The 2010 Supercars Champion, James Courtney returns for his eighth year with a reinvented Walkinshaw Andretti Autosport.
Courtney’s list of achievements before joining Supercars is impressive, with two world karting championships, British and European Formula Ford titles, and a Formula 1 testing role with Jaguar.
When that chapter of his career ended, not aided by a high-speed F1 testing crash at Monza, Courtney moved to Japan to win the 2003 Japanese Formula 3 title and then shift to Super GT.
His versatility caught the attention of the then-Holden Racing Team, which signed him as an endurance driver alongside veteran Jim Richards in 2005.
Stone Brothers Racing signed Courtney to replace the NASCAR-bound Marcos Ambrose for 2006, when he finished on the podium at Bathurst and secured the Mike Kable Rookie of the Year award with his 11th place championship result.
Courtney took his maiden victory with SBR at Queensland Raceway in 2008 and moved to Dick Johnson Racing the following season.
In a standout 2010, Courtney won the Supercars title and the Barry Sheene Medal, before rejoining HRT as a full-timer in ’11, winning on debut in Abu Dhabi.
He has added a further six race wins since, with sixth in 2014 his best championship result.
As the former factory Holden squad welcomes new international partners Andretti Autosport and United Autosports, Courtney will be looking to bounce back from finishing a tough 2017 season 21st in the standings.
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