Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Position
13
Points
1320
Penalty 0
Average Qualifying Position 13.0
Average finishing Position 11.5

biography

Date of birth
29/06/1980 (Age 40)
Place of birth
Penrith, NSW
Lives
Gold Coast, Queensland
Status
Kids, Zara and Cadel
Outside of Racing
Family, training, cycling, JC Karts
Engineer
Brendan Hogan
Follow James Courtney

After nine years of trying to revive the Walkinshaw organisation’s glory days, James Courtney headed into 2020 carrying a new challenge.

The 2010 Supercars champion was announced as the face of the Team Sydney project, linking him back to team owner Jonathon Webb - his former Stone Brothers Racing and Dick Johnson Racing stablemate.

However, Courtney elected to depart the squad after just one event, leaving his next step uncertain... until a plum drive arose at Tickford Racing following the coronavirus-related exit of 23Red Racing.

Remarkably, he will have not missed a single race by the time the championship resumes. It will be Courtney's first Ford drive since that 2010 campaign.

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 legend Jim Richards in 2005.

Stone Brothers Racing picked Courtney to replace the NASCAR-bound Marcos Ambrose for 2006, and he would finish on the Bathurst podium and secure the Mike Kable Young Gun Award with 11th in the standings.

He 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 added a further six race wins, with sixth in 2014 his best championship result for the Clayton operation.

The Gold Coast resident’s fortunes would take a turn for the worse in 2017 – evidenced by a shocking 21st in the championship – before returning to podium contention when Walkinshaw teamed with Andretti Autosport and United Autosports.

Season Progress

Event Race Qualifying Finish Championship
Superloop Adelaide 500 ›
Race 1 › 21 NC 23
Race 2 › 22 15 22
BP Ultimate Sydney SuperSprint ›
Race 7 › 21 12 21
Race 8 › 15 9 19
Race 9 › 18 14 18
Truck Assist Sydney SuperSprint ›
Race 10 › 17 19 18
Race 11 › 15 4 16
Race 12 › 18 16 17
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown ›
Race 13 › 8 2 15
Race 14 › 12 12 15
Race 15 › 15 17 15
CoreStaff Darwin SuperSprint ›
Race 16 › 3 4 13
Race 17 › 10 7 13
Race 18 › 14 14 13
NTI Townsville SuperSprint ›
Race 19 › 9 6 12
Race 20 › 3 7 12
Race 21 › 14 13 12
Robson Civil Projects Townsville SuperSprint ›
Race 22 › 14 10 12
Race 23 › 15 13 13
Race 24 › 9 9 12
Repco SuperSprint The Bend ›
Race 25 › 14 15 13
Race 26 › 24 14 13
Race 27 › 13 NC 14
OTR SuperSprint The Bend ›
Race 28 › 5 7 15
Race 29 › 5 4 13
Race 30 › 4 10 13

Vehicle detail

Ford Mustang
ENGINE: V8
Truck Assist and Boost Mobile Racing

Established in December 2002 after UK giant Prodrive bought Glenn Seton Racing, this championship and Bathurst-winning Ford squad now operates as Tickford Racing.

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