Team 18 uncovers revamped DEWALT scheme

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 15/02/2021
  • By James Pavey

Team 18 has taken the covers off Scott Pye's new-look #20 DEWALT Racing livery for of the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship.

The 2021 season sees Pye and DEWALT return for a second campaign with Team 18, with the 31-year-old clinching ninth overall in 2020.

Last season, Pye wildly impressed in his maiden Team 18 season, claiming three podiums in Darwin and notably passing 50 cars across six races in Townsville.

The team also welcomes BP Ultimate, Yuasa Batteries and Taubmans Paint as new partners.

Nulon Oils, VISA Global Logistics, Hino Trucks, Kenworth and Goodyear Fleet also return.

Pye will campaign a tweaked yellow and black livery in line with DEWALT's global motorsport program.

The new scheme was brought to life by Nick Moss and graphics partner Ball & Doggett.

It comes a day after the Mount Waverley squad unveiled the IRWIN livery Mark Winterbottom will campaign in his third season with the team.

Pye enters his ninth full-time season having formed a formidable partnership with race engineer Phil Keed last season, and is eyeing race wins in 2021.

"I'm extremely proud to represent DEWALT again and our 2021 Commodore looks fast, I'm pumped to get back behind the wheel at Bathurst," he said.

"To have a globally renowned brand onboard is fantastic and it's exciting to welcome new major partners this year with BP Ultimate and Yuasa Batteries, both really cool brands and I'm keen to get involved with these partnerships and see where we can take it.

"This season we have an opportunity to become a strong force and a team that can turn up on any weekend and be a contender.

"Our race pace in 2020 was phenomenal but finding that one lap speed in qualifying is a goal and if we can do that, regular podiums have to be the target.

"Going into my second season with Team 18 I feel really at home already and it's great to know I'll be carrying on with my engineer Phil Keed and the crew on my car to build on our learnings from last year.

"Last year sitting in the top 10 as much as we did was satisfying, but that won't be enough this year. We want to step up again and be consistently around the top five and aiming for podiums, and ultimately to get the team's first race win."

Team owner Charlie Schwerkolt added: "We are so excited to represent the world's largest power tool brand in DEWALT again in 2021.

"As a team we're proud to partner with premium brands and this year we've introduced multi-year deals with BP Ultimate and Yuasa Batteries on the #20 Commodore alongside our amazing corporate partners.

"With such a strong performance for both cars in the top eight at the Bathurst 1000, I can't wait to head back there for our season opener and see what we can achieve.

"It was an enormous exercise to expand to two cars last year, but we could not have had a better person than Scott onboard to bring everyone together and drive the team forward.

"On top of his talents, which we witnessed many times last year with his strong race performances, he's an incredibly generous person and to see how he and his crew gelled and improved throughout the season was fantastic.

"The team has been working so hard in the off-season and I feel we're on to big things for Scott and DEWALT Racing in 2021."

Pye and Team 18 will hit Winton Motor Raceway next Friday for pre-season testing ahead of the season-opener at Bathurst.

Tickets are now on sale for the Repco Mt Panorama 500.

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