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WELCOME TO THE INSIDE LINE WELCOME TO the latest edition of Inside Line for the 2018 Sandown 500. Building on a very successful 2017 season, the Doric and Cowdroy racing programs are continuing again this year with Supercar star Will Davison, Australian Touring Car legend John Bowe, and young gun Hunter McElrea, as well as motorcycling great Troy Bayliss. We’re very proud of our committment to our motorsport program and are looking forward to sharing it with you at such a historic track this weekend in Melbourne. Having introduced Cowdroy to our motorsport program in 2015, our brands have been seen right around the world via the series’ extensive television coverage. We are pleased to be able to continue our long relationship with Supercar driver Will Davison, who you will see behind the wheel of the #230 Ford Falcon for 23Red Racing this weekend. 2018 marks Will’s eighth consecutive year as our Doric Ambassador. He is such a big part of our racing family and we’re proud to stand beside him as he continues to push to new heights on the race track. We are also continuing our support of our longest-running ambassador in 2018; motorsport legend John Bowe. We have supported JB in the Touring Car Masters series for many years and it has been thrilling to watch him consistently raising the bar on the track. JB is entertaining, engaging and an absolute legend, who continues to deliver value for the Doric business. We’re also thrilled to stand beside Troy Bayilss as he makes a bid for the 2018 Australian Superbike Championship. Troy is a true legend of

the sport and we can’t wait to watch what he does next on track in 2018. This year we are also throwing our support behind up and coming racer Hunter McElrea. Having watched hunter progress at an incredible rate, we’re so excited to see him rising to the top this year in the Formula Ford Championship. ALG is proud of our various associations in motorsport, with the 2018 season marking Doric’s 14th year delivering money can’t buy experiences for our valued clients and staff. Our sponsorships have taken our brand exposure to a new level and helped raise the professionalism and image of both Doric and Cowdroy. Motorsport is competitive, exciting, passionate and innovative. The team here at Doric and Cowdroy stand for all the same great values. We hope you enjoy the Sandown event with Doric and Cowdroy and continue to follow our racing adventures this year and into the future. NIGEL LONG CEO, Alchin Long Group

CONTENTS Welcome to the Inside Line

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About us

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Flying high with Doric and Cowdroy

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2018 on track

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Townsville fast facts

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Racing with Will Davison

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The inside line with John Bowe

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Get to know Supercars

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2018 Calendar

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On track at Townsville

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ABOUT THE INSIDE LINE Managing Editor - Tom Arciuli Alchin Long Group Marketing Manager Production Editor - Hao Nguyen Marketing Communications Coordinator The Inside Line Production Media & Communication Services Editorial & Design: Ashleigh Maxwell Facebook // cowdroyaustralia doricracing Instagram // @doricracing



DORIC AND Cowdroy are back in 2018 with a new brand marketing and customer activation program. Central to the 2018 program is the continuation of the exciting partnerships with front-running Supercar star Will Davison and Touring Car legend John Bowe, plus new collaborations with Formula Ford young gun Hunter McElrea and motorcycle maestro Troy Bayliss. The program will see Doric and Cowdroy follow the racers’ ventures throughout Australia and New Zealand. At the heart of the program, parent company Alchin Long Group (ALG) will be building upon many years of loyal commitment to Doric Ambassador Will Davison, joining the star driver in his new role with 23Red Racing. Davison will proudly display Doric branding on his helmet throughout the 2018 Supercar season, which will be seen widely via the series’ extensive Australia-wide television coverage. The two-time Bathurst winner has proven time and time again that he is one of the strongest drivers in the field and Doric is excited to continue its long-standing relationship with Davison in 2018 as he continues his role as Brand Ambassador for the 8th consecutive year. Davison will be one to watch this year, after joining the new 23 Red Racing Team. Established following the purchase of a majority stake of Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport, 23Red will field Davison in the Tickford Racing-built Falcon FG X that won last year’s Sandown 500. Keeping the team on track for glory, former Holden Racing Team manager Rob Crawford has signed on to lead the outfit, with Supercars veteran Rob Palermo set to be a guiding force as Davison’s race engineer. John Bowe will also continue into his 11th year as a Doric Ambassador in 2018. Contesting the Touring Car Masters series, the driver is looking to back up his stunning 2017 performance in his all-Aussie Holden SLR5000 Torana. The legendary touring car driver has claimed five TCM Championships in the last seven years and is proving to be a key contender for the title this year. ALG will also be following young gun Hunter McElrea in the Australian Formula Ford Championship throughout 2018. McElrea is a true talent and a rising star in the Australian motorsport scene and we’re proud to stand beside him this year. Doric is also throwing its support behind two-wheel racing ace, Troy Bayliss, who has come out of retirement to chase a maiden Australian Superbike Championship title. Aboard a Ducati and racing for the factory-supported DesmoSport Ducati operation he co-owns with former racer Ben Henry, Bayliss will be a force to be reckoned with on track this year.

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A name synonymous with Touring Car Racing in Australia, it’s little surprise to see John Bowe at the front of the pack again in 2018. Behind the legendary driver’s laid back facade is a fiercly competitive racer and when things don’t go as planned on track, JB will never fail to find a way back to the lead. After arch rival Steven Johnson slipped ahead in the series points lead earlier this year, JB responded with a resounding performance at Townsville in July. Now the touring car hero heads into Sandown with a handy 18 point lead. The Touring Car Masters series is always a hit at Sandown, providing fans with blast of nostalgia at the historic Victorian circuit. Sunday’s race will be an especially good one for Bowe, as he clocks up his 1100th National Championship race. Coming off the back of his great performance at Townsville, Bowe will certainly be one to watch over the weekend.


It’s been a wild start to the year for Will Davison after joining the new 23Red Racing team for the 2018 Supercars season. Jumping in the deep end at Clipsal, the two-time Bathurst winner proved it was a great move with a stunning top ten finish. With a massive investment from the new team, Davison has since notched up a host of top ten finishes and has proved he means business on track. While the last two rounds have thrown Davison some curveballs, his experience on track is sure to shine through at the opening round the the Enduro Cup at Sandown. With one race win at the circuit and an additional four podium finishes, Will has good odds for a result at Sandown.

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2018 // so far


Hunter McElrea looks to be the man to beat in this year’s Australian Formula Ford Championship. The 18-year-old has taken a strong championship lead after putting together two perfect rounds with pole position and three race wins. A clean sweep of the first round of the season truly set the tone for the year, with Hunter backing up in the second round with two more podium finishes. The young racer raised the bar again at the last round at Wakefield Park in Goulburn, taking his second perfect weekend of the year. “It feels awesome to clean sweep again this weekend at Wakefield! To do what myself and Team Sonic have done the first three rounds, winning seven out of nine races and clean sweeping two out of the three rounds so far, it’s pretty awesome, but there is still a lot of work to be done. It’s early days.” Hunter will now head into the next round in September with a handy point lead in the championship standings.


Announcing late in 2017 that he would be making a career comeback, legendary racer Troy Bayliss is putting everything he’s got into this year’s Australian Superbike Championship. The 49-year-old Australian icon is a multiple World Superbike Champion and MotoGP race winner, and this year, he is chasing a maiden title in the Australian series. Racing for the factory-supported DesmoSport Ducati team he co-owns with former racing ace Ben Henry, Bayliss has had a solid start to the season and sits comfortably near the top of the standings. Fourth and fifth place in the first two rounds of the series placed Bayliss in good stead for the third round of the series at The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia. A great performance at the new track was great for the racer’s points count, but it was his win at the last round in Hidden Valley, Darwin that really stole the show. With everything on the line and now half way through the season, Bayliss won’t be holding anything back at the next round.

Will Davison. Sydney SuperNight, August 2018


fast facts 1

This year marks the 49th running of the Sandown touring car endurance race, which began back in 1964. This year’s event is also the 48th held at Sandown in championship history - no other venue has hosted more Supercar rounds than the Melbourne venue.


John Bowe will start his 1100th National Championship race this weekend at Sandown.


Only twice in the last 31 Sandown endurance races has the car starting from pole position gone on to win the famous race.


JB holds the record for the lowest grid position for a race winner at the San-


The 2004 Sandown 500 featured a remarkable 12 Safety Car periods ithrough-


Supercars will clock a top speed of 261km/h at the end of the back straight at Sandown Raceway.


down 500, taking victory alongside Dick Johnson from 15th place on the 1994 grid in their Shell-FAI Falcon EB.

out the race.

Supercars are celebrating the rich history of Australian Touring Cars at Sandown by promoting this year’s event as a “Retro Round”. Supercar teams will be sporting historic car liveries and retro team uniforms.


Every race track on the 2018 Supercars calendar is unique. But the multifaceted endurance races bring a whole new range of variables that dictate the way each race unfolds. With over 400 Supercars races to his name, few understand more about this than 23 Red racer and Doric Ambassador Will Davison. So there is no one better qualified to give us the run down on the things to watch this weekend on track at the opening round of the Enduro Cup at Sandown.

THE WEATHER : “The weather at Sandown is often very intermittent, not only with the rain limit-

ing practice time, but also the ambient being very low making it hard to get the tyres working in qualifying. This is obviously very critical for the weekend. Often drivers will do extra warmup laps in qualifying at Sandown, which we often don’t do anywhere else. The wind also plays a huge role in setup and driving. The braking markers are vastly different at T1 when the wind shifts 180 degrees over night.”

CO-DRIVER PRESSURE : “The co-drivers race is obviously a big part of the qualifying format.

We want to give them a nice grid spot so they can settle in for the weekend. If we give them a poorly balanced car over a stint, you will often see this magnified in this race. They will be mindful of not making a error. So confidence is a huge part of the weekend.”


“With the close proximity of the Supercars field, slipstream has huge ramifications in qualifying. Some tracks you can’t quite time the slipstream, because if you are to close in corners you lose more than you gain. But with Sandown, it is effectively two drag strips with a few wiggles in between. So the effect of 2-tenths down the back straight and 1.5-tenths down the front, can be the difference between 1st or 15th. Timing this is absolutely crucial, and you effectively have 25 cars trying to get a perfectly timed tow up and down both straights. You can gain 2-3km/h from as far as 70-80m behind.”

STRAIGHT LINE SPEED IMPORTANCE : “Straight line speed is more important here than

anywhere, or possibly equal to Tasmania. We are constantly trying to find the balance. Taking rear wing off the car helps this, but also hurts the braking stability at Sandown. More rear instability and brake locking also causes rear tyre degradation. Horsepower is obviously crucial but there are many other elements which can impact straight line handling. Basic setup up of the car impacts this. Ride heights, cambers, toe’s etc. We will be making the car as aero efficient as possible by completely blocking off the cabin and as close to perfect panel fitment as possible. But it’s always a trade off!”

CURB RIDING : “Curbs are big at Sandown. You need a car that rides the big curbs well. Par-

ticularly the chicane we call Turn 2 & 3. It needs to not only soak up the impact but also settle quickly off the curb to maintain the car’s balance and flow. You really need a car that puts its power down very well into the two straights as this dictates your straight line speed. But again it’s a trade off for the one high speed corner across the top at Turn 6.”

STRATEGY : “Obviously strategy plays a big part at Sandown. Which team can react to unpredictable safety cars. Who can manage fuel better. Sometimes sitting in the train is better than being out in front, pushing the air. You are able to lift and save a lot of fuel in the slipstream. Some teams will be very aggressive in this aspect and put less fuel in the car to jump track position. But in turn, they have to save fuel and lose that race-ability.”

OUTLAPS/INLAPS/DRIVER CHANGES : “It’s a very compacted pitlane at Sandown and it

makes this sequence very tough. It’s all rushed, with limited space. Calm team communication is paramount to limit mistakes. This generally wins the Sandown 500. Outlaps are the toughest here of any circuit. Cold tyres at Sandown provide no grip and this is where so many mistakes are made.”


Living on the edge where the smallest of details make a big difference, racing drivers love to cling to things like superstitions and lucky charms when they get into the drivers seat. John Bowe is no exception and has had some intresting ideas about keeping lady luck on his side over his long and succesful career.

RIGHT SIDE // LEFT LEG “When I was a young guy racing open wheelers in my teens, I developed this superstition. When I raced, I had to get into my car on the right hand side, left leg in first. I don’t know why. I must have read about it. Back then, racing was very dangerous, and lots of drivers had superstitions because of that. I raced open wheelers from 15 into my early thirties and kept that up the entire time.”

SAINT CHRISTOPHER // “After that, this Chinese lady in Davenport, called Vivian Lee, gave me a Saint Christopher medal to keep me safe and a little Chinese hankercheif. I used to carry them in my pocket when I raced. I can recall in the 80s, I lost it and I was quite alarmed by it. I couldn’t find it anywhere and it was a real ordeal.”

RED UNDERWEAR // “Later on I had this superstition about red underwear. I had this one pair that I wore every race and over the years they fell apart until they wouldn’t even stay up. So then I got another new pair and I sewed them together. This was during my time with Dick Johnson. I had them for years and I only used them when I raced. My twins, they were young at the time and they had red ones that they wore when I raced too.”

COFFEE // “Nowadays I don’t really have any superstitions. I just like to drink coffee and get a little bit of time for myself before a race. I’m a lot more relaxed about it. At Sandown I’ll notch up my 1100th national championship race. I can still remember my first race and I felt like I was going to be sick. Now I just feel grateful I can still do it at a reasonable level and grateful to the people who alow me to do it, like Doric.”

FACTS A N D FIGU R ES SUPERCARS The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship (formally known as Australian Touring Car Championship) is the premier motorsport category in Australia and one of the country’s biggest sports.

From 1960 to 1968 the Australian Touring Car Championship was decided by a single race.


From 1995 to 2012 the Supercar series was soley contested by just Ford and Holden.

The Championship has been won by eight different manufacturers: Jaguar, Ford, Holden, Chevrolet, Mazda, BMW, Volvo and Nissan.

The first Australian Touring Car Championship was held over a single race at Orange, NSW in 1960 and was won by David McKay in a Jaguar.

Jamie Whincup holds the record for the most Championship wins, with seven.

The Car of the Future was introcuced in 2013, with lighter, more agile and economical cars shaking up the competition.

The Supercars grid combined produces in excess of 16,000hp.

This year is the first time since 1977 that two rounds will be held in South Australia, as the new Bend Motorsport Park facility joins the Adelaide 500 on the calendar.

DJR Team Penske is the reigning Teams Champion, taking the 2017 title in just its third season in the series under the guidance of legendary team owner Roger Penske.

2017 will see the introduction of Supercars new Gen2 rules, opening up the Championship to different body shapes and engine configurations outside of the currently mandated five-litre V8. Holden’s ZB Commodore hatchback will become the first Supercar to make its debut under the new rules.


1-4 March // Adelaide 500 // Adelaide, South Australia

22-25 March // 2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix // Melbourne, Victoria 6-8 April // Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint // Symmons Plains, Tasmania 20-22 April // WD-40 Phillip Island 500 // Phillip Island

4-6 May // Perth SuperSprint // Barbagallo, Western Australia 18-20 May // Winton SuperSprint // Winton, Victoria

15-17 June // CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown // Darwin, Northern Territory 6-8 July // Watpac Townsville 400 // Townsville, Queensland 20-22 July // Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint // Ipswich, Queensland

4 August // Red Rooster Sydney SuperNight // Eastern Creek, New South Wales 24-26 August // The Bend SuperSprint // Tailem Bend, South Australia 14-16 September // Sandown 500 // Melbourne, Victoria 4-7 October // Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 // Bathurst, Australia 19-21 October // Vodafone Gold Coast 600 // Surfers Paradise, Queensland 2-4 November // ITM Auckland SuperSprint // Pukekohe, New Zealand 23-25 November // Coates Hire Newcastle 500 // Newcastle, New South Wales


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09:05 - 09:20

Touring Car Masters

Trophy Race

09:35 - 09:50

Supercars Championship

Practice 4

10:05 - 10:25

ECB SuperUtes Series

Race 1

10:35 - 11:00

Toyota 86 Racing Series

Race 1

11:15 - 11:30

Dunlop Super2 Series

Qualifying - Race 1

11:45 - 12:05

Supercars Championship

Qualifying - Race 24

12:05 - 12:15

On Track Entertainment

On Track Entertainment

12:25 - 12:45

ECB SuperUtes Series

Race 2

12:55 - 13:15

Touring Car Masters

Race 1

13:45 - 14:20

Supercars Championship

Race for Grid 1

14:20 - 14:35

On Track Entertainment

On Track Entertainment

14:40 - 15:00

Toyota 86 Racing Series

Race 2

15:15 - 15:45

Dunlop Super2 Series

Race 1

16:15 - 16:50

Supercars Championship

Race for Grid 2

17:05 - 17:25

Touring Car Masters

Race 2

09:15 - 09:30

Dunlop Super2 Series

Qualifying - Race 2

09:40 - 10:00

ECB SuperUtes Series

Race 3

10:15 - 10:35

Supercars Championship

Warm Up

10:45 - 11:05

Toyota 86 Racing Series

Race 3

11:10 - 11:25

On Track Entertainment

Farewell Falcon Parade

11:30 - 11:50

Touring Car Masters

Race 3

12:05 - 12:35

Dunlop Super2 Series

Race 2

13:20 - 16:50

Supercars Championship

Race 24

Inside Line - Sandown 2018  

Catch up on all the latest news from Doric and Cowdroy's racing endeavours with Will Davison, John Bowe, Hunter McElrea and Troy Bayliss, in...

Inside Line - Sandown 2018  

Catch up on all the latest news from Doric and Cowdroy's racing endeavours with Will Davison, John Bowe, Hunter McElrea and Troy Bayliss, in...