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ISSUE 124 SUPERCARXTRA.COM.AU 6 NEW DAWN FOR SUPERCARS A new ownership group and leader for Supercars ahead of the introduction of Gen3 in 2023.
14 THE TEAMS How each team is shaping up for the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship.
40 THE BIG STEP UP Broc Feeney on his graduation into the main game with Triple Eight Race Engineering.
10 COMMODORE FAREWELL The final season for the Holden Commodore in Australian touring cars.
18 THE DRIVERS Profiles of the 25 full-time drivers on the Supercars grid.
45 FROM THE ARCHIVES Jamie Whincup’s race-winning debut with Triple Eight Race Engineering.
12 ENTRY LIST The driver and team combinations set to do battle in 2022. 13 WHAT’S NEW FOR 2022 The driver and team changes in Supercars for the 2022 season.
32 THE RACE FORMATS FOR 2022 The key rules and regulations for the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship.
46 THROUGH THE DECADES A look back at the key events in the history of Australian touring cars from the decade anniversaries.
33 THE CIRCUITS A guide to the circuits hosting Supercars events in 2022.
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NEW HOPE FOR A NEW SEASON
ew blood, rising challengers and the farewell to a legendary rivalry are the key talking points for the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship. There’s the arrival of new faces into the main game, headlined by reigning Super2 Series champion Broc Feeney (pictured below) replacing the retiring seven-time champion Jamie Whincup at Triple Eight Race Engineering. We profile the teenage sensation ahead of his full-time debut, charting his rise from karting to the leading team in Supercars within the space of five years in an in-depth interview and feature in this edition. Joining Feeney on the 2022 grid is fellow Super2 Series champion Thomas Randle, who will race for Tickford Racing. There’s also new-look teams with ownership and name changes at Grove Racing and PremiAir Racing. While Triple Eight Race Engineering once again shape
up as a favourite with reigning champion Shane van Gisbergen, there’s a renewed challenge from Ford teams Dick Johnson Racing and Tickford Racing and the increasingly competitive Walkinshaw Andretti United and Erebus Motorsport. The latter two ended last season in red-hot form, and are looking to carry that speed into 2022. We give a rundown of the teams and drivers competing in Supercars in 2022 in this season guide edition, your must-have companion to the championship. It was a busy off-season with a number of driver changes and team restructures, so we provide a rundown of what’s new. There’s also circuit guides and an event format summary to keep you informed. With the calendar likely to change as the season gets underway, we recommend you also keep tabs on SupercarXtra.com.au for updates. The Holden Commodore will race for a final time in
2022. Ahead of the farewell to the Commodore, the final battle between Holden and Ford and the introduction of the Chevrolet Camaro under Gen3 in 2023, we provide a summary of the changes and what’s coming next year in our ‘Analysis’ section. Elsewhere, we look back on the decade-on anniversaries from Australian touring cars with a flashback to important events from 1962, 1972, 1982, 1992, 2002 and 2012. The print edition of this issue includes a pullout poster with the Supercars class of 2022 and Holden’s championship and Bathurst winners from 2021. Visit the new-look SupercarXtra.com.au for the latest news and to shop at our online store, or keep in touch with us on our social media channels on Twitter and Instagram (both @SupercarXtra) and on Facebook (facebook. com/SupercarXtra). Enjoy the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship! – Adrian
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NEW DAWN FOR SUPERCARS Supercars enters 2022 with new owners and a new leader, ahead of the introduction of the Gen3 rules in 2023.
he foundations for the future of Supercars have been established with a new ownership group taking charge of the championship, just in time for the next generation technical package that will see the Chevrolet Camaro take on the Ford Mustang. Racing Australia Consolidated Enterprises Ltd (RACE) is the new owner of Supercars entering 2022. It’s a consortium led by entrepreneur Barclay Nettlefold alongside the Australian Racing Group and investment firm Henslow. RACE owns 100 percent of the Supercars business, rather than the previous split that saw Archer Capital with a 65 percent
stake and the Supercars teams collectively holding the remaining 35 percent. The teams will have input in the running of the championship with representatives on the Supercars Commission, which will be led by five-time Supercars champion Mark Skaife, who has worked closely with the Nettlefold-led consortium since the sale process began. The commission will continue to make recommendations on sporting and technical matters to the Supercars Board, which will feature representatives from the ownership consortium such as John McMellan and Barry Rogers from the Australia
The past and the future. The Camaro and Mustang will do battle under the Gen3 regulations from 2023.
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Racing Group, Stephen Macaw from Henslow and more. Supercars will be led by new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Shane Howard, who replaces Sean Seamer in the role. Howard has worked with Supercars since 1997 and has been its long-serving Chief Operating Officer. He has also previously stepped up as the interim CEO and
was a founding member of the Supercars Commission. Before his promotion, he led Supercars’ event management and motorsport operations department. “I share the passion of our staff, teams, sponsors and key stakeholders who want to see the sport continue to grow,” said Howard. “I am excited about our future under the new ownership group and have full confidence in our
The Camaro and Mustang Gen3 prototypes were launched at Bathurst in 2021.
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The front and rear views of the Gen3 Camaro and Mustang.
management team that is experienced in delivering world-class events for one of the top touring car categories in the world.” Howard will steer the championship in its final season under the current Gen2 rules, with the Gen3 Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang set to make their racing debuts in 2023. The Gen3 prototypes were launched at Bathurst in 2021, receiving a positive reaction from drivers, teams and fans with their closer ties to their road-going versions. “You saw the release of Gen3 at Bathurst… the hairs on my arms poke up when we start talking about it,” said Howard. “I am so excited about the Gen3 cars. It’s a beautifully-engineered race car, it reflects the showroom look, it allows us to open up to more manufacturers.” The introduction of Gen3 could also see the new ownership structure pursue international opportunities for Supercars. “Certainly one of the key areas that Shane is focusing on is the ability, under the new structure, to really explore the international marketplace again,” said Nettlefold.
“Owning the IP of Supercars is an integral part. We know we are the best international touring car competition, and we want it to be proven even more. Everything is open. We’ll certainly explore all options.” The Gen3 prototypes will appear at Repco Supercars Championship events throughout 2022 ahead of their debut in 2023. Visit SupercarXtra.com.au for the latest news on Supercars.
“I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THE GEN3 CARS. IT’S A BEAUTIFULLY-ENGINEERED RACE CAR, IT REFLECTS THE SHOWROOM LOOK, IT ALLOWS US TO OPEN UP TO MORE MANUFACTURERS.” – SHANE HOWARD
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OPENING THE ‘GATES’ ON A NEW ERA AT GROVE RACING
ates has confirmed that they will increase their investment with Grove Racing as they embark on their first full season in the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship. Following a winning drive at the Mountain in 2021, the team at Grove Racing jumped at the chance to put Lee Holdsworth back in a full-time drive. That, coupled with the
knowledge that long-serving Triple Eight engineer David Cauchi will be joining the team mid-season, was more than enough reason for Gates to increase their support. “Our relationship with the team started when Andre Heimgartner joined the Kelly brothers back in 2018,” said Priscilla Robb, marketing manager of Gates in Australia and New Zealand. “Over the journey, we have watched
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The Commodore enters its 43rd and final Australian Touring Car Championship/ Supercars season in 2022, looking to bow out with an 18th championship win and to get the edge over its former arch rival, the Ford Falcon.
onfirmation of the introduction of the Gen3 regulations in 2023 means the Commodore will race for a final time in 2022. General Motors will be represented by the Chevrolet Camaro in Gen3, marking the end of the road for the Commodore. The Commodore debuted in 1980 and has notched up 17 drivers’ championship wins and 28 Bathurst 1000 victories over 42 years. Its current tally of 17 titles matches the mark set by the Ford Falcon, with its final championship win in its farewell season in 2018.
The Falcon scored its first championship win in 1973 and won its 17 championships over a 46-year period, while the Commodore could surpass that feat in 43 years. The Commodore is already ahead of the Falcon for wins in the Bathurst 500/1000, with 28 victories for the Commodore and 14 for the Falcon. Peter Brock gave the Commodore a winning debut with the Australian Touring Car Championship and Bathurst 1000 double in 1980. While it was the Commodore’s only title in the Group C years, Brock scored a further three Bathurst wins under the Group C
rules from 1982 to 1984. The Commodore was uncompetitive in the Group A years, failing to win a championship between 1985 and 1992, though there were three popular wins in the Bathurst 1000 for the privateer Chickadee-backed entry in 1986, another success for Brock in 1987 and the first win for the Holden Racing Team in 1990. The Commodore did battle against the Falcon in the V8 era from 1993, with the rise of the Holden Racing Team netting five consecutive championships between 1998 and 2002. There were also seven Bathurst 1000 wins in a row
for the Commodore between 1999 and 2005. Triple Eight Race Engineering’s switch from Ford to Holden in 2010 saw the Commodore gain the ascendency yet again. The Commodore has won seven championships and nine Bathurst 1000s since then. In the exclusive battle between the Commodore and Falcon from 1993 to 2012, the Commodore won 11 championships to the Falcon’s nine and 15 Bathurst 1000 victories to five. There are 16 ZB Commodores on the grid for the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship.
The Commodore scored its 28th Bathurst 1000 win in 2021 courtesy of Chaz Mostert and Lee Holdsworth.
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Shane van Gisbergen
Triple Eight Race Engineering
Holden ZB Commodore
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Anton De Pasquale
Dick Johnson Racing
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Walkinshaw Andretti United
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WHAT’S NEW IN 2022
• Tickford Racing expands from three to four entries with the acquisition of a license from Supercars. • Kelly Grove Racing becomes Grove Racing with a takeover by the Groves from the Kellys. • Team Sydney becomes PremiAir Racing with a takeover by Peter Xiberras from the Webbs. • Broc Feeney replaces the retiring Jamie Whincup at Triple Eight Race Engineering. • Thomas Randle steps up from co-driver to full-time driver at Tickford Racing. • Lee Holdsworth switches from co-driver at Walkinshaw Andretti United to full-time driver at Grove Racing. • Chris Pither switches from co-driver at Brad Jones Racing to full-time driver at PremiAir Racing. • Nick Percat moves from Brad Jones Racing to Walkinshaw Andretti United. • Bryce Fullwood moves from Walkinshaw Andretti United to Brad Jones Racing. • André Heimgartner moves from Kelly Grove Racing to Brad Jones Racing. • Todd Hazelwood moves from Brad Jones Racing to Matt Stone Racing. • Jack Le Brocq moves from Tickford Racing to Matt Stone Racing. • Jake Kostecki moves from Matt Stone Racing to Tickford Racing. SUPERCAR XTRA
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Eleven teams will field a total of 25 entries in the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship. Here’s a rundown of how they are shaping up for the season. TRIPLE EIGHT RACE ENGINEERING
monitored given the pressure of racing for the leading team.
The leading Holden team will defend its drivers’ and teams’ championship crowns with a big reset of the personnel in the garage. Jamie Whincup steps out of the driver’s seat and will be team principal, taking over from Roland Dane with a new ownership structure that sees the arrival of Tony Quinn. Shane van Gisbergen defends his title alongside reigning Super2 Series champion Broc Feeney, who is replacing Whincup. Andrew Edwards arrives from Brad Jones Racing to engineer van Gisbergen, while Martin Short also steps up alongside Feeney with 2021 engineers David Cauchi and Wes McDougall departing. Van Gisbergen will be the favourite for the 2022 championship considering his dominant form last season, which included a run of six wins to start the campaign. However, the staff changes mean there will be a period of adjustment for the Red Bull-backed team. Also, the progress of Feeney will be closely
DICK JOHNSON RACING
The Ford team was Triple Eight Race Engineering’s most consistent challenger in 2021, despite the departure of Team Penske and Scott McLaughlin. Anton De Pasquale settled into the team and by the second half of the season was a contender, winning the most races other than Shane van Gisbergen, while Will Davison was a regular on the podium. The team has continuity with engineering guru Ludo Lacroix once again working alongside De Pasquale for what looks set to be a championship challenge. While Dick Johnson Racing and Triple Eight have the added burden of developing the Gen3 Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro respectively for 2023, both teams appear well positioned to do battle for the crown in 2022.
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The Ford team expands back up to four entries in 2022, after running just three entries plus a regular wildcard entry in 2021. The addition of an extra car allows the team to promote Castrol-backed Thomas Randle into the main game on a full-time basis, after regular wildcard and endurance appearances with the team for the 2020 Super2 Series champion. Meanwhile, Jake Kostecki joins from Matt Stone Racing, in place of Jack Le Brocq. The youngsters partner the experienced James Courtney and the unofficial team leader Cameron Waters, with the latter expected to once again carry the team’s hopes in 2022. With three wins and another Bathurst runners-up finish, Waters and the team need to be consistent to challenge for the title. WALKINSHAW ANDRETTI UNITED
The Holden team ended last season as the frontrunners with a dominant display at Mount Panorama that netted Chaz Mostert and Lee Holdsworth the Bathurst 1000 title. The Ryan Walkinshaw-led team will be looking to carry that form into 2022 and mount a long-awaited championship challenge, two decades since it last won the title in its former guise as the Holden Racing Team. While Mostert remains for his third season with the team, Nick Percat (pictured right) arrives from Brad Jones Racing after an association with the Walkinshaws that dates back more than a decade. With Grant McPherson now established in the team, Geoffrey Slater arriving to engineer Percat and the momentum from Bathurst, Walkinshaw Andretti United shapes as a team to watch in 2022. SUPERCAR XTRA
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BRAD JONES RACING
Brad Jones’ Holden team welcomes two new drivers into its fourcar line-up with the arrival of Bryce Fullwood and André Heimgartner (pictured above), in place of Nick Percat and Todd Hazelwood. Percat has led the team in recent seasons, with 2021 race winner Heimgartner expected to carry that mantle, aided by the arrival of experienced engineer Phil Keed. Fullwood settled into the main game with two seasons at Walkinshaw Andretti United, with his battle with Heimgartner a fascinating subplot within the team. Jack Smith and Macauley Jones return for another season, needing to match their new teammates. Whether the team can retain a place in the top 10 in the drivers’ championship remains to be seen, in what will be a big test without Percat and his departing engineer Andrew Edwards. EREBUS MOTORSPORT
Betty Klimenko’s gamble on youth paid off with rookies Will Brown and Brodie Kostecki exceeding expectations in 2021. Brown scored a race win and Kostecki three podiums in their full-time arrival into the main game, with both drivers inside the top 10 in the championship standings. Big things are now expected of both Holden drivers entering their second seasons, with continuity within the 16
team, the experience from their rookie campaigns and increased backing with Boost Mobile taking on the naming-rights sponsorship of both entries in 2022. Further wins and podiums could put Brown and Kostecki in the mix for the championship race should they carry their form from the latter half of 2021 into 2022. TEAM 18
The Charlie Schwerkolt-owned Holden team retains Mark Winterbottom and Scott Pye for a third season, though there’s been an engineering reshuffle entering 2022. Richard Hollway returns to engineering duties after being the team’s head of engineering in 2021, replacing the Brad Jones Racing-bound Phil Keed as engineer for Pye, while Manuel Sanchez remains as Winterbottom’s engineer. Team 18 went without a podium in 2021, with Pye dropping out of the top 10 in the championship standings. Team 18 will need to rediscover its 2020 podium-getting form if it is to breakthrough for its long-awaited first win. GROVE RACING
The Grove family has completed its takeover of the team formerly known as Kelly Racing/Kelly Grove Racing, with Grove Racing hitting the grid in 2022. With Rick and Todd Kelly moving out of
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the ownership structure, father-and-son duo Stephen and Brenton Grove are in charge and have hired former Triple Eight Race Engineering engineer David Cauchi as their new team principal. But with Cauchi serving out ‘gardening leave’ after departing his former team, Stephen Grove will fill the role for the first half of 2022. David Reynolds returns and is joined by 2021 Bathurstwinning co-driver Lee Holdsworth, who replaces the Brad Jones Racing-bound André Heimgartner. The most experienced combination on the grid will have Penrite backing on both of their Ford Mustangs. It will be the third season in which the team is running Mustangs, with the goal of more regular podiums. MATT STONE RACING
There’s an all-new line-up at Matt Stone’s Holden team, moving on from rookies Jake Kostecki and Zane Goddard with more experienced drivers Jack Le Brocq and Todd Hazelwood. It’s a return to the team for Hazelwood, following a two-year spell at Brad Jones Racing, while Le Brocq arrives from Tickford Racing, where he won a race in 2020 but struggled to match his teammates in 2021. Both drivers have shown flashes of front-running speed, so their form with such a young team compared to the benchmark set by its recent rookies will be telling of their and the team’s growth.
Team Sydney becomes PremiAir Racing with the purchase of the Holden team by drag racer Peter Xiberras from the Webb family, led by former Bathurst winner Jonathon Webb. The team struggled for results in recent seasons, with Xiberras looking to turn around its fortunes with a new temporary base in Brisbane and sending its two ZB Commodores to Triple Eight Race Engineering for a service. Garry Jacobson returns to the team after joining at the start of last season, while Chris Pither replaces Fabian Coulthard after a one-year stint with the team in 2020. It’ll be a settling in season for the new-look team. BLANCHARD RACING TEAM
The Tim Blanchard-run Ford team enters its second season with Tim Slade back behind the wheel of the CoolDrive-backed Mustang. While the team has built on the foundations set from its debut season, it faces the added challenge of running a standalone pit entry in 2022 with Tickford Racing’s expansion to four cars bumping out its former tenant. The added cost and extra burden on the only single-car team on the grid adds to the pressure on the team to match its 2021 effort, which saw Slade finish 12th in the championship standings. SUPERCAR XTRA
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SHANE VAN GISBERGEN
TEAM TRIPLE EIGHT RACE ENGINEERING 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 INSTAGRAM @svg97
CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT 2007 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 1st (2016, 2021) 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP 1st RACE WINS 54 PODIUMS 139 POLE POSITIONS 38 BATHURST BEST 1st (2020) 2021 BATHURST 18th SUPERCARS TEAMS Team Kiwi Racing (2007), Stone Brothers Racing (2008-12), Tekno Autosports (2013-15), Triple Eight Race Engineering (2016-22)
Shane van Gisbergen scored his second Supercars championship win in 2021, and assumes the role of most experienced driver at Triple Eight Race Engineering and the only multiple champion on the grid with the retirement of Jamie Whincup. Van Gisbergen will defend the title with new engineer Andrew Edwards, who previously worked with Nick Percat at Brad Jones Racing, and is the driver to beat in 2022.
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ENTRYTRIPLE TEAM RED BULL EIGHT AMPOL RACERACING ENGINEERING CAR HOLDEN CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH October 18, 2002 FROM Gold Coast, Queensland LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 180cm
CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT 2020 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 35th (2020) 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP NC RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BATHURST BEST 10th (2020) 2021 BATHURST DNF SUPERCARS TEAMS Tickford Racing (2020), Triple Eight Race Engineering (2021-22)
WEIGHT 73kg INSTAGRAM @brocfeeney93 Broc Feeney steps up into the main game, replacing the retiring Jamie Whincup at Triple Eight Race Engineering. Feeney has Super3 and Super2 titles under his belt and has the benefit of working with his Super2 engineer Martin Short in 2022. While he’s in for a learning season in his rookie campaign, there’s the added pressure of driving for the championshipwinning team with Shane van Gisbergen as the benchmark across the garage. 18
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ANTON DE PASQUALE
TEAM DICK JOHNSON RACING CAR FORD MUSTANG DATE OF BIRTH September 14, 1995 FROM Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 178cm
CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 6th (2021) 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP 6th RACE WINS 7 PODIUMS 18 POLE POSITIONS 11 BATHURST BEST 9th (2020) 2021 BATHURST DNF SUPERCARS TEAMS Erebus Motorsport (2018-20), Dick Johnson Racing (2021-22)
WEIGHT 74kg INSTAGRAM @antondepasquale Anton De Pasquale became a regular polesitter and race winner in his first season with Dick Johnson Racing in 2021, though retirements early in the season prevented him from challenging for the championship. With Ludo Lacroix in his corner and his experience with his team and in the Ford Mustang from last season, De Pasquale shapes as one of Shane van Gisbergen’s main rivals for the 2022 championship.
TEAM DICK JOHNSON RACING CAR FORD MUSTANG DATE OF BIRTH August 30, 1982 FROM Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Partner, Riana CHILDREN None HEIGHT 180cm WEIGHT 76kg INSTAGRAM @willdavison__
CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT 2004 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 2nd (2009) 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP 4th RACE WINS 19 PODIUMS 64 POLE POSITIONS 19 BATHURST BEST 1st (2009, 2016) 2021 BATHURST 10th SUPERCARS TEAMS Team Dynamik (2004), Dick Johnson Racing (2005-08, 2021-22), Holden Racing Team (2009-10), Ford Performance Racing/Tickford Racing (2011-13, 2020), Erebus Motorsport (2014-15), Tekno Autosports (201617), 23 Red Racing (2018-20)
Will Davison was a regular on the podium on his return to full-time racing with Dick Johnson Racing in 2021, though he was unable to break through for a race victory. He will be hoping to get back to winning ways in 2022, building on a season in which he finished two spots ahead of teammate Anton De Pasquale with fourth place in the championship standings. His consistency will once again be key in his bid for race wins and a title challenge. SUPERCAR XTRA
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TEAM TICKFORD RACING CAR FORD MUSTANG DATE OF BIRTH August 3, 1994 FROM Mildura, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Partner, Brooke CHILDREN None HEIGHT 180cm WEIGHT 77kg
CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT 2011 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 2nd (2020) 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP 5th RACE WINS 5 PODIUMS 28 POLE POSITIONS 9 BATHURST BEST 2nd (2020, 2021) 2021 BATHURST 2nd SUPERCARS TEAMS Kelly Racing (2011-12), Charlie Schwerkolt Racing/Team 18 (2014), Prodrive Racing Australia/Tickford Racing (2015-22)
INSTAGRAM @cam_waters Cameron Waters has become Tickford Racing’s unofficial team leader in recent seasons, scoring three wins for fifth in the championship standings in 2021. After top-five championship finishes, race wins and two runners-up placings at Bathurst, Waters and his team will be desperate to mount a serious championship challenge in 2022, in a season in which Tickford Racing has bolstered its line-up with the addition of a fourth entry.
TEAM TICKFORD RACING CAR FORD MUSTANG DATE OF BIRTH June 29, 1980 FROM Penrith, New South Wales LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Partner, Tegan CHILDREN Zara and Cadel HEIGHT 181cm WEIGHT 71kg INSTAGRAM @jcourtney
CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT 2005 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 1st (2010) 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP 11th RACE WINS 15 PODIUMS 61 POLE POSITIONS 10 BATHURST BEST 2nd (2007) 2021 BATHURST 7th SUPERCARS TEAMS Holden Racing Team/Walkinshaw Racing/Walkinshaw Andretti United (2005, 2011-19), Stone Brothers Racing (2006-08), Dick Johnson Racing (2009-10), Team Sydney (2020), Tickford Racing (2020-22)
James Courtney returns to Tickford Racing for a third season, having just missed out on the top 10 in the championship standings in 2021. Courtney’s experience has been an important assest to the Ford team since his arrival in 2020, though he will be eager to get back onto the podium on a more regular basis with two top-three finishes from the last two seasons with the team. 20
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TEAM TICKFORD RACING CAR FORD MUSTANG DATE OF BIRTH January 24, 2000 FROM Perth, Western Australia LIVES Brisbane, Queensland STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 184cm WEIGHT 70kg
CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT 2019 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 19th (2021) 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP 19th RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BATHURST BEST 13th (2021) 2021 BATHURST 13th SUPERCARS TEAMS Kostecki Brothers Racing (2019), Matt Stone Racing (2020-21), Tickford Racing (2022)
INSTAGRAM @jake.kostecki Jake Kostecki moves from Matt Stone Racing to Tickford Racing in 2022, also switching from a Holden ZB Commodore to a Ford Mustang. Kostecki finished just ahead of teammate Zane Goddard in the championship standings last season, with the switch to Tickford Racing representing a step up with higher expectations. His teammates will provide a stern test for the youngster in 2022.
TEAM TICKFORD RACING CAR FORD MUSTANG DATE OF BIRTH April 7, 1996 FROM Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 183cm
CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT 2019 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 25th (2021) 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP 25th RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 1 POLE POSITIONS 0 BATHURST BEST 7th (2021) 2021 BATHURST 7th SUPERCARS TEAMS Tickford Racing (2019, 2021-22), Brad Jones Racing (2020)
WEIGHT 82kg INSTAGRAM @thomasrandle Thomas Randle makes his full-time main-game debut after regular wildcard and co-driver appearances for Tickford Racing dating back to 2019. The 2020 Super2 Series champion gets the promotion with the Ford team expanding to four entries in 2022. With eight event starts with Tickford Racing, including a podium at Sandown in 2019, Randle is well prepared for his first full-time season and expects to be on pace with his teammates. SUPERCAR XTRA
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ENTRYWALKINSHAW TEAM RED BULL AMPOL ANDRETTI RACING UNITED CAR HOLDEN CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH April 10, 1992 FROM Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Partner, Riarne CHILDREN None HEIGHT 190cm WEIGHT 85kg INSTAGRAM @chazmozzie
CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 3rd (2021) 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP 3rd RACE WINS 16 PODIUMS 67 POLE POSITIONS 23 BATHURST BEST 1st (2014, 2021) 2021 BATHURST 1st SUPERCARS TEAMS Dick Johnson Racing (2013), Ford Performance Racing/Prodrive Racing Australia/Tickford Racing (2014-19), Walkinshaw Andretti United (202022)
Chaz Mostert scored his second Bathurst 1000 win in 2021, in a dominant performance at Mount Panorama to cap off a season in which he claimed his first win with Walkinshaw Andretti United and with Holden. With third in the championship standings and race-winning pace, the Holden team should be right in the mix of the title battle with Mostert now in his third season with Walkinshaw Andretti United.
TEAM WALKINSHAW ANDRETTI UNITED CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH September 14, 1988 FROM Adelaide, South Australia LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Partner, Baylee CHILDREN None HEIGHT 189cm WEIGHT 72kg INSTAGRAM @nickpercat
CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT 2010 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 7th (2020, 2021) 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP 7th RACE WINS 4 PODIUMS 13 POLE POSITIONS 2 BATHURST BEST 1st (2011) 2021 BATHURST 6th SUPERCARS TEAMS Walkinshaw Racing/Holden Racing Team/Walkinshaw Andretti United (2010-14, 2022), Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport (2015-16), Brad Jones Racing (2017-21)
Nick Percat ends a five-year stint with Brad Jones Racing and returns to the team he raced with under its previous guises, most notably as a Bathurst-winning co-driver in 2011. Percat and Chaz Mostert form an exciting combination in a Walkinshaw Andretti United team on the rise and ready to challenge for the championship. Percat will be joined by fellow new recruit Geoffrey Slater as his race engineer. 22
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TEAM EREBUS MOTORSPORT CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH June 5, 1998 FROM Toowoomba, Queensland LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Partner, Abbey CHILDREN None HEIGHT 171cm
CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 8th (2021) 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP 8th RACE WINS 1 PODIUMS 3 POLE POSITIONS 1 BATHURST BEST 15th (2020) 2021 BATHURST 20th SUPERCARS TEAMS Erebus Motorsport (2018-22)
WEIGHT 64kg INSTAGRAM @willbrown38 Will Brown made his long-awaited full-time main-game debut in 2021, scoring a pole position and race win and finishing eighth in the championship standings. Brown and teammate Brodie Kostecki ended last season in red-hot form, buoyed by continuity in the team and with Boost Mobile backing extended across both entries in 2022. More wins and regular podiums will be the goal in Erebus Motorsport’s bid to become championship contenders.
SHANE VAN BRODIE KOSTECKI GISBERGEN
ENTRYEREBUS TEAM RED BULL MOTORSPORT AMPOL RACING CAR CAR HOLDEN HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH November 1, 1997 FROM Perth, Western Australia LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 189cm
CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT 2019 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 9th (2021) 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP 9th RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 3 POLE POSITIONS 0 BATHURST BEST 3rd (2021) 2021 BATHURST 3rd SUPERCARS TEAMS Kostecki Brothers Racing (2019), Erebus Motorsport (2020-22)
WEIGHT 96kg INSTAGRAM @brodiekostecki Brodie Kostecki stepped up into the main game on a full-time basis alongside teammate Will Brown at Erebus Motorsport in 2021, scoring three podiums, including at Bathurst, and finishing just behind Brown in ninth in the championship standings. Kostecki will be aiming to follow in the footsteps of Brown and claim his first win, as Erebus Motorsport looks to become genuine contenders with its young guns. SUPERCAR XTRA
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SHANE VAN GISBERGEN ANDRÉ HEIMGARTNER
ENTRYBRAD TEAM RED BULL JONESAMPOL RACING RACING CAR HOLDEN CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH June 8, 1995 FROM Auckland, New Zealand LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Partner, Jemma CHILDREN None HEIGHT 185cm WEIGHT 80kg INSTAGRAM @andreheimgartner
CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 14th (2020) 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP 17th RACE WINS 1 PODIUMS 5 POLE POSITIONS 2 BATHURST BEST 9th (2017) 2021 BATHURST NC SUPERCARS TEAMS Super Black Racing (2014-15), Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport (2016), Brad Jones Racing (2017, 2022), Nissan Motorsport/Kelly Racing/Kelly Grove Racing (2018-21)
André Heimgartner moves from Kelly Grove Racing to Brad Jones Racing in 2022, returning to the team with which he had a career-defining stint as an injury replacement co-driver in 2017. Heimgartner scored his first Supercars win in 2021 and will drive the Holden ZB Commodore after recent seasons spent in a Nissan Altima and Ford Mustang. The switch is a chance for Heimgartner to establish himself as a team leader.
TEAM BRAD JONES RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH May 11, 1998 FROM Darwin, Northern Territory LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 182cm WEIGHT 70kg
CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 14th (2021) 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP 14th RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 1 POLE POSITIONS 0 BATHURST BEST 5th (2021) 2021 BATHURST 5th SUPERCARS TEAMS Matt Stone Racing (2018), Kelly Racing (2019), Walkinshaw Andretti United (2020-21), Brad Jones Racing (2022)
INSTAGRAM @brycefullwood After two seasons at Walkinshaw Andretti United, Bryce Fullwood switches Holden teams to Brad Jones Racing for 2022. Fullwood had the difficult task of matching teammate Chaz Mostert in his introduction to the main game, scoring a first podium in 2020 and improving to 14th in the championship standings in 2021. The move is a fresh start for Fullwood with the benchmark of André Heimgartner alongside. 24
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TEAM BRAD JONES RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH July 9, 1999 FROM Gold Coast, Queensland LIVES Yarrawonga, Victoria STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 185cm
CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT 2019 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 21st (2021) 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP 21st RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BATHURST BEST 17th 2021 BATHURST 17th (2021) SUPERCARS TEAMS Brad Jones Racing (2019-22), Matt Stone Racing (2019)
WEIGHT 70kg INSTAGRAM @_4jacksmith Jack Smith is in his third full-time season with Brad Jones Racing, following a move up in the championship standings in 2021. Despite the improvement in the championship, Smith scored just one top-15 finish and will be looking to once again get the better of Macauley Jones in the standings and get on par with new arrivals Bryce Fullwood and André Heimgartner on the other side of the garage.
TEAM BRAD JONES RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH October 8, 1994 FROM Albury, New South Wales LIVES Albury, New South Wales STATUS Partner CHILDREN None HEIGHT 175cm
CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 19th (2020) 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP 23rd RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BATHURST BEST 7th (2018) 2021 BATHURST 12th SUPERCARS TEAMS Brad Jones Racing (2015-22)
WEIGHT 70kg INSTAGRAM @macauleyjones96 Macauley Jones remains with the team owned by father Brad Jones for what will be his fourth full-time season in Supercars. Jones dropped back in the championship standings, after a run of retirements in the middle of the season. With the addition of Bryce Fullwood and André Heimgartner into the team, Jones is the longest-serving driver at Brad Jones Racing and will be hoping to be on the pace of his new teammates. SUPERCAR XTRA
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TEAM TEAM 18 CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH May 20, 1981 FROM Sydney, New South Wales LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Partner, Renee CHILDREN Oliver, Austin and Elliot HEIGHT 185cm WEIGHT 75kg INSTAGRAM @markjwinterbottom
CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT 2003 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 1st (2015) 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP 10th RACE WINS 38 PODIUMS 117 POLE POSITIONS 36 BATHURST BEST 1st (2013) 2021 BATHURST 16th SUPERCARS TEAMS Stone Brothers Racing (2003), Larkham Motorsport (2004-05), Ford Performance Racing/Prodrive Racing Australia/Tickford Racing (2006-18), Team 18 (2019-22)
Mark Winterbottom has led the way for Team 18 since joining the Holden team in 2019, scoring a second consecutive top-10 finish in the championship standings in 2021. But without a podium in 2021, he and teammate Scott Pye will be hoping for a step up in order to give Team 18 its long-awaited first win in Supercars. With the retirement of Jamie Whincup, Winterbottom is now the most experienced driver on the Supercars grid.
ENTRYTEAM TEAM RED BULL 18 CAR AMPOL HOLDEN RACING ZB COMMODORE CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH January 8, 1990 FROM Adelaide, South Australia LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Partner, Shannen CHILDREN None HEIGHT 183cm WEIGHT 80kg INSTAGRAM @scottpye19
CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 7th (2018) 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP 15th RACE WINS 1 PODIUMS 10 POLE POSITIONS 1 BATHURST BEST 2nd (2017, 2018) 2021 BATHURST DNF SUPERCARS TEAMS Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport (201213), Dick Johnson Racing/DJR Team Penske (2014-16), Walkinshaw Racing/Walkinshaw Andretti United (2017-19), Team 18 (2020-22)
Scott Pye enters his third season with Team 18, aiming to bounce back from a challenging 2021 which saw him drop outside of the top 10 in the championship standings without a podium finish. Pye scored three podiums on his way to ninth in the championship in his first year with the team in 2020, with the goal of helping to lift Team 18 into a race-winning position. 26
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TEAM GROVE RACING CAR FORD MUSTANG DATE OF BIRTH July 3, 1985 FROM Albury, New South Wales LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Partner, Tahan CHILDREN Ryu HEIGHT 177cm WEIGHT 69kg INSTAGRAM @daffidreynolds
CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT 2007 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 3rd (2015) 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP 18th RACE WINS 7 PODIUMS 31 POLE POSITIONS 13 BATHURST BEST 1st (2017) 2021 BATHURST 11th SUPERCARS TEAMS Paul Weel Racing (2007), HSV Dealer Team/Walkinshaw Racing (2008-10), Kelly Racing/Kelly Grove Racing/Grove Racing (2011, 2021-22), Rod Nash Racing/Prodrive Racing Australia (201215), Erebus Motorsport (2016-20)
David Reynolds remains with the team that becomes Grove Racing in 2022, after joining Kelly Grove Racing in 2021. The Groves completed the takeover of the team from the Kellys at the end of 2021, with the team set to field Ford Mustangs for a third season. Reynolds scored a single podium last season and is aiming to get back onto the top step for the first time since his race win in the 2018 season finale at Newcastle.
TEAM GROVE RACING CAR FORD MUSTANG DATE OF BIRTH May 25, 1983 FROM Sydney, New South Wales LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Partner, Alana CHILDREN Ava and Riley HEIGHT 165cm WEIGHT 72kg INSTAGRAM @leehold5worth
CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT 2004 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 7th (2010) 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP 28th RACE WINS 4 PODIUMS 17 POLE POSITIONS 4 BATHURST BEST 1st (2021) 2021 BATHURST 1st SUPERCARS TEAMS Smiths Trucks (2004), Garry Rogers Motorsport (2005-11), Stone Brothers Racing/Erebus Motorsport (2012-14), Team 18 (2015-18), Tickford Racing (2019-20), Walkinshaw Andretti United (2021), Grove Racing (2022)
Lee Holdsworth teamed with Chaz Mostert to win the 2021 Bathurst 1000 for Walkinshaw Andretti United. His speed across the event led to his return to a full-time drive in Supercars, courtesy of Grove Racing. The full-time return will see Holdsworth back in a Ford Mustang, having driven a Mustang in his two seasons with Tickford Racing, with the chance to re-establish himself as a regular on the grid. SUPERCAR XTRA
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TEAM MATT STONE RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH July 7, 1992 FROM Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Partner, Mackenzie CHILDREN None HEIGHT 186cm WEIGHT 85kg INSTAGRAM @jack_lebrocq
CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 15th (2020) 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP 16th RACE WINS 1 PODIUMS 2 POLE POSITIONS 0 BATHURST BEST 4th (2016) 2021 BATHURST 15th SUPERCARS TEAMS Erebus Motorsport (2015), Prodrive Racing Australia/Tickford Racing (2016, 2020-21), MW Motorsport (2017), Nissan Motorsport (2017), Tekno Autosports (2018-19), Matt Stone Racing (2022)
Jack Le Brocq moves from Tickford Racing to Matt Stone Racing in 2022, in the process switching back to a Holden ZB Commodore. Le Brocq spent two seasons in a Tickford Racing Ford Mustang, in which he scored his first Supercars race win in 2020. After a challenging 2021, the switch is a chance to reset with Matt Stone Racing opting for a more experienced line-up after its recent all-rookie entries.
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ENTRYMATT TEAM RED BULL STONEAMPOL RACING RACING CAR HOLDEN CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH September 25, 1995 FROM Adelaide, South Australia LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Partner, Alice CHILDREN None HEIGHT 173cm
CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 13th (2021) 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP 13th RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 1 POLE POSITIONS 1 BATHURST BEST 8th (2021) 2021 BATHURST 8th SUPERCARS TEAMS Matt Stone Racing (2017-19, 2022), Brad Jones Racing (2017, 2020-21)
WEIGHT 72kg INSTAGRAM @toddhazelwood In 2022 Todd Hazelwood switches back to Matt Stone Racing, the team with which he won the Super2 Series title and made his Supercars debut with in 2017. Hazelwood spent the last two seasons at Brad Jones Racing where he scored his first podium and pole position and took a career-best 13th in the championship standings last season, taking that experience back to the team where he started out. 28
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TEAM PREMIAIR RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH February 28, 1992 FROM Shepparton, Victoria LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Partner, Naomi CHILDREN None HEIGHT 185cm WEIGHT 67kg INSTAGRAM @garryjacobson
CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 21st (2020) 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP 22nd RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BATHURST BEST 11th (2018) 2021 BATHURST 14th SUPERCARS TEAMS Prodrive Racing Australia (2017), Nissan Motorsport/Kelly Racing (2018-19), Matt Stone Racing (2020), Team Sydney/PremiAir Racing (202122)
Garry Jacobson stays with the same team for the first time in his four years as a full-time driver in Supercars, albeit under the new PremiAir Racing ownership. Jacobson just edged his more experienced teammate Fabian Coulthard in the championship standings in 2021, buoyed by the chance to stay with the same team and the prospects of increased investment by the team’s new owners.
TEAM PREMIAIR RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH December 3, 1986 FROM Palmerston North, New Zealand LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Partner, Georgia CHILDREN Audrey HEIGHT 184cm WEIGHT 75kg INSTAGRAM @chris.pither
CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT 2006 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 20th (2020) 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP 37th RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 1 BATHURST BEST 4th (2017) 2021 BATHURST 12th SUPERCARS TEAMS Team Kiwi Racing (2006, 2008), Paul Morris Motorsport (2007), Brad Jones Racing (2012-14, 2021), Garry Rogers Motorsport (2015, 2018-19), Super Black Racing (2015-16), Erebus Motorsport (2017), Team Sydney/ PremiAir Racing (2020, 2022)
Chris Pither returns to a full-time drive in Supercars after spending 2021 as an endurance co-driver at Brad Jones Racing. Pither raced for his current team when it was Team Sydney on a full-time basis in 2020, returning under new owners PremiAir Racing. It will be Pither’s third full-time season in Supercars, following on from 2016 with Super Black Racing and 2020 with Team Sydney. SUPERCAR XTRA
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TEAM BLANCHARD RACING TEAM CAR FORD MUSTANG DATE OF BIRTH August 3, 1985 FROM Hornsby, New South Wales LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Partner, Dani CHILDREN Jordan HEIGHT 172cm WEIGHT 65kg INSTAGRAM @_timslade_
CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT 2009 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 5th (2012) 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP 12th RACE WINS 2 PODIUMS 17 POLE POSITIONS 2 BATHURST BEST 5th (2020) 2021 BATHURST 9th SUPERCARS TEAMS Paul Morris Motorsport (2009), Stone Brothers Racing/Erebus Motorsport (2010-13), Walkinshaw Racing (201415), Brad Jones Racing (2016-19), DJR Team Penske (2020), Blanchard Racing Team (2021-22)
Tim Slade leads the Blanchard Racing Team in its second season in Supercars, driving the team’s Ford Mustang. Slade just missed out on a top 10 in the championship standings in the team’s debut season in Supercars, with a best race result of fourth place. The only single-car team in Supercars will be gunning for a breakthrough podium after threatening for one in 2021.
2022 GRID BY THE NUMBERS
• Twenty-five entries – 16 Holden ZB Commodores, nine Ford Mustangs. • Four teams with an unchanged line-up – Dick Johnson Racing, Erebus Motorsport, Team 18, Blanchard Racing Team. • One team with an all-new line-up – Matt Stone Racing. • Two ownership changes – Grove Racing, PremiAir Racing. • Three champions – Shane van Gisbergen, Mark Winterbottom, James Courtney. • Fifteen race winners – James Courtney, Anton De Pasquale, Chaz Mostert, Lee Holdsworth, David Reynolds, Will Davison, Nick Percat, Mark Winterbottom, Shane van Gisbergen, Tim Slade, Scott Pye, Cameron Waters, Jack Le Brocq, André Heimgartner, Will Brown. • Seven Bathurst 1000 winners – Chaz Mostert, Lee Holdsworth, David Reynolds, Will Davison, Nick Percat, Mark Winterbottom, Shane van Gisbergen. • Eight Super2 Series champions – Mark Winterbottom, Cameron Waters, Garry Jacobson, Todd Hazelwood, Chris Pither, Bryce Fullwood, Thomas Randle, Broc Feeney. 30
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THE RACE FORMATS FOR 2022 • One 1000-kilometre endurance event at Bathurst. Two 300-kilometre races for Sydney. Two 250-kilometre races for Townsville, Gold Coast and Newcastle. Three 100-kilometre/115-kilometre/125kilometre races for Tasmania, Perth, Winton, Darwin, Tailem Bend, Sandown and New Zealand. Four 100-kilometre races for Melbourne. • Top 10 Shootouts for Sydney, Darwin, Townsville, Sandown, Bathurst, Gold Coast and Newcastle. • A compulsory pitstop for a minimum of two tyres at the sprint events. Dunlop’s super-soft tyres to be used at Sydney, Tasmania, Winton, Darwin and Townsville. Mixed tyre compound events at Sydney, Melbourne and Townsville. • Two-day events for Tasmania, Perth, Winton, Darwin, Tailem Bend and New Zealand. • Bonus points for fastest lap in a sprint race, if driver finishes in the top 15. 32
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REPCO SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR March 4-6: Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight. Sydney Motorsport Park - Eastern Creek, New South Wales. March 26-27: Tasmania SuperSprint. Symmons Plains Raceway - Launceston, Tasmania. April 7-10: Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix. Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit - Melbourne, Victoria. April 30-May 1: Bunnings Trade Perth SuperNight. Wanneroo Raceway - Perth, Western Australia. May 21-22: Winton SuperSprint. Winton Motor Raceway - Winton, Victoria. June 18-19: Merlin Darwin Triple Crown. Hidden Valley Raceway - Darwin, Northern Territory. July 8-10: NTI Townsville 500. Reid Park Street Circuit - Townsville, Queensland. July 30-31: OTR SuperSprint. The Bend Motorsport Park - Tailem Bend, South Australia. August 19-21: Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint. Sandown International Raceway - Melbourne, Victoria. September 10-11: ITM Auckland SuperSprint. Pukekohe Park Raceway - Pukekohe, New Zealand. October 6-9: Repco Bathurst 1000. Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit - Bathurst, New South Wales. October 28-30: Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500. Surfers Paradise Street Circuit - Gold Coast, Queensland. To be anounced: Repco Newcastle 500. Newcastle Street Circuit - Newcastle, New South Wales Note: Calendar correct at the time of printing, pending further changes. Scan the QR code for the latest calendar.
The Mount Panorama Circuit has been home of Australia’s endurance classic, the Bathurst 500/1000, since 1963. The event switched from 500 miles to 1000 kilometres in 1973 and was included in the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars in 1999.
TRACK: Mount Panorama Circuit (Bathurst, New South Wales) LENGTH: 6.213km DIRECTION: Anti-clockwise AVERAGE SPEED: 178km/h TOP SPEED: 300km/h PRACTICE/QUALIFYING LAP RECORD: 2:03.3736 (2021) – Chaz Mostert, Holden ZB Commodore RACE LAP RECORD: 2:04.7602 (2019) – Chaz Mostert, Ford Mustang
The Bathurst 1000 returns to its traditional October date in 2022, after hosting the season finale in December in 2021, and is the only endurance event this season with its traditional two-driver, 1000-kilometre format.
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TRACK: Hidden Valley Raceway (Darwin, Northern Territory) LENGTH: 2.9km DIRECTION: Anti-clockwise AVERAGE SPEED: 149km/h TOP SPEED: 271km/h PRACTICE/QUALIFYING LAP RECORD: 1:04.9553 (2021) – Will Davison, Ford Mustang RACE LAP RECORD: 1:06.5590 (2018) – Nick Percat, Holden ZB Commodore 6
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Hidden Valley Raceway has been a regular on the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars calendar since its debut in 1998. The circuit features a 1.1-kilometre front straight, on an otherwise tight and twisty layout. The
heat and humidity of Darwin means tyre conservation is key in the races, which makes for interesting events. Darwin will feature three 110-kilometre sprint races in 2022, in its traditional June slot.
The streets of the Gold Coast haven’t hosted Supercars since 2019, with hopes of a return to the popular Surfers Paradise in 2022. In 2022 two 250-kilometre single-driver races are scheduled - a departure from the event’s previous format which hosted two-driver races
since 2010. The Gold Coast hosted IndyCars from 1991 to 2008, with Supercars racing for championship points at the event from 2002. The circuit was shortened in 2010 with the introduction of the twodriver format.
TRACK: Gold Coast Street Circuit (Surfers Paradise, Queensland) LENGTH: 2.96km DIRECTION: Anti-clockwise AVERAGE SPEED: 146km/h TOP SPEED: 265km/h PRACTICE/QUALIFYING LAP RECORD: 1:09.9179 (2017) – Jamie Whincup, Holden VF Commodore RACE LAP RECORD: 1:10.0851 (2011) – Will Davison, Ford FG Falcon 14 15
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TRACK: Pukekohe Park Raceway (Auckland, New Zealand) LENGTH: 2.91km DIRECTION: Clockwise AVERAGE SPEED: 166km/h TOP SPEED: 258km/h QUALIFYING LAP RECORD: 1:02.2186 (2016) – Shane van Gisbergen, Holden VF Commodore RACE LAP RECORD: 1:03.2524 (2015) – Craig Lowndes, Holden VF Commodore
It’ll be almost three years since Supercars raced across the Tasman in New Zealand should the trip to Pukekohe Park Raceway go ahead in 2022. Pukekohe first hosted the Supercars championship in 2001 before the New Zealand round switched to a street
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circuit in Hamilton between 2008 and 2012. Supercars returned to a redeveloped Pukekohe in 2013. It will host three 115-kilometre races in 2022, should the event go ahead at the fast-paced and challenging Pukekohe circuit.
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Newcastle debuted on the Supercars calendar in 2017, hosting the season finale between 2017 and 2019. A switch to the start of the season was planned before its postponement this season, with a change of date set for
TRACK: Newcastle Street Circuit (Newcastle, New South Wales) LENGTH: 2.63km DIRECTION: Anti-clockwise AVERAGE SPEED: 133km/h TOP SPEED: 227km/h PRACTICE/QUALIFYING LAP RECORD: 1:09.5949 (2017) – Scott McLaughlin, Ford FG X Falcon RACE LAP RECORD: 1:10.6403 (2017) – David Reynolds, Holden VF Commodore
later in 2022. The street circuit winds its way through heritage landmarks and along the sea, with its narrow track and tight corners making it one of the most challenging circuits on the calendar with its two 250-kilometre race format.
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TRACK: Albert Park Circuit (Melbourne, Victoria) LENGTH: 5.3km DIRECTION: Clockwise AVERAGE SPEED: 164km/h TOP SPEED: 256km/h PRACTICE/QUALIFYING LAP RECORD: 1:53.8280 (2019) – Scott McLaughlin, Ford Mustang RACE LAP RECORD: 1:55.7280 (2019) – Chaz Mostert, Ford Mustang
The Australian Grand Prix is set to return for the first time since its cancellation during the 2020 event. Supercars will once again be the main support act at the event, with four 100-kilometre races scheduled across the four-day event.
Albert Park has been redeveloped since its last race meeting, opening up corners in order to improve racing. This should see lap times slashed and more action-packed races for the long-awaited return to the grand prix circuit.
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Perth hosted a round under lights for the first time in 2019, and was set to do the same in 2020 and 2021 before the cancellation of the event with Western Australia implementing strict border restrictions.
TRACK: Wanneroo Raceway (Perth, Western Australia) LENGTH: 2.42km DIRECTION: Clockwise AVERAGE SPEED: 157km/h TOP SPEED: 252km/h PRACTICE/QUALIFYING LAP RECORD: 0:52.8141 (2019) – Scott McLaughlin, Ford Mustang RACE LAP RECORD: 0:53.7293 (2019) – James Courtney, Holden ZB Commodore
If Wanneroo Raceway is able to host Supercars in 2022, it will once again do so under lights with three 110-kilometre races scheduled. The tight first section of the circuit is balanced out by the long back straight.
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TRACK: Sandown Motor Raceway (Melbourne, Victoria) LENGTH: 3.1km DIRECTION: Anti-clockwise AVERAGE SPEED: 164km/h TOP SPEED: 270km/h PRACTICE/QUALIFYING LAP RECORD: 1:07.5425 (2019) – Scott McLaughlin, Ford Mustang RACE LAP RECORD: 1:08.2440 (2019) – Shane van Gisbergen, Holden ZB Commodore
Sandown missed out on a spot on the original 2021 Supercars calendar but slotted in as the replacement round for the cancelled Australian Grand Prix in March. Long associated with a two-driver endurance event, Sandown will host a sprint
round with three 125-kilometre races scheduled for 2022, in addition to an extra practice session for co-drivers ahead of Bathurst. Sandown has hosted more Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars events than any other circuit.
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Sydney hosted two events in 2020 and four events in 2021, and becomes the season opener in 2022 with two 300-kilometre races under lights. The recent installation of 138 towers and over 860 light fittings has made
the circuit the premier nightracing facility in Australia. The upgrades have secured the circuit’s place on the calendar long-term after being on and off the schedule before its regular appearances in recent years.
TRACK: Sydney Motorsport Park (Sydney, New South Wales) LENGTH: 3.9km DIRECTION: Anti-clockwise AVERAGE SPEED: 154km/h TOP SPEED: 265km/h QUALIFYING LAP RECORD: 1:27.7428 (2020) – Scott McLaughlin, Ford Mustang RACE LAP RECORD: 1:29.8424 (2018) – Jamie Whincup, Holden ZB Commodore
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TRACK: The Bend Motorsport Park (Tailem Bend, South Australia) LENGTH: 4.95km DIRECTION: Clockwise AVERAGE SPEED: 162km/h TOP SPEED: 270km/h PRACTICE/QUALIFYING LAP RECORD: 1:47.4959 (2019) – Scott McLaughlin, Ford Mustang RACE LAP RECORD: 1:49.4042 (2019) – David Reynolds, Holden ZB Commodore
The Bend Motorsport Park first hosted Supercars in 2018, and has been a regular on the calendar since as the only event in South Australia following the demise of the Adelaide 500. The circuit will host three 115-kilometre races in 2022, continuing
its run of sprint events. The circuit has proven to be one of the most challenging permanent circuits for drivers, with a variety of corner types and elevation and camber changes across the long lap. There is little rest aside from the long front straight.
Supercars returned to Tasmania in 2021, with the popular Symmons Plains Raceway set to feature three 110-kilometre races in 2022. The shortest track on the Supercars calendar still delivers plenty
TRACK: Symmons Plains Raceway (Launceston, Tasmania) LENGTH: 2.4km DIRECTION: Anti-clockwise AVERAGE SPEED: 167km/h TOP SPEED: 270km/h PRACTICE/QUALIFYING LAP RECORD: 0:50.4923 (2021) – Shane van Gisbergen, Holden ZB Commodore RACE LAP RECORD: 0:51.2276 (2019) – Mark Winterbottom, Holden ZB Commodore
of action, particularly at the tight Turn 4 hairpin. It’s a hard lap to get right, with the long runs into and out of the hairpin tending to bunch up the pack and make for exciting racing.
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TRACK: Townsville Street Circuit (Townsville, Queensland) LENGTH: 2.86km DIRECTION: Clockwise AVERAGE SPEED: 144km/h TOP SPEED: 260km/h PRACTICE/QUALIFYING LAP RECORD: 1:11.9908 (2017) – Scott McLaughlin, Ford FG X Falcon RACE LAP RECORD: 1:12.9311 (2017) – Nick Percat, Holden VF Commodore 3
Townsville hosted two events in 2020 and 2021 with two 250-kilometre races scheduled for 2022. Townsville first appeared on the Supercars calendar in 2009 and was a popular addition. The street circuit features fast and
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flowing sections in addition to narrow and tight parts, which adds to the challenge for drivers. The long races and variety of corner types make for interesting races, in addition to the heat and humidity of north Queensland.
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Winton is the home test track for the Victorian-based teams and will host three 115-kilometre races in 2022. Winton first appeared in the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1985 and has become a regular
TRACK: Winton Motor Raceway (Benalla, Victoria) LENGTH: 3km DIRECTION: Clockwise AVERAGE SPEED: 131km/h TOP SPEED: 225km/h PRACTICE/QUALIFYING LAP RECORD: 1:18.5233 (2019) – Scott McLaughlin, Ford Mustang RACE LAP RECORD: 1:19.7092 (2016) – Fabian Coulthard, Ford FG X Falcon
host ever since. It is a technical circuit with a handful of overtaking opportunities, which often produces close racing. Winton last hosted Supercars in 2019, with a long-awaited return in 2022.
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WORDS John Bannon IMAGES Triple Eight Race Engineering, Peter Norton
Repco Supercars Championship rookie Broc Feeney has swept all the age records before him: youngest Toyota 86 Series race winner, youngest Super3 Series champion and youngest Super2 Series winner. So, as he replaces seventime champion Jamie Whincup at Triple Eight Race Engineering, how long will it be before he’s knocking on the door of a main game title? 40
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inteen-year-old prodigy Broc Feeney hopes his Super2 Series championship win in 2021 has proved to any doubters that he’s at Triple Eight Race Engineering for a reason in 2022, as he steps into one of the best seats on the grid for his full-time main game debut. “I said if I win the Super2 championship, I think that I should be deserving to move up,” he says. “I wanted to go out as a worthy champion. I’m not here to make up the numbers; I’m here to win races, and that was my whole goal, to win as many races as I could and to wrap up the championship. I know that RD (Roland Dane) has been very good to me in giving me a massive opportunity, and so have many people.” The Queenslander’s meteoric rise to the Repco Supercars Championship has led a minority to question whether it’s all happened too fast, but his incredible results and record speed have led to plenty of new fans as well. “To be honest, I don’t really see too many haters out there; a lot of people have supported me, especially being a young kid,” he says. “Plenty of people have come up to me and have been very good. I didn’t want to go into this year as the runner-up because that was my last chance to be the Super2 champion. So, once it all got announced, my mindset did change. My whole goal was winning the championship. It hopefully showed the people who perhaps did have a bit of doubt that I’ve got that seat for a reason.” Despite his clear confidence, maturity and speed for a young man, Feeney responds without hesitation when asked whether the doubters have impacted him in any way. “Not at all; I know what my job is,” he says. “I don’t let anyone outside affect that. I just want to show that I think I’m very worthy of the seat I’ve got this year. I know the team around me believes that as well. Hopefully a few other people can believe that now too.” Feeney was introduced to motorsport through his father Paul, who raced on two wheels in the 1970s and 1980s, with the Gold Coast-born youngster picking up motorbikes at the age of just three. Feeney switched to karts at age nine and subsequently went on to win the 2017 Australian Karting Championship in the KA2 class and claimed podium honours in prestigious international events, the SuperNationals in Las Vegas and the ROK Cup in Italy. At just 15, Feeney moved into cars and became the youngest race winner in the Toyota 86 Series, but had to miss the Bathurst round because he was 11 days’ shy of the minimum age of 16 to race at the Mount Panorama Circuit. The age records kept on tumbling and in 2019 Feeney become the youngest driver to win the Super3 Series title against a competitive field, taking a pole position and race win in the opening round in his introduction to a V8. Feeney’s meteoric rise at such a young age has seen comparisons to other drivers like three-time 42
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Jamie Whincup’s move into management paved the way for Broc Feeney to team with Shane van Gisbergen.
champion Scott McLaughlin and Triple Eight Race Engineering legend Craig Lowndes, who holds the youngest main game champion record at just 21 years and 11 months. “I saw a social media post that if I won the championship, I’d beat Scotty’s (McLaughlin) record as the youngest ever winner in Super2,” he recalls. “In 2018 I was the youngest ever Toyota 86 race winner. In 2019 I was the youngest ever Super3 champion, and now to be the youngest ever Super2 champion is a very cool stat to have. “To be beating Scotty’s records at the moment is very cool. It has been super quick for me, but I knew that it had to be. The budget had a cap on it. It was sort of my last crack at it, so to get it done has been awesome for me. “I knew it was my last chance of winning the Super2 championship, and I wanted that trophy next to the Super3 one. So now there is just one vacant space… hopefully I’ll carry that record of youngest champion over to the main game.” Feeney is another driver who’s benefited from the tutelage of talent spotter and 2014 Bathurst 1000 winner Paul Morris, along with the likes of Anton De Pasquale and Brodie Kostecki. Feeney is also a good friend of Nash Morris, the son of Paul and 2021 Super3 Series champion. “It’s been awesome; me and Nash have grown up together, went to school together and we’re like brothers,” he says. “We’re in the gym every morning. We said that the goal is to both be champions, myself in Super2 and Nash in Super3. So, to be both standing up there together at Bathurst, it’s awesome. It’s been so good to see him do it, and I’ve got no doubt he’ll be up here with the Super2 trophy.” Feeney acknowledges that his relationship with the Morris family and Paul Morris’ willingness to assist has greatly assisted his quick rise. “Three and a half years ago Paul picked me up from my house and took me out to Norwell (Motorplex) and taught me how to drive a manual,” he says. “From then on we’ve won a Super3 championship, a Super2 championship and are moving on to the main game. The group of people that I’ve got around me are so special to me. We’re a very tight group and the opportunities they’ve given me, and everything that’s happened over the past few years, we’ve got through so quick. “Stepping up to the main game at only 19 years of age is pretty special, especially in the team that I’m in. It’s a massive credit to the people that have been around me and the people that have supported me. I knew that I’d never step up if I didn’t have their support. The whole goal was to win the Super2 championship, and I knew if I did they’d be ready for me in the main game.” The teenager’s 2021 Super2 Series season was largely drama free, despite a penalty early in the championship campaign. “It was a great start to the year,” he says. “To kick off
“I JUST WANT TO SHOW THAT I THINK I’M VERY WORTHY OF THE SEAT I’VE GOT THIS YEAR. I KNOW THE TEAM AROUND ME BELIEVES THAT AS WELL. HOPEFULLY A FEW OTHER PEOPLE CAN BELIEVE THAT NOW TOO.” – BROC FEENEY with a new team, we won the first race. To be honest, the second race at Bathurst is the only race where I didn’t finish in the top two in a race, and that’s because I got a penalty. I actually would have won that race. So it was a little bit of a shame because we’ve had such an amazing year, one or two in every single race.” The Queenslander’s consistency was particularly impressive given it was his first full year of the Super2 Series, with an interrupted campaign in 2020 due to COVID-19. “That consistency was my whole mindset,” says Feeney. “People forget that I’m not treated as a rookie but I only did three rounds in Super2 in 2020. I was coming into the year very fresh against some new up and comers in the category as well as some guys who’ve been here for a few years. “To have such a good year; my whole goal was to win this championship. In the Super3 Series, I had a really consistent year, but I only won one once though. So I knew this year that I wanted to go and win a lot more. I went out there and did that, and I was very consistent as well. I finished first or second in every race apart from the second race at the start of the year. So I felt like I did quite a good job this year.” This year, Feeney will commence his rookie campaign filling the shoes of seven-time champion Jamie Whincup, who’ll in turn step up to managing director responsibilities. “I can’t wait for it, to be honest; it’s such a great opportunity to be under his wing,” says Feeney. “I’m sort of the first driver to come under his wing. Jamie and Shane (van Gisbergen) have been there for me this year, especially running in the main game at Bathurst. They’ve been helping me out a lot, talking through what’s happening with the car and stuff like that. “I spoke to Jamie a bit at SMP (Sydney Motorsport Park) about how he is going to help me this year. He has certainly got my back, and I know the rest of the team does as well. It’s very sad to see him go, to be honest. For as long as I can remember, he has been the one winning championships and dominating this sport. He’s been a big motivator for me to get into this.” SUPERCAR XTRA
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Broc Feeney joined Triple Eight Race Engineering in 2021 and won the Super2 Series championship.
THE RISE OF BROC FEENEY
Australian Kart Championship (KA2) title winner
Toyota 86 Racing Series Australia winner
Super3 Series title winner
Bathurst 12 Hour class winner
Super2 Series title winner The Gold Coast resident has already notched up valuable Repco Supercars Championship experience as James Courtney’s Bathurst 1000 co-driver in 2020, where he finished 10th on his 18th birthday for Tickford Racing. And as the primary driver in the ‘Enforcer and The Kid’ Triple Eight Race Engineering Bathurst wildcard entry alongside Russell Ingall in 2021. He was running ninth late in the race before a mistake ended his charge. “The highs and lows of Bathurst, hey?” said Feeney immediately after the race. “One day champion, the next day in the fence. But it was a pretty crazy day for us. With three or four stints to go we were a lap down, we got a pitlane penalty, and then to be running in ninth with 20 laps to go. Unfortunately, I just made a mistake over the top of the hill, got caught out a little bit and just ran a little bit wide and that was all she wrote for this year… I’m so devastated that I made that mistake because everyone has put in such a huge effort during the last
six months.” Feeney’s rise to the main game comes at a time when other young guns have entered the sport, with Erebus Motorsport pair Will Brown and the aforementioned Kostecki joining last season and Tickford Racing’s Thomas Randle a fellow full-time rookie in 2022. “It’s so good to see those guys racing in the main game,” says Feeney. “It gives me a little bit of extra confidence going into this year. I raced those guys in Super2 and spent time with them, especially with Brodie and Anton. Hopefully that average age will drop again with me in there. “It’s a good thing to see young kids of the future, and Brodie and Will have definitely showed the reasons why young guys should race. Tom has got a bit of an age advantage on me and experience as well. “I feel like I’ve done the perfect pathway to get to Supercars. And hopefully that’s shown kids younger than me the perfect pathway to get here, and I just want everyone to have the same opportunity that I did.” While reserved about his goals for this season, Feeney has his eye on some lofty, yet realistic, longerterm ambitions. “To be honest, I’m not going in with a set expectation; I’m going in to learn and do as much as I can,” he says. “My end goal is to be Supercars champion, to win races and win the Bathurst 1000. I’m not putting a timeline on that. At the end of the day, my goal is to train as hard as I can. I’m going to work as hard as I can to try and match those guys that are winning championships and races. There’s no timeline, but that is certainly my goal, to be champion one day.”
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FROM THE ARCHIVES
WHINCUP’S WINNING TRIPLE EIGHT DEBUT
Jamie Whincup defied expectations when he won his first event with Triple Eight Race Engineering in Adelaide in 2006. With Whincup retiring from fulltime driving and rising star Broc Feeney taking his seat, we reflect on the significance of Whincup’s winning debut with the team he now manages.
eenager Broc Feeney certainly has big shoes to fill at Triple Eight Race Engineering. The full-time rookie replaces Jamie Whincup in the Holden team in 2022, with the pressure of not only getting up to speed in one of the best seats in Supercars but also in place of the driver who rewrote the record books in recent times. No one could’ve predicted the impact Whincup would have on Supercars when he signed as the number two to Craig Lowndes at Triple Eight in 2006. After being dumped by Garry Rogers Motorsport following a challenging rookie season in 2003, Whincup fought back from a year as an endurance co-driver at Perkins Engineering in 2004 to a careersaving full-time return with Tasman Motorsport in 2005. Triple Eight was on the rise with Lowndes challenging for the title in his first season with the team in 2005. And with two-time champion Marcos Ambrose departing to NASCAR, the Ford team seemed like the favourites for 2006. The season opener in Adelaide confirmed those expectations with Lowndes winning the first of the two 250km races. Whincup impressed in third place, after setting the second fastest time in qualifying.
After Lowndes was taken out in a multi-car accident in the second race, Whincup stepped up and secured the race win and the round sweep for Triple Eight. After only one round, Whincup had already proved he was worthy of the drive. With brothers Todd and Rick Kelly filling the rest of the podium placings and the likes of James Courtney, Will Davison and Mark Winterbottom moving into top drives and becoming regular contenders, there was a changing of the guard in the category.
Whincup finished the 2006 season in 10th place in the championship, teaming with Lowndes to win the first of three consecutive Bathurst 1000s for the duo. After 16 seasons with Triple Eight, Whincup bowed out with seven championship wins, four Bathurst 1000 wins and the record for most championship titles, race victories, podiums and pole positions. With Whincup moving into the role of Triple Eight team manager following his full-time retirement, Feeney steps into his former drive. Unlike Whincup in 2006,
Feeney is a full-time rookie who is four years younger than his new boss was in his Triple Eight debut. But, like Whincup, he has the pressure of racing against a championship and Bathurst-winning teammate in Shane van Gisbergen. Whether Feeney can match Whincup’s 2006 achievements remains to be seen. Nevertheless, like Whincup back in the mid-2000s, he represents another generation change. And he will have the driver many consider to be the greatest of all-time in his corner to help in his development.
Jamie Whincup won on his Triple Eight Race Engineering debut in 2006. SUPERCAR XTRA
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THROUGH THE DECADES IMAGES Autopics.com.au, Peter Norton
As we get set for the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship, let’s look back at the key events in the history of Australian touring cars from the decade anniversaries.
The Australian Touring Car Championship entered its third year with the single-race decider being held at the Longford Circuit in Tasmania, the road circuit that had previously held the Australian Grand Prix. The Jaguar Mark I had won the first two Australian Touring Car Championship titles with the British manufacturer expected to add a third title in 1962, with a strong line-up that included reigning champion Bill Pitt, Bob Jane, Bill Burns and Ian Geoghegan. However, Geoghegan was out before the race had even started, due to technical troubles. Jane started from pole position in his Mark II and raced away from the field to score his first Australian Touring Car Championship success. Pitt was slowed by mechanical dramas and finished more than 20 seconds behind Jane with Burns completing the all-Jaguar podium. Ken Brigden in a Peugeot 403 was best of the rest, a lap down in fourth place. Jane swapped his Jaguar for a Ford Falcon XL for the Armstrong 500 at Phillip Island later in the year, teaming with Harry Firth to win the endurance event for a second year in a row. It was the final Armstrong 500 held at Phillip Island, with the event moving to the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst from 1963.
A young Victorian by the name of Peter Brock made his championship debut driving a Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 for the Holden Dealer Team. And though he didn’t score a point, he shot to prominence at the Bathurst 500. On a rain sodden day at Mount Panorama, Brock steered the nimble Torana to victory, with the reigning champion Moffat plagued by problems throughout the race. It was the first win for the Torana at Bathurst, with Brock emerging as Holden’s new hero and setting the foundations for further Great Race success in the final Bathurst 500. It was all change for 1973 with the championship switching from Improved Production to the locally-derived Group C regulations, which would match up with the Great Race that was expanding from 500 miles to 1000 kilometres to give birth to the Bathurst 1000.
The 1972 Australian Touring Car Championship marked the final season for the Improved Production regulations, with the likes of the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Holden Monaro set to be replaced by Holden Toranas and Ford Falcons in 1973. Bob Jane had won the 1971 title in a Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1, defending his title in the Camaro which was forced into an engine reduction from seven litres to 5.7 litres. Jane won four of the eight rounds, including three in a row in the second half of the season, to score his fourth and final championship win, a decade since his first title success. Allan Moffat won three rounds in his Ford Boss 302 Mustang, while Ian Geoghegan driving a Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase III prevailed in a titanic battle with Jane and Moffat at Bathurst. While Moffat and Geoghegan were Jane’s closest championship challengers, it was Mike Stillwell and his Ford Escort Twin Cam Mk.1 from the under two-litre class that claimed second in the championship as a result of the quirks of the points system. 46
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Dick Johnson rose to the top of Australian touring cars with his championship and Bathurst double in 1981. And though he would defend his title in 1982, it was a victory clouded by controversy. Johnson won three of eight rounds and was awarded the title when rival Peter Brock was disqualified from six of the eight rounds. Brock had scored more points than Johnson before the disqualifications, but his Holden Dealer Team had used illegal inlet manifolds that led to the penalties. The matter was decided after a series of legal challenges by the Holden Dealer Team, leaving Johnson as champion and Brock with one win and fifth in the championship. It was a disappointing follow-up from Johnson and Brock’s last-round championship
showdown in 1981. Other round winners included Allan Moffat in his increasingly competitive Mazda RX-7, Kevin Bartlett in his Chevrolet Camaro Z28 and Allan Grice in a Holden VH Commodore SS. But it was under 3000cc class competitor Bob Holden and his Ford Escort Mk.II who finished second in the championship. Brock overcame his championship disappointment to win the Bathurst 1000, teaming with Larry Perkins with Holdens filling the top four positions. It was Brock’s sixth victory, extending his record for most wins in the event, and the first for Perkins. Johnson and Brock may have split championship and Bathurst honours between them, but the off-track squabbles left a bitter taste.
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Nissan took championship and Bathurst honours with the Skyline R32 GT-R in 1991. And despite attempts to hobble the car nicknamed ‘Godzilla’, there would be no stopping the Japanese manufacturer in 1992. The Skylines were forced to run with an extra 40 kilograms in addition to pop-off valves to restrict the power from the turbo engines. However, reigning champion Jim Richards and Mark Skaife remained the overwhelming title favourites. Skaife opened the season with the round win at Amaroo Park and won four of the nine rounds in total. While he notched up wins and scored top-three finishes in all but two rounds, Richards failed to win a round with Skaife going on to claim his first championship success. While Nissan held sway in the championship standings, with a second consecutive one-two finish, there were round wins for the Ford Sierra RS500s of John Bowe and Glenn Seton and the BMW M3 of Tony Longhurst. Longhurst finished ahead of Bowe and Seton in the championship standings, with Holden languishing with a solitary race win for Peter Brock in the season opener with the introduction of two races per round in 1992. With the Nissans absent from the Sandown 500, Larry Perkins and Steve Harrington scored a popular win for Holden in the older model VL Commodore. Nissan returned for Bathurst, playing a starring role in the drama that unfolded in the Great Race. Skaife and Richards were leading when the latter was caught out by heavy rain in the late stages of the race. With cars strewn across the track, the race was red flagged and the Nissan declared the winner for a second consecutive year despite being parked up by the side of the road and the Sierra of Bowe and Dick Johnson still running. With the crowd turning on the Nissan drivers, as frustration at their dominance reached its boiling point, Richards delivered his infamous “pack of arseholes” speech from the podium. It was a controversial end for the Group A era, which despite the variety of machinery and manufacturers, had been reduced to one-sided domination by Nissan. From 1993, the V8 Ford Falcon versus Holden Commodore rules that became the foundation of V8 Supercars were introduced. There would be no room for Nissan’s all-conquering Skyline, which departed with consecutive championship and Bathurst doubles.
The Holden Racing Team and Mark Skaife carried their dominant form from 2001 into 2002, winning the championship and Bathurst 1000 double for a second consecutive season. Skaife, still driving the Holden VX Commodore chassis number 045 which became known as the ‘Golden Child’, continued where he left off from the previous season, winning the opening five rounds of the 2002 season. With teammate Jason Bright notching up two round wins in the middle of the season, the Holden Racing Team claimed victory in the opening eight rounds of the championship. With the VX on a winning roll and Ford’s AU Falcon struggling to keep pace, the off-track talk was dominated by debates around parity, which eventually led to the introduction of the Project Blueprint regulations from 2003. Ford fought back with victory to Stone Brothers Racing’s David Besnard and Simon Wills in the Queensland 500, but Holden reasserted its dominance in the Bathurst 1000. Skaife teamed with Jim Richards, a decade since their infamous Great Race win with Nissan in 1992, repeating their victory to give Skaife the Bathurst and championship double for another season. Commodores filled the top five positions in the race, underlining Holden’s superiority. Garry Rogers Motorsport and Kmart Racing scored nonHolden Racing Team Commodore round wins courtesy of Jason Bargwanna and Greg Murphy at the Gold Coast and Pukekohe respectively, while Ford claimed its second win of the season with Stone Brothers Racing’s Marcos Ambrose at the season finale at Sandown to give a taste of what was to come in 2003. In the end, though, 2002 belonged to Holden, with Ambrose the only Ford driver in the top six in the championship standings. Skaife had won his fourth Bathurst 1000 and equalled the record for most championship wins with his fifth title. However, despite their dominance in 2001 and 2002, it would be the final drivers’ championship win for Skaife and the Holden Racing Team.
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After losing out on the championship in 2010, in Triple Eight Race Engineering’s first season running Holden Commodores, Jamie Whincup returned to the top in 2011. By the end of 2012, he had confirmed his dominance and had also returned to the top step at the Mount Panorama Circuit. The 2012 season started with a strong challenge from Ford Performance Racing, with Will Davison edging Whincup at the season opener in Adelaide and Davison and teammate Mark Winterbottom winning seven consecutive races across three rounds in Hamilton, Perth and Phillip Island. Triple Eight returned serve with a run of 11 consecutive wins, starting at Darwin in June and ending at the Gold Coast in October. Whincup claimed six of those wins to teammate Craig Lowndes’ five, with the team carrying that form into the endurance events. Lowndes partnered with Warren Luff to take the win in the Sandown 500 with Whincup and Paul Dumbrell on top in the Bathurst 1000. Sébastien Bourdais joined Whincup for the Gold Coast 600 and won the opening race of the event, only for Ford Performance Racing to end Triple Eight’s run with a win courtesy of Davison and Mika Salo in the second race. Whincup returned to his winning ways with a sweep of the event at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi, wrapping up the championship with
a storming drive from a pitlane penalty at the penultimate event of the season at Winton. Lowndes secured second in the standings with Davison overcoming Winterbottom in the battle for third with victory in the final race of the season in Sydney. Triple Eight and Ford Performance Racing had won all 30 races between them – 19 to Triple Eight and 11 to Ford Performance Racing. Stone Brothers Racing was best of the rest, with Tim Slade edging Shane van Gisbergen in the race for fifth place in the championship, while reigning Bathurst 1000 winners the Holden Racing Team could only manage a handful of third places. For Whincup, it was his fourth championship win from five years and his fourth Bathurst 1000 triumph. Not only was it his second championship and Bathurst double, it also remains his most recent win in the Great Race. The Car of the Future regulations opened up the category to nonFord and Holden entrants from 2013, with Kelly Racing switching to Nissan Altimas and Stone Brothers Racing morphing into Erebus Motorsport to field AMG Mercedes-Benz E63s. So, what looked like the final season of the Ford and Holden duopoly had been a head-to-head battle between the two leading teams of each manufacturer. SUPERCAR XTRA
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