Team 18 begin planning for racing return

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 18/03/2020
  • By Connor O'Brien

Team 18 has begun plotting for how it will tackle a potentially hectic Supercars schedule later in the year, says owner Charlie Schwerkolt.

It was announced this morning that the Symmons Plains, Auckland and Perth rounds will be postponed.  

“This is one of the most incredible situations I’ve ever seen in my whole working career or for anyone at the moment, these are certainly uncharted waters,” said Charlie Schwerkolt.

“First and foremost we have to look after all our staff and the team.

“It’s a family here and we are going to look after them as best as we possibly can.

“The most exciting thing is we are going to go back racing and we can’t wait for that to happen.”

Winton is currently scheduled to be the next event across June 5-7, with Schwerkolt planning for a condensed calendar in line with Supercars CEO Sean Seamer’s commitment to delivering “a complete championship”.

“I can’t believe we’re not going to race for three months, but we have a big gap now so we just have to work out how we logistically manage the remainder of the year,” Schwerkolt said.

“We’ll still go over to Auckland, we’ll still go to Tasmania, Perth and Bathurst and all of those rounds but it’s going to be a massive back end of the year.

“With the potential of back-to-back races we’ll be doubling-up truck drivers and changing how we go about our regular processes to make sure we make these events happen and put our best foot forward in every race.

“We have an incredible fanbase and I appreciate all the messages of support from all of our partners and sponsors that are involved with the team.

“We are all so thankful for everyone’s support going through this period but we’ll do our best to look after everyone and come back firing when the cars roll out again.”

Team 18’s two drivers Mark Winterbottom and Scott Pye sit eighth and 21st in the championship respectively, the latter having endured a run of bad luck since joining the squad from Walkinshaw Andretti United in the off-season.

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