WAU confirms Bathurst driver pairings

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 29/07/2022
  • By James Pavey

Defending Bathurst winners Walkinshaw Andretti United has confirmed its pairings for October’s Great Race.

Star recruit Fabian Coulthard will race with Chaz Mostert, who won last year’s Repco Bathurst 1000.

Long-time WAU co-driver Warren Luff, meanwhile, will race with Nick Percat.

Coulthard joined the team shortly after he departed Team Sydney, which later became PremiAir Racing.

The veteran Kiwi, who turned 40 on Thursday, finished third in the 2017 Bathurst 1000 with DJR Team Penske.

Mostert won last year’s race, his second Bathurst win, alongside Lee Holdsworth from pole position.

Coulthard is armed with his best chance yet to win

Holdsworth later took the full-time vacancy at Grove Racing, ensuring WAU was on the lookout for a new co-driver.

They found one in the form of 471-start veteran Coulthard, with Luff also retained.

The quartet comprises 58 Bathurst starts, three victories and 13 podiums.

Both Coulthard and Luff have frequented WAU garages at race events in 2022.

Some 10 weeks out from the race, WAU has finally allocated its two cars with co-drivers.

Mostert and Coulthard as arguably the race favourites, given last year’s form and Coulthard’s experience.

"I’m really excited to be teaming up with Chaz in the Mobil 1 Optus Racing No. 25 this year, we are working really well together," Coulthard said.

"Being close to the team inside the garage has been awesome, I felt right at home from that start.

"It’s been great spending time at the track and seeing how everyone works operationally; it all helps with just the one enduro this season.

"We will have one final test day before we head to Bathurst which will be important.

"I’m really excited to see what we can achieve at The Mountain in October that’s for sure."

Luff returns with WAU for a ninth straight season, and has stood on the Bathurst podium six times.

Luff and Percat combine for 32 Bathurst starts

"It’s fantastic to be alongside Nick this year in the Mobil 1 NTI Racing No. 2," Luff said.

"It’s been great working with him so far this year, I think we are very similar in terms of what we would like out of the car, so it’s all been really smooth.

"I’ve spent a lot of time inside the garage this year which has been great, and something that wasn’t as easy the last few years, so that definitely helps as well.

"Bathurst preparations will start to ramp up soon, I’m looking forward to getting back in the car for our final test day, and then of course getting to Bathurst."

Coulthard and Luff will complete an Additional Driver session at Sandown before October’s Repco Bathurst 1000.

Mostert and Percat will resume their 2022 campaigns at this weekend's OTR SuperSprint, which is WAU's 400th round.

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2022 Repco Bathurst 1000 combinations

Driver/Co-driver Team
Broc Feeney/Jamie Whincup Red Bull Ampol Racing
Shane van Gisbergen/Garth Tander Red Bull Ampol Racing
Anton De Pasquale/Tony D'Alberto Shell V-Power Racing Team
Will Davison/Alex Davison Shell V-Power Racing Team
James Courtney/Zane Goddard Tickford Racing
Cam Waters/James Moffat Tickford Racing
Thomas Randle/Zak Best Tickford Racing
Jake Kostecki/Kurt Kostecki Tickford Racing
Nick Percat/Warren Luff Walkinshaw Andretti United
Chaz Mostert/Fabian Coulthard Walkinshaw Andretti United
Will Brown/Jack Perkins Erebus Motorsport
Brodie Kostecki/David Russell Erebus Motorsport
Mark Winterbottom/Michael Caruso Team 18
Scott Pye/TBA Team 18
Tim Slade/Tim Blanchard CoolDrive Racing
David Reynolds/Matt Payne Penrite Racing
Lee Holdsworth/Matt Campbell Penrite Racing
Andre Heimgartner/Dale Wood Brad Jones Racing
Bryce Fullwood/Dean Fiore Brad Jones Racing
Macauley Jones/Jordan Boys Brad Jones Racing
Jack Smith/TBA Brad Jones Racing
Chris Pither/TBA PremiAir Racing
James Golding/TBA PremiAir Racing
Jack Le Brocq/Aaron Seton Matt Stone Racing
Todd Hazelwood/TBA Matt Stone Racing
Craig Lowndes/Declan Fraser Triple Eight (wildcard)
Richie Stanaway/Greg Murphy Erebus Motorsport (wildcard)
Matt Chahda/Jaylyn Robotham Matt Chahda Motorsport (wildcard)
TBA/TBA Anderson Motorsport (wildcard)
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