Townsville program july 2018

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2018 VIRGIN AUSTRALIA SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP OFFICIAL PROGRAM

AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST INDOOR GO KARTING VENUE

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TOWNSVILLE 400

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238 - 240 Maroondah Highway, Chirnside Park 3116

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A DECADE IN THE SUNSHINE

MUSTANG power coming in 2019 / RUBBER SOUL Dunlop in Supercars / THE ROGERS’ The team behind GRM DE PASQUALE Erebus’ rising star / 23 RED RACING New team on the blocks / POSTERS FG X Falcon & Castrol Racing


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FRIDAY JULY 6 Start Finish Category

Duration

08:30 08:45 Supercars Events

15 minutes

Pit Lane Walk

Activity

08:50 09:10 Toyota 86 Racing Series

20 minutes

Practice 1

09:20 09:40 Touring Car Masters

20 minutes

Practice 1

09:55 10:15 ECB SuperUtes Series

20 minutes

Practice 1

10:30 11:10 Dunlop Super2 Series

40 minutes

Practice 1

11:25 12:05 Supercars

40 minutes

Practice 1

12:10 12:20 Supercars Events

10 minutes

Entertainment Session

12:25 12:45 Toyota 86 Racing Series

20 minutes

Practice 2

12:55 13:15 Touring Car Masters

20 minutes

Practice 2

13:30 13:50 ECB SuperUtes Series

20 minutes

Practice 2

14:05 14:45 Dunlop Super2 Series

40 minutes

Practice 2

15:00 15:40 Supercars

40 minutes

Practice 2

15:45 15:55 Supercars Events

10 minutes

Entertainment Session

SATURDAY JULY 7 09:25 09:40 Supercars Events

15 minutes

Pit Lane Walk

09:50 10:10 Touring Car Masters

20 minutes

Qualifying

10:25 10:45 ECB SuperUtes Series

20 minutes

Qualifying

10:55 11:10 Toyota 86 Racing Series

15 minutes

Qualifying

11:25 11:40 Dunlop Super2 Series

15 minutes

Qualifying

11:55 12:15 Supercars

20 minutes

Qualifying – Race 17

12:20 12:35 Supercars Events

15 minutes

Entertainment Session

12:40 13:00 Touring Car Masters

12 laps or 1 lap after 12:58

Race 1

13:15 13:35 ECB SuperUtes Series

11 laps or 1 lap after 13:33

Race 1

13:45 14:05 Toyota 86 Racing Series

12 laps or 1 lap after 14:03

Race 1

14:10 14:35 Supercars Events

25 minutes

14:50 15:20 Dunlop Super2 Series

21 laps or 1 lap after 15:18

Race 1

16:05 17:45 Supercars

70 laps or 1 lap after 17:44

Race 17 – 200km

Parade/Entertainment Session

SUNDAY JULY 8 08:35 09:00 Supercars Events

25 minutes

Pit Lane Walk

09:10 09:35 Toyota 86 Racing Series

14 laps or 1 lap after 09:33

Race 2

09:45 10:05 Touring Car Masters

12 laps or 1 lap after 10:03

Race 2

10:20 10:45 ECB SuperUtes Series

13 laps or 1 lap after 10:43

11:00 11:15 Dunlop Super2 Series

15 minutes

Qualifying – Race 2

11:30 11:50 Supercars

20 minutes

Qualifying – Race 18

11:55 12:10 Supercars Events

15 minutes

Entertainment Session

12:15 12:35 Toyota 86 Racing Series

12 laps or 1 lap after 12:33

Race 3

12:45 13:05 Touring Car Masters

12 laps or 1 lap after 13:03

Race 3

13:20 13:40 ECB SuperUtes Series

11 laps or 1 lap after 13:38

Race 3

13:55 14:20 Supercars

25 minutes

Shootout – Race 18

14:25 14:40 Supercars Events

15 minutes

Entertainment Session

14:45

Dunlop Super2 Series

21 laps or 1 lap after 15:13

Race 2

16:05

Supercars

70 laps or 1 lap after 17:44

Race 18 – 200km

PROGRAM CONTENTS SECTION I

Welcome

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What’s On

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Track Map

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Event Preview

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Entry List

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Season To Date

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Standings P20 Feature P22 Officials P28 Volunteers P30 SECTION II Driver Profiles

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Support Categories

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MARTIN MONRO

MANAGING DIRECTOR WATPAC

Hello and welcome to the Watpac Townsville 400. This is our second year sponsoring this event and we are delighted to be able to once again support Townsville in this significant and exciting way. Watpac is a company that may not be well known by everyone reading this, but chances are you have all seen or enjoyed one of our projects around Australia. As a national business that works in the construction and civil and mining sectors, we have built many

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of Queensland’s famous and iconic sporting arenas since our beginning in Brisbane in 1983. Nationally we are helping shape many communities across the country delivering buildings in the health, education, defence and commercial sectors. This is our 20th year of continuous operations in Townsville and we are so pleased to be able to celebrate our 20th anniversary of building here, supporting local businesses and employing local people with all of you attending this great event. For the past 12 months Watpac has been working on the construction of the new North Queensland Stadium

here in Townsville. Like the street circuit of the Watpac Townsville 400, this new stadium will bring the inner-city of Townsville to life. We hope that you get a chance to see some of the progress while you are here for this event. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone in the Townsville community for their support over our 20 years of operation here. We would also like to say thank you to all of the people who make the Watpac Townsville 400 the safe and spectacular event we know it will be. On behalf of Watpac I hope that everyone who watches or attends, locals and visitors alike, enjoys the Watpac Townsville 400. – Martin Monro


JENNY HILL

JOHN BORGHETTI

MAYOR OF TOWNSVILLE The Watpac Townsville 400 is the biggest event in North Queensland and we are proud to be celebrating its 10th year in 2018. For a decade, Townsville has come alive for three actionpacked days both on and off the Reid Park street circuit. The annual Supercars Championship never fails to get the adrenaline pumping. This year’s Watpac Townsville 400 will deliver excitement from start to finish, from the thrill of the Supercars to performances by some of Australia’s most iconic musicians. Complemented by a host of supporting events and worldclass attractions away from the track, the Supercars weekend also delivers a major economic

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boost and creates jobs for locals. We encourage visitors to take some time to explore our city and discover why it is the gem of the north. May I extend a warm welcome to the teams, drivers, supporters and race fans - here’s to 10 years of the Townsville 400. – Jenny Hill

Welcome to the Townsville round of the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. This is the second year of our partnership and Virgin Australia is delighted to support another dynamic and competitive season. Virgin Australia is passionate about championing the sport and promoting Australian tourism. Over the course of this season, Virgin Australia will transport 16 teams, 26 drivers and thousands of fans across the country. Virgin Australia has increased flights to Supercars rounds across the Championship and will be

releasing holiday packages for fans throughout the season via our dedicated travel platform Supercars Travel. On behalf of Virgin Australia, I hope you enjoy the action and I look forward to welcoming you on board soon. – John Borghetti

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SEAN SEAMER

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER SUPERCARS AUSTRALIA

THE HON KATE JONES MP

MINISTER FOR INNOVATION AND TOURISM INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT

Welcome to Townsville, North Queensland, for an action-packed weekend of high-speed entertainment at the 2018 Watpac Townsville 400. The 2018 Watpac Townsville 400 marks a special milestone, with the 10th anniversary of the best Supercars action in Townsville. To celebrate, Aussie music royalty John Farnham and Darryl Braithwaite will be headlining Saturday night’s concert. This spectacular event draws thousands of motorsport fans from across the country every year, generating millions of dollars for the Queensland economy. The Watpac Townsville 400 shines a spotlight on Townsville as a premier events destination and will showcase the region’s many tourism experiences like the Great Barrier Reef, local islands and beaches, rainforest and outback, as well as retail, food P6

and entertainment offerings. The Palaszczuk Government proudly supports this event through Tourism and Events Queensland’s It’s Live! in Queensland calendar. Thank you to the Virgin Australia Supercars, sponsors and volunteers for all their hard work in ensuring this event is a success for Townsville. Good luck to all the participating teams and drivers. I encourage all those visiting Townsville to explore beautiful North Queensland and experience more of what the region has to offer. – Kate Jones

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It is with great pleasure I welcome you to the 10th anniversary of Supercars in North Queensland, the Watpac Townsville 400. Since our inaugural race here in 2009, we’ve seen champions conquer the picturesque track here at Reid Park in some of the most memorable moments our sport has ever seen. Jamie Whincup has made a habit of winning in front of this vocal Townsville crowd, recording nine victories here and will be chasing win number ten this weekend against our other modern-day heroes on the grid. We welcome to Townsville for the very first time the Australian Touring Car Masters, featuring muscle cars of years gone by, driven by legends of our sport including John Bowe, Jim Richards and many more. Fans will also get the chance to see the popular Toyota 86 Series, Dunlop Super2 Series and for the very first time, the ECB SuperUtes will race around Reid Park. This year we are proud to bring fans two huge nights of entertainment under the Watpac SuperTop. From the rocking Friday night acts of the Hoodoo Gurus and Baby Animals, to the Saturday concert featuring the legendary John Farnham and Daryl Braithwaite, this year’s entertainment is one

of our biggest ever in North Queensland. Our sport is extremely proud of the fantastic relationship with Government and our major partner Tourism and Events Queensland, which I am proud to say is the strongest it has ever been. The Watpac Townsville 400 is North Queensland’s largest event as a substantial driver of intrastate, and interstate visitation, tourism profile, national and global awareness and community pride. We are delighted to join with you, the fans, in celebrating the 10th Watpac Townsville 400 this weekend. Thank you to our naming rights partner Virgin Australia and our valued Series partners, race teams, drivers, volunteers, officials and fans for your dedication and support. This year promises to be the best season of Supercars on record and we are very proud to showcase our sport and Townsville to the world this weekend. – Sean Seamer



FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT

When: Friday from 5pm. Where: Watpac SuperTop – behind the Supercars Paddock. Hoodoo Gurus and The Baby Animals will be rocking out under the Watpac SuperTop on the Friday night

SATURDAY NIGHT CONCERT

When: Saturday from 6pm. Where: Watpac SuperTop – behind the Supercars Paddock. Aussie music royalty John Farnham will lead the celebrations and will be supported by fellow Australian rock legend, Daryl Braithwaite, in celebrating 10 years of racing in Townsville. The concerts are included in your same day event ticket.

SUPERCARS AUTOGRAPH SESSION*

When: S aturday 1:15pm – 1:45pm, Sunday 10am – 10:30am. Where: Rear of team garages. Head to the Supercars Paddock during the autograph signing sessions to meet some of your favourite Supercars drivers and grab an autograph. Free posters will be available for patrons at the designated autograph sessions. *Paddock Pass required.

DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES AUTOGRAPH SESSION

When: Sunday 12:30pm - 1pm. Where: 4TO FM Zone, beside Civic Centre, outside paddock entry. Head along to the Dunlop Super2 Series autograph sessions and grab an autograph from the future Supercars champions!

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DRIVERS PARADE

When: Saturday 2:10pm. Where: On track. Be upstanding to cheer on your favourite Supercars driver as they parade around the track before the racing kicks off for the weekend.

MERCHANDISE ALLEY

Where: Behind the Civic Theatre. Stock up on your favourite team’s merchandise and Supercars gear. Plus check out some of the stunt team vehicles on display, enjoy a drink at the bars and grab a bite to eat.

ROCKERS N ROLLERS

When: Saturday and Sunday. Where: Merchandise Alley. Back for this years’ Watpac Townsville 400 are the ‘Rockers n Rollers’ from the Townsville Twin Cities Rock n Roll Dance Club. Complete with cool cars alongside the dance floor check out these guys n gals twisting and swinging to music from the fabulous 50’s/60’s.

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HOT WHEELS STUNTZ INC TEAM

Time: During the entertainment sessions. Where: On track and in Merchandise Alley. Check out the Hot Wheels Stunt Team on track with a brand new show. Their custom cars will go head to head with their bikes around a custom circuit created between Turn 7 and Turn 9 on Saturday at 2:10pm and Sunday at 11:50am. Also check out their transporter and get a photo with them in Merchandise Alley.

TRACK CHAT

When: Saturday 10:15am – 10:40am. Where: Concert stage under the Watpac SuperTop This is your chance to ask the big questions at Track Chat! Supercars stars Craig Lowndes, Fabian Coulthard, Tim Blanchard and Jack Le Brocq will be under the Watpac SuperTop for a press conference where the fans take to the mic. There is limited space so if you have a question make sure you get there early.

Where: In the High School car park, oppposite the pit garages. Take a break from the on-track entertainment at the Coopers Roll Bar, located in the heart of the all the action opposite the pit garages. Enjoy the music, catch up with friends and maybe make some new ones.

CLASSIC COLLECTION CAR DISPLAY

Where: Inside Turn 3. Ten years of local car enthusiasts continue with a mix of Aussie, US and modified muscle inside Turn 3. You’ll also catch the Muscle Car Events – Australia GT Falcon Transporter on-site stocked with XW/ XY Falcon GT’s just like it was back in the early 70’s being delivered just down the road to McKillop Ford. This awesome display celebrates 10 years of Muscle Car Events partnering with Supercars in providing a showcase of the region’s classics.

SHOWTIME FMX

When: Saturday and Sunday. Where: Off track, inside Turn 10 and 11. The ShowTime Freestyle Moto X team has cemented its position as the most spectacular FMX team in Australia. See world renowned Freestyle Moto X stars thrill the crowds with their aerial antics.

SUPERUTES UP CLOSE

When: S aturday 2:15pm, Sunday 12pm. Where: SuperUtes Paddock, at the front of garages. Come down and meet the ECB SuperUtes teams and check out the next era of dual-cab turbo diesel machines. This is your chance to learn more about this brand new category, ask questions and see these beasts up close.

LEGO PLAY ZONE

When: 10am-3pm daily. Where: Behind Grandstand S16. Supercars has partnered with legendary toymakers LEGO to bring an exciting new kid-friendly experience to the Watpac Townsville 400. The LEGO Play Zone will feature fun activities, challenges and prize giveaways to keep little ones and their parents entertained for hours. VIRGIN AUSTRALIA SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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BORYS ZAGROCKI - EXTREME BICYCLE STUNTS

Time: Four shows per day. Where: Merchandise Alley. Borys Zagrocki is a professional trials bicycle rider, performer and instructor. Starting in Europe and developing his skills throughout Asia and Australia, Borys has over 15 years experience and now holds two Australian National Elite Championships. Regularly performing around Australia and overseas, come see Borys perform his stunts over the weekend in Merchandise Alley.

HELICOPTER RIDES

Where: Helipad is located in the Townsville High School car park area. Why not treat yourself or your clients to a helicopter ride over the Townsville circuit? Townsville Helicopters will be conducting joy flights over the race track during race weekend, with prices starting at $100 per adult, $75 per child. Contact Michelle Arnold from Townsville Helicopters at michelle@tsvheli.com.au or 0438 027 367 to pre-book your helicopter seat, arrange transfers or special requests.

AUSSIE BANDIT

Time: During the entertainment sessions. Where: On track and in Merchandise Alley. With a 1700 horsepower Chev V8 mounted in the tray, this beast of a ute has run the quarter mile at 142 miles an hour on its back wheels. Watch as the Aussie Bandit blows flames and wheel stands its way around the track during the on-track entertainment sessions over the weekend. In-between sessions come and get a close up of this beast and meet the driver behind it as it sits on display near Merchandise Alley.

SUPERCARS PADDOCK

Where: Rear of Pit Building (Supercars garages). Make sure you head to the Supercars Paddock area at the rear of the Supercars garages where the behind-the-scenes action takes place.

From inside the paddock, fans can see the amazing purpose built transporters, teams working in the garages and maybe even grab an autograph from a driver. Upgrade to a Paddock Pass for only $35.

DRAG DEMONSTRATION

When: S aturday 12:20pm, Sunday 11:55am. Where: Main straight, on track. Race fans will be treated to a taste of drag racing at the Watpac Townsville 400 with five local quarter mile enthusiasts set to light up their tyres along the main straight.

TEAM ARMY

Where: Merchandise Alley. Project Digger is the Army’s latest recruitment tool. Based on a 1978 Ford LTD, Project Digger is powered by a blown 460 cubic inch Big Block Ford engine and develops nearly 700 hp at the back wheels. Armygeddon was the first burn out vehicle developed by Team Army. Based on a 6 x 6 Land Rover (the vehicle is a Veteran from the East Timor campaign), Armygeddon is fitted with a LS1 and develops over 600 hp. These V8 show stoppers are loud and aggressive and sure to put on an epic show when they hit the track over the weekend. Come and meet the Defence Force team behind these two weapons and find out more on defence recruitment at their display near Merchandise Alley.

TUNE IN ON TRACK – ON TRACK COMMENTARY

Tune into 96.3FM during the event to hear commentary of racing action and what’s happening on and off the track.

All times and activities are subject to change at the promoter’s discretion.

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ROUND 8 PREVIEW

WATPAC TOWNSVILLE 400

The 2017 Watpac Townsville 400 set the tone for last season’s championship battle between Jamie Whincup and Scott McLaughlin, with the chasing back needing to keep pace with current points leader McLaughlin this weekend.

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JR Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin claimed the championship lead for the first time in 2017 following his win in the Saturday race of the Watpac Townsville 400. He enters this season with a healthy buffer in the championship in his attempt to overcome this disappointment of his narrow defeat in the title race last year. Townsville has a history of playing a vital role in the championship battle. Six of the previous nine winners of the event have gone on to claim the title, including over the last four seasons. With a return to SuperSprint format in the upcoming rounds before the start of the PIRTEK Endurance Cup, Townsville’s two races sets the championship tone for the second half of the season.

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McLaughlin established his championship lead with back-to-back event sweeps at the WD-40 Phillip Island 500 and Perth SuperSprint with teammate Fabian Coulthard scoring a win at the Winton SuperSprint. Fellow Ford team Tickford Racing has a strong record in Townsville with an event sweep in 2015 and Mark Winterbottom holding the record for most pole positions at the circuit, though Tickford has struggled to keep pace with DJR Team Penske in 2018. The Falcon has won seven of 19 races at the event and is set to make its final appearance in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship in Townsville with the introduction of the Mustang from 2019. The new-generation Commodore started the season strongly with five wins from

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six races at the Adelaide 500 and Coates Hire Melbourne 400, with Holden teams hoping the return to another street circuit will help in the race against the Ford Falcons and Nissan Altimas. Triple Eight Race Engineering’s Jamie Whincup has dominated in Townsville with nine wins from 19 attempts and will need another strong performance this weekend, with teammate Shane van Gisbergen edging away and establishing himself as McLaughlin’s closest competitor in the championship race. Walkinshaw Andretti United has a strong pedigree on street circuits with Scott Pye claiming his first Supercars win at the Coates Hire Melbourne 400 and teammate James Courtney taking a podium at the Adelaide 500. The team, formerly the Holden Racing

Team, has also won three times on the streets of Townsville. Nissan Motorsport has enjoyed a resurgence in recent rounds with Rick Kelly scoring his first win in an Altima at the Winton SuperSprint. The team will he hoping its improved form translates onto the street circuit following a challenging run in Adelaide and Melbourne earlier in the season. Other entries expected to compete for the win include renowned street fighter and former Townsville winner Garth Tander at Garry Rogers Motorsport, Erebus Motorsport’s regular contender David Reynolds, who won last time out at the CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown and sits third in the standings, the resurgent Craig Lowndes in the Autobarn Lowndes Racing entry and Brad Jones Racing’s Tim Slade and Nick Percat.


FAST FACTS

A number of drivers will be making their first main-game appearances in Townsville with five full-time rookies in the field – Todd Hazelwood (Matt Stone Racing), Richie Stanaway (Tickford Racing), Jack Le Brocq (Tekno Autosports), James Golding (Garry Rogers Motorsport) and Anton De Pasquale (Erebus Motorsport). The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship will have two 40-minute practice sessions on Friday; a 20-minute qualifying and 200km race on Saturday; and a 20-minute qualifying, ARMOR ALL top-10 Shootout and 200km race on Sunday.

CIRCUIT LENGTH 2.86 km DIRECTION Clockwise AVERAGE SPEED 144 km/h TOP SPEED 260 km/h 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

HISTORY

In 2007 it was announced that the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship would add a third event in Queensland with a street circuit in Townsville. The hybrid circuit mixes public streets and roads constructed through Reid Park, where the paddock and main grandstands are based. The event debuted in 2009 with the two 200km race format becoming the norm. A weekend crowd of 168,000plus ensured the event was an immediate success and it’s become a marquee street-circuit event on the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship schedule alongside the Adelaide 500, Coates Hire Melbourne 400, Vodafone Gold Coast 600 and Coates Hire Newcastle 500. The 2018 Watpac Townsville 400 is the 10th running of the event with the 20th individual race taking place on Saturday.

CIRCUIT

The Watpac Townsville 400 circuit is located south of Townsville CBD and winds its way through Reid Park, where specially-constructed roads form approximately 70 per cent of the circuit. The parkland-style layout is reminiscent of the Albert Park street circuit in Melbourne.

There are also similarities with the Adelaide 500 circuit, with the Turn 1 right-hand kink following the start-finish line reminiscent of Turn 8 in Adelaide. The tight Turn 2 righthander is action-packed off the start and is one of the main overtaking opportunities on the circuit, while Turn 3 is one of the tightest before the track opens up heading towards the parklands section. Drivers increase their speed through Turn 5 and 6 before the tight chicane at Turn 7 and 8, where they aggressively attack the kerbs ahead of the fast right-hand kinks at Turn 9 and 10. Turn 11 is the another good overtaking opportunity with the option of criss-cross move through Turn 12 and another big braking point in Turn 13, where the exit is vital for the drive down the front straight. The Watpac Townsville 400 circuit is popular amongst drivers with the mix of streetcircuit and parkland sections, the variety in corner speeds/

track surfaces and multiple overtaking opportunities.

LAST YEAR

The 2017 Watpac Townsville 400 was vital in the championship battle with Scott McLaughlin taking the championship lead for the first time and Jamie Whincup ending a winless run to set himself up for the second half of the season. McLaughlin scored both pole positions and took his first win in Townsville in the Saturday race, beating Whincup to the flag in a tense encounter with Mark Winterbottom best of the rest in third place. Whincup reversed the positions on the Sunday with his first win of 2017 ahead of McLaughlin and Shane van Gisbergen. The relieved Whincup had not only returned to winning ways but also equalled teammate Craig Lowndes’ record of 105 career win. With a win and second place each for McLaughlin and Whincup and their teammates Fabian Coulthard and van

■ The Townsville 400 celebrates 10 years of running in 2018. The first event was held in 2009 with the Saturday race this weekend the 20th individual Supercars race in Townsville. ■ Jamie Whincup is the dominant driver in Townsville with nine race wins from 19 attempts, six more than the next best of Garth Tander and Mark Winterbottom with three. Whincup has won a race in Townsville in all but two years – 2013 and 2015. ■ Mark Winterbottom has scored the most pole positions in Townsville with four, one ahead of Jamie Whincup and Scott McLaughlin on three. Ford drivers have scored the last three pole positions in Townsville. ■ Queensland-based teams have had the edge in Townsville with 12 wins from 19 attempts, including 10 from Triple Eight Race Engineering. ■ The winner of the Sunday race in Townsville has gone on to win the championship in the last four years – Jamie Whincup in 2014, Mark Winterbottom in 2015, Shane van Gisbergen in 2016 and Whincup in 2017.

Gisbergen losing ground, the championship picture was becoming clearer. RACE 1 1st: Scott McLaughlin Ford FG X Falcon 2nd: Jamie Whincup Holden VF Commodore 3rd: Mark Winterbottom Ford FG X Falcon RACE 2 1st: Jamie Whincup Holden VF Commodore 2nd: Scott McLaughlin Ford FG X Falcon 3rd: Shane van Gisbergen Holden VF Commodore

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Driver

Team Sponsor Name

Car

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Jamie Whincup

Red Bull Holden Racing Team

Holden ZB Commodore

2

Scott Pye

Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

5

Mark Winterbottom

6

Cameron Waters

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AndrĂŠ Heimgartner

Plus Fitness Racing

Nissan Altima

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Nick Percat

Freightliner Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

9

David Reynolds

Erebus Penrite Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

12

Fabian Coulthard

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Tim Slade

Freightliner Racing

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Rick Kelly

Castrol Racing

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Scott McLaughlin

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Lee Holdsworth

Preston Hire Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

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Jack Le Brocq

Tekno Autosports

Holden ZB Commodore

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Tim Blanchard

Team CoolDrive

Holden ZB Commodore

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Michael Caruso

Drive Racing

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James Courtney

Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

33

Garth Tander

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Holden ZB Commodore

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James Golding

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Holden ZB Commodore

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Chaz Mostert

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The Bottle-O Racing Team

Ford FG X Falcon

Monster Energy Racing

Ford FG X Falcon

Shell V-Power Racing Team

Shell V-Power Racing Team

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

Nissan Altima

Bigmate Racing

Ford FG X Falcon

Supercheap Auto Racing

Ford FG X Falcon

Richie Stanaway

RABBLE.club Racing

Ford FG X Falcon

78

Simona De Silvestro

Team Harvey Norman

Nissan Altima

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Shane van Gisbergen

Red Bull Holden Racing Team

Holden ZB Commodore

99

Anton De Pasquale

Erebus Motorsport

Holden ZB Commodore

230

Will Davison

Milwaukee Racing

Ford FG X Falcon

888

Craig Lowndes

Autobarn Lowndes Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

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

RACE 2

Pole position: Shane van Gisbergen Podium: 1st – Shane van Gisbergen 2nd – David Reynolds 3rd – Garth Tander

COATES HIRE MELBOURNE 400 RACE 3 Pole position: Scott McLaughlin Podium: 1st – Scott McLaughlin 2nd – Jamie Whincup 3rd – Fabian Coulthard

RACE 4

Pole position: Jamie Whincup Podium: 1st – Jamie Whincup 2nd – Scott McLaughlin 3rd – Fabian Coulthard

RACE 5

Pole position: Scott McLaughlin Podium: 1st – Scott Pye 2nd – Jamie Whincup 3rd – Nick Percat

RACE 6

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

2nd – Mark Winterbottom 3rd – Shane van Gisbergen

TYREPOWER TASMANIA SUPERSPRINT RACE 7

Pole position: Shane van Gisbergen Podium: 1st – Scott McLaughlin 2nd – David Reynolds 3rd – Craig Lowndes

Pole position: Shane van Gisbergen Podium: 1st – Jamie Whincup 2nd – Craig Lowndes 3rd – James Courtney

RACE 8

Pole position: Craig Lowndes Podium: 1st – Craig Lowndes 2nd – Scott McLaughlin 3rd – Jamie Whincup

WD-40 PHILLIP ISLAND 500 RACE 9

Pole position: Scott McLaughlin Podium: 1st – Scott McLaughlin 2nd – Rick Kelly 3rd – Shane van Gisbergen

RACE 10

Pole position: Scott McLaughlin Podium: 1st – Scott McLaughlin 2nd – David Reynolds 3rd – Rick Kelly

PERTH SUPERSPRINT RACE 11

Pole position: Scott McLaughlin Podium: 1st – Scott McLaughlin

RACE 12

WINTON SUPERSPRINT RACE 13 Pole position: Scott McLaughlin Podium: 1st – Rick Kelly 2nd – Scott Pye 3rd – Shane van Gisbergen

RACE 14

Pole position: Scott McLaughlin Podium: 1st – Fabian Coulthard 2nd – Shane van Gisbergen 3rd – Scott McLaughlin

CROWNBET DARWIN TRIPLE CROWN RACE 15 Pole position: David Reynolds Podium: 1st – Scott McLaughlin 2nd – Shane van Gisbergen 3rd – David Reynolds

RACE 16

Pole position: Rick Kelly Podium: 1st – David Reynolds 2nd – Scott McLaughlin 3rd – Jamie Whincup


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Position Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27

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

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

TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

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

Points Difference 1775 1614 1448 1362 1342 1279 1229 1216 1109 1104 1097 1078 1068 1001 988 916 812 799 776 758 582 582 544 533 512 491 57

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Position Team

Points Difference

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

3004 2956 -48 2383 -621 2200 -804 2175 -829 2110 -894 1992 -1012 1595 -1409 1559 -1445 1362 -1642 1281 -1723 916 -2088 758 -2246 582 -2422 544 -2460 503 -2501

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A DECADE IN THE SUNSHINE The Watpac Townsville 400 turns 10 in 2018! To celebrate the milestone, we look back at a decade of Virgin Australia Supercars Championship memories from the streets of Reid Park.

2009

Townsville welcomed the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship for the first time in 2009 with a weekend crowd of over 168,000 people showing the enthusiasm for the category in northern Queensland. Triple Eight’s Jamie Whincup took the win in the first race on the Saturday following engine troubles for early leader James Courtney. The Dick Johnson Racing driver bounced back in the Sunday race for his first win with the team; the beginning of a strong run of form that eventually led to the championship win in 2010. The start of the first race in Townsville in 2009.

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RACE WINNERS

Saturday: Jamie Whincup – Triple Eight Race Engineering – Ford FG Falcon Sunday: James Courtney – Dick Johnson Racing – Ford FG Falcon

2010

Triple Eight made the switch to Holden in 2010 with Jamie Whincup claiming victory in the Saturday race in Townsville. But his championship hopes suffered a setback with brake troubles leaving him down in 23rd place on the Sunday. Mark Winterbottom took the win with championship leader James Courtney banking valuable points in second ahead of Garth Tander.

Winterbottom and Tander lead the pack in 2010.

The result would prove decisive in the championship race with Courtney narrowly beating Whincup to the title.

RACE WINNERS

Saturday: Jamie Whincup – Triple Eight Race Engineering – Holden VE Commodore Sunday: Mark Winterbottom – Ford Performance Racing – Ford FG Falcon


2013

Ford Performance Racing’s Will Davison ended the run of Holden winners in Townsville with victory on the Saturday in 2013. Davison celebrated with a customary burnout, though he embarrassingly nudged the wall. Holden fought back the following day with Garth Tander leading home Holden Racing Team teammate James Courtney in a one-two finish. The Commodores were running in a special State of Origin livery with the Queensland colours of Tander appropriately finishing ahead of New South Wales and Courtney in Townsville.

Triple Eight’s ‘camo’ livery from Townsville in 2011.

2011

Triple Eight celebrated the military presence in Townsville by running camouflage Commodores in 2011. But it was the Commodore of Garth Tander that took honours in the first race. Tander’s bid for an event sweep came to an end with a tyre failure the following day. The camo Commodores of Triple Eight took a one-two finish with Jamie Whincup ahead of Craig Lowndes for his first Sunday win and Townsville 400 title.

RACE WINNERS

Saturday: Garth Tander – Holden Racing Team – Holden VE Commodore Sunday: Jamie Whincup – Triple Eight Race Engineering – Holden VE Commodore

2012

Jamie Whincup stamped his authority on Townsville with the first sweep in the event’s history in 2012. Ford duo Mark Winterbottom and David Reynolds shared the pole positions, though it was Whincup who dominated the races to take charge in the championship battle. Former Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve joined the field as a replacement for the injured Greg Murphy at Kelly Racing, in a colourful livery reflecting his iconic helmet design.

F1 championshipwinning pedigree came to Townsville in 2012.

Tander claimed the Townsville 400 crown in 2013.

RACE WINNERS

Saturday: Jamie Whincup – Triple Eight Race Engineering – Holden VE Commodore Sunday: Jamie Whincup – Triple Eight Race Engineering – Holden VE Commodore

ABOVE: Whincup scored back-to-back Townsville 400 wins in 2011 and 2012.

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Whincup took another two wins in Townsville in 2014.

RACE WINNERS

Saturday: Will Davison – Ford Performance Racing – Ford FG Falcon Sunday: Garth Tander – Holden Racing Team – Holden VF Commodore

2014

The event expanded to three races and 500 kilometres in 2014, with two 125km races on the Saturday and a 250km race on Sunday. Jamie Whincup won the opening race to return

to winning ways in Townsville, while Garth Tander claimed the second Saturday race for the Holden Racing Team. Whincup regained the ascendancy for the Sunday win for what would prove to be a vital round in another successful championship campaign.

RACE WINNERS

Saturday I: Jamie Whincup – Triple Eight Race Engineering – Holden VF Commodore Winterbottom in the FG X Falcon swept the event in 2015.

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Saturday II: Garth Tander – Holden Racing Team – Holden VF Commodore Sunday: Jamie Whincup – Triple Eight Race Engineering – Holden VF Commodore

2015

Mark Winterbottom took a big step towards his first championship win with a sweep of the Townsville 400 in 2015. The new FG X Falcon was the car to beat with Winterbottom defeating pole-sitting


between van Gisbergen and Whincup with the former prevailing for his first title, thanks in part to an important win over his teammate in Townsville.

RACE WINNERS

Saturday: Jamie Whincup – Triple Eight Race Engineering – Holden VF Commodore Sunday: Shane van Gisbergen – Triple Eight Race Engineering – Holden VF Commodore

2017

The battle between DJR Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin and Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s Jamie Whincup headlined the 2017 season, with the championship decided on the final lap of the of the season finale in Newcastle. The duo shared the spoils in Townsville with a win apiece, with McLaughlin adding a further two poles ABOVE & RIGHT: Van Gisbergen scored the Sunday race win in Townsville in 2016. It’s one of six times that the winner of the Sunday race in Townsville has gone on to claim the drivers’ championship win, including in the last four seasons.

teammate Chaz Mostert in the Saturday race. Winterbottom repeated the feat in the Sunday race, with polesitter Scott McLaughlin forced out due to a mechanical failure. The 300 points cemented Winterbottom’s championship lead.

RACE WINNERS

Saturday: Mark Winterbottom – Prodrive Racing Australia – Ford FG X Falcon Sunday: Mark Winterbottom – Prodrive Racing Australia – Ford FG X Falcon

2016

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for what would be a recordbreaking year in qualifying. His win in Townsville gave him the points lead for the first time in 2017. But it was Whincup who took the ultimate prize of a seventh drivers’ title. Whincup’s win also cemented his lead at top of the wins’ list at the event.

RACE WINNERS

Saturday: Scott McLaughlin – DJR Team Penske – Ford FG X Falcon Sunday: Jamie Whincup – Triple Eight Race Engineering – Holden VF Commodore

TOWNSVILLE BY THE NUMBERS

RACE WINS BY DRIVER Jamie Whincup Garth Tander Mark Winterbottom James Courtney Will Davison Shane van Gisbergen Scott McLaughlin

POLE POSITIONS BY DRIVER Mark Winterbottom Jamie Whincup Scott McLaughlin Craig Lowndes David Reynolds Fabian Coulthard Garth Tander James Courtney Jason Bright Lee Holdsworth Shane van Gisbergen Chaz Mostert

Whincup and McLaughlin do battle, taking a win each in Townsville in 2017.

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he news that Ford Australia and Ford Performance is providing backing for the Mustang Supercar to be raced from 2019 is a huge win for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. With the new-generation Holden Commodore debuting in 2018, the arrival of the Mustang and continued use of V8 engines in both, the Gen2 era of Supercars will be well underway. Bruce Newton examines the impact of the Mustang on the category, Ford and other manufacturers and how the two-door coupe will shape up as a Supercar in our cover story in this issue of Supercar Xtra Magazine. Mark Fogarty chats with father-and-son combination Garry and Barry Rogers to discuss the progress of Garry Rogers Motorsport and the increased role of the second-generation team boss, while we also check in with their drivers Garth Tander and James Golding. Tyres are always a key talking point in motorsport, so we examine the role Dunlop plays in Supercars and how a change in specification shook up the grid in 2018. We continue our coverage of the new blood in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship with a profile of Erebus Motorsport’s impressive rookie Anton De Pasquale and

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The arrival of the Ford Mustang into Supercars sets a new template for other manufacturers looking to enter the category, with implications for Holden, a lesson in what could have been for Nissan and a saving grace for the V8 engine.

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hen we went to print with the previous issue of Supercar Xtra Magazine, Holden was committed to the development of a twin-turbo V6 engine for its ZB Commodore, Ford remained sidelined with no indication as to what would replace the Falcon, while Nissan was being pushed to convert to the GT-R. Fast forward to this issue and Holden has shelved the twin-turbo V6 and will continue with the V8, Ford is back with a V8-powered Mustang, while Nissan will depart at the end of this season. The dramatic turnarounds have swung the balance of power to the Blue Oval. Though Ford Australia had shown a

disinterest in Supercars in recent years, the decision to race the Mustang with a V8 across its teams has been praised by fans from both sides of the manufacturer divide. It will be the first two-door coupe to race under the Gen2 rules, which were created to open up Supercars to different body shapes and engine configurations. Holden, in contrast to Ford, didn’t waver in its commitment to Supercars, but has been battling sliding showroom sales and continued criticism for the decision to retain the Commodore name on the new imported version of the vehicle. The struggle in the marketplace has raised the suggestion that parent company General Motors could simply do away with the Holden brand in its

outpost of Australia, instead exporting Chevrolet products. Chevrolet’s Camaro will be converted to right-hand drive and sold in Australia under a deal between the Walkinshaw family-owned Holden Special Vehicles (HSV), Holden and General Motors. Walkinshaw Andretti United would, therefore, be in prime position to lead the development of a Camaro Supercar, with coowners Zak Brown and Michael Andretti able to champion the cause in North America as Roger Penske did with Ford. This could create another battleground between Triple Eight boss Roland Dane and Ryan Walkinshaw, with Triple Eight the sole factory-backed Holden team and spearheading the development of the ZB Commodore and Walkinshaw The Mustang and Camaro will soon to do battle in the Australian marketplace.

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Andretti United in a position to control the future of a Camaro in Supercars. Holden is open to the idea of giving the green light for the Camaro to enter Supercars, though much will depend on the future of Holden itself and the Commodore. “Our focus is on having as many Holdens on the podium as we can, race in, race out,” says Holden’s executive director of marketing Kristian Aquilina. “We’re confident the ZB Commodore is the car to do this. We’re not afraid of putting the ZB Commodore against the best, be that a Ford Mustang, or any other competitor – we know how good the all-new Commodore is. “If it [a Camaro Supercar] became a serious prospect, we’d definitely look at it as an exciting development for the sport but our focus is on ZB Commodore.” So for the foreseeable future it’s Ford versus Holden racing V8 products, as it was before Supercars opened the door to other manufacturers in 2013. The first to enter under those Car of the Future regulations, Nissan, will depart despite having its own two-door performance coupe that could have raced in Supercars. “It was never a point that we were entertaining on the table from our side,” says Nissan Australia managing director Stephen Lester about the GT-R. “To be very honest, I don’t see the alignment of the GT-R to the Supercars series. At this point we’ve made no plans to consider other vehicles for

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racing in Supercars. We have aligned our strategy to focus around EV [electric vehicles], SUV and Nissan Intelligent Mobility, and that strategy will form our future course.” The Nissan Altima is in its sixth season in Supercars and is enjoying its best year yet with a string of podiums and racewinning performances. “We’ve spent the last five and a half years putting countless hours of continuous effort in to try and get this package to the point where it could win races and be a podium contender,” says team co-owner Todd Kelly.

“It’s just been relentless and it’s been up and down.” The use of the productionbased VK56DE V8 set the Nissan Altima back in its first few seasons, heaping pressure on the team to develop parts just to be competitive. “We were very ambitious to bring a road car-based engine in against race engines and the Car of the Future,” explains Kelly. “Everyone had a massive push when the engine power limit came in, in particular, and raised the bar again, and we were left sitting there with a

hell of a job to get this package to where it is. “There was really no avenue to do anything other than follow the existing rules and try and match the incumbents, which was a huge task. “At the end of the day, a lot of the performance or lack of through the period was us just being solely focused on the R&D of the engine in particular, not actually worrying about setting the car up and things that other teams are doing. “It’s only really now that we’ve got our package to the point where we can realign a

lot of our team’s energy, dayto-day, on race prep and what setup are we putting in the car, rather than looking at designing new components.” The Gen2 rules will allow manufacturers to come into Supercars with the package they have rather than trying to conform to the strict technical regulations in place as Nissan did in 2013. If entering in the coming years instead, when Mustangs and Camaros were on the grid, the GT-R would have been a better alignment with Supercars.

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Dick Johnson Racing was the last non-factory team to win the Supercars drivers’ championship and now, as DJR Team Penske, is in pole position to do so again before it returns to the factory fold next season.

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actory status in Supercars can be a confusing term. This season it’s Red Bull Holden Racing Team (Triple Eight Race Engineering) and Nissan Motorsport (Kelly Racing) who receive factory backing from Holden and Nissan respectively. Next season, Red Bull Holden Racing Team retains the title of Holden’s factory team, with DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing getting factory backing from Ford and Kelly Racing losing Nissan support. Factory-backed teams have historically been the ones to beat in the history of Australian touring cars, with the aid of technical and financial backing from a manufacturer. But with more marketing-driven support nowadays, as opposed to direct technical assistance, it can negate any advantage. In 2018, for example, the factory-backed Red Bull Holden Racing Team has been pushed by the likes of Erebus Motorsport, Walkinshaw Andretti United, Brad Jones Racing and Garry Rogers Motorsport, who don’t receive funding from Holden. Dick Johnson Racing was the last team to win a drivers’ title as a non-factory team with James Courtney in 2010, and could be in a position to do so again with Scott McLaughlin this season before the Ford deal kicks in from 2019.

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Scott McLaughlin is the driver to beat in 2018.

“We’ve gone from being heavily dependent on manufacturers to one that is significantly less so, which means teams have had to adapt to that,” said DJR Team Penske team principal Ryan Story in the last issue of Supercar Xtra Magazine (#104). “This team hasn’t had significant manufacturer backing for some time, so we are able to live in that world.” The comings and goings of manufacturers, as evidenced by Ford and Nissan in recent months, highlights the need for Supercars teams to be able to survive and be competitive without manufacturer backing.

Garry Rogers Motorsport has had to revert back to privateer status following the departure of Volvo. “Because our other business activities create a good income stream for us as well, if the sponsorship thing gets a little bit slow, we can cover the shortfall,” explains team owner Garry Rogers in this issue of Supercar Xtra Magazine. “With the Volvo deal, don’t forget Fujitsu had left and we had no title sponsor. Valvoline stayed with us, but it took us a while to get a complete sponsor group back together and we had to carry that in the meantime. “We had to fund the

homologation of that Volvo. Fortunately, our business is strong enough to do that sort of thing.” Kelly Racing (currently Nissan Motorsport) will also have to transition back to privateer status, continuing to run four Nissan Altimas without factory backing in 2019 while looking for new opportunities. “We’ll be looking at what the best option is for the team and the future,” says team co-owner Todd Kelly. “Next year it’s to develop and evolve what we’ve got, which will allow enough time to make sure we make the right decision for the following year.”

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The Bend Motorsport Park will raise the bar for motorsport facilities in Australia when it hosts the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship for the first time in August.

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nticipation is building for the first Virgin Australia Supercars Championship round at The Bend Motorsport Park, the first new permanent circuit built in Australia in two decades. The $110-million motorsport precinct at Tailem Bend in South Australia, 100km southeast of Adelaide, held its first motorsport event in April and was widely praised. The Bend Motorsport Park features four different circuit configurations, including the 7.7km GT Circuit (the second longest permanent race track in the world behind the Nordschleife, Nurburgring), with Supercars set to race on the 4.95km International Circuit (pictured right). Tekno Autosports’ Jack Le Brocq claimed the first

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motorsport race win on the International Circuit in a Tekno-owned Group A Ford Sierra in the Heritage Touring Car category as part of the Shannons Nationals round. “It’s pretty unique in the way it’s been built,” says Le Brocq of The Bend Motorsport Park. “It’s quite undulating in a number of spots, with blind corners and apexes, which makes it very interesting. This will make it good for racing as there are a couple of spots where you could get down the inside but then opening up the crossover option. “The grip from the track surface will improve by the time we get there in August, so we will see a few different lines on a number of corners and that

will lend itself to good racing and the chance for us to really make a difference and attack.” Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s Jamie Whincup also got a taste of the circuit and described it as the best permanent circuit in Australia. The facilities themselves, still under completion when hosting the Shannons Nationals in April, include a rallycross circuit, four-wheel-drive adventure park, dragway and a business park, including a Rydges hotel overlooking the circuit above pitlane. The Bend Motorsport Park has been mentioned as a possible host

of the 500km endurance event beyond Sandown amidst speculation that Sandown will be sold off by its owner, the Melbourne Racing Club. But Sandown has received a stay of execution with a multi-stage safety upgrade plan for the next few years, including a safety upgrade of the high-speed Turn 6. The Bend Motorsport Park hosts the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship from August 24 to 26.

“IT’S PRETTY UNIQUE IN THE WAY IT’S BEEN BUILT.” – JACK LE BROCQ

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The Pirtek Endurance Cup is fast approaching with the eager co-drivers ready to go for their three events of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship season.

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he Pirtek Endurance Cup has yet to have a pairing successfully defend the title in its five-year history, and that will again be the case in 2018. Reigning champions Chaz Mostert and Steve Owen have been split as part of a reshuffle at Tickford Racing, opening the door for a new combination to claim the long-distance events title this season. Mostert will be joined by former full-timer James Moffat this season, the latter returning to the team with which he made his Supercars debut as an endurance co-driver in 2010, while Owen remains at Tickford but is instead pairing with Richie Stanaway. Dean Canto teams with Mark Winterbottom for a third consecutive season, while David Russell joins the team as partner to Cameron Waters. In contrast to Tickford, it’s unchanged at DJR Team Penske, with Alexandre Prémat alongside Scott McLaughlin and Tony D’Alberto with Fabian Coulthard. Walkinshaw Andretti United’s driver pairings also remain the

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same, with Scott Pye joined by Warren Luff and James Courtney teaming with Jack Perkins. Triple Eight Race Engineering welcomes two-times Le Mans winner Earl Bamber as co-driver to Shane van Gisbergen. The New Zealander joins his countryman for his debut in Supercars, in addition to his commitments as a factorybacked Porsche sportscar racer. Paul Dumbrell and Steven Richards are back to partner Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes respectively. Nissan Motorsport has reshuffled its deck, with Michael Caruso and Dean Fiore the only pairing remaining the same from last season. Dunlop Super2 Series drivers Garry Jacobson and Alex Rullo join the team to partner Rick Kelly and Simona De Silvestro respectively, while

Aaren Russell teams with Andre Heimgartner. Those combinations confirmed that Todd Kelly won’t be returning as a co-driver. The former Bathurst 1000 winner was troubled by a knee injury in the latter stages of his driving career and has been instead focussed on the development of Nissan Motorsport. Brad Jones Racing maintains two combinations the same as last season, Nick Percat with Macauley Jones and Tim Slade with Ashley Walsh, the latter recovered from the injuries that sidelined him from Bathurst and the Gold Coast, while former full-timer Dale Wood returns to partner Tim Blanchard. Garry Rogers Motorsport has recruited Chris Pither, who is expected to partner Garth Tander, with Richard Muscat locked in for his second endurance campaign as likely

co-driver to James Golding. The reigning Bathurst 1000 champions, David Reynolds and Luke Youlden, will defend their title in the Great Race at Erebus Motorsport, with young-gun Will Brown joining fellow rising star Anton De Pasquale in the team’s second entry. The single-car teams have opted for a mix of youth and experience, with brothers Will and Alex Davison reuniting at 23 Red Racing, third-generation racer Matthew Brabham joining Lee Holdsworth at Team 18, former Bathurst winner and team owner Jonathon Webb likely to partner Jack Le Brocq and Matt Stone Racing expected to team Todd Hazelwood with Bryce Fullwood. Wildcard entries are once again allowable at the Bathurst 1000 and will be confirmed closer to the event. The 2018 Pirtek Endurance Cup begins with the Sandown 500 from September 14 to 16 and concludes at the Gold Coast 600 on October 19 to 21.

Left: Le Mans winner Earl Bamber will make his Supercars debut with Red Bull Holden Racing Team at Sandown in September.

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SUPERCARS 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR

MAR 1-4

Adelaide 500

MAR 22-25 Coates Hire Supercars Melbourne 400 APR 6-8

Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint

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

Perth SuperSprint

MAY 18-20 Winton SuperSprint

Adelaide Parklands Circuit Albert Park Street Circuit Symmons Plains Phillip Island GP Circuit Barbagallo Raceway Winton Motor Raceway

JUN 15-17

CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown

Hidden Valley Raceway

JUL 6-8

Watpac Townsville 400

Townsville Street Circuit

JUL 20-22

Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint

Queensland Raceway

AUG 3-4

Red Rooster Sydney SuperNight

Sydney Motorsport Park

AUG 24-26 The Bend SuperSprint

The Bend Motorsport Park

SEP 14-16

Sandown 500

Sandown Motor Raceway

OCT 4-7

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

OCT 19-21

Vodafone Gold Coast 600

Surfers Paradise Street Circuit

NOV 2-4

ITM Auckland SuperSprint

Pukekohe Park Raceway

NOV 23-25 Coates Hire Newcastle 500

Newcastle Street Circuit

Mount Panorama

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EXPERT INSIGHT

BEYOND THE WHEEL Column by Mark Winterbottom

BYE-BYE FALCON, HELLO MUSTANG

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t’s been a busy time for Tickford Racing following the news we will replace the Falcon with the Mustang from 2019. It’s fantastic to see Ford Australia back the Mustang Supercar project in addition to bringing Ford Performance to Australia, not just for Ford fans but also Supercars. The team, along with DJR Team Penske, has been working hard on the Mustang behind the scenes and to see the deal and car come together is a reward for all that effort. It’s been the endless question in recent years. Everywhere you

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go you’d be asked, ‘Will we see the Mustang next year? When’s the Mustang coming?’ Even the team has been asking, ‘When do we get the Mustang?’ Fans and the industry were wondering what we were going to replace the Falcon with, so it’s fantastic to finally have an answer. The Mustang has so much racing history already in Australia, so this next phase will only add to that legend. The older generation loves it because they’ve had history with it. The new generation loves it because they’ve seen the new car on the road.

“I PRIDE MYSELF ON LOYALTY. FORD AUSTRALIA GAVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO RACE IN SUPERCARS AND IT’S BEEN GREAT TO DO SO WITH THE BLUE OVAL.” It’s an exciting car and everyone wants to see it on track. It’s a model that hasn’t dated, which is really cool for a car brand. Seeing it on track is going to be amazing and the number of concepts and renders going around show how excited people are about it.

The supporters are going to love it. It’s the ideal car to go racing with given its performance traits, and it’s already been well received in the Australian marketplace. Racing it in Supercars will only add to that excitement and demand. Our guys are working hard at the workshop at the moment and it’s a nice little refresher, to see what the future holds and that it’s not speculation any more. While we get set to welcome the Mustang, we are determined to give the Falcon a fitting farewell for the remainder of this season. It’s sad not to see the Falcon on the road and getting manufactured, but at the same time people talk through sales and there’s a reason they’re not being produced. The Mustangs have sold through the roof and it was time for a change. I’ve only ever raced Falcons in Supercars. I pride myself on loyalty. Ford Australia gave me the opportunity to race in Supercars and it’s been great to do so with the Blue Oval. The manufacturer’s badge is still a powerful force in Supercars, even more powerful than the model, so to have the Ford brand into the next era of the category is a big thing. – Frosty

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RIGHT ON TRACK

Column by Craig Lowndes

THE FIRE BURNS ON

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here’s been a lot of speculation of late about my future as a full-time driver in Supercars, but I can assure fans they will hear any confirmation of my plans directly from me! We’ll finish off this year and then see where we are at. To be honest, I didn’t think I would have had a career as long as this. We recently surpassed the 650-race mark. And I didn’t ever think I would achieve a number like that. But we might get to 700. It’d be nice to be in the 700race bracket at the end of my career. That number will mean a lot when we decide to step down. We will go close to achieving that milestone. Hopefully it becomes a reality because, once I finish the full-time main game side of it, I will continue racing as a co-driver in the endurance events and that will still give me a chance to accumulate race starts.

“IT’D BE NICE TO BE IN THE 700-RACE BRACKET AT THE END OF MY CAREER.” That’s the beauty of Supercars; we can race on as endurance co-drivers beyond our full-time careers and continue to be part of the Bathurst 1000.

That event still means the most to me and it’s the 2006 Bathurst that remains the most emotional and satisfying victory of my journey, celebrating the life of Peter Brock, who

taught me so much on and off the track. We were there honouring Peter that day at a track synonymous with him and I still value a win in the Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama above the Supercars championship win. The introduction of the new-generation Holden Commodore Supercar has proven to be a good thing for us this season. It’s suited my driving style and it’s allowed us to adapt to it in a positive way. We did not know how competitive it was going to be at the beginning of the year because we didn’t get a lot of time to do a lot of testing. Overall the results and gains we’ve made through the first half of the season have proven that it’s a very good package for us. Hopefully we can continue to build on that strong form going into the second half of the season. – Craig

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EXPERT INSIGHT

GARRY THE GURU

Column by Garry Rogers

OPENING UP TO NEW MAKES

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t’s great to see Ford commit to the Mustang for Supercars from 2019 and I am confident that in time more manufacturers will come along. We proved with Volvo that it can be done and it’s no secret that we spoke with Kia to potentially run the Stinger. We thought we could’ve done a deal there, but it didn’t happen. And I’m sure we weren’t the only ones talking to them. The other manufacturer that has been talked about in recent times is Alfa Romeo. We haven’t spoken to anyone at Alfa Romeo... yet! But don’t forget we raced an Alfa 155 in Super Touring back in the mid1990s. I bought that from Alfa Corse in Italy and it was fast, but reliability was an issue. We had some reasonable results with it with young Steven Richards driving. It will only take one or two more manufacturers to show serious interest in entering the sport and then others will follow. That’s how we got Volvo across the line. We were close with both Volvo and Chrysler. I think that someone at Volvo got a sniff that we nearly had the deal with Chrysler and they thought they better to do something or we were going to go elsewhere. However, one of the biggest hurdles for any new manufacturer coming into the sport is the cost of developing a competitive engine package from the block up. Unless a manufacturer has access to 18

a suitable racing engine in its stable, the development costs are extremely high. To some extent, I believe, Nissan discovered this over the past few years. I have been pushing the barrow for a long time of an off-the-shelf crate engine for Supercars. What we need is a $20,000 crate engine out of the USA that fits all the cars; race it for a year, throw it in the bin and get another one. The engine builders and the big teams have a fit when you suggest that. They want to do their own thing despite the cost because they think they can gain an advantage. It’s impossible to sway them. What Supercars needs is someone really, really strong who comes in with a new book of rules and says this

is what’s happening and if you don’t like it, don’t turn up. You know what would happen? They’d all turn up. This would also reduce costs in other areas such as data acquisition and simulation systems. You shouldn’t be able to use any of that. But try to convince a race engineer of that, or an engine builder – they won’t have a bar of it. That’s what happens when you let the lunatics run the asylum. You need to get the engine builders and the

engineers to get their wallets out. If they had to pay for it, then they’d realise how much all this unnecessary development costs. Then we wouldn’t need hours of practice. We could just qualify in the morning, race in the afternoon and go home at night. How simple would that be? Racing in its purist form, and we might even have an easier time of convincing some new manufacturers to join our sport. – Garry

“WHAT WE NEED IS A $20,000 CRATE ENGINE OUT OF THE USA THAT FITS ALL THE CARS; RACE IT FOR A YEAR, THROW IT IN THE BIN AND GET ANOTHER ONE.”

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The Ford Mustang will make its long-awaited debut as a Supercar in 2019, bringing Ford Australia back to Supercars alongside Ford Performance and giving DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing factory backing for the pony car’s arrival. WORDS Bruce Newton IMAGES Thrillhouse Arcade (Mikey Harland, Jay Kelly, Lucas Szoka), Autopics.com.au, Peter Norton

t’s been yet another turbulent few months in Supercars. The category hit a high in April with confirmation the Ford Mustang would race in the championship from 2019. At the other end of the spectrum in May came the expected but still disappointing news that Nissan would withdraw from the category after a six-year run at the end of 2018. The Nissan decision is sad, especially for the Kelly family, which along with commercial chief Nick Ryan and other team stalwarts put in a massive effort to represent the Japanese brand in Australia’s only truly professional motorsport category. It also means, barring an unexpected announcement, Supercars is headed backed to its traditional red versus blue state. Mind you, imported five-door

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Commodore versus imported two-door Mustang is a far different proposition to locally built Commodore sedan versus locally built Falcon sedan. But there’s no doubting the arrival of the Mustang is being welcomed in pitlane and the grandstands. It heralds the return of Ford to Supercars in an official capacity for the first time since 2015 and debuts the two-door body shape in a series that has long been reserved for sedans. And it means Supercars, which has seen Nissan, Volvo and AMG Mercedes-Benz (through privateer Betty Klimenko) arrive and depart since 2013, will receive a much-needed energy boost that only new metal can provide. While the Holden Commodore ZB served that role this year, it rolled on to the grid to take on the ageing Falcon FG X and Altima.

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MUSTANGS IN 2019 The road-going version of the former has been retired from production since October 2016 and the latter hasn’t been sold in Australia since mid-2017. Even Holden’s commitment has been watered down compared to what it once was, farming out development to Triple Eight Race Engineering, the parent of its only factory team, Red Bull Holden Racing Team. Nor is Ford returning to racing using its traditional model. There will be no one factory team, no endless budgets thrown at success. It is using renewed Supercars involvement as part of its launch of the Ford Performance high-performance and racing brand. Other aspects of Ford Performance’s local arrival include the launch of the locally-developed Ranger Raptor high-performance pick-up and the latest Fiesta ST. Ironically, while the Mustang is being linked with Ford Performance in Australia, the mainstream coupe and cabrio street cars sold here aren’t part of the hot tuner’s stable. It develops higher horsepower versions we don’t see. But Mustang is the local sports hero, sole

V8 in the line-up and global Blue Oval racing model. It got the nod to go Supercar racing after some early consideration about using the Mondeo was dismissed. “At the end of the day we knew we had some products coming through aligned with the Ford Performance stable that essentially could have us back in racing,” Ford

ABOVE: Ford Performance’s concept sketch of the Mustang Supercar.

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ABOVE: DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing will work closely on the development of the Mustang Supercar.

Australia president Graeme Whickman told us when the Mustang announcement was made. “So it was a matter of waiting for the right time both from a product and aan investment point of view.” Along pitlane there’s plenty of belief that pressure from Roger Penske has also forced Ford Australia’s hand. ‘The Captain’ took over a majority share of local legend Dick Johnson’s team in 2015 and has been exercising his extensive Blue Oval contacts ever since to get Ford back involved with the Mustang. As recently as this year the American was outspoken in the press about his willingness to move to another brand if Ford didn’t soon come onboard. But Whickman plays that down as a factor.

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“Our dialogue [with Ford teams] has been long-standing and [media reports] were not particularly impactful because you do these things for reasons and those reasons need to be there,” Whickman said. “And the reasons [to return] were it’s the right strategy, we have the right vehicles now, we want to connect with customers in that space. So we do it for those reasons, not because someone reports something in the press.” While the mechanics of the decision to return are subject to speculation, the mechanics of developing the Mustang for Supercars racing are reasonably clear. It will be based on a tripartite technical liaison that includes Ford Performance, DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing. Ford Australia glues it all together by co-ordinating the overall project and an investment commitment of somewhere near $2 million. Ford Performance has been drafted in to do the heavy lifting on the crucial body massaging and aerodynamic development because its extensive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) capabilities make it better suited to the job than either of the Australian race teams.

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While there is no plan to do wind-tunnel work prior to homologation, Ford Performance does have strong data to draw on from development of Mustang racers for other categories such as GT4 and NASCAR. “As they say in engineering you can never unlearn what you have learned,” says DJR Team Penske team principal and co-owner Ryan Story. “So there is a fundamental understanding of what the drag coefficient of the road car is and what it is when it is in GT4 guise. “At the end of the day you are talking about people who know what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to these sorts of projects.” While Ford Performance sometimes hands out projects to trusted suppliers such as Multimatic, the Canadian company that worked on both the Mustang GT4 and the Ford GT Le Mans racer, the Australian Supercar is an in-house project. A project leader has been appointed, as has an aero leader. Up to eight Ford Performance people are on the other end of the phone during the weekly conference calls. The key players talking and listening and trading data with the Americans at the Australian end are the chief engineers of the two local teams, Ludo Lacroix at DJR Team Penske and Nathan Osborne at Tickford. Lacroix is regarded as the best brain in Supercars. He studied mechanical engineering, aerodynamics and thermodynamics before moving to Australia and developing some of the best Supercars ever to race in the category for Triple Eight, then defecting to DJR Team Penske in 2017. Osborne takes primary credit for the FG X that won the championship in 2015 in the hands of Mark Winterbottom.

“Between those two – and those two work very well together and have a good level of respect for each other – they are going to provide the direction to create a Supercar out of the Mustang,” explains Tickford Racing team principal Tim Edwards. “Those guys in America can’t just sit there and say, ‘Let’s create this racecar’ because there are certain parameters they have to work around. “There are certain areas that we just don’t have freedoms. If the Americans were just creating a Supercar it would look nothing like a Supercar.” While both Lacroix and Osborne will have influence

ABOVE & BELOW: The Mustang has pedigree in Australian touring cars under different rulebooks.

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and input across all aspects of the Mustang’s development, Lacroix’s role will be primarily focussed on the exterior bodywork and aero. Osborne will take the lead on fitting the body to the standard Supercars chassis, a complex task that uses a combination of standard and modified factory-supplied parts and unique pieces designed locally. Lacroix also has the responsibility engineering Scott McLaughlin’s title assault in 2018 and Story acknowledges detail development work will be handed off to other DJR Team Penske staffers. “Ludo will be in charge of the overall broader philosophy, but in terms of the actual design work and heavy lifting we have quite an extensive group of engineers who are home-based,” says Story. “Perry Kapper is our chief designer who joined us this year [from Nissan] and he will take a pre-eminent role in the course of development as well. We are confident we have adequate resources to get this job done.” Both DJR Team Penske and Tickford will manufacture parts for the new car. In fact, local prototype panels, parts and pieces are being produced now. As the process goes on Supercars watches over the shoulder. “The homologation is a period of time,” confirms Supercars technical chief David Stuart. “It’s not like election day where that’s homologation day. It’s ongoing.” DJR Team Penske has taken the official designation of ‘homologation team’ from Tickford, a change all parties play down as being “just paperwork”. But there is no doubt DJR Team Penske has been handed a key role.

That’s understandable considering its been the best performing Ford team in 2017 and 2018 and Lacroix’s undoubted talents. So that means the first Mustang to be built will come from DJR Team Penske’s Stapylton workshop. To coincide with an early December aero homologation date, it’s likely to be rolling by late October. A demonstration lap at the Bathurst 1000 in early October is entirely dependent on how development progresses. “We won’t compromise what we are doing for a marketing and display exercise,” declares Story. The racing Mustang will be based on the unique Supercars Gen2 technical regulations. These are rules that specifically allow body shapes other than four doors and engines other than V8s to run in the championship. The five-door ZB was the first vehicle to exploit Gen2, which was formulated to encourage more manufacturers to join the championship in the post local manufacturing era. The ZB was also going to run with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine from 2019. But development has been suspended indefinitely, which means the naturally aspirated Chev V8 continues. Whickman wanted to race a turbocharged V6 in the Mustang but was dissuaded by the Ford teams, who recognised that it would be complex enough to introduce a new body in 2019, let alone a new engine. So the Ford V8 stays as well. It’s a decision sure to please the fanbase.

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At the core of the car is a chromoly spaceframe with a 2822mm wheelbase. Every car on the grid must fit on the standard chassis. The Mustang will be no different. Engine positon is defined, as are suspension points, the front undertray and rollcage. Many of the components that bolt onto that chassis are control or come from a basket of approved parts; rear suspension, transaxle, brakes, pedal box and so on. The double-wishbone front suspension uprights are the biggest technical freedom left in the category. That means the development work the Ford teams do this year with FG X won’t be wasted. In fact, several of the eight Mustangs that are expected to start the 2019 season will be rebodied Falcons. “The Mustang will need to stretch,” confirms Story. “It’s similar to what we have had to do in the past. There is not one car racing in the category today that hasn’t had its dimensions altered to fit the chassis. I think it’s essential to say that. But what’s essential to these changes is the car still needs to be the car, you need to look at this race car and say, ‘That is a Mustang’, that is absolutely critical. “That is our number-one objective and we will achieve that.” With the aid of detailed CAD (computer aided design) files of their current cars supplied by both Ford teams, Ford Performance has been crunching the data to produce the new exterior panels. Every panel except the bonnet is likely to end up a different dimension to the production car. SUPERCAR XTRA

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ABOVE: The Mustang already has a presence in Australian motorsport in various categories and guises.

BELOW: Ford Performance is entering the Australian marketplace.

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Edwards says the CAD files show extraordinary details of the racing Falcons. “To get an accurate answer you want a complete underbody of the car exactly as it is out there, so when you are doing the design the oil coolers are in the right place and the radiator duct and the radiator and the exhaust hanging down.” Sharing data has unexpected spin-off, with the two teams making some Mustang design elements such as the radiator duct common: “There is no reason for it to be different,” says Edwards. Because of the positon and height of the rollcage hoop, the racing Mustang’s glasshouse will be about 10-15mm taller than the production car. Like the ZB Commodore, the new Ford will use mainly composite body panels for ease of supply and lower weight. Early feasibility studies conducted by the teams as far back as 2016 suggest the Mustang will work well aerodynamically. More work commissioned by Ford Australia has backed that up. “There’s a little bit of trickiness around the front of the car but for the most part it will be a great racecar,” Story insists. “It is a big car; it’s big at the front end with a long bonnet. “That basically means you have to consider the flow

of air over the greenhouse and where you position the rear wing. “A huge amount of work will go into that – in fact, it’s happening now.” The Mustang’s fastback rear with its short boot presents a similar aerodynamic challenge to the ZB Commodore. So, like the Commodore, expect a huge rear wing hanging out over the back of the Ford. “I think we have seen it with the ZB and seen the way they have packaged that car and they have done a brutally effective job with it,” says Story. “There is a lot we can learn from that.” As we all know, there is a strong emphasis on performance parity in Supercars. That means whatever the aero package Ford comes up with it will be tested against its rivals to achieve downforce and drag equivalence. Intentionally, aerodynamic grip is limited to about 310kg across the two axles. The front splitter, rear wing and endplates are the crucial elements to get right. For Supercars, the Mustang poses a new challenge as the first two-door it will paritise. But the category’s technical chief David Stuart plays down the challenge. “I think there are going to challenges, whatever the vehicle is, whether it is two doors or four doors or five doors,” he explains. “We have to do it, we can’t sit on our hands and say this is the way we have always done it.” That’s a hint that the Supercars’ 2019 aero-testing methods could be changing, even if the philosophy remains the same. Both instrumentation and processes included in the testing are up for change. Not that Stuart will hand out details… Whatever Supercars does it will never stop the debates and mutterings about the aero-testing process. In 2018 the Ford teams are unhappy with the way the ZB Commodore is slipping through the air. Twelve months from now it’s easy to imagine the Holden teams doing the complaining. It’s usually the way. But 12 months from now there should be at least eight Mustangs on the grid and the Supercars championship should have received a substantial Blue Oval boost. No-one will be whinging about that. Ford went away but is coming back, giving Supercars exactly what it wanted in the shape of a Mustang Supercar.

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he presence of Dunlop at Supercars races is such a visible and enduring feature that it’s hard to imagine any other tyre maker getting into the supply chain. A number have bid to unseat Dunlop at the three renewals of the control tyre supplier, but it remains firmly yellow and black. Kevin Fitzsimons is the ringmaster of rubber, the man who has looked after Supercars for Dunlop’s entire time as the category tyre supplier and before that at Bridgestone. He understands the tyres but more so the marketing impacts for Dunlop that go well beyond anything learned in this class. Supercars ended the tyre war in 1999 with Bridgestone the supplier until the end of 2001, when Dunlop took over. Fitzsimons didn’t take long to move with the deal and is approaching his 500th round in succession. “I had the opportunity to do something else when the Bridgestone deal finished in 2001, but I really didn’t have any plans,” he says. “I left there on Friday the 21st of December and I got a phone call on Christmas Eve to say, ‘What are you doing?’ That was 8am and I was in Adelaide. I was in Melbourne by midday and had the job offer sitting on the table for me not too much later.

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“It’s been a very important marketing exercise for Dunlop. It’s a prestigious category to have the tyre for, it’s watched all around the world and it’s one of the longest running and high-profile contracts that Dunlop has, so I’m proud to be a part of it. “Because of my Bridgestone time we hit the ground running with all the bells, whistles and everything like that in 2002. It was a big deal from the company point of view.” There were issues early that were related to the politics of the switch rather than switch itself. Remembering this was a marketing exercise, some drivers who were connected with other brands didn’t mind getting stuck into Dunlop, but the noise soon died down. Then, as now, Dunlop has been very restricted in what it could do. Just look at how long it took to get a second compound (softer tyre introduced in 2009), which had been on the wish list from very early. “When we started the category didn’t want the change from one manufacturer to another to have too much impact,” says Fitzsimons. “We were certainly restricted on size with the Project Blueprint cars because of the shape of wheel arches and the amount of room in there; you simply couldn’t put a bigger tyre on it, whether it be width or diameter. “I was hoping that when we went to the Car of the Future that we’d be able to go to the GT-type size, which is about 710mm in rolling diameter. I think we could have done that, but we ended up sticking with the 680mm because there was a thought process by some of the people that were making the decisions that we would end up with having Car of the Future chassis as well of Project Blueprint cars running at the same time.” Much of the evolution of the tyre has been steady rather than urgent. The construction has been tweaked a few times to keep up with the latest techniques, but the goal was never to create something significantly better. The people running the sport never wanted that and, at times, that in itself has caused issues. Eventually they did get the larger diameter tyres and then the square shoulders for a bit until the teams pushed some of the camber setting beyond what Dunlop wanted and the tyres started to self-destruct. They have rounded it off again now but that, aside from the introduction of a softer compound, is it in terms of evolution. The early days were tough at times. Dunlop was an easy whipping boy for drivers still carrying Bridgestone stickers and they were happy to get stuck into the rubber as an excuse for missing the setup window or for overworking the rears with a little too much throttle. “I’ve been around a long time and I sort of got where they were coming from,” he says of the transition time. “If we’ve ever had a major situation we sit down and talk to the teams and drivers. Getting them away from the track is actually quite good; ring them up and go and have a coffee and a bit of a quiet chat. Unfortunately, people do still have their own agenda and they’ll either love something or hate something for some reason, but we work through the difference. “If we’ve had an issue or anything like that I’ll flick an

email off to the people at our head office so they know before they read it or hear it, like at Phillip Island last year... head that off at the path. “That was one where the tyre was okay, but there were other issues affecting it. The engineers were pushing it too far and that brought the risk of tearing the sidewall out of it. And it didn’t give any warning, it just went, ‘Bang!’ That was a problem. “So that had to be relayed back to the bosses and we had to do a full debrief with them so they understood what was going on. That is not really the tyre, it’s not anything like that. It’s just the fact that we’re in the business of going fast and if they can find two-tenths of a second they will absolutely always put speed over risk. If it doesn’t have a problem you’ve usually had a good weekend; if there is a problem it is not so good.” The secret to the longevity is the ability to leverage their involvement in a few ways. Fitzsimons has always been open and forward with the media; he knows when he needs to be nervous about

ABOVE: Kevin Fitzsimons leads Dunlop’s Supercars effort.

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ABOVE: Dunlop will produce around 12,000 slicks and 1000 wet-weather tyres a year for Supercars.

tyre performance and he will tell you, and then tell why. His honesty is refreshing. Then there are the other ways Dunlop works it. Yes, we can start with the yellow hats on the podium, but then we can delve into the bunker and find the workers. The regular crew at the track is really just Fitzsimons and Hayden Smith, as well as truck driver Steve King. The rest of the staff on a weekend is lifted from the local Beaurepaires stores, which being Dunlop-owned makes things like insurance easy, and then top-ups through Drakes for the big meetings where more people are required. “Generally you get guys that like coming back and doing it; they have a bit of fun, you’re in pitlane and you’re not going to get any closer to the action,” says Fitzsimons. “It’s not an easy job and, unfortunately, a lot of store managers think they’re here having a holiday, but believe me they’re not. They work bloody hard, they really do.”

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“WE HAD TO GO WITH A TYRE WITH A BIGGER WINDOW AND WE’VE GONE TO THE REVISED SHAPE FOR 2018. IT’S THE SHAPE OF THE 2016 TYRE AND IT’S A TYRE EVERYBODY KNOWS AND EVERYONE SEEMS HAPPY.” – KEVIN FITZSIMONS At the end of the day, though, the rubber is an integral part of the competition and whether it is a control-supply component or not, it has to be good and to help the quality of the racing. You can’t just say anything will do, as you probably wouldn’t get your contract renewed for a start. “There’s some tracks that you still go to and you’ve got a burning in your gut that you’re going to have issues,” says Fitzsimons. “Places like Phillip Island do that to me. It is a great feeling when you get away from there without too many issues. We’re in the business of going fast and helping the teams go fast, but unfortunately with the lack of testing and the lack of track time the teams do push the envelope in races and that’s because they have not found their limit in any other way.

“The lack of track time is difficult. When we changed from the Group A era into what became V8 Supercars, we tested at Philip Island 40 days that year. You wouldn’t even fathom doing that now! It’s not only for the manpower, time and the load on cars, it is just the sheer cost. It wasn’t cheap back then, but it sure as hell isn’t cheap now. It costs around $600 to $800 a lap when you are testing. “At the end of the day, safety, durability and speed are all the things you want, but safety is the paramount thing. Do you want a tyre that drops off really, really quickly so it produces passing? Do we want them to race, or do we want to have a tyre-conservation run?” But think of it from Dunlop’s point of view. You design a tyre to last 60km and you run the risk that some people with low motorsport knowledge might wonder why they can’t build a tyre to last longer. Dunlop could build anything, but they’ve got to sell the message to the public. Leaving all that aside, the silent evolution of the tyres has continued. “We have had material changes because, like mobiles, golf clubs and cameras, tyres are evolving,” he says.

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ABOVE: Demanding tracks such as Phillip Island add to the challenge for Dunlop.

BELOW: Dunlop is heavily invested in Supercars.

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“The materials that are available now that weren’t years ago means it’s very difficult when you’re locked into a five-year contract to say, ‘We’re going to do this the same’. “It just got to the point where materials like kevlar, nylon, rayon and even the amount of sulphur that goes into the tyre and then the binding agent have all changed. We had to do a lot of testing on the drum in Japan, where they run the things at high speed to make sure that we didn’t have a massive change in wear rate or grip level and all of those types of things. They have always wanted similar tyre performance and that makes it hard. “When we do make a change it can sometimes be controversial, like last year. Some teams loved the tyre and others didn’t. It was a better tyre, and the teams that were happy didn’t want to change back. It was certainly faster, it was a better drive tyre and steer tyre if you’ve got everything right in the ballpark, but too many teams pushed the safety window. “We had to go with a tyre with a bigger window and we’ve gone to the revised shape for 2018. It’s the shape of the 2016 tyre and it’s a tyre everybody knows and everyone seems happy.

“Cost containment still comes into it and we have to keep the cost of the tyre in mind when we’re doing developments. You can’t put exotic materials and things in them that you could do, because the cost would be horrendous. A mould for one of these tyres is right about $65,000 US and there’s a certain amount of tyres that can put through them before they have to change the plates because they can only pull them apart and put them together so many times. “It’s not like building road tyres, it’s a very refined process. We have a factory in Kobe, Japan, and we’re expecting to do 12,000 slicks and 1000 wet-weather tyres a year, and then that’s costed into the price from the factory. We’re doing runs of around about 2000 tyres a month.” For the competitive and technically minded, parity formulae and control component manufacturers need to push themselves since competition won’t. Fitzsimons is always thinking about what he’d like and he loves to float ideas. Not all the ideas stick but some do – that is how the soft-tyre compound, now the super soft, came about. “If I had a wish-book, it would be fantastic to put these cars on a steer and drive tyre... to have the GT-type size where we go to the taller rear, which would help drive and stability of the vehicle, but go to a tyre that turns and brakes a little bit better at the front,” he reflects. “We face a lot of handicaps with the spool in the rear end, as far as it inherently makes the cars understeer, and then we’ve got a tyre that’s not an ideal steer tyre because it’s got to also drive the car as well because it’s got to do all four corners. “It is a compromise and that’s a challenge to get it right. A steer and drive tyre is bordering on unheard of in most motorsport categories.” Dunlop has built upwards of 220,000 tyres for the Supercars category. They’ve battled earthquakes in Japan and floods in Australia, rarely losing any of the spring in its step and on the whole, it’s hard to think of the sport without the yellow truck in the paddock.

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FABIAN COULTHARD

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

SUPERCARS STATS ROUND STARTS 167 RACE STARTS 367 RACE WINS 10 PODIUMS 45 POLE POSITIONS 8 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 3rd (2017) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 3rd (2017) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 3rd

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2004 Oran Park Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Tasman Motorsport (2004-05), Paul Morris Motorsports (2006-07), Paul Cruickshank Racing (2008-09), Walkinshaw Racing (2010-11), Brad Jones Racing (2012-15), DJR Team Penske (2016-18)

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

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SCOTT McLAUGHLIN

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

SUPERCARS STATS ROUND STARTS 80 RACE STARTS 183 RACE WINS 22 PODIUMS 53 POLE POSITIONS 40 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 2nd (2017) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 5th (2012) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 2nd

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

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

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JAMIE WHINCUP

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

SUPERCARS STATS ROUND STARTS 205 RACE STARTS 450 RACE WINS 110 PODIUMS 189 POLE POSITIONS 77 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 1st (2008, ’09, ’11, ’12, ’13, ’14, ’17) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2006, ’07, ’08, ’12) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 1st

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

BACK IN THE #1: Whincup secured his seventh drivers’ championship with victory in the final race of 2017. His consistency proved the difference in the title battle, finishing all 26 races. Whincup is in championship contention yet again, though the threat from his teammate Shane van Gisbergen and DJR Team Penske is stronger than ever with the multiple champion falling back in recent rounds. P34

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SHANE VAN GISBERGEN

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

SUPERCARS STATS ROUND STARTS 155 RACE STARTS 345 RACE WINS 26 PODIUMS 84 POLE POSITIONS 23 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 1st (2016) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 2nd (2016) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 4th

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2007 Oran Park Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Team Kiwi Racing (2007), Stone Brothers Racing (2008-12), Tekno Autosports (2013-15), Triple Eight Race Engineering (2016-18)

FLYING START TO 2018: Van Gisbergen had an up and down season in 2017, dominating in the early stages of the year before losing valuable points with a series of incidents and penalties. The fast Kiwi will again be a threat with his extraordinary pace on street circuits, as evidenced by his event sweep in the season-opening Adelaide 500, in his third season with Triple Eight.

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CRAIG LOWNDES

TEAM TRIPLE EIGHT RACE ENGINEERING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH June 21, 1974 BIRTHPLACE Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Brisbane, Queensland STATUS Wife, Lara HEIGHT 182cm WEIGHT 83kg NICKNAME Lowndesy FAVOURITE CIRCUIT Phillip Island

SUPERCARS STATS ROUND STARTS 285 RACE STARTS 652 RACE WINS 106 PODIUMS 162 POLE POSITIONS 42 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 1st (1996, ’98, ’99) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (1996, ’06, ’07, ’08, ’10, ’15) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 10th

SUPERCARS DEBUT 1996 Eastern Creek Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Holden Racing Team (1996-2000), Gibson Motorsport (2001-02), Ford Performance Racing (2003-04), Triple Eight Race Engineering (200518)

LOOKING FOR MORE VICTORIES: Lowndes ended a pole position and win drought with a masterful performance at the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint, converting pole into victory in Race 8. Lowndes went winless over the course of a year for the first time since 2004 last season. The three-time Supercars champion is running under the Autobarn Lowndes Racing banner in 2018.

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JACK LE BROCQ

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

SUPERCARS STATS ROUND STARTS 18 RACE STARTS 32 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 36th (2017) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 4th (2016) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 36th

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

DESERVED OPPORTUNITY IN FULL-TIME DRIVE: Le Brocq is one of the best-credentialled rookies with three previous endurance campaigns, including top 10 results at Bathurst, two wildcard event outings and four seasons in the Dunlop Super2 Series. Le Brocq is leading the charge for the customer Holden team with top 10s at the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint and Perth SuperSprint. VIRGIN AUSTRALIA SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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MARK WINTERBOTTOM

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

SUPERCARS STATS ROUND STARTS 203 RACE STARTS 455 RACE WINS 38 PODIUMS 117 POLE POSITIONS 35 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 1st (2015) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2013) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 6th

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

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

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CAMERON WATERS

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

SUPERCARS STATS ROUND STARTS 45 RACE STARTS 86 RACE WINS 1 PODIUMS 4 POLE POSITIONS 3 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 8th (2017) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 4th (2016) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 8th

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

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

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CHAZ MOSTERT

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

SUPERCARS STATS ROUND STARTS 70 RACE STARTS 160 RACE WINS 11 PODIUMS 37 POLE POSITIONS 16 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 5th (2017) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2014) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 5th

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

TICKFORD’S LEADING ENTRY: Mostert returned to winning ways in 2017 and was the ‘best of the rest’ behind the Triple Eight and DJR Team Penske entries in the championship standings, also winning the PIRTEK Enduro Cup with a podium at Sandown and race win on the Gold Coast. Tickford Racing has had a tough start to 2018, though Mostert has led the way with a number of top-10 finishes. P36

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RICHIE STANAWAY

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

SUPERCARS STATS ROUND STARTS 13 RACE STARTS 24 RACE WINS 1 PODIUMS 2 POLE POSITIONS 1 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 28th (2017) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 12th (2016) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 28th

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

BIG EXPECTATIONS FOR FAST KIWI: Stanaway’s record includes race wins in GP2 and the World Endurance Championship and he showed his class with victory in his Dunlop Super2 debut and fifth race start in Supercars alongside Cameron Waters at the Sandown 500. He’s now focussing his attention on Supercars, though has suffered a challenging start with a string of retirements this season.

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GARTH TANDER

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

SUPERCARS STATS ROUND STARTS 273 RACE STARTS 619 RACE WINS 54 PODIUMS 95 POLE POSITIONS 30 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 1st (2007) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2000, ’09, ’11) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 9th

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

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

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JAMES GOLDING

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

SUPERCARS STATS ROUND STARTS 15 RACE STARTS 28 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 26th (2017) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 18th (2017) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 26th

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

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

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DAVID REYNOLDS

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

SUPERCARS STATS ROUND STARTS 127 RACE STARTS 272 RACE WINS 6 PODIUMS 21 POLE POSITIONS 8 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 3rd (2015) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2017) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 7th

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

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

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ANTON DE PASQUALE

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

SUPERCARS STATS ROUND STARTS 7 RACE STARTS 16 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT Debut in 2018 BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT Debut in 2018 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP N/A

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

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

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ANDRE HEIMGARTNER

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

SUPERCARS STATS ROUND STARTS 36 RACE STARTS 79 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 1 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 24th (2015) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 9th (2017) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 46th

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

NEW BEGINNING: An injury to Ashley Walsh handed Heimgartner a late-minute call-up to race with Tim Slade at Bathurst and the Gold Coast in 2017, which led to the Kiwi starring in wet conditions and claiming a podium at the latter. The career-saving stint impressed the paddock and led to a move to Nissan Motorsport to replace the retiring Todd Kelly, who will mentor the recruit in his new role. P38

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RICK KELLY

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

SUPERCARS STATS ROUND STARTS 230 RACE STARTS 507 RACE WINS 13 PODIUMS 38 POLE POSITIONS 10 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 1st (2006) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2003, ’04) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 14th

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2001 Queensland Raceway SUPERCARS TEAMS Kmart Racing (2001), Holden Young Lions (2001-02), Kmart Racing/HSV Dealer Team (2003-08), Kelly Racing/ Nissan Motorsport (2009-18)

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

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MICHAEL CARUSO

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

SUPERCARS STATS ROUND STARTS 151 RACE STARTS 331 RACE WINS 2 PODIUMS 9 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 10th (2014, ’16) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 3rd (2009) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 13th

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

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

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SIMONA DE SILVESTRO

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

SUPERCARS STATS ROUND STARTS 23 RACE STARTS 44 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 24th (2017) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 14th (2016) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 24th

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

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

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SCOTT PYE

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

SUPERCARS STATS ROUND STARTS 77 RACE STARTS 176 RACE WINS 1 PODIUMS 6 POLE POSITIONS 1 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 12th (2017) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 2nd (2017) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 12th

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

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

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JAMES COURTNEY

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

SUPERCARS STATS ROUND STARTS 174 RACE STARTS 390 RACE WINS 15 PODIUMS 57 POLE POSITIONS 10 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 1st (2010) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 2nd (2007) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 21st

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

SEEKING A NEW START: Courtney suffered his worst championship result from his full-time Supercars career with 21st in 2017 as Walkinshaw Racing struggled to keep pace. Courtney will be hoping the creation of Walkinshaw Andretti United gives the team a new lease on life and a chance for the former series champion to get back to winning ways, currently sitting in the top 10 in the standings.

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TIM SLADE

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

SUPERCARS STATS ROUND STARTS 135 RACE STARTS 288 RACE WINS 2 PODIUMS 15 POLE POSITIONS 2 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 5th (2012) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 7th (2009, ’12, ’16) 2017 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 (2016-18)

LEADING THE WAY FOR BRAD JONES RACING: Slade scored podium finishes at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 and Coates Hire Newcastle 500 to finish as the highest Brad Jones Racing entry in 2017 in an otherwise challenging season for the team. New teammate Nick Percat kept Slade honest and the inter-team battle will drive Brad Jones Racing forward with, hopefully, a better run of luck. P40

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NICK PERCAT

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

SUPERCARS STATS ROUND STARTS 71 RACE STARTS 150 RACE WINS 2 PODIUMS 8 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 12th (2014) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2011) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 19th

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2010 Phillip Island GP Circuit SUPERCARS TEAMS Walkinshaw Racing (2010), Holden Racing Team (2011-13), Walkinshaw Racing (2014), Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport (2015-16), Brad Jones Racing (2017-18)

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

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TIM BLANCHARD

TEAM BRAD JONES RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH June 30, 1987 BIRTHPLACE Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Single HEIGHT 178cm WEIGHT 75kg NICKNAME TB, Timmy FAVOURITE CIRCUIT Spa-Francorchamps

SUPERCARS STATS ROUND STARTS 75 RACE STARTS 160 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 21st (2015) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 10th (2016) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 22nd

SUPERCARS DEBUT 2010 Phillip Island GP Circuit SUPERCARS TEAMS Paul Morris Motorsport (2010), Kelly Racing (2011-12), Dick Johnson Racing (2013), Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport (2014-15), Brad Jones Racing/Tim Blanchard Racing (201618)

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

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TODD HAZELWOOD

TEAM MATT STONE RACING CAR FORD FG X FALCON DATE OF BIRTH September 25, 1995 BIRTHPLACE Adelaide, SA LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Partner, Alice HEIGHT 173cm WEIGHT 72kg NICKNAME Hazelnut FAVOURITE CIRCUIT Bathurst

SUPERCARS STATS ROUND STARTS 11 RACE STARTS 21 RACE WINS 0 PODIUMS 0 POLE POSITIONS 0 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 47th (2017) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 12th (2017) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 47th

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

DUNLOP SUPER2 CHAMP STEPS UP: Hazelwood won the 2017 Dunlop Super2 Series title with a flawless performance at the Newcastle season finale. And his reward is a move up to the main game with Matt Stone Racing in an ex-DJR Team Penske FG X Falcon. Hazelwood also had a wildcard outing and endurance campaign in 2017 and will be out to continue his rise in his full-time rookie season. VIRGIN AUSTRALIA SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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LEE HOLDSWORTH

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

SUPERCARS STATS ROUND STARTS 178 RACE STARTS 402 RACE WINS 3 PODIUMS 13 POLE POSITIONS 4 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 7th (2010) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 3rd (2009) 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP 16th

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)

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

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WILL DAVISON

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

SUPERCARS STATS ROUND STARTS 181 RACE STARTS 404 RACE WINS 19 PODIUMS 51 POLE POSITIONS 17 BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT 2nd (2009) BEST BATHURST 1000 RESULT 1st (2009, ’16) 2017 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)

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

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in Macauley Jones, Zane Goddard and Jack Smith, while former Supercars full-timer

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currently sits in second in the standings. Dunlop Super2 Series champion of 2016 Garry Jacobson and his MW Motorsport teammates Dean Fiore and Alex Rullo are flying the flag for Nissan in the Dunlop Super2 Series this weekend, with all three drivers confirmed as co-drivers for Nissan Motorsport in the PIRTEK Endurance Cup later in the year. There are three Ford entries on the grid: Tickford Racing’s Thomas Randle, the former Australian Formula Ford champion who raced in Europe but has now committed to Supercars; Bryce Fullwood with the reigning Dunlop Super2 Series champions Matt Stone Racing; and Shae Davies at Paul Morris Motorsport. The three Kostecki Brothers Racing entries of Kurt, Jake and Brodie Kostecki will also be in the mix for a strong result. The Kosteckis have been regulars in the top 10 so far this season with Kurt set to make a main-game wildcard appearance at the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint

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at Queensland Raceway. A new team, Kali Motorsport, will debut in the Dunlop Super2 Series this weekend. Former Ute racer Gerard McLeod will drive the Triple Eight-built Holden VF Commodore with the team owned by Lucas Dumbrell, who sold his stake in main-game team 23 Red Racing (formerly Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport) earlier this year. This depth is what makes the Dunlop Super2 Series such a competitive category and strong

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feeder series to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. The Dunlop Super2 Series will take part in two 21-lap races this weekend.

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confirmation of key details for what became known as the ECB SuperUtes Series. The new-look series made its racing debut at the Adelaide 500 in March, representing a whole new automotive sector on the race tracks of Australia. SuperUtes are based on the popular ute segment that makes up 18 per cent of all new cars sold in Australia with the Ford Ranger, Holden Colorado, Mitsubishi Triton, Toyota Hilux, Mazda BT-50 and Isuzu D-MAX


represented on the grid in 2018. The production turbo-diesel engines produce 340bhp and a torque figure of 500 ft/lb. The rear-wheel drive cars weigh 1800 kilograms and feature control components including a CAMSapproved roll cage, brakes, tyres, gearbox, wheels, springs and dampers. Ryal Harris in the Mazda BT50 won two of the three races at the first round of the season in Adelaide, while Tom Alexander in the Holden Colorado also won a race at the season opener. Alexander took round honours at the second round at Winton Motor Raceway with Mazda driver Ryal Harris also taking a race win. However, it’s the consistent Toyota racer Craig Woods who leads the championship heading into Townsville. Three different cars fill the top three positions in the champion with the Toyota leading the Mazda and Mitsubishi, while the Isuzu D-MAX debuted at Winton after missing the opening round in Adelaide due to enginehomologation delays. Versatile racer Elliot Barbour will step into Toby Price’s Mitsubishi Triton SuperUte for this round. Price, the 2016 Dakar Rally winner, is undertaking a part-program in the ECB SuperUtes Series with Team Triton between his off-road commitments. The ECB SuperUtes will race three times across the weekend.

TOURING CAR MASTERS

Iconic cars of yesteryear return to the track with the popular Touring Car Masters category. Fan favourites such as Toranas, Mustangs, Camaros and Monaros will be joined by the Ford XD Falcon in the latter stages of the 2018 season. The XD Falcon has been added to Touring Car Masters’ eligible vehicle list with the model made famous by Dick Johnson a popular addition to the grid. Johnson’s son, Steve Johnson, and former teammate John

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Bowe lead the way in Touring Car Masters. Johnson is driving a Ford Mustang Fastback, while championship leader Bowe is in a Holden Torana SL/R 5000.

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Gomersall’s Torana A9X Hatchback rounding out the top five. Other entries to watch include multiple Bathurst winner Jim Richards’ Ford Falcon Sprint, Ryan Hansford’s Torana SL/R 5000, Jim Policina’s Torana A9X, Mark King’s Chevrolet Camaro RS, Leo Tobin’s Ford Boss Mustang and Andrew Fisher’s Ford Falcon XY GT HO. Touring Car Masters will race three times over the weekend.

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The Toyota 86 Racing Series is in its third season with a strong grid of identical two-litre Toyota 86 sports cars battling it out for an increased prize pool of $150,000 for the 18-race grassroots series. Championship leader Liam McAdam will be aiming for an early 21st birthday present. McAdam, who recorded a clean sweep of pole position and three race wins in the first round of the season at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in April, will be competing in north Queensland a week before his milestone birthday. More than one-third of the field is 21 or younger, including P48

two 15-year-olds – and one of those, Victorian Jaylyn Robotham, is sitting equal third in the series standings. The other 15-year-old is Broc Feeney, son of top-level 1980s motorcycle racer Paul Feeney. Dylan Thomas was third in the standings in 2017 and returns for another season, joined by fellow top-10 finishers Benjamin Grice, Jake Klein and Tim Brook. Competitors in the series can benchmark themselves against experienced guest drivers at each round, which in Townsville includes Warren Luff and Steve Owen, Virgin Australia Supercars Championship co-drivers and former winners of the PIRTEK Endurance Cup. Their two cars will be painted in North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home and away strips and named after co-captains Matt Scott and Johnathan Thurston. The racing versions of the Toyota 86 sports cars are fitted with a roll cage and performance kit developed by Neal Bates Motorsport and control Dunlop road tyres. The Toyota 86 Racing Series will race three times across the weekend.

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GARRY & BARRY ROGERS

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Father and son co-bosses Garry and Barry Rogers don’t take themselves too seriously, but they are very serious about being the custodians of the most enduring team in Australian motorsport, Garry Rogers Motorsport. IMAGES Glenis Lindley, Garry Rogers Motorsport, Peter Norton

classic Cadillac Eldorado convertible sits in a corner of the Garry Rogers Motorsport (GRM) workshop. Amid the current and past GRM racers, the leviathan rag-top highlights the eccentricity of the team’s colourful founder. Only Garry Rogers would cherish a gold roofless 1974 Caddy with a white interior and bull horns on its prow. The barge-like boulevardier has a lazy big V8 driving the front wheels and an elongated bicycle chain runs under the dash to facilitate the left to right-hand-drive conversion of the steering. Such were the ’70s. Neither agile nor subtle, the anachronous machine is a bit like Rogers himself. Outgoing, ostentatious,

old-school, slow-moving. Back problems have restricted the 73-year-old’s gait around the paddock, but his sense of humour and outrageousness are undiminished. In recent years, Rogers has shared the running of his eponymous squad with his son Barry, who manages the day-to-day operations and has become an increasingly high-profile presence as the emerging face of GRM. Together, they are ensuring the nation’s longestestablished motor-racing team – celebrating 55 years this season – remains a family affair. Although not as outspoken or irreverent as his father, Barry Rogers is similarly down to earth and unpretentious. Wilson Security Racing GRM continues to embrace new and old talent at its typically no-frills base at unglamorous Dandenong South in southeast Melbourne. It’s a place where everybody has a (usually obscure) nickname and everybody mucks in. Following the messy end of a mostly front-running three years with Volvo – and the coincident loss of rising superstar Scott McLaughlin – GRM last year reverted to Commodores. Garth Tander’s return to where he started his stellar Supercars career has given the tightknit team much needed stability and experience, as well as acting as a mentor to Rogers’ latest protégé, rookie James Golding. As you might expect, a conversation with the Rogers is fun, candid and unusually expansive. They speak their minds at length and without fear. Enjoy… Who actually runs the team? Garry Rogers (GR): Barry. Barry Rogers (BR): Well, we both do, really. We just bounce off each other. So how does that work? BR: If Dad’s lawns need mowing, he stays home and mows the lawns and I’m here. If the horses need feeding,

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“WE HAVE A GREAT GROUP OF PEOPLE AND THAT’S A CREDIT TO DAD.” BARRY ABOUT GARRY ROGERS.

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ABOVE: Foges chats with the Rogers in the Garry Rogers Motorsport garage.

BELOW: James Golding is the latest youngster to be given his chance in Supercars at Garry Rogers Motorsport.

he stays home and feeds them while I’m here. GR: I’m the old wisdom, but Basil is the brains of the organisation. The vitality, the energy, just driving us forward. That’s exactly what’s happening here and I’m having a lot of fun having it done this way. When did you start passing the torch? GR: This is quite a good story. Barry worked in the car business with me for many, many years, then he went and got his own place (used-car business) and did a great job with that. His main place was in Pakenham and I used to regularly call in on the way home and have a chat. Anyway, I called in one night and he said to me something along the lines of, ‘I’ve had an offer to sell’ and I’m thinking to myself, ‘Well, what are you going to do if you sell?’ He told me a guy from Berwick was interested in buying Barry’s business and property. This all took place over a period of about a month, but before then, I asked him that once he’d sold out, what was he going to do? And I’ll never forget these words. He said, ‘Oh, I’m going to come down to your place and give you a hand’ and I couldn’t believe it.

Barry knows a lot about the car-selling business, but he’d never really been involved in the car-racing business. He’d been to a few race meetings and been to Bathurst a few times as part of the family, but that was it. That was five years ago – and that’s exactly what happened. He arrived here a month later when the deal was done and he stayed here. It’s as simple as that. Was there a grooming to take over the running of the team? GR: There wasn’t any grooming because we’d worked together on and off, and he knows how I think and I know how he thinks. What was great for me was that a lot of the core people here knew Barry from years ago when he was working at the car dealership in Glen Waverley, so it wasn’t like we’d brought in a manager from outside. They respected him; they knew he’d had his own business and done very well at that. They were probably just as surprised as me that he decided to get involved in this. So there was no grooming. He’d seen what I’d done and how I’d done it, and he just knew what to do. Barry, did you have a learning period? BR: Oh, no, not really. I just got on with it. GR: Businesswise, he’s probably better at it than I was, right from the get-go. What he had to get up to speed with was the technical side. I understood that a lot more. But in terms of the running of the business, I couldn’t teach him anything. He was spot-on. Actually, there’s one really good part of it I need to tell you. When he turned up here I said, ‘How am I going to pay you?’ He said, ‘I don’t need any money’ and I replied, ‘You bloody beauty, you’re welcome!’ BR: I was the right price. [Both laugh]. So five years ago you stepped in and started taking over the day-to-day running of the team? GR: Sort of. It was really between us and still is. But as I recall it, you kept a low profile for the first few years. BR: Probably more people have seen me on TV over the past couple of years. I’d been there a while by then and people started to accept that I was heavily involved.

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GR: That’s right. Before, when the cameras came into the garage, they’d see me. But when he was there, they’d see Barry and me. Bit by bit his role became more prominent. By association alone, that’s how it came about. I think a good point for our team was that most of the people involved with us from our sponsor group and officialdom, as well as our staff, knew him because he’d been at the races occasionally throughout the years. That made his acceptance a bit easier, I think. But to get back to your question, we really didn’t have a plan. We just work hard at everything we do. BR: Still don’t have a plan! What are your titles within the team? Do you even have titles? GR: No one in this place has a title. The minute anyone here has to have a title, including me, I need to go and so do they. Very simple. So you’re just the bosses? GR: No, no, we’re part of the workforce. BR: We’re workers. GR: Can you see any reserved parking spots out there? My view is that the first person to work deserves the best parking spot. When I did my apprenticeship at Coffey’s (Ford dealer back in the 1950s), old man Coffey was one of those bosses who had to have a reserved parking spot and he wouldn’t talk to any of the garage floor workers; he’d only talk to the salesmen in their suits. I decided back then that when I had my own business I wouldn’t be like that – and it’s stuck with me ever since.

about a dozen unsold cars left over and I said to Dad that I’d put them out the back here and try to sell them and while I’m doing that I’ll give you a hand with the team. It just grew from there. I thought I could give him a hand so he could have a couple of days off each week and see what happened. I knew I wouldn’t be a mechanic, that’s for sure, but there was no real plan for me to get involved in management. I just did what needed to be done. And that’s the way it’s always been with us. Garry, have you had more time to do other things? GR: Oh, absolutely. With no disrespect to the people here – because the people here work like buggery whether I’m here or not – but there’s no doubt I felt an obligation to make sure I was here every day and go to every race meeting and attend every team owners’ meeting. Once Barry was here – and here to stay – I no longer had to come in every day. I poke around with the horses or stay at home and do a few things. I still come here regularly, though, because, possibly sad to say, I just love coming here and I could not stay home every day.

BELOW: Garth Tander returned to his first home in Supercars last year.

And no big office? GR: I never use an office. I like to float around. BR: Garry does what they now call ‘hot-desking’. If he needs one, he uses someone else’s office when they’re not here. And everywhere he goes, he leaves a pile of junk behind. It’s like a tornado’s been through. Barry, obviously, you couldn’t help having an interest in racing, but why suddenly decide to join the team after so long? BR: By the time I’d finished with my business, I had SUPERCAR XTRA

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Fraternising with Foges I can stay home as long as I have something productive to do, but just to stay home to do the garden or go to the pub or play golf, nup. Someone has to be the final decision-maker, but most of these guys can make their own decisions about what’s good for the team and they’re all my friends. But, let me tell you, we can lay down the law when we have to, but when you have the right people, you don’t need to do that very often. You’re still a prominent presence at race meetings, aren’t you? GR: That’s because I actually enjoy the racing. I enjoy the majority of the activity and the company of the people in car racing. I’ll stay home every now and again and watch it on TV, but I go to most of them because my whole life has been about racing and to be able to enjoy it without having to do it is an absolute blessing.

Garry Rogers Motorsport is one of the most tightknit teams in Supercars.

You clearly get on well together, which isn’t always a given for fathers and sons. You’re a good team yourselves. GR: And I think what’s really been beneficial is the fact that Barry worked with me years and years and years ago, and then said he wanted to do his own thing. He didn’t hang around waiting for me to make a whole heap of dough and then come along and want part of it. He went and did his own thing – and did it very, very well – and I think that has shown to everybody that this isn’t about some son waiting for his inheritance. I mean, he has more money than I have. [Barry chuckles]. BR: We do work well together. Back in the car-yard days, I worked for him for a while and then decided I wanted to do my own thing, which was good. It would’ve been easier for me to stay in Dad’s dealership and cruise along, but I saw an opportunity to do something else that I really wanted to have a crack at. I enjoyed that and learned a lot. It’s been great to come back and work with him because I enjoy the camaraderie of the sport. Am I a real racing buff? No. But I enjoy the camaraderie of the team. We have a great group of people and that’s a credit to Dad. People come here and want to stay, which creates a really good climate in the place. I enjoy that more than the racing, really. As you know, the business side of it is very challenging and I like that. To get everything to balance, considering what you spend, isn’t easy. Garry is a big personality, a larger-than-life character, and yet my observation is that you haven’t been overshadowed. You seem quite comfortable to be the face of the team when required. BR: It’s not something I’m even conscious of, to be honest, but I probably look at Dad differently to everyone else. He’s just Dad and I don’t see him as that colourful character. But, certainly, I appreciate that he’s well respected and has a knock-about, fun attitude and image. I’m more serious, but so is he when he needs to be. But I’m certainly not intimidated or feel I have to live up to something. GR: He won’t dress up like I do.

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You’ve never been afraid to make fun of yourself, have you, Garry? GR: No, I have not. My philosophy on that is if you can make people laugh, even if it’s at the expense of yourself, then you should. As long as it’s not detrimental to anyone, then that’s good. These days, it’s hard because I can’t bend over to put all the fancy clothes on, and I hate to say that because I love doing it. You probably remember me dropping my dacks for an ad in the Waverley Gazette (my local newspaper when I was growing up). BR: One of the real early dress-ups was at Winton when Tander and Bargwanna were on the front row, and you had the desk on the grid between the cars. It was Bill Clinton (former US president) sitting at the desk and Monica Lewinski was under it. Would you get away with that today? GR: We should do things like that today. What’s wrong with the world if you can’t have a bit of fun? Supercars sadly lacks characters, doesn’t it? GR: Oh, it does. And it lacks aggravation. People need to have fights along pitlane. A bit of pro wrestling-style theatre wouldn’t go astray. Where does Garth Tander fit into all of this because when he rejoined GRM part of the attraction for him was a future management role? GR: Well, there’ll be a role for him, whether it’s management or something else. We don’t have managers. Garth might see it differently. BR: We’ve spoken with him about a few things, whether it’s totally racing orientated or in our other businesses. Garth has a good brain and not just in racing, but also business in general, so we would think that after his racing days that there’d be an opportunity within the business. No doubt, motorsport-wise, his brain would be an asset. GR: He’s commercially smart. I think what Barry is alluding to is that we do other things. We build a few things, we build a few factories, we buy a bit of stuff and we cut up a bit of land. We do a whole lot of things. Most people would know we have a marina in Tassie and we have a whole lot of things going on. I think Garth will be driving here for X amount of time, both in the championship and then perhaps in the enduros, and he’ll increasingly give Barry a hand. That’s what we’re thinking and what we spoke about. But there’s nothing in concrete like he will be a shareholder or anything like that. We don’t have shareholders. What we do is encourage people we think can do good for us and them, and get rewarded accordingly. And that’s pretty much how we would see it working with Garth somewhere along the line. And since the initial discussions, we’ve not really talked about it much more. It’ll happen one day, I’m sure. Going back to a team where you started doesn’t often work, but it has for Garth. Why is it working so well? GR: People thought when Garth left here that there

were some sour grapes, but there were never any sour grapes between us. I realised that the opportunity that he got to go to Walkinshaws (HSV Dealer Team in 2005), financially, was fantastic. There was no way we could pay that sort of money to keep him. We were never bosom buddies, but we always remained friendly and when the chance came up to get him back from where he was, I spoke to Barry about it and we agreed that I should talk to Garth and just see if he was interested. I did and he was happy to come here. The good things was that he was confident we had the right team in place and we were financially stable enough. We can’t go and spend billions of dollars, but we don’t go without for what’s really necessary to try to get your best result. He’d had success in his racing career, his family was well set up and he was happy to come back here. It’s worked because we knew what we were getting and he knew what he was getting into. It wasn’t like we painted a glossy picture to get him here. In fact, quite the opposite, I would have thought. BR: I would’ve also said a big reason why his coming here has been a success is the attitude he’s brought with him. In the early 2000s, he was really trying to make his mark in Supercars and it was all about Garth. He was a young and aggressive guy, and it was all about him. But as much as he hasn’t lost that competitive edge, he’s matured a lot and he’s much more team-oriented now. He’s great with young ‘Bieber’ (James Golding), mentoring him rather than regarding him as a threat. He has an overall view of the team, not just what’s good for Garth Tander.

“I’M THE OLD WISDOM, BUT BASIL IS THE BRAINS OF THE ORGANISATION. THE VITALITY, THE ENERGY, JUST DRIVING US FORWARD.” GARRY ABOUT BARRY ROGERS

He came back a different and more mature person. GR: Twenty years older. BR: But he hasn’t lost that aggressive edge. He might seem a bit softer, but he’s not soft out there on the track. GR: He’s a hard racer. And he had a tough act to follow, replacing Scott McLaughlin. GR: Of course he did. But it’s a different time and a different age thing. It must have been a big blow to lose McLaughlin, even though it was inevitable. GR: It happens. Deal with it, move on. It’s like when Tander left first time around. People asked how we’d get around that. Well, the fact is, you do. You find a way and you move on. SUPERCAR XTRA

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Fraternising with Foges But with respect to Garth, losing Scott was a much bigger deal. He’d proved with you guys that he was a future superstar, don’t you think? GR: I think he’s a fantastic driver and a fantastic young bloke and, to be honest, I was sorry to see him go, but I wasn’t sorry to lose him because I knew he’d be able to do much better for himself. Look, I don’t want to be lying on my death bed in five or 10 years saying, ‘Oh, jeez, I wish he hadn’t left’... good luck to him, go and do it. Scotty and I still talk and joke because even though he was with us for only a reasonably short time, there was a lot of angst and stuff in that early process, which he is well aware of, but we all stuck together, we got through that and we got on with it. We got some great results together, so no regrets whatsoever. That’s just how it is. The combination of him and the Volvo, especially in the first and third years, made GRM a consistent contender, really, for the first time since 2000. GR: I know what you’re saying. I think what we’d done was we built an absolutely fantastic car and we could’ve put Alex Premat in that car, and other than the fact that he was probably a bit more crash-happy, he would’ve driven it equally as fast. He wouldn’t have had the charisma that Scotty had because he (McLaughlin) was a little boy having a lot of fun. And that’s what people loved about him. But the fact was he had a great weapon to do it in – and he knew that, too. All that business about the jandal (after beating Whincup in Adelaide in 2014), that all helped make him popular. Occasionally, I see that video and I still nearly cry because it was fantastic.

It’s true to say that you are careful with your fortune, aren’t you? GR: Very. That’s why we’ve been here all these years and why we continue to be here because I’m extremely careful with my money. Does that run in the family, Barry? BR: We’re not wasteful. You can still be generous while being careful. Garry, you’ve been in racing for 55 years and clearly over that time you’ve invested a lot of money in the sport… GR: Millions and millions. And I imagine there’ve been times when you’ve had to subsidise the operation? GR: Correct. Right now’s one of those times. Well, I wondered about that. Is GRM financially self-sufficient? GR: No. Every now and again it has to be helped along. But over the course of history we’ve been able to attract a good group of sponsors who enjoy doing business with us and can see that they get value out of the association with us. But I think because our other business activities create a good income stream for us as well, if the sponsorship thing gets a little bit slow, we can cover the shortfall. With the Volvo deal, don’t forget Fujitsu had left and we had no title sponsor. Valvoline stayed with us, but it took us a while to get a complete sponsor group back together and we had to carry that in the meantime. We had to fund the homologation of that Volvo. Fortunately, our business is strong enough to do that sort of thing.

Garry Rogers Motorsport returned to Holden following the departure of Volvo.

GRM is known as a breeding ground for young talent and you have a reputation as a star-spotter. So many good young drivers have started here, but invariably they move on. GR: It’s all about the money and I understand and accept that. I’m very comfortable with that because, to be honest, even if I had billions of dollars, I wouldn’t pay them the big money because I think eventually it spoils them at an early age. So my job is to get the best out of them, give them the thrill of doing well at the top level and then wish them well when they move on. And I can’t wait for it to happen again.

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PART 1

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Garth Tander leads Garry Rogers Motorsport in the second year of his second stint with the team, embracing the role of senior team leader and guide to James Golding.

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t all began at Phillip Island in April, 1998. A lanky 21-year-old from Western Australia named Garth Tander was thrust into his Supercars debut with Garry Rogers Motorsport (GRM). Tander had won the 1997 Australian Formula Ford Championship and was set to graduate into Formula Holden the following season, only to be unable to raise the necessary budget. But his career fortunes turned when GRM’s regular driver Steven Richards took a job as test driver with Nissan in the British Touring Car Championship. Tander was promoted into the Supercars drive, kicking off what would be a storied career. “It was a tough initiation,” reflects Tander. “There weren’t a lot of young drivers in the category back then and the established drivers were still there. It was tough to learn how to race against them and I made a lot of mistakes, crashed a few cars, but Garry [Rogers] stood by me and we went racing again the following season.” Twenty years on and Tander is still racing for Rogers. He’s gone from the rookie in the field to one of the established drivers, giving Garry Rogers Motorsport its sole Bathurst 1000 win in 2000 and going on to add another two Great Race wins and championship success at the factory-backed Holden stable (HSV Dealer Team and Holden Racing Team). When it was time to move on, Tander returned to where it all began last season. 60

“There were a few offers on the table here in Australia, like with GRM, and a few offers on the table overseas,” says Tander. “You look at what they did with Volvo and even when I signed for Garry, we weren’t sure what was going on with Volvo. It was very much about how the team has performed over the years. And, also, there were some attractive things as far as opportunities post-driving, so for me it was a no-brainer. “It was very comfortable and the negotiation took all of about 30 seconds, to be honest. It was very, very easy. Both parties wanted to work together and away we went.” In the 12 years he was away there have been some changes at GRM. The team went from being a Holden team to the factory-backed Volvo outfit and then back again to Holden, while Barry Rogers is taking over the management side from father Garry. “Back then we probably had around eight to 10 fulltime staff and now it’s 35 full-time staff,” says Tander. “You look at the GRM Commodore days, pre-Volvo, they’re all competitive. The Volvo era was also very competitive and, obviously, we still are today. “I knew Barry when I first moved to Melbourne and joined the team in 1998. I lived with Baz for about 12 months so it’s very comfortable and very natural together. And 12 months down the track, the settling-in period is done and it’s all about getting on with business and trying to make the cars as fast as we can.” While GRM is known for its production line of young talent, who have often moved on to achieve success elsewhere, Tander is determined to give back. With a Bathurst 1000 win with the team, there is the ultimate goal of a maiden title for GRM. “Having seen what resources other teams have available to them, financial, personnel and equipment, I think what GRM do with what they have is exceptional,” says Tander. “It is actually far and away the team that punches above its weight the most with the resources that it has at its disposal. And that’s not saying that we feel like we have a disadvantage but what we do with what we have, having been in the factory team and seen all that stuff, it still impresses me every day. “We want to be winning races and, for me personally, I still want to win some races with the team. That is what we are in this business for.” Tander is now the senior driver at GRM, helping to mentor the latest young talent to be given his big break in the category with the team. He was racing in the Australian Formula Ford Championship when teammate James Golding was born in 1996. Golding was co-driver

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“THE SETTLINGIN PERIOD IS DONE AND IT’S ALL ABOUT GETTING ON WITH BUSINESS AND TRYING TO MAKE THE CARS AS FAST AS WE CAN.” – GARTH TANDER with Tander in the Pirtek Endurance Cup in 2017, graduating to his teammate in 2018. “It’s part of my role to help him as much as I can,” says Tander. “I don’t have to tell him how to drive a race car fast, he knows how to do that, so it is peripheral stuff… and we as a team are an open book. “If he wants to know something it is available to him and we talk quite a bit about scenarios and things like that, so if that helps him fast-track his learning then I am absolutely 100 per cent happy to be doing that.”

And that learning process works both ways, with the driver 19 years his junior bringing some new ideas to the team. “There are always parts of data that you can look at and apply to your driving regardless of who your teammate is,” explains Tander. At 41 years of age, the retirement prospect looms large. But being back at GRM was also about paving the way for the next stage of his life. “Well, the end is closer than the beginning, let’s be honest,” says Tander. “Garry, Barry, myself and my management will sit down and talk about it. But all parties so far are saying that it’s not yet. “I still feel like I am driving well and getting the most out of the package we have at the moment. “The day that I stop being able to do that and someone comes along and is consistently doing a better job with the package we have, then we will look at that, but I don’t feel like that day is any time soon. “There are some options there to be involved in a management role. “How that management role looks and how that management role fits in with the team, we haven’t talked about it. But there are certainly opportunities there for that. “I’ve said all along that it would be something I’d be involved with post-driving. So what better place to do it than the place you started your professional driving career?”

Tander made his Supercars debut with Garry Rogers Motorsport in 1998.

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JAMES GOLDING

“I JUST ENJOY WORKING ON INTRICATE LITTLE THINGS, PULLING STUFF APART, REBUILDING AND SEEING A CLEAN FRESH PRODUCT.” JAMES GOLDING

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PART 2 James ‘Bieber’ Golding’s ability to perform with both the tools in hand and behind the wheel has set the young charger up for a bright future under the tutelage of Garry Rogers Motorsport.

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or a country lad from Warragul, Victoria, the professional moving feast that is the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship couldn’t be more different to riding motorbikes around the family property at just four years old. From a motorsport family, there were times growingup when both his parents and sister were racing karts. But the family fun turned serious once the now 22-yearold won Australian karting titles before a crack at the big time, the World Rotax Grand Final in Portugal in 2012, where he ranked seventh. Formula Ford stints followed, where he narrowly missed out on both the Victorian state and national titles. While he may not have captured a Formula Ford crown, Golding had done enough to catch the eye of renowned talent-spotter Garry Rogers, who after taking the man he dubbed ‘Bieber’ under his wing with a mechanic apprenticeship handed him the keys to one of his Supercars. “We had a ride car which we used for sponsor rides that was also used for Robert Dahlgren when he raced for us for his first taste of Supercars as the new Volvo wasn’t ready yet,” says Golding. “Garry said I should jump in and have a go. It was obviously awesome fun; my first time in a Supercar. Then he decided to put me in for the last round of the Dunlop Super2s at Sydney Olympic Park [in 2014]. It’s obviously a pretty crazy street circuit for my first one, which was a huge experience.” Golding raced in the Dunlop Super2 Series full-time in 2015 and finished 10th. A strong second season in 2016 saw him claim his first race win and improve to fourth in the standings, leading to possible main-game promotion in 2017. “We were under the impression that we were going to get a full-time gig last year,” he says. “But with the whole Volvo thing and the availability of Garth [Tander], a very experienced driver who no longer had a drive, as a team it was the best decision to get Garth in for us. I was a bit down at the start of the year, but then I got the opportunity to race in the wildcard races. So I did two of those along with the endurance races with Garth.” While Golding might be tackling his first full-time season in the main game, he’s hardly new to the

Supercars paddock, having worked with Garry Rogers Motorsport as a mechanic for more than four years. “I just enjoy working on intricate little things, pulling stuff apart, rebuilding and seeing a clean fresh product,” he says. “Working together as a team as well is fantastic. The reason I started with the apprenticeship was to get involved with a Supercars team and also to expand my knowledge with mechanics.” A big help for Golding is the belief of team boss Rogers, who has invested in ‘Bieber’ from a young age around a team whose workforce has largely remained the same during his time with the outfit. “I would say that probably 95 per cent of the team is still there now,” says Golding. “That continued workmanship between me and the other guys definitely helps. Garry believing in me gives me a lot of confidence that I can get there as well and do a good job. It definitely helps as a driver to be involved with the team and have everyone supporting you rather than going to the track and sort of thinking, ‘I don’t really know much about this bloke.’” Golding entered the championship alongside five other rookies, who will also be keen to make their mark in what he thinks will be a close battle. “To be honest, I think all the rookies this year are pretty strong drivers themselves,” he says. “I think they all deserve to be there. Once we all gain our experience there’s no reason why we can’t run at the front like all the drivers in the category.”

OPPOSITE: Golding working as a mechanic at Garry Rogers Motorsport. He moved on from being a mechanic to maingame driver in 2018.

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Phil Munday took over Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport and created 23 Red Racing, rolling the dice in Supercars with the experienced Will Davison and joining the Blue Oval brigade. hil Munday arrives at 23 Red Racing in his Porsche 911 GTS. It’s just a fill-in until he gets his brand-new 911 GT2. He wanders into the workshop and inspects the VW Kombis (note plural) that he has under restoration and chats to the blokes who are working on them. He’s just come from his boutique brewery, where he and wife Caroline have had lunch with Russell and Julia Ingall. Munday and Caroline also made the trip to his first Indianapolis 500 with Will Davison and his partner Rihanna Crehan. This seems like the life and as we shake hands Phil’s certainly got his usual smile on his face and twinkle in his eye. So why, having retired at 60 from a highly successful and obviously profitable 41-year career in the smash-repair business, has he decided to take on the challenge, the responsibility and the headaches of being a Supercars team owner?

“I retired at the end of June last year,” he explains. “I have been on the rev limiter in business for 40 years and to come to a halt and do nothing was almost impossible for me.” You may not have heard much about Munday before he took a majority stake in Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport (LDM) in 2017 and renamed it 23 Red Racing, but the reality is he’s been around in motorsport for decades. Munday’s profile began growing when he became a major sponsor of LDM six years ago, especially in 2014 when his former business Repair Management Australia took naming rights when Ingall was doing the driving. Some of the biggest names in racing in Australia are Munday’s mates and perhaps the biggest of them all, the late, great Peter Brock, was an especially close friend. Phil even built the 48-215 Holden he raced at the Goodwood Festival. “He was one of a kind and could drive everything; you give him anything and he could wring its neck when anyone else couldn’t do it,” says Munday. “It was just a tragedy to lose him like that, we’ve all got to go but that was too early. My memories of PB are fantastic, just some of the things we did and fun we had together. He was a true people person, you just never saw him shun a spectator or a fan.” Munday tries to live by the same ethos. In pitlane his typical pose is a big smile and a deep conversation. He seems to know everyone and be on good terms with most of them. A Holden man in his blood (but pragmatic enough to swap to Ford this year, even though it hurts), Munday raced Sports Sedans in his early 20s until family and

Phil Munday sought the experienced Will Davison to steer the 23 Red Racing entry.

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ABOVE: Davison is charged with driving the 23 Red Racing entry up the grid in its first season.

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business pressures forced him to give it up. But he never lost his love of high-octane motorsport. His touring cars/Supercars sponsorship career stretches back to the late 1990s when he first backed his good mate Rod Nash’s privateer Commodore. It’s no surprise that 23 Red Racing is now a technical customer of the business Nash part-owns, Tickford Racing, or that Munday sold the Ford team one of LDM’s two RECs. Munday has completely transformed LDM. Initially, he took a 60 per cent stake in the business and Dumbrell kept a 40 per cent share. But Munday’s since bought the quadriplegic former racer out and kept him on as a consultant. It’s important to stress this was an amicable buy-out, says Munday. “I just thought he didn’t need the mental stress of being a part-owner of a Supercars team. But I still wanted him to be part of it,” he adds. “I love him to bits, I think he’s amazing. He is one in a hundred million guy. What he can do with the limited movement he has… he is totally underestimated for what he has achieved in his short life. He is an amazing inspirational person. “I hope people respect his contribution to motorsport.” Munday’s also swapped from aged Triple Eight Commodores to a Tickford Falcon FG X, moved the team to one of his factories in Melbourne’s outer east, hired Davison on a three-year deal and brought Supercars veteran Rob Crawford in to run the show. Rob Palermo has been drafted in on contract as

Davison’s race engineer. All up the team has nine employees, six of them ex-LDM. Munday’s also added a Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia program for promising youngster Luis Leeds (Palermo also engineers that program), bought a second FG X from Tickford as a spare and confirmed the team will upgrade to a Mustang for 2019. A Dunlop Super2 Series program is also on the cards for 2019, most likely with Leeds driving. “Luis is going to be right up there in Supercars and I hope one day people will be saying, ‘23 Red and Phil Munday brought that kid through’, a bit like the way Garry Rogers was very well known for bringing young talent through. I’d love to be known for that,” he says. “I reckon one day Luis will take over the main drive in 23 Red Racing.” But that’s the future. Right now he’s got Davison and he can’t speak highly enough of him. The two came together only after the briefest of negotiations. Davison needed a new home after a disappointing second year at Tekno Autosports. Munday needed skill and experience and got it in spades from the former Bathurst winner. Munday knows that confidence and belief are pivotal to strong performances from Davison, whose career has seen him fall in and out of love with a succession of racing teams. “Will is just one of the best guys I have ever worked with and I think when his confidence gets a bit flattened or a bit knocked around then I think he just needs to be encouraged and built back up again,” says Munday.

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“If my confidence gets knocked around I am the same.” There have been some public misfires in the headlong rush to reach the 2018 grid. Racer Cameron McConville was initially named as team director, but that didn’t happen. And former Australian sprinter John Steffensen was meant to race a Porsche in the Carrera Cup, but that plan got ditched too. Munday is philosophical. Things weren’t working, they had to change. Decisions had to be made. He made them. That’s the thrust of it. If you’re getting the impression Munday is an action man you’re getting the gist of it. Intrinsic to Munday’s plan to make 23 Red Racing a profitable concern is growing the composites side of the business. Which makes sense; he has been in smash repairs all his adult life so why not do it in Supercars? That composite department is already up and running. He’s got FG X and VF Commodore moulds and is supplying panels to teams now. Next year he plans to be supplying Mustang panels to whoever wants them. Munday is taking advantage of the fact that there will be no control over the production of Mustang panels. That’s unlike ZB Commodore, over which Roland Dane and Triple Eight have a monopoly. “My whole life has been panel beating and panel shops so it’s a natural thing for us to go in and make panels for the cars. I think this could be a pretty successful business on its own,” says Munday. “The only thing that scares me is it’s not big enough and I am most likely going to move composite into a separate facility.” That’s Munday, making a buck is as natural as breathing to this guy. But he’s also not scared to spend money either. He’s got a solid naming-rights partner in Milwaukee Tools as well as supporting sponsors, but Munday’s also investing his own money in the expensive early days to make sure it’s all done right. “I won’t tell you how much money I will contribute,” he says. “I have other businesses and none of them would have survived in the first three to five years without money being put into them and this is no different.” You have to tramp all the way to the end of pitlane at a Supercars meeting to find 23 Red Racing. Down past Charlie Schwerkolt Racing, with which it shares a boom. This is where LDM was anchored, but there’s a different atmosphere here now; more organised, calmer, better presented. Although 23 Red Racing is young, it looks like it belongs. There are hiccups and hold-ups, but there’s also promising speed. At times Davison’s been showing a clean pair of heels to the Tickford Falcons. “My goal is to get three podiums this year,” admits Munday. “We’ll see how that goes.” While he’s enjoyed the early success, Munday has also been surprised by the change of mindset that comes with swapping from team sponsor to owner. As a sponsor he stuck his money in and got his promotional return. As a team owner his business-oriented mind never stops calculating the cost of racing. “Like in Tassie,” he snorts. “[Michael] Caruso drilled us in the rear – for the third time! – and that is $60,000

23 Red Racing is expanding its racing program beyond just Supercars.

“I’D LIKE TO SEE US BRING THROUGH SOME KIDS WHO ARE STANDOUTS.” – PHIL MUNDAY or $70,000 worth of damage being done and taken us out of two races. “So that frustrates me a lot. We know it’s motorsport and it’s dangerous and there’s always pressure and all that, but that has definitely changed my thinking. It just makes me anxious because I think those things are unnecessary.” So get past 23 Red Racing’s growing pains and what’s the big picture? “Five years from now hopefully 23 Red Racing will have established itself as a fairly serious competitor in motorsport and I’d like to see us bring through some kids who are standouts,” says Munday. Worthy goals, but perhaps surprisingly there’s no grand ambition to go it alone and build an empire.

BELOW: The single-car team is campaigning an ex-Tickford FG X Falcon and plans to upgrade to the Mustang in 2019.

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Untethering from an engineering customer deal such as the one he has now with Tickford seems unlikely. “Tickford is very good at engineering, that is undoubtedly their forte,” says Munday. “They’ve got the staff, they have got the base and they have the history. To me, having that engine deal, having the engineering part of it, the shock information we get through and all of the setups we need is important. “We can concentrate on running a really good racing team, not diversifying into building engines… so I think long term I would stick with an engine deal and someone we can lean on in that space.” Surely, then, being a customer limits the ambition of what 23 Red Racing can achieve on the track? “I think that gives us an advantage,” he counters. “We are not being sidetracked into trying to do things we are not set up to do. I have known Rod Nash for nearly 30 years and I have known Tim Edwards for nearly a dozen years. Those guys are good to deal with and they give straight answers and are straight shooters.” As we finish up, sitting in a race shop that didn’t even exist a few months ago, Munday turns philosophical. “It’s always been an ambition of mine to own a Supercars team, even though people say, ‘What a stupid thing to do’ because you just tear up a lot of money. But if you can run the thing successfully I think that this could be a break-even or a little bit of money in it in a couple of years. If it’s not I’ll move on and retire and go fishing or something.” Then he laughs and adds: “No I don’t fish… I won’t go fishing.” So why 23 Red Racing? Turns out Munday’s birthday is February 23 and he always bets on 23 Red. It’s proved a winner for him more than once. Could the race team do the same?

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Rob Crawford is sitting in his office at 23 Red Racing and he looks, well, relaxed. In other words, completely different to the stressed-out team boss of the Holden Racing Team he used to be. It’s a change of mindset and demeanour that’s striking and one his new situation directly contributes to. “We haven’t got the sponsor pressure here to go out and win day in and day out,” he says. “Also, you just need to make it a good healthy environment to work in. “I need to make sure I don’t put too much pressure on myself and everyone else in the place.” Rob Crawford mellowed? Seems so. He’s done so much in his career and been so uncompromising throughout it. He’s been in Europe in Formula 1, won championships in Supercars and worked for both Holden and Nissan factory teams. Now, after a couple of years in Asian GTs, he’s come back to Supercars running a single car that sits at the very back of the pitlane. And he’s happy to do it! “It’s a good opportunity to get back in because I enjoy it,” he says. “I missed it when I wasn’t doing it. I missed the racing and the camaraderie with the guys and all that sort of stuff. It’s a way of life. I have been doing since I was 19.”

Crawford says a good aim for 23 Red Racing in 2018 is be the best single-car team in the Supercars championship standings. That means topping Craig Lowndes, though that’s going to be hard task. “We need to do the best job we can at every job we do and make that job perfect; whether it’s in pitstops or servicing the car or preparing the car, even filling out the admin forms,” he says. “It’s all about maximising everything we do 100 per cent.” There’s a strong reminder of Crawford’s factory Holden years ever-present at 23 Red Racing and that’s driver Will Davison. It’s a reunion of two men whose time together at the Holden Racing Team ended badly. But Crawford says those distant days are a nonissue. If you can’t move on in motorsport then you won’t survive. “He’s great to work with and we are getting on like a house on fire,” says Crawford on Davison. “I think it’s refreshing for him to enjoy his motor racing again. “I get the feeling he didn’t enjoy it that much last year [at Tekno Autosports]. “This year we are going out of our way to make sure we enjoy it and not put an extreme amount of pressure on ourselves. “Just put enough on so we enjoy it!”

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ROOKIE ON THE RISE

If the name is not eye catching enough then his results thus far should be. Anton De Pasquale was perhaps a surprise rookie selection at Erebus Motorsport this season, but he is already rewarding those who’ve placed faith in him.

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t’s been dubbed ‘the championship within a championship’. An injection of fresh blood sees five full-time rookies tackle the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship in 2018. Yet only one of those drivers had yet to sample the main game before the start of the season, either as an endurance co-driver or wildcard entrant. Erebus Motorsport’s Anton De Pasquale has turned heads up and down pitlane in his rookie campaign. Maybe this is a surprise to some but to those who’ve supported the 22-year-old throughout his career to date, there are no surprises to see here. While De Pasquale may be the least experienced in Supercars terms after just two seasons in the Dunlop Super2 Series, he arrived on the scene with an

impressive resume and the support and encouragement of not only his team but experienced Supercars figures Mark Larkham and Paul Morris. The 2013 Australian Formula Ford champion sparked his interest in motorsport on the family farm, hopping on his first motorbike at just three and a half years old. De Pasquale started racing on two wheels at age 10 but after a few too many broken bones decided go-karting was the way to go. The De Pasquale family are avid motorsport fans, so when the now Holden driver started racing karts at the relative late age of 13 it was a family affair. “When you start racing, if you don’t have family support it’s not going to work because you’re not going to get to the track, especially at go-kart level,” he says.

De Pasquale was the only one of the full-time rookies who hadn’t started a main-game race entering 2018.

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“I STILL FEEL LIKE I HAVE A LOT TO LEARN AND I’M STILL PRETTY FRESH.” – ANTON DE PASQUALE

BELOW: De Pasquale impressed the Supercars fraternity with his speedy transition to touring cars in the Dunlop Super2 Series.

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“Usually Dad would set up the kart and put the kart together. We spent a lot of time together.” De Pasquale stepped up to Formula Ford after three years in karts and signed with renowned talent-developing outfit Sonic Motor Racing Services, where he spent the next two seasons. He claimed the national title in his final year with the squad in 2013, a career-defining win. “Winning that in anybody’s eyes is a pretty big thing,” he reflects. “If you look at all the previous champions, the guys in Supercars, they have either won one or been very close to winning one. So knowing that you’ve done it gives you hope that dreams can come true. And here I am. Sonic had a board of their champions in the garage. You look at it and see Jamie Whincup, Will Davision, Nick Percat, Cam Waters. All those guys are in Supercars now.” But instead of pursuing a career in Supercars, De Pasquale chose to chase the European single-seater dream.

“Larko put a deal together for me to race for an Austrian team [Lachner Racing School] in Formula Renault 1.6,” he says. “It was their first time back in the series in a long time. The cars were awesome and I managed to win that first weekend. And from there you’ve got good confidence and you know you’ve got a chance to win it. It was all new tracks, new car, new team, new languages – all of that. It was a lot to take in for an 18-year-old at the time but it was an awesome experience.” De Pasquale reveals that Larkham continues to be an influence for him since those early Formula Ford days. “We kind of crossed paths, just got talking and became really good friends,” he says. “We talked a lot about the next few years and what the future holds. Obviously, he has done a lot of things in his life, from driving to team ownership, managing and lots more. At that time he was trying to make a motorsport academy and I was at the forefront of that. And we decided that the path we went was the best way to go. Still now he gives me a few pointers. He’s a great guy and it’s great to have him back in the pitlane, too.” After winning nine of 15 races and the title in his first year in Europe, De Pasquale moved up the next rung of the Formula Renault ladder but soon realised the budget wasn’t going to stretch far enough. “As the year went on it was quite expensive, quite hard with the budget,” he says. “It wasn’t about completing that year, it was where do you go from there? How do you progress to Formula 1 or LMP1 or something like that, which is the main career path over there. How do you get there? How much does

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that cost? All those things weighed up and so it made sense to come back to Australia.” De Pasquale spoke to a few people he knew back in Australia and teamed up with Morris, who not only gave him a start in the Dunlop Super2 Series but helped broker his deal with Erebus Motorsport. “He [Morris] taught me everything in going from open-wheelers to the tin-tops,” he says. “The approach is very much the same no matter what you drive, just the little techniques and how to get a little bit more out of the car, how to understand what the car is doing. It’s a big car which I’d never driven before. “I’d obviously been around, driven a lot of cars at a lot of races. He’s got an approach where we just suited each other, a straight-up approach, no sort of fluffing around and putting extra sugar on it. We were on the same path for those two years and I think that’s how we got the most out of it. “The first year was quite difficult because we were in an older car and half the field was in a newer car, so the results were never really there. But we kind of knew that we didn’t really deserve to be where we were. So we worked out how to get a new car and how to push ourselves up the grid. “I just trusted the people around me and aligned myself with the right people to get the job done. We didn’t have the biggest operation in the Super2 paddock but we went about it our own way. I won two rounds out of the seven and just got talking to Barry [Ryan] from Erebus.” De Pasquale was given an in-season test with Erebus, impressing the team and landing a full-time deal for 2018 despite his lack of main-game experience.

“I was probably a bit fresh to get a co-drive at the time when all the co-drives were signed,” he admits. “If they were all signed up towards the end of the year then I probably would have got one. It actually worked out in my favour because the way the rules work with the evaluation and rookie days if you get a co-drive you can’t do it. “So that’s how I actually got the evaluation day with Erebus. Although it’s probably not the normal way to get in, it worked out because they were really happy with how I went. And from there the door opened.” While most main-game aspirants ply their trade in

ABOVE: De Pasquale has been the most consistent of the full-time rookies in 2018.

“BENCHMARKING MYSELF AGAINST DAVE [REYNOLDS] IS THE MAIN OBJECTIVE.” – ANTON DE PASQUALE

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DE PASQUALE’S RISE

ABOVE: De Pasquale has gelled well with Erebus Motorsport teammate David Reynolds.

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the Dunlop Super2 Series over three or four seasons and usually tackle at least one enduro campaign before graduation to Supercars, De Pasquale has proved a quick learner by outclassing his fellow rookies in the early stages of 2018. “Adelaide was my first start on the grid,” he says. “Although we were five rookies I was the only one making my first start. But at the end of the day we’re still all quite equal. I still feel like I have a lot to learn and I’m still pretty fresh.” As De Pasquale makes his steady climb up the grid, he feels his value increases as he gets closer to teammate David Reynolds. “The most common saying is that the benchmark is your teammate,” he says. “So I’m lucky to have one of the better ones. He has been up the front now for some time so he is a really good benchmark and there’s some really good data to come out of that. The closer I get to him, the harder he pushes and the faster he gets, too. We’re pushing each other but he is pushing me a lot more at the moment.” De Pasquale has a clear respect for Bathurst-winner Reynolds, who along with the entire team has lifted Erebus Motorsport from backmarker to genuine championship contender. “Obviously he is at a different level to what I am at the moment,” says De Pasquale. “He is at the top of his game fighting for race wins and trying to fight for a championship and I’m at the start. He’s been where I am and he understands what it’s like. “He’s given me any information that I’ve asked for and even if I don’t ask for it he is happy to help. The plan is to get both cars at the front, so we are just helping each other”

De Pasquale appears to be fitting in at Erebus among some big personalities in colourful team boss Betty Klimenko and paddock-larrikin Reynolds. “The team is known to be a bit more quirky than most but it’s just like any other racing team, the engineers are switched on,” says De Pasquale. “We’re trying everything we can to make the cars as fast as we can. All the guys, girls and mechanics are working very hard. “I’ve spent a lot of time at the workshop with them trying to help where I can and learn as much as I can. But so far it feels like a home… so although there is laughter and smiles there is a lot of seriousness, too; everyone wants to win and beat all the others out there.” De Pasquale’s goal for the year is clear, stay as close to Reynolds as possible. “Benchmarking myself against Dave is the main objective,” he says. “I want to try and end the year as close as I can, if not right behind him. That’s the plan because he’ll be up the front every event that we go to. The closer I can get to him, the closer I will be to the front.” And what about this ‘championship within a championship’? Does he have all these other full-time rookies covered? “It’s the first time there has been so many rookies so it’s created a bit of hype,” he says. “We are kind of racing each other in a way. And we’re all in good cars, too. The whole field is really tight and we’ve got a pretty good opportunity. “So it’s good to be considered ahead of them, but long-term we won’t be rookies for too long so we’ll be looking up the grid and trying to get as far forward as we can.”

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JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT

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Getting into Supercars is a mammoth effort, requiring the right level of support, plenty of talent and a fair bit of luck. This is how a young driver can negotiate the path from go-karts to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

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hen Roland Dane first appeared on the Australian scene many years ago, he took a different view of the world. His theory was that you can’t teach a driver to be fast; they either are or they aren’t, but you can teach him not to crash. He was talking about choosing a driver for the top levels of the sport; a driver who has done the hard yards in the lower rungs, invariably kicking it all off in go-karts before a natural progression up the ladder. Others in his shoes at the time were opting conservatively; taking someone who wouldn’t scratch a car and could, possibly, win the odd race. But talent doesn’t just land at your front door. If you are involved in driver selection for Supercars, you have to cast your net far and wide. A decade ago, the pathway was clear and to some extent it remains similar, but options are opening up for professional drives as motorsport in this country matures. Today the opportunity to build a career with

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a job in Australia is much more significant than when Roland arrived. Karting remains the starting point for pretty much all racers, and from there the path veers in many directions. Lotem Ben Yosef is one of those young racers at the start of what he hopes will be a professional career. Certainly his father, Yariv, hopes so, too, given how much effort and funding he is putting into his son’s motorsport. There are plenty of people offering lots of advice, most of them will make some money out of it, too, so to cut through the mire we sat Lotem down with Roland for some clarity. “Like any top level of any sport, getting there is hard because there’s always lots of aspirants and there’s not room for everyone at the top,” Roland states in his typically frank manner. “If you play soccer, there’s probably a couple of hundred teams with slots at the very top of European soccer, and many thousands of players around the world who’d like to end up there. “So when they are 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 years old, that’s what they are looking at, and

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“LIKE ANY TOP LEVEL OF ANY SPORT GETTING THERE IS HARD BECAUSE THERE’S ALWAYS LOTS OF ASPIRANTS AND THERE’S NOT ROOM FOR EVERYONE AT THE TOP…” – ROLAND DANE the numbers are okay. In motorsport there’s a smaller number of seats at the top for professionally paid drivers and there are lots and lots of people who want to get there, so it is a hard path.”

He did say, however, that even that has been changing of late. Going back 30 years, there were some touring cars and sportscars drivers making a living overseas, and certainly a handful of Formula 1 drivers making some pretty big dollars. Today it has opened up, with other categories growing in importance to the motoring and motorsport worlds. “The European route is not exclusive to Formula 1, as you know,” he explains. “You can see with Matt Campbell now, for instance… he is a good example of somebody getting one foot in the door in with Porsche in Europe. Earl Bamber

Go-karter Lotem Ben Yosef meets Shane van Gisbergen.

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ABOVE: Roland Dane offers his advice on the pathway to Supercars.

from New Zealand is in the same sort of situation. “You might aspire to Formula 1 but there can be other routes to earning a living overseas like Scott Dixon or Will Power. If you go back many years, Vern Schuppan did well in in sportscars.” The bottom line is, though, that most of the drivers that head to Europe do so with the Formula 1 dream and lots of money. The sort of money that makes Yariv’s eyes water. Even if you are seriously talented, and we have plenty over here, you will still require a lot of money to climb the ladder. Joey Mawson needed to raise more than a million dollars for a season of GP3, Mark Webber sold shares in himself and the list goes on. The days of the Alan Jones grind are well gone and money talks more than ever, which is probably why there are now so many opportunities in a kind of Catch-22 scenario. But now staying in Australia is a very viable option for building a career. There are enough drives paying money to earn a very good living as the success of Supercars filters down the ladder. Lotem is just a teenager and Roland says the next couple of years can be critical. Now, he says, you find out if the young driver has the passion needed to be able to make it to the top. “You need to see what people are doing when they are 15, 16, 17, are they really into the sport or have they suddenly got other interests and veered off into something else,” he says. “When we start seeing people in Formula Ford in Australia – and Formula Ford is still a great category for people to take the racing experience from karting and

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then put it into a vehicle with less grip and where you can tangle wheels and learn your racecraft at a different level – that’s when I start taking interest and watching people like Hunter McElrea or Courtney Prince. You need to wait until you know they are serious.” Serious. Lotem says that is not in any doubt, the bug has bitten and he is now just trying to work out with his father how to go to the next level. “I will pretty much drive anything anywhere,” he says. “So right now I’m karting and in one or two years’ time I would like to start in Formula Ford or the Hyundai Excel Series… any category we can afford really, whatever we have the money to do.” Roland’s face didn’t light up at the thought of the Excel Series, but Formula Ford seemed to tick his boxes even though the category has been scaled back. “It’s up to you the way you want to try to get some experience, but from our point of view we’ll look at Formula Ford and then it could be different routes after that,” responds Dane. “You need something which is relatively affordable and doesn’t have ABS (anti-lock brakes). One-make series’ can be good, like Toyota 86s, but I don’t like the fact that it has ABS because that gives you bad habits. “When you are doing Formula Ford we can start to take an interest. That is when I listen to people who come and tell me some kid is head and shoulders above everyone else.” Formula Ford in Australia is very different to what it once was, but it still has some significant racing series and works well as a next step after you have developed your racecraft in karting. You can start with local classes, which in most major cities is okay because there are a few tracks nearby that don’t require the investment of travelling around Australia. You can run it on the smell of an oily rag; one driver and the family tipping in to make it happen and then you can get a little more serious. You get the feeling from the conversation with Lotem that this is where Roland would like to see them put their next effort.

Supercars aspirant Lotem Ben Yosef in the Red Bull Holden Racing Team garage.

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“Let’s say you need to find $50,000-plus to buy a car and they are not that expensive,” says Dane. “You’ve just got to make sure it’s maintained beautifully and you have to be prepared to do some of that yourself and learn about it. If you’re learning about it yourself like that, you have a greater appreciation of what makes a car work and looking after it and the mechanical side of it. I’ve never seen a driver suffer from having a good mechanical understanding of the car. “The car doesn’t know how old you are, so whether you are 15, 20 or 30 it is the same. And that means there is always opportunity, but you’re going to have to work hard at creating those opportunities. “You have to nurture every relationship that gets put in front of you and seek the other ones that are not in front of you, where you live, the people who you interact with as a family or the people that might give you a bit of help. “It can be as simple as someone to look after your Formula Ford or somebody to buy it for you, somebody to buy the tyres for you, etc. And don’t be scared of hard work. Don’t expect everyone else to help you do what you want to do. “If you’re not prepared to spend every moment you’re not at school dedicated to racing, then why should anyone else?” Lotem is in Year 8 and he doesn’t do anything outside of school but karting. At home he and his father work on the kart, getting it ready for the next race or practice day, working on the setup, learning and investigating. Then they get onto the track. “I try to get the best mechanical understanding of it,” he says. “I read articles to learn how the kart works, how the centre of gravity works.” “You’re never wasting time reading about what’s going on around the world in something like karting because there’s plenty of it out there,” Roland interjects. “There’s plenty of information and you can learn a lot and help your understanding of making it work… appreciating the difference in temperatures, the difference in correct levels on a particular day. It can make the difference between being first or 10th.” The key today for Lotem and his family, which only came to Australia in 2012, is that there is now a defined career path, one where you can earn a living as a driver at many levels of the sport. “Lotem and I feel this is such a young industry in Australia, particularly karts” Yariv adds. “Formula Ford through to V8s is a growing sport, the people we are talking to for sponsorship feel like it is growing. Everyone believes Australia will become more important in motorsport in the world. So for Lotem, this a good career option.” Up and down the ladder, the classes are getting stronger and more competitive. So not only does a young driver like Lotem have the chance to earn a living, he will also get the chance to race in competitive classes in the country his family has chosen as its home. And that is critically important. Today, Australia is a career option for drivers and Lotem’s journey is just beginning.

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James Courtney created JC Karts to give something back. “It’s where I started and it was so good to me,” says Courtney on karting. “I wake up every morning and can’t believe that I get paid to do something that I love. “Throughout my career I had so many people believe in me and put money into me, and I’m a big believer in paying it forward. So a lot of the motivation of doing it is to try and help some kids and really show what it’s all about. “I didn’t want to do it and just slap my name on it and not be involved. It’s about trying to give something back to the community. I don’t want to be one of those blokes that rolls through and leases the place and then gets out of there. JC Karts has been awesome so far.” A two-times CIK-FIA world karting champion (pictured), Courtney knows that this is where it all starts. Courtney had a hand in the design of the karts and has them built in Italy, offering a range of karts from cadet to the CIK-FIA classes. The karts are all self-branded and distributed around Australia. Some are just sold but it is not just a set and forget. Even though he has sold about 275 karts, he tries to get involved where he can.

“I’m trying to help with how they go about it, it is not just the racing but things like how they go about sponsorship and all that sort of stuff,” he says. “I remember when I was little bloke and Mark Skaife came to the track and I thought Jesus had arrived. “It’s so easy to put a huge smile on their faces. It’s been a feel good sort of thing for me, it’s not a money spinner at all. “It will certainly be good for me when the Supercars thing finishes. Karting set me up for life. Not only the racing side of things but you learn to manage your life as well. When I was 14 I was doing it all by myself and if I didn’t I wouldn’t be here.”

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is not only the main overtaking spot on the circuit but also the biggest determining factor for a quick lap time.

5 DANDENONG ROAD, SANDOWN

The fast left-hand sweeper has been the scene of some of the biggest Supercars accidents, including Todd Hazelwood’s massive hit last season. The turn-in is hard to get right for drivers, who carry approximately 200km/h in fifth gear into the corner.

10 THE ESSES, BARBAGALLO ▲

The run up the hill at Barbagallo Raceway funnels the pack into one racing line and drivers aggressively attack the kerbs. High tyre degradation and marbles off line add to the challenge of this series of corners.

9 DOOHAN CORNER, PHILLIP ISLAND

The fast right-hander first corner at Phillip Island is amongst the most popular with drivers. They hit top gear and 290km/h at the end of Gardner Straight and go down one gear and carry approximately 210km/k through Doohan Corner, with Bass Strait providing a stunning backdrop.

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critical to a good lap time. There’s a big risk versus reward factor in how drivers approach the corners, given the threat of overuse of kerb warnings and hitting the outside concrete wall.

7 HAYSHED, PHILLIP ISLAND

The run from the Turn 4 hairpin away from Bass Strait is critical to a fast lap time at Phillip Island, with the Hayshed a fast sweeper where drivers just touch the brakes and carry high speed on the approach to Lukey Heights.

6 TURN 4, SYMMONS PLAINS 

The hairpin at Symmons Plains is the slowest corner on the Supercars schedule, with its banking allowing for different lines. Drivers are increasingly taking a high line and using the concrete lining on the exit to get better traction. The hairpin

4 TURNS 10 & 11, PUKEKOHE

The fast and flowing Pukekohe is an old-school circuit where corner speed is high. This is particularly the case for the fast left and right sweeper that leads onto the home straight, where the brave sometimes dive on the inside of their opponents or get on the throttle a little too early and run onto the grass.

3 TURN 8, ADELAIDE

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on corner exit. Drivers enter in sixth at 220km/h and need to hit the apex cleanly for a smooth exit.

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The run up Mount Panorama is arguably the most iconic stretch of track in Australia. The series of undulating left-handers leading to Skyline is a rollercoaster ride, where time can be gained or lost depending on how hard they are prepared to push.

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The most daunting corner in Supercars was, ironically, installed on safety grounds in 1987. The Chase broke up Conrod Straight, with the right-hand kink adding another iconic corner to the legendary circuit. Drivers are on the brink of 300km/h when they use the extra seal on the left of the road to swing to the right in top gear after just a slight dab of the brakes.

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