a regular with the team ever since its debut in 1980, continuing on since Johnson’s retirement from racing in 1999 and the change to DJR Team Penske in 2014. Following the loss of long-time second number #18 to Charlie Schwerkolt, DJR Team Penske took on the #12 that Team Penske has had a long association with in North America, including with Australian Will Power in IndyCar. The #12 had also previously been run by Dick Johnson Racing when it had a lease on Dean Fiore’s license in 2012 and 2013. Dick Johnson Racing

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Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport

23 RED RACING #23

Phil Munday’s lucky number and colour, 23 and red, formed the name of the team that took over from Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport ahead of the 2018 season. With Nissan Motorsport fielding the #23, given its ties to the manufacturer (‘ni’ is ‘two’ and ‘san’ ‘three’ in Japanese), 23 Red Racing opted for #230 as an alternative last season. Nissan’s decision to end its factory backing of the team now known as Kelly Racing freed up the #23, which was promptly snapped up by 23 Red Racing for 2019. The #23 was also used by the Munday-sponsored Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport in 2014.

TICKFORD RACING #5, #6, #55

Tickford Racing’s roots link back to Glenn Seton Racing, which became the factory-backed Ford team from 1999 and campaigned the #5 and #6 entries when the Racing Entitlements Contracts were initially allocated. Ford Performance Racing took over from 2003 and kept the #5 and #6 through various name changes, which led to Tickford Racing. The #55 belongs to Tickford Racing co-owner Rod Nash, who fielded the number when he drove his own privateer entry. He took his license to Ford Performance Racing from 2010 and has retained the #55 ever since.

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EREBUS MOTORSPORT #9, #99

Erebus Motorsport bought out Stone Brothers Racing ahead of the 2013 season and retained the #9 that the team fielded along with the #4, the former winning the title courtesy of Russell Ingall in 2005. Erebus Motorsport moved away from the #4 and rebranded its second entry to #99 in 2017, and the #9 and #99 are a good fit with the matching Penrite Oil liveries on the cars in 2019.

WALKINSHAW ANDRETTI UNITED #2, #22

The Holden Racing Team dominated Supercars in the late 1990s and early 2000s, running with the #1 and #2 from the implementation of the Racing Entitlements Contracts system in 1999. The team retained the #2 even when it had lost the #1 and ran the #22 from 2004. Those numbers have stuck, though James Courtney campaigned the #25 in 2018 in honour of Mobil 1’s 25th year with team before returning to the #22 this season.

BRAD JONES RACING #8, #14, #21

Brad Jones enjoyed success as a driver with the #8 and promptly picked up the number when it became available following the demise of WPS Racing in 2008. Brad Jones Racing debuted in Supercars with the #21 in 2000 but opted for a switch to #14 in 2006 in a bid to change its fortunes. While the #14 remains with Brad Jones Racing, the #21 eventually returned in 2010 when Jason Bright parked his license at the team. When Bright took his license to Tickford Racing and Tim Blanchard purchased a license from Super Black Racing, the third entry run by Brad Jones Racing retained the #21. Fittingly, Macauley Jones is racing the #21 that father Brad Jones also raced with in 2000. Brad Jones Racing

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KELLY RACING #3, #7 #15, #78

The differences in numbers amongst the four-car Kelly Racing outfit reflect the variety in the team’s history and the drivers’ backgrounds. The #7 and #15 come from the two teams that were formed to create Kelly Racing in 2009, Perkins Engineering and the HSV Dealer Team. The #7 was a regular at Perkins Engineering at the time, syncing up with major sponsor Jack Daniel’s and their ‘Old Number 7’ brand. Rick Kelly raced with the #15 at the HSV Dealer Team and retained the number when it morphed into Kelly Racing. The #3 was picked up for rookie Garry Jacobson this season and is one of the most celebrated in the history of the championship, raced by Ian Geoghegan, Jim Richards, Tony Longhurst, Jason Richards and more. The #78 is a personal favourite of Simona de Silvestro, who raced with the number in IndyCar and carried it over into Supercars.

MATT STONE RACING #35

Matt Stone Racing is one of the newest teams on the grid, yet the history of its number dates back to the early career of Jim Stone, father of team owner Matt Stone. The elder Stone was a mechanic for Miedecke Motorsport, with which Andrew Miedecke ran the #35 in the 1980s. Son George Miedecke picked up the #35 when he drove for Matt Stone Racing in the Dunlop Super2 Series, and the number continued with the team into its graduation into the main game in 2018.

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GARRY ROGERS MOTORSPORT #33, #34

Garry Rogers had a long driving career before owning his own team, racing with the #34 for long periods and occasionally the #33. Garry Rogers Motorsport entered the Australian Touring Car Championship with the #32 in 1996, though picked up and switched to the #34 when it became available the following season. The team expanded to two cars in 1998 and ran the #34 and #35, though switched to the #33 in 2003 following the departure of long-time #35 driver Jason Bargwanna. The #33 and #34 remain as part of the longest continuation of two numbers from the same team currently in Supercars.

TEKNO AUTOSPORTS #19

Jonathon Webb purchased a license in 2010 and ran as a third car at Dick Johnson Racing. With Dick Johnson Racing running the #17 and #18, Webb’s Tekno entry naturally campaigned the #19. It was

a familiar number for Dick Johnson Racing, having run the #19 on a third entry for Steven Johnson in 1994 and 1995. Tekno Autosports kept the #19 when it became an independent operation from 2011 and retains the number to this day.

TEAM 18 #18

The #18 was made famous by long-time privateer Murray Carter and adopted by Dick Johnson Racing when it expanded to two cars in 1987. Charlie Schwerkolt bought a 50 per cent shareholding of the team in the mid 2000s, taking ownership of the #18. After leaving the team, Schwerkolt leased the #18 to Dick Johnson Racing for 2011 and 2012 before running his own Charlie Schwerkolt Racing entry from 2013. The #18 ran on Ford Falcons in 2013 and 2014 before a switch to Holden Commodores, leaving one of the most iconic Ford numbers on the other side of the manufacturer divide.

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The Bottle-O colours have been part of Tickford Racing since its Ford Performance Racing days in 2010. The now standard green is complimented by a white bonnet featuring ‘Southern Comfort’ on the Mustang.

Matt Stone Racing’s bold new all-silver livery certainly turned heads when it was unveiled ahead of the season opener in Adelaide. The single-car team, in its second season in the main game, will rotate sponsorships on the silver base of the Holden ZB Commodore driven by Todd Hazelwood. Race Engineering since 2013, and the energy-drink giant has the predominate branding on the team’s Commodores despite its status as the factorybacked Holden outfit.

9 TICKFORD RACING #55

Supercheap Auto is in its fourth season with Chaz Mostert and Tickford Racing, and its mix of colours on the new Mustang is easy to spot on the grid once again.

5 WALKINSHAW ANDRETTI UNITED #2 & #22 

Walkinshaw Andretti United welcomed Mega Fuels as a new major sponsor for 2019, and the colour combinations of the new addition and long-time team backer Mobil 1 blend well on the white base.

4 TRIPLE EIGHT RACE ENGINEERING #88 & #97 8 23 RED RACING #23 

The red and white of the Milwaukee Tools-backed entry debuted in 2018, and the colours of the naming-rights sponsor carry across the entry’s partnership with Tickford Racing and switch to the Mustang.

Red Bull has been a namingrights sponsor of Triple Eight

3 EREBUS MOTORSPORT #9 & #99  The Erebus Motorsport and Penrite partnership began in late 2015 when the team was still running customer AMG Mercedes-Benz Supercars, and expands in 2019 with namingright sponsorship for the team’s two Holden ZB Commodores. The doubling up of the striking black, gold and red livery, including matching #9 and #99 numbers, has clearly been welcomed by fans.

2 TICKFORD RACING #6

Monster Energy joined forces with Tickford Racing in 2016, and its black base and green highlights are a definite standout on the grid. The colours work well on the Mustang, with the little touches such as the green headlights giving the entry a menacing look.

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