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Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Teams and Drivers.

The 2019 Supercars Championship (known for commercial reasons as the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship) is a motor racing series for Supercars. It is the twenty-first running of the Supercars Championship and the twenty-third series in which Supercars have contested the Australian Touring Car Championship, the premier title in Australian motorsport. The 2019 championship also included the running of the 1,000th Australian Touring Car Championship race, which was contested at the Melbourne 400. Scott McLaughlin is the defending driver's champion. Triple Eight Race Engineering are the defending team's champions.

Shell V Power Racing Team

Shell V Power Racing Team 
DJR Team Penske
Founded - 1981
Based - Stapylton QLD
Team Principal (s) - Roger Penske ,Dick Johnson, Ryan Story.
Team Manager - Ben Croke
Chassis - Ford Mustang GT
Race Engineers - 12. Mark Fenning ,17. Ludo Lacroix
Drivers -
# 12. Fabian Coulthard
# 17. Scott McLaughlin

DJR Team Penske (formerly Dick Johnson Racing) is Australia's oldest motor racing team competing in the Supercars Championship. Founded by Dick Johnson, the team's drivers have won eight Australian Touring Car Championship titles (five of them by Johnson himself) and the team has taken three victories in Australia's premier race, the Bathurst 1000. The Gold Coast based team campaigns two Mustangs s in the Supercars Championship, one bearing Dick Johnson's long standing racing number 17. Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin are the team's current drivers. The team has strongly identified itself with an image as 'battler' Queenslanders, frequently racing with state maps on the car. The team was initially based out of Johnson's family home in Daisy Hill in Brisbane's southern suburbs, before moving to facilities within sponsor Palmer Tube Mills' factory. In the late 1990s it relocated to a specialist workshop in Stayplton. In September 2014 it was announced that American motor racing team owner Roger Penske had taken a 51% shareholding interest in DJR, rebranding it as DJR Team Penske with former V8 Supercar champion and NASCAR regular Marcos Ambrose joining the team at the final event of the 2014 season ahead of a full 2015 program. It was the first time that Team Penske expanded its involvement to a non-US based championship since their days in Formula 1. The teams other car bears Penske's traditional No. 12.


Red Bull Holden Racing Team

Red Bull Holden Racing Team
Triple Eight Race Engineering
Founded - 2003
Based - Banyo, QLD
Team Principal (s) - Roland Dane,Paul Dumbrell, Tim Miles, Jamie Whincup
Team Manager - Mark Dutton
Chassis - Holden ZB Commodore 
Race Engineers - 88. David Cauchi - 97. Grant McPherson

Drivers -
#88. Jamie Whincup
#97. Shane van Gisbergen

Triple Eight Race Engineering is an Australian motor racing team competing in the Supercars Championship. The team has been the only Brisbane based V8 Supercar team since its formation, originally operating out of the former Briggs Motor Sport workshop in Bowen Hills before moving to Banyo in 2009. Since taking over the former Briggs Motor Sport team during the 2003 season the team has won the Supercars Championship eight times, the team's championship eight times and the Bathurst 1000 seven times. The team currently runs two Holden ZB Commodores for Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen. Additionally, the team provides technical support to Tekno Autosports, Charlie Schwerkolt Racing and Matt Stone Racing. The team performs its testing at Queensland Raceway. Originally affiliated with champion British Touring Car Championship race team Triple Eight Racing and owned by Peter Butterly, Roland Dane, Ian Harrison and Derek Warwick, Dane later took majority ownership, with Harrison maintaining a minority shareholding. In late 2015, Dane sold a ~ 30% shareholding in the team to Paul Dumbrell, Tim Miles and Trinette Schipkie.


Truck Assist Tekno Racing

Truck Assist Tekno Racing
Tekno Autosports 
Founded - 2011
Based - Stapylton, QLD
Team Principal (s) - Jonathon Webb
Team Manager - Jonathon Webb
Chassis - Holden ZB Commodore 
Race Engineers - Tim Newton
Drivers -
#19. Jack Le Brocq

Established in early 2011, the TEKNO Group began as a fresh and exciting face in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. Today, with many race wins to its credit (including the 2016 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and 2016 Bathurst 12 Hour) TEKNO, based at Yatala, QLD, is an Australian family business led by racer Jonathon Webb and backed by the knowledge and experience that comes from 45 years of involvement in racing and motorsport. TEKNO’s Supercar campaign with its demand for highest quality workmanship, led to the introduction of Jonathon Webb’s TEKNO Performance, a dedicated road car engineering division specialising in the performance enhancement of premium late-model vehicles. At the heart of TEKNO is our people. We have formed one of the tightest, most effective and inspirational organisations in the industry. #teamTEKNO is comprised of industry leading engineers and mechanics whose combined skills are driving our group to the top ranks of Australian motorsport and the performance vehicle industry. For 2018, TEKNO compete with a Holden ZB Commodore Supercar, driver by Professional Racers Jack Le Brocq and TEKNO Managing Director, Jonathon Webb.


IRWIN Racing

IRWIN Racing
Team 18
Founded - 2016
Based - Mount Waverley, VIC
Team Principal (s) - Charlie Schwerkolt
Team Manager - Steve Henderson
Chassis - Holden ZB Commodore
Race Engineers - Stuart McDonald

Drivers -
#18.Mark Winterbottom

New faces, new colours and a new chassis – a revamped Team 18 tackles the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship in 2019. Under the IRWIN Racing banner, new recruit Mark Winterbottom will drive a fresh Triple Eight-built ZB Commodore engineered by Phil Keed. Charlie Schwerkolt established Team 18 as a standalone operation in 2016, after time within the Ford Performance Racing and Walkinshaw Racing umbrellas. Its first campaign with a Triple Eight-built Commodore was interrupted by injuries Lee Holdsworth sustained in a crash at Hidden Valley, which wrote off its original chassis. Holdsworth and the outfit split at the end of a frustrating 2018, and Winterbottom arrives amid a period of change.


Team CoolDrive

Team CoolDrive
Tim Blanchard Racing
Founded - 2017
Based - Albury, NSW
Team Principal (s) - Tim Blanchard
Team Manager - Tim Blanchard
Chassis - Holden ZB Commodore
Race Engineers - Tony Woodward
Drivers -
# 21 Macauley Jones

Team CoolDrive starts a new era in 2019, with owner Tim Blanchard stepping back from full-time driving and Dunlop Super2 Series graduate Macauley Jones stepping up. Blanchard purchased the entry's Racing Entitlements Contract for 2017, and the Commodore will continue to be run out of Brad Jones Racing.


The Bottle-O Racing Team & Supercheap Auto Racing

The Bottle-O Racing Team & Supercheap Auto Racing
Tickford Racing
Founded - 2003
Based - Campbellfield, VIC
Team Principal (s) - Tim Edwards
Team Manager - Matt Roberts
Chassis - Ford Mustang
Race Engineers - Sam Scaffidi #5 - Adam de Borre #55



Drivers -
# 55 Chaz Mostert
#5 Lee Holdsworth

Established in December 2002 after UK giant Prodrive bought Glenn Seton Racing, this championship and Bathurst-winning Ford squad now operates as Tickford Racing. The team won back-to-back Bathurst 1000s under the Ford Performance Racing banner and then its maiden drivers’ title with Mark Winterbottom in 2015 as Prodrive Racing Australia. Winterbottom leaves in 2019 after 13 seasons, moving onto Team 18's Holden, with Lee Holdsworth arriving to race the Bottle-O Mustang. Chaz Mostert, a 2014 Bathurst winner with the team, has led the way for the last two seasons, taking out the PIRTEK Enduro Cup in '17 on his way to fifth in the standings. Cameron Waters also has a key victory to his name, the Sandown 500 in 2017, and enters his fourth full-time season this year. Tickford's quartet is rounded out by running customer 23Red Racing's Mustang for Will Davison.


Monster Energy Racing

Monster Energy Racing
Tickford Racing
Founded - 2003
Based - Campbellfield, VIC
Team Principal (s) - Tim Edwards
Team Manager - Matt Roberts
Chassis - Ford Mustang
Race Engineers -Sam Potter

Drivers- 
#6 Cameron Waters

Established in December 2002 after UK giant Prodrive bought Glenn Seton Racing, this championship and Bathurst-winning Ford squad now operates as Tickford Racing. The team won back-to-back Bathurst 1000s under the Ford Performance Racing banner and then its maiden drivers’ title with Mark Winterbottom in 2015 as Prodrive Racing Australia. Winterbottom leaves in 2019 after 13 seasons, moving onto Team 18's Holden, with Lee Holdsworth arriving to race the Bottle-O Mustang. Chaz Mostert, a 2014 Bathurst winner with the team, has led the way for the last two seasons, taking out the PIRTEK Enduro Cup in '17 on his way to fifth in the standings. Cameron Waters also has a key victory to his name, the Sandown 500 in 2017, and enters his fourth full-time season this year. Tickford's quartet is rounded out by running customer 23Red Racing's Mustang for Will Davison.


Mobil 1™ MEGA Racing

Mobil 1™ MEGA Racing
Walkinshaw Andretti United

Founded - 1990
Based - Clayton, Victoria
Team Owners - Ryan Walkinshaw, Michael Andretti, Zak Brown
Team Principal (s) - Mathew Nilsson
Team Manager - Anthony McDonald
Chassis - Holden Commodore ZB
Race Engineers -Rob Starr #2 - Terry Kerr #22
Drivers- 
# 2 Scott Pye
# 22 James Courtney

Walkinshaw Andretti United enters 2019 looking to build on last year's strong start to its newly-minted Supercars alliance. What was the Holden Racing Team until the end of 2016 welcomed Andretti Autosport and United Autosports as partners in '18. Locally, the team founded by Tom Walkinshaw enjoyed a rich history during more than two decades as HRT. It won races, titles and Bathurst 1000s with the likes of Peter Brock, Craig Lowndes, Mark Skaife, Garth Tander, Jason Bright, Greg Murphy and Todd Kelly. While HRT’s last major piece of silverware came at Bathurst in 2011 with Tander and Nick Percat - four years after Tander won Walkinshaw’s final title in HSV Dealer Team colours - the squad has its eyes on a move back up the order. Its international partners play a role in that, and Scott Pye claimed his maiden Supercars race win at Albert Park in 2018, James Courtney also recording podiums in his Commodore. Led by former racer Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport has five Indy 500 wins and four IndyCar Series crowns to its name, and also runs Formula E and Indy Lights programs. Sportscar outfit United Autosports is owned by McLaren Formula 1 chief Zak Brown and British racer Richard Dean.


Boost Mobile Racing

Boost Mobile Racing
Garry Rogers Motorsport

Founded - 1996
Based - Dandenong South, VIC
Team Owners - Garry Rogers
Team Principal (s) - Mathew Nilsson
Team Manager - Stefan MIllard
Chassis - Holden Commodore ZB
Race Engineers -Richard Hollway #33 - Manuel Sanchez #34

Drivers- 

# 34 James Golding
# 33 Richie Stanaway

A former driver of some note, Garry Rogers started out in motorsport back in 1963. These days, he runs his own Supercars team and is known as being a keen talent spotter, having given some of the biggest stars their starts. Drivers who started their careers with the Melbourne-based team include Steven Richards, Jason Bargwanna, Garth Tander, Jamie Whincup, Lee Holdsworth, Michael Caruso and Scott McLaughlin. Together, Tander and Bargwanna gave the team a Bathurst 1000 victory in 2000. After running Volvo S60s for three years, GRM switched back to Holden Commodores with Walkinshaw Racing-supplied engines in 2017 as Tander returned. The veteran is replaced in 2019 by Richie Stanaway, who teams up with fellow '18 rookie James Golding, under the Boost Mobile Racing banner.


Castrol Racing & Plus Fitness Racing

Castrol Racing & Plus Fitness Racing
Kelly Racing
Founded - 2009
Based - Braeside, VIC
Team Owners - Rick & Todd Kelly
Team Principal (s) - Scott Sinclair
Team Manager - Scott Sinclair
Chassis - Nissan Altima
Race Engineers -Dilan Talabani #7 - George Commins #15

Drivers-

# 7 Andre Heimgartner
#15 Rick Kelly

The Kelly Racing name returns to Supercars in 2019, following the end of Nissan's factory backing of the Altima program. After a trying 2017, the '18 season marked a return to form for the team, led by co-owner Rick Kelly. A victory at Winton was his first driving a Nissan and first in six-and-a-half years, ultimately one of four podiums he claimed on his way to eighth in the championship. That is the highest an Altima driver has ever finished, as the four-car operation made significant gains. It started its life as Kelly Racing back in 2009 when Todd and Rick Kelly decided to establish their own operation. After running Holdens for four seasons, they helped bring Nissan into Supercars in 2013 with the Car of the Future platform, winning at Winton in that first year. Progress over the following seasons was hard-earned, but developments in 2018 offer plenty of encouragement entering the new season.


Team Harvey Norman & RABBLE.club Racing

Team Harvey Norman & RABBLE.club Racing
Kelly Racing

Founded - 2009
Based - Braeside, VIC
Team Owners - Rick & Todd Kelly
Team Principal (s) - Scott Sinclair
Team Manager - Scott Sinclair
Chassis - Nissan Altima
Race Engineers -Giovanni Colombo #3 - Chris Stuckey #78

Drivers-
#78 Simona De Silvestro
#3 Garry Jacobson

The Kelly Racing name returns to Supercars in 2019, following the end of Nissan's factory backing of the Altima program. After a trying 2017, the '18 season marked a return to form for the team, led by co-owner Rick Kelly. A victory at Winton was his first driving a Nissan and first in six-and-a-half years, ultimately one of four podiums he claimed on his way to eighth in the championship. That is the highest an Altima driver has ever finished, as the four-car operation made significant gains. It started its life as Kelly Racing back in 2009 when Todd and Rick Kelly decided to establish their own operation. After running Holdens for four seasons, they helped bring Nissan into Supercars in 2013 with the Car of the Future platform, winning at Winton in that first year. Progress over the following seasons was hard-earned, but developments in 2018 offer plenty of encouragement entering the new season.


Penrite Racing

Penrite Racing
Erebus Motorsport
Founded - 2013
Based - Dandenong, VIC
Team Owners - Betty Klimenko
Team Principal (s) - Betty Klimenko
Team Manager - Barry Ryan
Chassis - Holden Commodore ZB
Race Engineers -Alistair McVean #9  - Mirko De Rosa #99

Drivers-
#9 David Reynolds
#99 Anton de Pasquale

Erebus Motorsport continued its rise in Supercars in 2018 with David Reynolds and Anton De Pasquale. After taking a maiden Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 with Reynolds and Luke Youlden in 2017, Betty Klimenko's outfit claimed a new best of fourth in the teams' championship last year. That included three race wins for Reynolds, and a dominant-but-unrewarded performance at Bathurst, as De Pasquale impressed as a rookie. Klimenko’s involvement in Australian racing started in 1998, before entering Supercars in 2013 following the purchase of Stone Brothers Racing. Erebus won a pair of races with the Mercedes package it developed between 2013-15, but then opted to start over. The recruitment of Reynolds was accompanied by a move to Melbourne from the Gold Coast, a shift to Holden Commodores – initially purchased from Walkinshaw Racing – and a refreshed list of personnel. With the first Erebus-built Commodore, Reynolds took out the Great Race with Youlden and finished seventh in the 2017 championship. Reynolds followed that with fifth in the 2018 standings, while De Pasquale qualified a standout third at Bathurst. Erebus Motorsport has also raced in the Australian GT Championship, V8 Utes, Aussie Racing Cars, Australian Formula 3 Championship and in standalone GT events such as the Bathurst 12 Hour and at Macau.


Freightliner Racing & Dunlop Racing

Freightliner Racing & Dunlop Racing
Brad Jones Racing

Founded - 2000
Based - Albury, NSW
Team Owners - Brad & Kim Jones
Team Principal (s) - Brad Jones
Team Manager - Peter Vale
Chassis - Holden Commodore ZB
Race Engineers -Andrew Edwards #8   - Julian Stannard #14

Drivers-
#14 Tim Slade
#8 Nick Percat

Brad and Kim Jones have tasted success with their own team in just about every category they have tackled. Whether it was AUSCAR, NASCAR, production cars or two-litre Super Tourers, they know what it takes to win races. The brothers from Albury entered Supercars in 2000, expanded to a two-car team in ’02 and then made the switch from Fords to Holdens six seasons later. When the Car of the Future platform was introduced in 2013 it had a strong year as one of the quickest to get on top of the new technology. Brad Jones Racing grabbed wins in four consecutive seasons from 2013, and finished fourth in the teams’ championship in ’14 and ’15. Tim Slade has already tasted success with BJR following his arrival in 2016, with fellow South Australian Nick Percat joining him one year later. BJR also runs the Team CoolDrive entry driven by Macauley Jones and fields cars in the Dunlop Super2 Series and Kumho Super3 Series.


Bigmate Racing

Bigmate Racing
Matt Stone Racing
Founded - 2017
Based - Yatala, Queensland
Team Owners - Matt Stone
Team Principal (s) - Matt Stone
Team Manager - Matt Stone
Chassis - Holden Commodore ZB
Race Engineers -Wes McDougall

Drivers -
#35 Todd Hazelwood

Matt Stone Racing steps up its Virgin Australia Supercars Championship program in 2019, after its rookie campaign with Todd Hazelwood. The son of Supercars Hall of Famer Jim Stone, Matt Stone set up his outfit in the Dunlop Super2 Series in 2011 with an ex-Stone Brothers Racing Falcon. It has grown considerably since then, Hazelwood coming on board in 2014, in a partnership that netted the Super2 title three years later. Both parties stepped up to the Supercars main game in 2018 with an ex-DJR Team Penske Falcon. That was parked mid-year in favour of Hazelwood's Super2 title-winning VF Commodore and the team gets an upgraded Triple Eight chassis – raced by Jamie Whincup in 2018 – this season. MSR also has programs in the Super2 and Super3 feeder classes.


Milwaukee Racing

Milwaukee Racing
23 Red Racing

Founded - 2017
Based - Campbellfield, Victoria
Team Owners - Phil Munday
Team Manager - Matt Roberts
Chassis - Ford Mustang 
Race Engineers -Brendan Hogan

Drivers -
#23 Will Davison

After a promising maiden season, 23Red Racing moves to within the Tickford Racing umbrella in 2019. Phil Munday set up his new operation from what was Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport, running a single ex-Tickford Falcon for Will Davison under the Milwaukee Racing banner. In taking Davison to 15th in the championship, it was the highest-placed of the standalone single-car outfits. Its ties with Tickford grow stronger this year, with Davison's Mustang to be run alongside the former factory outfit's three entries.


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