ENTRY LIST: Clipsal 500 grid locked in

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 02/03/2017
  • By Lewis Isaacs

The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship has locked in the grid for the season-opening Clipsal 500 after Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport confirmed its line-up on Wednesday.

Rookie Alex Rullo will be joined by Taz Douglas in the team, finally completing the field after an off-season of some significant driver movements.

Joining Rullo as a rookie is former IndyCar driver Simona De Silvestro, who enters the championship on a three-year deal with Nissan Motorsport.

Kiwi hotshot Scott McLaughlin also made a high-profile switch from Garry Rogers Motorsport to DJR Team Penske, which is expected to emerge as a winning force this season.

Former series champion Garth Tander replaces McLaughlin at GRM, with the team reverting back to Holdens and marking a homecoming for the veteran who began his career with the same squad in 1998.

Jason Bright is another who returns to a former team, with the former Brad Jones Racing driver relinking with Prodrive in the MEGA Racing #56 FG X Falcon.

Nick Percat joins BJR as Bright’s replacement and will ditch his long-held #222 for the #8 synonymous with the Albury squad, running under the Team Clipsal banner in Adelaide.

Walkinshaw Racing’s new era as the Mobil 1 HSV Racing team is also signified by the signing of former Penske driver Scott Pye on a three-year deal.

Erebus Motorsport welcomes Dale Wood to its team in 2017 after the former Dunlop Series winner made the switch from Nissan Motorsport.

The moves leave Chris Pither, Andre Heimgartner and Shae Davies without full-time Supercars drives in 2017.

Pither has already been confirmed as an Erebus endurance driver, while Andre Heimgartner moves to the Carrera Cup and Shae Davies returns to the Dunlop Super2 Series.

2Mobil 1 HSV RacingScott PyeHolden
3LD MotorsportTaz DouglasHolden
5The Bottle-O Racing TeamMark WinterbottomFord
6Monster Energy RacingCameron WatersFord
7carsales RacingTodd KellyNissan
8Team ClipsalNick PercatHolden
9Erebus Penrite RacingDavid ReynoldsHolden
12Shell V-Power Racing TeamFabian CoulthardFord
14Freightliner RacingTim SladeHolden
15Sengled RacingRick KellyNissan
17Shell V-Power Racing TeamScott McLaughlinFord
18Preston Hire RacingLee HoldsworthHolden
19TEKNO Woodstock RacingWill DavisonHolden
21Team CoolDriveTim BlanchardHolden
22Mobil 1 HSV RacingJames CourtneyHolden
23Nissan MotorsportMichael CarusoNissan
33Wilson Security Racing GRMGarth TanderHolden
34Wilson Security Racing GRMJames MoffatHolden
55Supercheap Auto RacingChaz MostertFord
56MEGA RacingJason BrightFord
62LD MotorsportAlex RulloHolden
78Team Harvey NormanSimona De SilvestroNissan
88Red Bull Holden Racing AustraliaJamie WhincupHolden
97Red Bull Holden Racing AustraliaShane van GisbergenHolden
99Erebus GB Galvanizing RacingDale WoodHolden
888TeamVortexCraig LowndesHolden
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