2016 Wilson Security Sandown 500 Results

Sunday
Warm up
Final
  • Session Type: Warm Up
  • Date: Sun 18 Sep 2016
  • Start: 09:35
  • Finish: 09:55
  • Length: 20 mins
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Coulthard started his career in karts before moving into Formula Ford in NZ. A trip to the Australian Grand Prix support races at Albert Park in 2002 proved his worth, he then jetted to England to compete in Formula Renault.

Coulthard joined the Porsche Carrera Cup, finishing third and best rookie in 2004, then was crowned champ in 2005.

He signed to drive with Paul Morris Motorsports, sharing a car with Alan Gurr and Steve Ellery in 2006/2007.

In 2008 linked with countryman Paul Cruickshank and an ex-Craig Lowndes BF Falcon and finished in the top 10 on six separate occasions.

In 2009 he returned with PCR and a brand new Triple Eight-built FG Falcon taking the car to his first-ever podium finish at Symmons Plains before moving across to Walkinshaw Racing in 2010 for two seasons, then joining BJR in 2012.

2013 proved to be a breakthrough year for Coulthard – two pole positions and twelve podium finishes. His sixth place finish in the drivers championship was a career best.

Coulthard continued his momentum in 2014 scoring 24 top ten finishes, three pole positions and six podiums.

2015 will see trucking giant Freightliner Trucks take over naming rights sponsorship.

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Youlden was born into motor racing with dual Australian Production Car Champion Kent Youlden for a father.

Like his dad, Luke has enjoyed success in a wide variety of motorsport categories from single-seaters to Trans-Am.

This year will be his 15th Season of Endurance and he is hoping to better his landmark result, third at Mount Panorama with Steve Ellery in 2003.

After a relatively late start in motorsport 16-year-old Youlden was quick to make up for lost time. Debuting in Victorian Formula Ford he was soon a regular race winner in between working with Centreline Suspension to bolster his knowledge of set-up and design.

That earned him a role with Dugal McDougall Motorsport as chief engineer at the Formula Ford outfit and in 1999 Youlden assisted Greg Ritter to become Australian Formula Ford Champion.

With Ritter involved in V8 co-driving duties at Bathurst that year, Youlden drove the new champ's vacated Ford in both Bathurst 1000 support races. Two victories on the renowned Mountain circuit, in front of the V8 Supercar establishment, along with clinching the Victorian Formula Ford series earned him 'favourite' status for the following year's national title-hunt. He did not disappoint, taking the title in 2000 over current V8 Supercars drivers Rick Kelly and Will Davison.

Youlden's main series Mount Panorama debut came that year – the wettest Bathurst 1000 on record. Despite that, the then-22-year-old was on for a fifth place finish alongside Christian Murchison until a broken valve spring ended his stunning run.

That result earned him a regular spot with Steve Ellery Racing in the Development Series, with time out to partner Ellery in the main game endurance rounds.

The highlight of that partnership came in 2003, with two podiums in the enduros (second at Sandown and third in the Bathurst 1000).

In 2005 he moved to Stone Brothers Racing, partnering Russell Ingall for the endurance races, and remained with the team until 2007.

In between enduro duties, Youlden achieved success in the New Zealand Touring Car Championship and the New Zealand Trans-Am Series, as well as finishing fifth in the V8 Supercar Development Series in 2007, despite only competing in five of the seven rounds.

He competed as an enduro driver at FPR for the following four years, then returned to SBR in 2012 to partner Shane van Gisbergen. 

Youlden now resides with Brad Jones Racing, pairing with Fabian Coulthard for the PIRTEK Enduro Cup for the second time. 

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Todd Kelly is one of the most capped V8 Supercars drivers in the championship, and after clocking up his 200th V8 Supercars start at Phillip Island last November, Kelly is the third most-experienced driver in this year’s field (behind Craig Lowndes and Jason Bright). 

And his is one of the most successful, with 19 race wins, 28 podiums and a Bathurst 1000 victory under his belt.

Todd began his career in Formula Ford against Garth Tander and Marcos Ambrose and was one of the original four Holden Young Lions in 1997. He finished runner-up to now IndyCar star Scott Dixon in the Formula Holden title in 1998.

He then made his V8 Supercars Championship debut in 1999 and initially ran a part-time program as a Young Lions before being elevated to the Kmart squad in 2001 full-time alongside Greg Murphy, winning his first round at a wet Sandown in 2001.

A move to the Holden Racing Team in 2003 to partner Mark Skaife came next for Todd and victories dually followed, including the Sandown 500 in 2003, and the Bathurst 1000 in 2005.  

The elder of the Kelly brothers, Todd spent 10 years associated with TWR/Walkinshaw Racing through his involvement in the Young Lions, Kmart and HRT squads before moving in 2008 to Larry Perkins' Jack Daniel's Racing team.

Since setting up his own V8 Supercars team in 2009, Kelly hasn’t figured in the championship hunt, but you can never underestimate the 35 year old Victorian – there is still plenty of fight in him.

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Having stepped up from the Dunlop Series as the reigning Champion, McLaughlin made his debut in the 2013 V8 Supercar Championship. He made an impact immediately, qualifying in the ARMOR ALL Top 10 Shootout for his first official full-time race at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide. 

McLaughlin went onto to take two Championship races wins and finished the 2013 season 10th in the Championship, earning him the the Mike Kable Young Gun Award, recognising rookie of the year. 

In 2014 McLaughlin had the opportunity to develop and race a new car, with Valvoline Racing GRM making the switch from Holden to Volvo and debuting the Volvo Polestar S60s at the first round in Adelaide. 

It proved to be a very successful year for GRM, Volvo Polestar Racing and Scott, winning 5 races, making 10 podiums and claiming 10 ‘Pole’ positions ending the year 5th in the Championship Standings and being awarded the coveted Barry Sheene Medal. 

Scott and Volvo have now proved that the Volvo will be a championship threat in 2015. 

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Two-time Australian GT champion David Wall is lining up for his fourth V8 Supercar season in 2015.

With continued support from Wilson Security and Payce, David has moved to Garry Rogers Motorsport/Volvo Polestar Racing and arrives with great expectations for the 2015 season.

The lanky Sydneysider made the step up to V8 Supercars Championship after spending 2011 competing in a Tony D’Alberto Racing-run Commodore in the Dunlop Development Series.

He made his V8 Supercars Championship debut at Phillip Island in 2009, sharing a Paul Cruickshank Racing-run Falcon with Leanne Tander.

In 2012 Wall ran his first full season in the V8 Supercars Championship with Brad Jones Racing with backing from Wilson Security.  He continued with Brad Jones Racing in 2013 before moving to Dick Johnson Racing in 2014, again with support with Wilson Security, finishing 21st in the V8 Supercar Championship.

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The 2015 season provides a year of opportunities for David Reynolds after a positive end to 2014.

A podium finish at Sydney Olympic Park and front-of-field performances at the Gold Coast and Phillip Island put the momentum well and truly in the likeable larrikin's hands.

As he enters his fourth season with Prodrive Racing, consistency will be key for Reynolds, after a lacklustre 2014 season.

Reynolds won multiple Australian titles on his way to earning a seat in the V8 Supercars Championship, including the national Formula Ford Championship in 2004 and the 2007 Porsche Carrera Cup crown.

He made his V8 Supercars debut in the same year as an endurance driver at Sandown and Bathurst, before driving in the Dunlop Series the following year.

Fourth place in the development category led to a full-time drive in V8 Supercars in 2009 and while he was the highest-placed rookie that year, there was no full-time drive for 2010, necessitating a move back into enduro driver mode.

He moved back to the main series for 2011 and a number of attention-grabbing performances led to team owner Rod Nash securing his services.

Renowned as a bit of a joker, Reynolds is also one of the fittest drivers on the grid and a keen cyclist.

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Scott Pye enters his second full season in the V8 Supercars Championship after moving from the LDM team he ran with in 2013.

Pye was 2012’s Mike Kable Young Gun Award winner for the best first-year driver in V8 Supercars (when he contested the Dunlop Series), clinching a breakthrough round win in the final event at Sydney Olympic Park and finishing runner-up to Scott McLaughlin in the overall pointscore.

Pye came up through the ranks of karting and Formula Ford, finishing third in the 2009 Australian Formula Ford Championship behind Nick Percat and Mitch Evans before heading overseas to race.

He claimed the 2010 British Formula Ford Championship with 14 race wins and stepped up to the cut-throat British Formula 3 Championship a year later. He finished 10th overall in the points with a race win at Rockingham the major highlight, joining the likes of Mark Webber and Will Davison as Australian drivers to score a race win in the category that produced drivers the ilk of Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard.

The backing of Roland Dane and Triple Eight Race Engineering helped Pye with his overseas racing program and he returned in 2012 to Australia to drive the Monster Commodore in the Dunlop Series for the team. A superb rookie season saw Scott finish second overall picking up two race wins and a host of podiums.

Pye also made his V8 Supercars Championship debut in Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport’s Triple Eight-built Commodore at Sandown teaming with Taz Douglas.

A full season with LDM in 2013 did not bring the results Pye was hoping for and a number of unlucky big accidents did not help his title aspirations. A fine recovery at Bathurst with a superb sixth place, teamed with Paul Morris, showed just what potential Pye had and shook off some of the disappointments from earlier in the year.

In 2014, Scott moves to the re-energised Dick Johnson Racing. The team has strong support from Wilson Security and Pye now has the chance to establish himself as one of the real young stars of the V8 Supercars Championship. 

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After running full-time in V8 Supercars for the past few years, D'Alberto returns for the Pirtek Enduro Cup in 2014 to co-drive with Tim Slade in the Supercheap Auto Racing Commodore. 

After two years ‘away’ driving Fords, Tony D’Alberto and his family-owned and run team returned to the Holden side for the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship and renewed a relationship with Walkinshaw Racing.

The 2007 Dunlop Series Champion moved into a Ford Performance Racing-built Falcon in 2011 and again ran the car last season.

After starting his career in karts and initially making the move into Formula Ford, D’Alberto by-passed a lot of the traditional learning time in the junior categories, stepping straight into the Dunlop Series in a Young Lions Commodore in 2003 at the tender age of just 17.

D’Alberto continued to be a regular in the Dunlop Series, running a Wynn’s-backed car in 2004 and then establishing his own family operation in 2005, the same year he made his V8 Supercars Championship debut as an endurance driver for Tasman Motorsport.

Having finally clinched the Dunlop Series crown in 2007, D’Alberto also had his best finish at Bathurst in the Autobarn Commodore, finishing sixth alongside Steve Owen.

His 2008 season in The Bottle-O Commodore proved to be difficult, as D’Alberto found the step from the development category to the top level was indeed a steep one.

In 2009 he again competed in Bottle-O colours under the #55 Rod Nash franchise in a Commodore run by his family-owned team, with a top 10 result at Bathurst a major highlight as well as a seventh place at Sandown on the Sunday of the Norton 360 Sandown Challenge.

He ran under his own Centaur Racing banner in 2010, which changed to Wilson Security Racing in 2011 given the team’s change of sponsorship.

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2010 V8 Supercars Champion James Courtney returns for his fifth year with the Holden Racing Team, and is set to build on the momentum of 2014.

Courtney’s list of achievements before joining V8 Supercars is impressive, with two world karting championships, British and European Formula Ford titles, and an F1 testing role with Jaguar Racing.

His versatility caught the attention of the Holden Racing Team, which signed him as an endurance driver alongside veteran Jim Richards in 2005.

He secured a full-time drive with Stone Brothers Racing the following year, when he finished on the podium at Bathurst and secured the Mike Kable Rookie of the Year award with his 11th place championship result.

Courtney took his maiden victory with SBR at Queensland Raceway in 2008, but the following year moved to Dick Johnson Racing – where he won the championship in 2010. He was also awarded V8 Supercar’s best and fairest, the Barry Sheene Medal.

In 2011, Courtney returned to Holden’s factory team as the reigning champion, and won in Abu Dhabi. 

Courtney made the best of 2012 with two podiums in Sydney and a top-10 finish in the rankings, before returning to the front the following year in the new generation VF Commodore.

However, Courtney’s year in 2013 was marred by his accident at Phillip Island that ruled him out of the final round. He returned to racing last year in stunning style, winning the Clipsal 500 – and in Ipswich as well.

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Bursting on the V8 Supercars scene in 2006 at the age of 19, Jack Perkins impressed in his debut season in the Development Series, with a third place finish in the championship.

This fantastic rookie season was topped off with a drive in the main game endurance races alongside Perkins Engineering teammate Shane Price. The youngest ever combination to compete at Bathurst unfortunately walked away with a DNF, however his efforts in the DVS did earn him a one-off appearance at the inaugural Bahrain 400 in the #39 Sirromet Holden.

Jack was then drafted in to replace Paul Dumbrell in the #11 Jack Daniel’s Commodore full-time in 2007, qualifying in the top 10 at Winton, ahead of the likes of Mark Skaife, Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup. However, a diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes saw Jack stand down from the final two races of the season to focus on his health.

He then raced in the 2008 DVS, and again contested the enduros in the #11 Commodore, netting top 10 results alongside Nathan Pretty before replacing Shane Price for the rest of the 2008 V8 Supercars Championship.

2009 again marked a full-time season for Perkins, with newly formed Kelly Racing. A tough season for the new team, running four cars, saw quality results difficult to come by, with Perkins leaving the team at the end of the season. He has since raced as an endurance co-driver in 2010 for James Rosenberg Racing, 2011 for Paul Morris Motorsport and Garry Rogers Motorsport in both 2012 and 2013. During that period he also raced in the DVS in 2011 to finish second in the championship standings, and 2013 when he finished fourth overall despite missing the first two rounds of the season.

Perkins is a nine-time Australian GT race winner, seven-time DVS race winner and five-time NZ V8 SuperTourer race winner.

2014 marks his return to full-time driving in the V8 Supercars Championship, his first full-time season since 2009, and his first main game drive in a Ford Falcon. 

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The form man of the last eight years in the V8 Supercars Championship, reigning champion Jamie Whincup has amazingly not finished out of the top two in the championship in that period.

Demon fast in karting, Whincup moved to Formula Ford in 2000 and was crowned Australian champion in 2002.

Spotted by Garry Rogers, he made his V8 Supercar debut at the Queensland 500 in 2002 before graduating to a fulltime position with the team a year later.

2003 proved to be difficult and Whincup found himself dumped come the end of the season, only able to scrape together an endurance seat in 2004.

Given a lifeline by Tasman Motorsport in 2005, Whincup responded in style, partnering the late Jason Richards to podium results at Sandown and Bathurst which paved the way to joining Triple Eight Race Engineering for 2006.

Winning in style on debut in Adelaide, Whincup would win Bathurst in partnership with Craig Lowndes.

He returned in 2007 to challenge for the title, winning four rounds on his way to becoming runner-up to Garth Tander by a mere two points.

In 2008 he would finish the job, winning six rounds, and backed it up in 2009, winning 11 races and sealing back-to-back titles.

After falling short in 2010, the Triple Eight ace struck back with force in 2011, making him just the second man after Norm Beechey to have won the championship in both a Ford and a Holden.

He then backed that up with 12 more race wins in 2012 to seal his fourth title. His record-equaling fifth championship win in 2013 cemented his place in the history books as he overcame a testing year in the all-new Car of the Future.

Last season though was one of the champion’s toughest as he overcome a mid-season slump with a new engineer to claim a record-breaking sixth title win at Phillip Island with one event to spare.

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Two-time V8 Supercars Dunlop Series Champion Paul Dumbrell mounts a title defence campaign this season after clinching his second crown in 2014.

Despite making his first V8 Supercars appearance in 1999 at the tender age of 16, Dumbrell first competed in the Dunlop Series in 2001, finishing runner-up in the series on debut.

He earned his first Dunlop Series title the following year before being signed to replace Russell Ingall with Larry Perkins’ Holden Commodore squad in 2003.

There followed an up and down four-year relationship, which culminated in Dumbrell's best season yet in 2006, where he took the Jack Daniel's #11 Commodore to a finish right on the verge of the top 10 in the Championship.

In 2007 he left to join Supercheap Auto/PWR Racing, before moving into the HSV Dealer Team for 2008 under the Autobarn Racing banner.

After celebrating his 100th V8 Supercars start in 2009, Dumbrell made the switch to Ford in 2010, finally breaking through for his first race win at Sandown en route to his best-ever Championship finish.

Retiring from the V8 Supercars Championship in 2011, Dumbrell has partnered five-time Champion Jamie Whincup for the PIRTEK Enduro Cup since 2012, and will again co-pilot the #1 Commodore in 2015.

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Three-time Bathurst 1000 winner and 2007 V8 Supercars Champion Garth Tander starts his 18th consecutive year with Holden in 2015; his sights locked on the front of the field.

Revered by drivers, fans and media alike for his professionalism and ongoing commitment, Tander has been part of the Holden official factory team line-up since 2008 – where he has notched up a staggering 23 championship and six non-championship race wins.

Tander’s time at HRT has seen him claim a Clipsal 500 Adelaide crown, back-to-back Phillip Island 500s, along with multiple successes in Australia’s Great Race, the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – including the iconic team’s 200th all-time race win alongside rookie Nick Percat in 2011. 

Tander is fourth on the all-time race winners’ list behind Craig Lowndes, Mark Skaife and Jamie Whincup. His 2014 Townsville victory, leading home teammate James Courtney for a famous back-to-back one-two result, took his career total to 53 championship wins.

As one of the most experienced drivers in the field, Tander’s knowledge of the sport and technical knowledge sees him remain an integral part of HRT’s ongoing VF Commodore development.

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Defending Pirtek Enduro Cup winning co-driver Warren Luff pairs with Holden Racing Team's Garth Tander for the endurance races this time around. 

Luff had a strong run with Craig Lowndes in the #888 car for a second season in 2013, but this year wants to go one step better on the podium at the Wilson Security Sandown 500 and Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and clinch victory. 

After a brilliant job in the endurance races in 2010 with Jim Beam Racing, Luff scored a call-up to a full-time drive in the V8 Supercars Championship for 2011.

It was his first full-time seat since 2006 and one the former two-time V8 Utes Series champion was keen to make the most of.

A strong driver in one-make categories in his younger years (including two series wins in the Mitsubishi Mirage Cup), Luff really made his mark when he dominated the Ute Series in 2002 and 2003 and since then has been something of a regular around V8 Supercars as either an endurance driver or full-time pilot.

He scored a break with Dick Johnson's team in 2004 but wasn't able to hang onto the seat for another year, instead signing to co-drive with Marcos Ambrose for 2005, the same year that he finished runner-up in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series.

He ran bounced back into a full-time drive in 2006 with Britek Motorsport but since then has been working hard on getting back in the door.

When he isn’t co-driving for Lowndes, Luff competes in the Porsche Carrera Cup and works as a stunt driver at Movieworld on the Gold Coast.

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Lee Holdsworth is entering his tenth year in the V8 Supercars Championship, and is looking to return to the front of the pack after a few lean years.

His move to Charlie Schwerkolt’s operation has landed him in a plum drive at Walkinshaw Racing, piloting the #18 Commodore VF.

Holdworth's career began when he was seven, racing karts before progressing into a highly successful car racing career.

Holdsworth entered the V8 Supercar Development Series in 2004, catching the eye of V8 Supercars team owner, Garry Rogers, who signed Holdsworth for the endurance races in 2005.

A five-year career with GRM would follow. By mid-2006 Holdsworth had gained his first podium result, and in 2007 he qualified in the top-10 seven times, gaining 11 top-10 finishes. This was topped off with his first V8 Supercars race win at Oran Park.

In 2009 and 2010, Holdsworth was one of the fastest drivers in the field, scoring his second race win in 2010 on the streets of Homebush.

A further year with GRM in 2011 garnered three more podiums, before Lee was signed to join Stone Brother’s Racing for the 2012 season, who morphed into Erebus Motorsport V8 in 2013.

Holdsworth continued his strong career with the new team, achieving the team’s highest championship result, plus highest race finish and qualifying results through a tough development year.

In 2014, he became the first driver to win a V8 Supercars race for Erebus Motorsport and Mercedes-Benz AMG at Winton Raceway.

He joins Walkinshaw Racing for the 2015 season, and beyond.

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This year Karl Reindler competes full time in the Carrera Cup and will team up with Rick Kelly in the #15 Jack Daniel’s Nissan for the PIRTEK Enduro Cup.

A former open wheel star, Western Australian Reindler spent his final full-time season with the squad, formerly Kelly Racing.

The 2004 Australian Formula 3 Champion, Reindler represented Australia in A1 Grand Prix as well as competed in international sportscar racing before debuting in the Dunlop V8 Supercars Series in 2008 in a Howard Racing Falcon.

He finished eighth in the series in his debut year, a result good enough to earn the Mike Kable Young Gun Award for the best first-year V8 Supercar driver.

An endurance call-up to fill in for the injured Grant Denyer at Bathurst rounded out a solid season before Reindler spent 2009 largely on the sidelines.

After initially planning to re-enter the Dunlop Series full-time, his only racing for the season came in a handful of development category races before the endurance races at Phillip Island and Bathurst where he joined Jason Bright in the Fujitsu Falcon.

A solid run in those two races helped open the path for Reindler to drive a Commodore in 2010 prepared by Brad Jones Racing run under the Britek Motorsport REC owned by Jason Bright, a deal that continued into last year.

Reindler scored personal best qualifying and race results in 2011, though the enormity of his accident at Barbagallo in Perth - where he stalled on the grid, was ploughed into by Steve Owen and his car erupted in a fireball that was beamed worldwide - overshadowed any of his improved results over the course of the season.

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TEKNO Autosports’ Shane Van Gisbergen will be keen to build on the momentum that saw him finish last season as championship runner-up.

The talented New Zealander had his best season to-date in 2014, with eight wins (three at the non-championship Australian Grand Prix), and three pole positions – marking him out as a future champion with standout performances all year.

Van Gisbergen burst onto the V8 Supercars scene with Team Kiwi Racing in the middle of 2007. During a torrentially wet weekend of racing at Oran Park, Van Gisbergen finished 13th in one of the races and set the third-fastest lap in another.

Stone Brothers Racing became Van Gisbergen’s home from 2008 through to the end of 2012. In the early stages of his career, he demonstrated brilliant car control – especially in the wet weather.

As the New Zealander matured, his performances on-track became far more consistent – and he teetered on the brink of victory for a few seasons. Van Gisbergen broke through for his maiden win in the rain on New Zealand’s Hamilton Street circuit in 2011.

While Van Gisbergen scored more top-10 results in 2012, he was ready for new pastures in 2013 and switched to the TEKNO Autosports Holden outfit.

The change in scenery reinvigorated Van Gisbergen’s enthusiasm and he won on debut with his new team at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, and took Commodore’s historic 400th all-time race win in the final race of the year at the Sydney 500.

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Frenchman Alexandre Prémat returns to the V8 Supercars Championship and to Valvoline Garry Rogers Motorsport for the PIRTEK Enduro Cup. 

Teaming up with former teammate Scott McLaughlin, Prémat will hit the mountain in a Volvo S60 for the first time, after having driven Commodores with the team full-time for the past two years. 

After being named as a surprise replacement for the departed Lee Holdsworth for the '12 season, Prémat found himself learning the cars, tracks and everything else associated with V8 Supercar racing.

Team boss Garry Rogers went so far as to bench him from the Armor All Gold Coast 600 in October '12 in a bid to fire up his overseas signing and the former A1GP star responded with some stronger performances.

The former works Audi Sport driver has an impressive resume in touring cars, open wheelers and sportscars.

He was Formula Renault Champion in France in 2002, runner-up in the 2004 Formula 3 EuroSeries and won the prestigious Macau Grand Prix and F3 Zandvoort Masters in Holland in the same year.

He finished fourth in the 2005 GP2 Series – the feeder category to Formula 1 – and was third in 2006 (as well as being teammates with Lewis Hamilton) before helping France win the A1 Grand Prix of Nations championship over 2005/2006.

Prémat also experienced Formula 1 in 2006, acting as third driver for the Spyker MF1 team at the 2006 Chinese GrandPrix.

Signed to Audi, he competed in the DTM series for four years from 2007 to 2010 (with a best championship result of 10th in 2008) as well as in the German giant’s highly successful sportscar program.

The 2008 Le Mans Series Champion, Prémat finished fourth in that year’s Le Mans 24 Hour with Mike Rockenfeller and Lucas Luhr.

He parted ways with Audi at the end of 2010 after having a massive accident in one of their DTM cars and drove in 2011 for OAK Racing in an Oreca-Nissan LMP2 prototype.

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A year of highs and lows for Mark Winterbottom saw the 2013 Bathurst champion finish in the top three of the championship standings in 2014.

In a high flying start to the year Frosty compiled four wins in New Zealand, Darwin and Winton, collecting 12 podium finishes overall and the Jason Richards Trophy while in New Zealand.

The feisty driving style he adopted in 2013 reappeared towards the end of the season where he claimed two podium finishes at Phillip Island. 

2015 sees Frosty enter his tenth season with Prodrive Racing with his sights firmly set on a maiden championship win.

Frosty is one of the most consistent drivers in the field and has finished in the top five in the championship every year since joining Prodrive Racing.

He gained Ford support in 2001 when he made the jump from karts to single-seater racing in the Victorian Formula Ford series.

After finishing runner-up in the national series two years later he made the move to V8 Supercars where in a Falcon he claimed the Development Series title at his first attempt. 

After finishing runner-up in the national series two years later he made the move to V8 Supercars where in a Falcon he claimed the Development Series title at his first attempt. 

A move to the main game the following year saw him impress and despite being in modest surroundings he did enough to attract the attention of Ford’s factory team.

He switched to PRA for 2006 where he stunned on debut to finish third overall against very experienced opposition and has been a frontrunner ever since.

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Canto was not only the inaugural V8 Supercars Development Series Champion but has become one of the most consistent and highly-sought endurance race co-drivers in the country.

After winning what is now known as the Dunlop Series he moved into the main series with Garry Rogers Motorsport for two seasons where he joined the list of V8 Supercars race winners.

He claimed the second-tier title again in 2008 after leaving GRM before beginning what has become a long and successful stint as an endurance race co-driver with Ford Performance Racing and its various customer arms.

Canto has driven in The Bottle-O backed #55 entry for the last few years and was part of the famous 50th edition of The Great Race in 2012 where he and David Reynolds finished a mere 0.3 seconds shy of claiming the sport’s biggest race.

Returning alongside Reynolds he will again suit up in The Bottle-O’s distinctive green colours, driving at all three enduros of the PIRTEK Enduro Cup. The pair won at the Gold Coast event last year. 

When he is not racing in V8 Supercars, Canto runs a performance driving school as well as undertaking driver coaching and TV and film work. 

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Craig Lowndes first appeared on the Australian touring car radar back in 1994 when he debuted for the Holden Racing Team in the Sandown 500, stunning everyone a few weeks later by finishing second at Bathurst in partnership with Brad Jones.

After attempting to put together an open-wheeler deal overseas, Lowndes went to HRT for 1996 and was an instant hit, clinching the championship, as well as both Sandown and Bathurst.

A tough stint in International Formula 3000 in 1997 saw Lowndes return home and re-join HRT full-time until the end of 2000, claiming two more championships.

One of the biggest stories in V8 Supercar history was Lowndes’ move to Ford for 2001 but a lack of success with firstly the Gibson/00 team and then Ford Performance Racing prompted a move to Triple Eight and he has never looked back.

In 2010 he moved back into a Holden as his team made the switch from Ford and reunited with former HRT teammate Mark Skaife to win the endurance double at Phillip Island and Bathurst.

The duo recombined in 2011 and again won at Phillip Island and finished a narrow second at Bathurst, as Lowndes finished runner-up to teammate Jamie Whincup in the championship.

The following year saw him claim another Sandown 500 win partnered by Warren Luff, which helped him on his way to the runner-up position in the championship again.

Lowndes came within touching distance of the title in 2013 when the hunt for the championship crown came down to the last race of the season, but he was to finish second for the third consecutive year, making Triple Eight Race Engineering the only team to have ever finished 1-2 in the championship three years in a row.

After a strong start to the 2014 season, Lowndes suffered several misfortunes in the second half of the year, which dented his championship campaign, leaving him fourth at the end of the year.

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Fast becoming a veteran of V8 Supercar racing, Steven Richards has followed fast in the wheel tracks of his seven-time Bathurst winning father Jim.

The 1994 Australian Formula Ford Champion, Richards quickly racked up experience in AUSCAR racing before graduating to two-litre Super Tourers and V8 Supercars with Garry Rogers Motorsport - the latter in 1996.

One of the fastest privateer drivers around, Richards would regularly give the better-equipped Level 1 teams and drivers a difficult time, eventually teaming with his father to finish second at Bathurst in 1997.

After leaving GRM and Australia to become Nissan's official test driver in the British Touring Car Championship in 1998, Richards has since returned to become a regular part of the V8 Supercar Championship Series and won Bathurst in 1998 (with Jason Bright) and in 1999 (with Greg Murphy).

He spent two seasons with Gibson Motorsport before moving for a single year to Glenn Seton's Ford Tickford Racing. 

A five-year stint with Larry Perkins' Holden squad followed, before taking Jason Bright's seat at FPR for 2007, where he also remained for five years, before retiring from full-time V8 Supercars racing.

He last year won his third Bathurst 1000 title alongside Mark Winterbottom – but for this year's PIRTEK Enduro Cup has shifted next door to contest the three big events with Red Bull Rachin Australia and Craig Lowndes. 

Richards competes in the Porsche Carrera Cup support category, which he joined in 2011.

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Former V8 Ute Series Champion Chris Pither returns to the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series in 2015 off the back of his best ever championship result of fourth last year.

The Sydney-based Kiwi first cut his teeth in Formula First and Formula Ford in his native New Zealand, before competing in HQ Holdens and the Toyota Racing Series. He came to the attention of Aussie racing fans in the V8 Ute Series before moving into the Dunlop Series in a Kanga Loaders Falcon, finishing 11th in the series on debut in 2006.

Later that year, the New Zealander made his V8 Supercars Championship debut with Team Kiwi in Bahrain, before a part-season in the Dunlop Series in 2007 and his Bathurst 1000 debut as co-driver to Fabian Coulthard and Team Sirromet Wines.

2008 saw Pither make four V8 Supercar Championship round starts for Team Kiwi, before moving back into V8 Utes, taking out the championship in 2011 with the Ice Break Racing team.

He returned to V8 Supercars for the first time in five years in 2013, joining David Wall for the enduros as well as contesting the Dunlop Series. From there, Pither was announced as co-driver for Dale Wood, continuing on in the third BJR car for the PIRTEK Enduro Cup in 2014.

His 2014 Dunlop Series campaign was his most successful to date, taking out his first race and round win at Townsville while finishing runner-up to Paul Dumbrell in the first ever Dunlop Series mini-enduro at Bathurst.

This year, Pither continues in the Dunlop Series in his familiar Ice Break Racing colours, but joins MW Motorsport for his 2015 assault. He again pairs with Wall for the enduros, this time in a Garry Rogers Motorsport Volvo.

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Rick Kelly is one of Australia’s most high-profile V8 Supercars drivers, having tasted success at the highest level.

The Jack Daniel’s Nissan driver won the 2006 V8 Supercars Championship, and he also won the Bathurst 1000 two years in a row.

Now running his own team under the Nissan Motorsport banner, Kelly is hoping to not only take his team to the top, but bring his own racing fortunes back to the forefront.

After beginning in karts and following in the wheel tracks of his older brother Todd in Formula Ford, Rick clinched the Australian Drivers Championship in 2001 and made his V8 Supercar debut in the same year for Kmart Racing.

Stepping into the Holden Young Lions program, Rick was Rookie of the Year in 2002 and took over Todd's seat at Kmart Racing for the following season, culminating his first of two back-to-back Bathurst 1000 wins.

In 2006 he was in true championship form and his consistency was unbeatable. Despite only winning one individual race all season, Kelly took the title in controversial circumstances after a last race clash with Craig Lowndes at Phillip Island.

Kelly continued under the Walkinshaw Racing umbrella in 2007 and 2008 before Kelly Racing was formed. Rick took a number of wins for his own team before embarking on the Nissan project. 

In 2015, Rick aims to return his name as a regular winner in the V8 Supercars Championship.

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Russell Ingall’s tough, uncompromising attitude has earned him the nickname ‘The Enforcer’. A winner on-track and with fans, Ingall is one of the most recognisable faces in Australian motorsport as well as one of the most internationally travelled and successful drivers.

Ingall began racing at the age of 12, racing go-karts in Australia. After winning an Australian Junior and four Senior karting championships he moved to race karts in Europe before making the transition to Formula Ford.

His success in a Formula Ford is second to none, having won the Australian Formula Ford Championship in 1990, runner up in the British Championship in 1991 and winner of the 1992 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship with an impressive 10 victories from 12 races. In 1993, Ingall made history winning the British Formula Ford Championship in crushing style, winning 13 out of 16 races – the highest number of wins in a single season in the history of Formula Ford, and the British Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch.

Ingall then made the move to other categories where he successfully competed in Championships from Formula Renault to Formula 3 in Great Britain, Europe, Germany and Japan as well as the Macau Grand Prix, Indian Madras F3GP and Monaco GP F3 support race.

After finishing third in the 1995 British Formula Renault title, Ingall returned to Australia to partner Larry Perkins to victory in the Bathurst 1000 –coming from last to first to win. The victory earned Ingall a full time drive with Perkins’ team in the Championship, a partnership that would last six years.

In 2002 Ingall moved from Perkins Engineering to join Stone Brothers Racing and Ford. After finishing runner up again in the V8 Supercars Championship in 2004 to Ambrose, Ingall finally achieved his goal in 2005 and won the coveted trophy.

In 2008 he moved back to Holden and joined Paul Morris Motorsport and also began a five year partnership with sponsor Supercheap Auto. He spent his final two years with the brand at Walkinshaw Racing. 2013 saw Ingall achieve the highest number of race starts of any driver in the history of V8 Supercars.

In 2014, a revitalised Ingall pairs with a new sponsor in Phil Munday’s Repair Management, at a new look Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport for his 19th consecutive V8 Supercar Championship. 

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In a stellar breakout season for Mostert, 2014 saw the young driver crowned King of The Mountain in a thrilling last lap victory at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. 

The young gun proved his pace early last season with a victory in Perth, and a string of strong performances led to a competitive end to to the year, finishing seventh after a tight fight for fifth in the Championship.

A star in karts, Mostert dominated the field in the 2010 Australian Formula Ford Championship, winning an incredible 10 of the last 12 races in the series.

In 2011 he made his Dunlop Series debut in a Ford with Miles Racing before being snapped up by Prodrive Racing (Australia) after a stellar wet weather drive at Queensland Raceway, claiming a podium and pole position on debut.

In 2012 he competed in the Dunlop Series full-time with PRA, winning two rounds and finishing third in the series behind Scott McLaughlin and Scott Pye. If it had not been for penalty points, he would have been crowned champion.

He began 2013 driving an ex-Mark Winterbottom Falcon for MW Motorsport in the Dunlop Series and won the opening round at Adelaide before receiving a call-up through his PRA links to step up and take over the #12 Falcon at Dick Johnson Racing in the V8 Supercars Championship, where he reaped instant success, taking out a victory in Race 24 at Ipswitch.

2015 provides new opportunities for the 2010 Australian Formula Ford Champion, who is looking to perform more consistently across all events. 

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One of only two repeat Champions in the history of the Dunlop Series, Steve Owen has been around V8 Supercar racing for over a decade.

He first appeared as an endurance driver with Garry Rogers Motorsport in 1999 at Bathurst, but it took until 2005 for him to nail down a full-time drive in the V8 Supercars Championship with Britek Motorsport and, even then, he was forced to miss a handful of races due to grid capacity issues.

Owen, who won the Dunlop Series in 2008 and again in 2010, really stamped his credentials down during a stint as Jamie Whincups endurance co driver at TeamVodafone in 2010.

The duo took pole at Phillip Island – the then-500km pre-cursor to Bathurst – finished runners-up at Mount Panorama and then won on the Gold Coast, and it was those results that helped propel Owen back into a full-time drive in the V8SC for the first time since 2007.

In 2011 he drove in the colours of V.I.P. Petfoods under the REC (Racing Entitlements Contract) owned by Paul Morris, as part of an expanded four-car squad at Dick Johnson Racing, following the merger of Paul Morris Motorsports with DJR.

It was that year he was involved in one of the biggest accidents in recent times of V8 Supercars, hitting the stalled Commodore of Karl Reindler on the start line at Barbagallo Raceway, which saw Reindler’s car burst into flames.

Owen finished 17th in the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship and 20th in 2012’s points.

Last year he paired with Will Davison for the PIRTEK Enduro Cup and staying at Ford Performance Racing, this time he will contest with defending Bathurst Champion Mark Winterbottom. 

Originally from Melbourne, he now is based on the Gold Coast.

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Davison heads into his second season with Erebus Motorsport looking to raise the bar after making some encouraging progress during his debut year with the team.

Davison ticked plenty of boxes during a breakthrough year for Erebus in 2014, recording his first podium finish and pole position for the team as well as scoring a fourth place finish at Bathurst with his brother and co-driver Alex Davison.

Having been a regular V8 Supercars Championship contender throughout his career, the former Bathurst winner will be hoping to steer his young team to even better results in 2015.

The 2015 Championship will mark Davison’s 12th year in V8 Supercars and 10th season overall as a full-time driver as he approaches his milestone 300th race in the category.

Among Davison’s career highlights include a win in the 2009 Bathurst 1000 as well as coming close to winning the V8 Supercars Drivers Championship in 2009 (2nd) and 2013 (3rd).

Davison also boasts Formula One experience on his extensive motor racing resume having previously tested for Minardi at Misano, Italy in 2004, following in the footsteps of his late grandfather Lex Davison, who was a four-time Australian Grand Prix winner.

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Son of former racer Steve Webb, Jonathon Webb is back to drive with Shane van Gisbergen in the team's VIP Petfoods Holden Commodore for the Pirtek Enduro Cup. 

Electing to give up full-time racing at the end of last season, to run the TEKNO Autosports team, Webb went out on a high note, scoring a podium finish at the last meeting of the year in Sydney. 

Webb Jnr broke through for his first race win in Sydney at the end of the 2010 season, though 2011 was much tougher as his team went out on its own away from Dick Johnson Racing and slowly built up its nucleus.

The Dunlop Series champion back in 2009, Webb began his career in Porsche Cup racing. He moved into the Porsche Carrera Cup when it kicked off in 2003 and remained in the one-make series through to the end of 2006.

He made his V8 Supercar debut alongside Marcus Marshall as co-driver at Sandown and Bathurst in 2006 for Paul Cruickshank Racing.

He made the move into the Dunlop Series in 2007 in an ex-Marcos Ambrose Falcon for Stone Brothers and again drove for the Glenfords/PCR team in the endurance events alongside retiring legend John Bowe.

After finishing fourth in his first season in the Dunlop Series, Webb returned for a second season in the development series in ’08 in an SBR Falcon. Victory in Race One at Bathurst and second for the weekend proved to be a season highlight before he ultimately took the 2009 crown in his third season.

He drove a Dick Johnson Racing-prepared Falcon in 2010 in his first full-time V8 Supercars Championship season.

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Tim Slade will again have his best chance of a breakthrough maiden win aboard the Supercheap Auto Racing Commodore in 2015.

The South Australian impressed last year with podiums at Winton, Gold Coast and Sydney – and showed what he’s made of when he diced for the lead with six-time champion Jamie Whincup at the final round.

Slade first made headlines in 2006 when he finished second in the Australian Formula Ford Championship.

Slade progressed to the V8 Development Series in 2007, taking his first round win with his own team in 2008 and claiming the Privateers Cup for the best non-main game affiliated driver.

Slade’s persistence captured the attention of V8 team owner Paul Morris, and he was rewarded with a full-time V8 drive for the Supercheap Auto Racing squad in 2009, scoring top-10 results in the Phillip Island and Bathurst endurance races.

A shift to Stone Brothers Racing in 2010 yielded further improvements, Slade finishing 16th before taking his first podium finish in 2011 en-route to ninth overall.

2012 was an even more impressive season for the South Australian, who finished fifth overall after scoring more podiums along with his first career pole.

The 2013 season was more challenging, Slade remaining with his team through its transition to Erebus Motorsport and struggling for results as the team developed its Mercedes-Benz customer entries.

Slade returned to a Holden Commodore last year, and will be hoping the momentum built throughout 2014 will lead to a win.

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Walsh receives his first taste of full-time V8 Supercars action with Erebus in 2015 having been a proven performer in the category's breeding ground, the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series, as well as a V8 Supercar co-driver in recent years.   

Walsh has earned the right to test himself against the best after finishing as runner-up in the Dunlop Series Drivers Championship in 2013 before backing that up with a third place finish overall in 2014.    

Ipswich-born Walsh commenced his career in Formula Ford, where he set a national record for winning nine consecutive races on route to finishing runner-up in 2007.       

A stint in Europe followed where Walsh raced competitively in British Formula Ford for Australian Team, Borland, and in the Western European Championship Formula Renault 2.0 for HiTech Junior alongside the likes of current Formula One star Daniel Ricciardo.

His performances saw him recruited as a rookie test driver for A1 Team Australia where he matched it with other rookie drivers before the series concluded.       

Walsh returned to Australia and after a brief period away from racing, returned to Australian Formula Ford before a successful foray into the Dunlop Series, firstly with Miles Racing before joining Matt Stone Racing.

 

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Michael Caruso was the leading charge for Nissan Motorsport in 2014, and he is looking to become an overall contender this year.

Caruso finished the 2014 season in 10th overall – the highest placed Nissan driver and the first time a Nissan has finished inside the top 10 in the new era of V8 Supercars racing.

With the Sydney-born driver sporting the factory colours of Nissan Nismo in 2015, Caruso is hoping to be fighting for more than just top 10s.

Caruso started his motorsport career in karting at the age of 11, winning countless titles. He stepped up to Formula Ford and Formula 3 before turning his attention to V8 Supercars racing in 2004. He competed in the Development Series, finishing second in the 2007 title before moving to the main series with Garry Rogers Motorsport.

Caruso collected a number of podiums and a race win before switching to Nissan at the start of the 2013 season.

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Dean Fiore returns to V8 Supercars to co-drive with Michael Caruso in a factory Nissan, after leaving the category at the end of last season. 

He contested 2013 with Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport, but with little luck with results, decided endurance driving was his best option for 2014.

The previous year he had run under his family-owned REC (Racing Entitlements Contract) at Dick Johnson Racing, but handed the REC back to V8 Supercars last year. 

His final year was his Fiore’s fifth as a full-time driver in the V8 Supercars Championship and he’s one of a crop of Western Australian drivers to join the V8 scene in recent years.

After starting his career in karting, Fiore moved into Formula Fords in his native state before becoming a challenger in the national series.

He moved to Porsche Carrera Cup and finished second in the 2008 championship to Craig Baird, with a major highlight being a dominant round victory at Bathurst.

In 2009 he made his V8 Supercar debut in the season opening Clipsal 500 in a Team Kiwi Commodore run by Paul Morris Motorsport. Eventually his family took over the TKR REC and continued to run a Commodore under theTriple F Racing banner with preparation from PMM.

In 2010 they established their own base on the Gold Coast and purchased the former Fabian Coulthard/Wilson Security Falcon to run under their own banner.

In 2011, Fiore made his first Top 10 Shootout at Queensland Raceway and ran strongly in the top 10 at the L&H 500 at Phillip Island, before running under the Jim Beam Racing banner with DJR.

He recorded his best championship finish (19th) and he and wife Kelly topped off the year by welcoming their first son, George, into the world on New Year’s Eve 2012.

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One of Australia’s best internationally credentialed drivers in recent years with success in Indy Lights and sportscar racing, Bright was the 1995 Australian Formula Ford Champion and Australian Drivers Champion in Formula Holden in 1997.

After making his V8 Supercars debut at Symmons Plains, he was snapped up to share a Falcon with Alan Jones at Sandown and Bathurst.

Bright took the seat from Jones in the newly-renamed Stone Brothers Racing in 1998 and promptly won Bathurst before heading back to America in 2000 to pursue his dreams of Indy/Champ Car racing.

Bright took the seat from Jones in the newly-renamed Stone Brothers Racing in 1998 and promptly won Bathurst before heading back to America in 2000 to pursue his dreams of Indy/Champ Car racing.

He returned home to sign full-time for the Holden Racing Team in 2001 and has since driven for Team Brock/PWR Racing and Ford Performance Racing.

In 2005 he established Britek Motorsport while still driving for FPR, and finally took the seat in his own team for the 2007 season.

Bright joined BJR in 2010, and 2013 was his most successful year at BJR with four pole positions and two race wins, including an emotional victory at Pukekohe to claim the JR Trophy, finishing 7th in the Championship.

He had a solid 2014 season, with two poles and 17 top ten finishes, finishing the year 11th in the Championship.

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In 2015, Jones again contests the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series, as well as pairing with Jason Bright in the Team BOC Brad Jones Racing Commodore for the PIRTEK Enduro Cup.

The nephew of team owner Brad and son of fellow owner Kim, 'Jones Junior' first appeared in Formula Ford and quickly proved a dab hand, making his V8 Supercar debut in the Dunlop Series at Winton in 2002 and then in the main series in the same season at Bathurst.

After two more years in the category which saw him take out the title in 2004, Jones scored his first big break into the main game with Garry Rogers Motorsport in 2005, but a tough season saw team boss Rogers replace Jones after Bathurst – ironically after the young gun had finished a season-best fourth in partnership with Cameron McConville.

He joined Tasman Motorsport for 2006 for what would prove to be another tough year, before heading home to Albury for 2007 and re-joining Team BOC.

He again drove for the team in 2008 before moving into an endurance driver role, one that he has filled ever since. When he’s not racing, Jones works at the BJR workshop, heading up the team’s Dunlop Series program with a driver-line up including cousin Macauley and Adelaide native Josh Kean.

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Rookie Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 winner Nick Percat joins Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport for his second full-time V8 Supercars season in 2015.

Signing with Walkinshaw Racing in 2007, Percat competed in Formula Ford, winning the national title in 2009 and breaking Steven Richards’ record for most race wins.

He then progressed to the V8 Supercars Development Series in 2010 and finished fourth in the standings, earning him an endurance drive alongside Garth Tander in 2011. 

The duo claimed victory at the Bathurst 1000, Percat becoming the first rookie winner in 30 years. He remained part of HRT’s endurance lineup while he continued to race full-time in the Dunlop Series until the end of 2012.

In 2013, Percat stepped into the Porsche Carrera Cup and placed second, stacking up a record amount of pole positions and fastest laps. He then substituted for the injured James Courtney in the HRT Commodore at the season-ending Sydney 500 before receiving the full-time call-up in 2014.

Percat’s debut season recorded a 2nd at Eastern Creek and 3rd at the iconic Bathurst 1000.  He rounded out the year 12th in the Championship, enlisting him as the highest placed rookie.

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Second-generation driver Tim Blanchard steps back into the V8 Supercar Championship in 2015 with Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport.

A former karting champion, Blanchard enjoyed many successes in state and national level Formula Ford, before going one step further with the Sonic team in 2007 to win the Australian championship.  He moved to the United Kingdom in 2008, where he finished runner-up in the British Formula Ford Championship and won a number of races throughout the season.

Blanchard made his V8 Supercar debut in 2010, behind the wheel of an ex-Craig Lowndes Falcon for Sonic Motor Racing, finishing the season runner-up to Steve Owen. He also claimed the Mike Kable Young Gun Award for the best first-year V8 Supercar driver earning him an endurance drive alongside Greg Murphy.

He continued to race full-time in the Dunlop Series and remained part of the enduro line-up until he received the call up to drive the #7 Commodore of Todd Kelly for the final rounds of 2012.

Blanchard stepped into the Championship as a full-time driver in 2013 with Dick Johnson Racing, but a difficult season saw Blanchard leave the team at the end of the year. 

After pairing with Russell Ingall in LDM’s Commodore for the 2014 PIRTEK Enduro Cup, Blanchard returns to the category as a full-time driver.

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Growing up in one of Australia’s most successful motorsport dynasties has obviously influenced Macauley Jones, who has already proved himself a chip off the old block.

The son of multiple Australian motorsport Champion Brad Jones has already racked up a few titles himself, including 2011 South Australian Rotax Light Champion, three state junior karting titles as well as standing on the podium for three third place finishes at the Australia National Championships as a junior. He has also participated at international karting events in Asia and America.

Those successes led to a drive in the Australian Formula Ford Championship in 2012, qualifying on the front row of the grid on his third appearance. By the end of his debut year, Jones was standing on the podium with Rookie of the Year in the bag and fifth overall in the championship. 

In 2013, Macauley looked to take out the Australian Formula Ford Championship, but a difficult end to the Championship dropped him to a fourth place finish. 

To start his 2014 campaign, Macauley competed in the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand, before stepping up to the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series at the Townsville round in 2014, scoring a 10th place finish on debut. 

Jones is contesting his first full year of the Dunlop Series with the support of PAYCE, and debuts in the V8 Supercars Championship as co-driver for Dale Wood in the GB Galvanizing Commodore.

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Prodrive Racing Australia’s Cameron Waters is eager to continue the momentum that saw him finish runner-up in the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series in 2014.

The Mildura-native kicked off his racing career in go-karts, collecting multiple national and state championships before graduating to Formual Vee in 2009.

The following year he moved on to the Australian Formula Ford Championship, finishing sixth in the championship standings while being awarded the Rookie of the Year title.

That same year Waters debuted in the Dunlop Series at Sandown with Kelly Racing after becoming the inaugural winner of the Shannons Supercar Showdown TV series. The show awarded Waters with a drive in the Bathurst 1000 alongside Grant Denyer, which saw Waters become the youngest ever driver to compete in the legendary race.

While the pair failed to finish the race after Waters crashed at Forrests Elbow, he returned to the mountain the following year to drive with Jesse Dixon – winner of the 2012 Shannons Supercar Showdown. Waters and Dixon were the youngest driver combination to ever compete in the race, finishing in 20th position.

Alongside his Bathurst 1000 duties in 2012, Waters also won the Australian Formula Ford Championship and competed in the Dunlop Series with Dreamtime Racing, before the squad withdrew from the category.

He returned to the Dunlop Series with Minda Motorsport in 2013 – finishing tenth in the series – before making the successful move to Prodrive Racing Australia in 2014.

In 2015, Waters and his Prodrive Racing Australia squad are vying for the title, while the 20-year-old will partner with reigning Bathurst champ Chaz Mostert in the PIRTEK Enduro Cup.

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At just 23 years of age, Jack Le Brocq has cemented himself as a star of the future, having already compiled a list of impressive racing credentials to his name.

Coming up through the ranks of go-karts and Formula Vee, Le Brocq first emerged as an up-and-comer when he was named as a CAMS Rising Star while competing in the Australian Formula Ford Championship in 2012 – the same year he claimed the title.

The Melbourne-native was also recruited into the esteemed FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy in 2012. The program saw Le Brocq represent the Asia Pacific region alongside 17 other young drivers attending workshop camps that strive to develop young racing talent and promote the principles of safety, fairness and responsibilities on and off the track.

He soon caught the attention of V8 Supercars team owner Betty Klimenko, who drafted Le Brocq into the Erebus Academy as the squad’s Formula 3 driver. Soon after Le Brocq was enlisted by Erebus to steer their Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 in the 2013 Australian GT Championship, driving to victory at Sydney Motorsport Park and Phillip Island.

In 2014 he stepped up to the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series with Image Racing. But after finishing 13th on debut, Le Brocq shifted camps and arrived at MW Motorsport to take on the 2015 season.

The Erebus Academy also gave Le Brocq the opportunity to contest the Bathurst 12-Hour, standing on the podium alongside V8 Supercars driver Will Davison in 2015, while finishing 5th in 2015. 

As part of his alliance with Erebus, Le Brocq will make his V8 Supercars Championship debut in 2015 when he tackles the PIRTEK Enduro Cup with Ash Walsh in the #4 E63 AMG Mercedes.

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After a string of strong results in karts over five years, Heimgartner made the step up to the New Zealand Formula Vee Championship at just 12 years old – followed by seasons in Formula Ford and the Carrera Cup.

The young kiwi had always had his sights set on competing in the V8 Supercars Championship, and competing at home in the V8SuperTourer Series was quickly followed by a drive in the V8 Sueprcars Dunlop Development Series in Australia.

It was during this time he caught the eye of those at Super Black Racing, who brought Heimgartner on board for the 2014 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 to steer the team's wild card entry.  

His impressive performance at Bathurst convinced Super Black Racing to sign him for a full season in the V8 Supercars Championship, for what will be both the team and Heimgartner's maiden year in the category. 

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The younger brother of V8 Supercars regular Drew Russell, teenager Aaren Russell made the big step up to the Dunlop Series in 2010.

Having impressed as a teenager in Formula Vee racing in New South Wales – taking home second in the Championship in 2009 – he helped expand Novocastrian Motorsport to a two-car Dunlop Series operation in 2010. He impressed on debut, finishing his first series campaign in a V8 Supercar inside the top 10.

2011 saw Russell make some ground in the series, becoming a regular runner in the midpart of the field despite running equipment much older than many of his rivals.

Now Russell lines up for his fifth straight season in the Dunlop Series after his most successful season to date in 2014, recording two round podiums at Queensland Raceway and Sydney Olympic Park.

In 2015, he’s armed with a newer car, stepping into the Dick Johnson Racing/Triple Eight Race Engineering FG Falcon driven by Steven Johnson in 2012.

Russell and his brother will pair up in a wild card entry and make their debut in the Supecheap Auto Bathurst 1000 amongst the Championship cars. The Holden Commodore they will steer has been prepared by Garry Rogers Motorsport.

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The Moffat surname is synonymous with Australian motorsport, but James Moffat is not looking to ride on the coat tails of his famous father, Allan.

In his first two seasons with Nissan Motorsport, Moffat has shown to be a driver with true grit, great passion and a thirst for success.

After four years of successful karting, he moved into circuit racing, competing in the competitive Lotus Trophy in 2004, finishing second in his debut season and claiming ‘rookie of the year’ honours.

In 2005, he progressed to the V8 Ute Racing Series earning himself another rookie title and finishing seventh overall.

Moffat switched to the Australian Formula Ford Championship in 2007, finishing third before stepping up to Porsche Carrera Cup.

In 2009, Moffat advanced to the Development Series, finishing second in the Championship. He was also awarded the coveted Mike Kable Young Gun V8 Supercar Award for the sport’s best new talent.

In 2011, Moffat joined Dick Johnson Racing in the main series and remained with the team for two seasons before switching to Nissan Motorsport. 

His highlight at the team was his maiden race win, scoring victory at Winton in 2013, plus his second place finish alongside Taz Douglas at Bathurst last year. 

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James Golding enters the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series having established himself as a naturally-gifted star of the future.

An accomplished karter, Golding has an Australian National Championship and two Victorian State Championships to his name, while the Victorian-teen represented Australia at the World Rotax Grand Finals in 2012, where he was ranked seventh in the world.

After his enormous success in karts, the humble teen graduated to the Victorian Formula Ford Championship, winning the first race of the season on debut in 2013. Despite missing one round and racking up the most race wins, Golding closed his maiden assault of the Championship in fourth place before stepping up to the Australian Formula Ford series the following year.

The competition was rife in the Australian Formula Ford Championship and Golding was narrowly trumped for the title to finish third after the young gun finished inside the top four at every round of the series.

As an apprentice mechanic at Garry Rogers Motorsport, his talent soon caught the eye of his boss Garry, who gave him the chance to contest the final round of the 2014 Dunlop Series at Homebush with the squad. He impressed on debut – so much so that the Volvo squad granted him a drive in the Dunlop Series in 2015.

Golding joins the likes of Jamie Whincup, Garth Tander and Scott McLaughlin as the newest GRM prodigy, and hopes to follow in their footsteps and race in the V8 Supercars Championship.

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Wood entered V8 Supercars in 2007 when he competed in the Fujitsu DVS V8 Supercar with Greg Murphy Racing. He impressed during his debut season, ultimately earning the Mike Kable Young Gun Award as the best first year driver in the category.

In 2008 Wood had a taste of the V8 Supercars Championship, co-driving for Sprint Gas Racing, and then earned a full-time drive with Kelly Racing in 2009, running the first 10 races solo and co-driving with Jack Perkins at the endurance rounds.

After another endurance season with Kelly Racing he then moved to the co-driver seat at Wilson Security Racing teaming with Tony D’Alberto. The pair finished ninth at the year's Bathurst 1000. 

Wood re-entered the Dunlop Series in 2012 with Greg Murphy Racing, to come home sixth inthe Championship.

The following year was a highlight, with Wood switching Dunlop Series teams to Matthew White Racing and winning the drivers’ championship. He also completed the endurance season as a co-driver with Chaz Mostert in a DJR Falcon, the two a promising combination. 

Wood again stepped up into the V8 Supercars Championship for 2014, though the year was tough for the 2013 Championship. 

His 24th place in the Championship, racing the Brad Jones Racing prepared ADVAM Commodore, was highlighted with a podium finish at Winton and a top 10 qualifying effort and shootout attempt at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. 

Wood is looking for more consistency this season, which will be his second with the team. 

 

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Queenslander David Russell is back with Rick Kelly for this season's PIRTEK Enduro Cup. 

Though he paired up with Todd last season, Russell joins Rick for the second time, after diriving with him at the long distance races in 2012. 

An experienced racer, Russell last year competed in the RennSport round of the Porsche Carrera Cup at Sydney Motorport Park, and placed second at the Sepang 12 hour in Singapore.

In 2012 he contested the Dunlop Series for the fourth straight season, and with Rick recorded his best result enduro result, 12th at Sandown. 

Originally a gun in speedway and production car racing (in a Proton Satria, of all things), Russell won the 2002 Chance of a Lifetime competition with the prize of a drive in the 2003 Dunlop Series.

Driving an older AU Falcon, Russell still showed speed and was nominated for the Mike Kable Rookie of the Year Award after finishing 12th in the Championship.

Champion of his class in the Australian Production Car Championship two years running, Russell then turned his focus to the Porsche Carrera Cup, where he was a mainstay for the three seasons.

In 2008 he scored his first race win at Adelaide before a late season switch to Fitzgerald Racing reaped further rewards. In the end, Russell finished third in the series and moved to the Dunlop Series in 2009, where he finished third with Howard Racing.

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Position / Driver / Team Fastest Lap Gap Lap Of
1
#66 - DJR Team Penske - Ford Falcon FG/X
01:18.4727 13 13
2
Driver number carsales Racing - Nissan Altima
01:19.1769 0.7042 9 12
3
Driver number Wilson Security Racing GRM - Volvo S60
01:19.2151 0.7424 13 13
4
#90 - Erebus Motorsport Penrite - Holden Commodore VF
01:19.3091 0.8364 13 13
5
Driver number DJR Team Penske - Ford Falcon FG/X
01:19.5535 1.0808 13 13
6
Driver number Holden Racing Team - Holden Commodore VF
01:19.5708 1.0981 12 14
7
Driver number Red Bull Racing Australia - Holden Commodore VF
01:19.6915 1.2189 11 13
8
Driver number Holden Racing Team - Holden Commodore VF
01:19.7914 1.3187 13 13
9
Driver number Preston Hire Racing - Holden Commodore VF
01:20.0341 1.5615 13 13
10
Driver number Red Bull Racing Australia - Holden Commodore VF
01:20.0546 1.582 10 11
11
Driver number The Bottle-O Racing Team - Ford Falcon FG/X
01:20.1607 1.6881 7 14
12
Driver number TeamVortex - Holden Commodore VF
01:20.3591 1.8864 12 12
13
Driver number Super Black Racing - Ford Falcon FG/X
01:20.3991 1.9264 13 13
14
Driver number Sengled Motorsport - Nissan Altima
01:20.4524 1.9797 12 12
15
Driver number Supercheap Auto Racing - Ford Falcon FG/X
01:20.6260 2.1533 12 12
16
Driver number Team Darrell Lea STIX - Holden Commodore VF
01:20.6650 2.1923 10 13
17
Driver number Freightliner Racing - Holden Commodore VF
01:21.1140 2.6413 13 13
18
Driver number Nissan Motorsport - Nissan Altima
01:21.3122 2.8396 9 11
19
Driver number Team BOC - Holden Commodore VF
01:21.5741 3.1014 10 12
20
Driver number Repair Management Aust Racing - Holden Commodore VF
01:21.6698 3.1971 11 12
21
Driver number Team Cooldrive - Holden Commodore VF
01:21.8249 3.3522 12 13
22
Driver number Monster Energy Racing - Ford Falcon FG/X
01:21.8285 3.3558 10 13
23
Driver number Plus Fitness Racing - Holden Commodore VF
01:21.8409 3.3682 10 11
24
Driver number Wilson Security Racing GRM - Volvo S60
01:21.9916 3.5189 10 11
25
Driver number GB Galvanizing Racing - Nissan Altima
01:22.8407 4.368 6 6
26
Driver number Erebus Motorsport - Holden Commodore VF
01:23.7456 5.2729 9 12
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