The grid for the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is now complete following Tekno Autosports’ signing of Jack Le Brocq.
Le Brocq will be one of five full-time rookies for the coming season along with Richie Stanaway (Tickford Racing), Anton De Pasquale (Erebus Motorsport), James Golding (Garry Rogers Motorsport) and Dunlop Super2 Series winner Todd Hazelwood (Matt Stone Racing).
In a busy off-season, there were a number of changes relative to the 2017 season. Among the teams:
- Prodrive Racing Australia rebranded as Tickford Racing after its five-year lease on the Prodrive name expired.
- Walkingshaw Racing was rebranded as Walkinshaw Andretti United following Andretti Autosport and United Autosport each purchasing a stake in the team.
- Lucas Dumbrell Racing was rebranded 23Red Racing following a change in the controlling ownership of the team. It sold one of its two Racing Entitlements Contracts (REC) to Tickford Racing.
- Britek Motorsport left the championship and leased its Racing Entitlements Contract (previously run by Prodrive/Tickford) to the new Matt Stone racing team, which will make its Supercars Championship debut.
At the driver level:
- Will Davison moved from TEKNO Autosports to the newly-formed 23Red Racing team. Davison’s place at TEKNO Autosports was secured by Jack Le Brocq.
- Super2 Series driver Anton de Pasquale will make his Supercars début with Erebus Motorsport, replacing Dale Wood.
- Reigning Super2 Series champion Todd Hazelwood will join the championship on a full-time basis with Matt Stone Racing.
- Andre Heimgartner will return to the championship, replacing the retiring Todd Kelly at Nissan Motorsport.
- James Golding will join the championship on a full-time basis with Garry Rogers Motorsport, replacing James Moffat.
- Richie Stanaway will join the championship on a full-time basis with Tickford Racing, replacing the retiring Jason Bright.
The field of teams and drivers will meet for the compulsory pre-season test at Sydney Motorsport Park on February 16 ahead of the season-opening Adelaide 500 on 3-4 March.
|2018 Australian Supercars Championship – Entry List|
|#||Team / Entry||Driver||Co-Driver|
|023.||23Red Racing||Will Davison|
|1.||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Jamie Whincup||Paul Dumbrell|
|2.||Walkinshaw Andretti United||Scott Pye|
|5.||Tickford Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Dean Canto|
|6.||Tickford Racing||Cameron Waters||James Moffat|
|7.||Nissan Motorsport||Ash Walsh|
|8.||Brad Jones Racing||Nick Percat|
|9.||Erebus Motorsport||David Reynolds||Luke Youlden|
|12.||DJR Team Penske||Fabian Coulthard|
|14.||Brad Jones Racing||Tim Slade|
|15.||Nissan Motorsport||Rick Kelly|
|17.||DJR Team Penske||Scott McLaughlin||Alexandre Premat|
|18.||Charlie Schwerkolt Racing||Lee Holdsworth|
|19.||TEKNO Autosports||Jack Le Brocq|
|21.||Tim Blanchard Racing (BJR)||Tim Blanchard|
|22.||Walkinshaw Andretti United||James Courtney|
|23.||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso|
|33.||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Garth Tander||Chris Pither|
|34.||Garry Rogers Motorsport||James Golding||Richard Muscat|
|35.||Matt Stone Racing||Todd Hazelwood|
|55.||Tickford Racing||Chaz Mostert||Steve Owen|
|56.||Tickford Racing||Richie Stanaway|
|78.||Nissan Motorsport||Simona de Silvestro|
|97.||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Shane van Gisbergen||Earl Bamber|
|99.||Erebus Motorsport||Anton de Pasquale||Will Brown|
|888.||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Craig Lowndes||Steven Richards|
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