V8 driver movements unfolding as 2013 approaches

  • Tuesday 4th December, 2012 4:00am
  • Author: Grant Rowley ©
Screen Shot 2012 12 03 at 5.14.12 PM 344x233 V8 driver movements unfolding as 2013 approaches

The start of the final race of the 2012 V8 Supercars season. The grid will look much different next year …

The make-up of the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship grid is far from complete, with up to six seats still to be confirmed.

A number of scenarios have emerged, with category stalwart Russell Ingall emerging as a surprise kingpin in the silly season movements.

Ingall is currently at the end of his first year with Walkinshaw Racing, and while he has option on his contract that is likely to be taken up, Speedcafe.com understands that the deal is not secured yet.

Holden representatives would not be drawn on Ingall’s driving future.

In the event of Ingall not being retained by the Walkinshaw squad, two potential replacements have emerged, with current WR-supported driver Nick Percat and newly-crowned Dunlop Series champion Scott McLaughlin in the mix.

Percat is a known quantity within the team, having won the Bathurst 1000 with Garth Tander in 2011, plus driving the Coates Hire Commodore in the Dunlop Series.

McLaughlin, on the other hand, enjoys the support of Supercheap Auto in the New Zealand V8 SuperTourers Series, and while Ingall remains Supercheap Auto’s drawcard, McLaughlin could be a logical successor.

If Ingall does retains his WR drive, the options for McLaughlin and Percat remain strong, but are by no means certain.

McLaughlin’s stocks have grown significantly in the past week, having won both the V8 SuperTourers and Dunlop Series crowns. The 19-year-old is understood to be in discussions with Garry Rogers Motorsport and Tekno Autosports.

Speedcafe.com understands that GRM is likely to choose its driver in the coming days ahead of the team’s second Car of the Future test at Winton next Monday.

Tekno, on the other hand, is hoping to secure a major sponsor for the 2013 season. Current driver Michael Patrizi remains in the frame, although this could be dependant on the outcome of McLaughlin’s future.

The new Stone Brothers Racing/Erebus Motorsport combination, fielding the yet-to-be-revealed Mercedes Benz AMG E-Class entries, is yet to appoint a replacement for Shane van Gisbergen.

While all manner of drivers from Australia and around the world have been touted as SVG’s successors, paddock talk has placed the likes of Formula 1 driver Christian Klien and Dunlop Series stand-out Chaz Mostert in the mix.

For Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport, Scott Pye is all-but confirmed to take over the reins of the #30 iSelect Commodore, while Tim Blanchard and Taz Douglas are potential drivers in the team’s newly-acquired second entry, purchased from Paul Morris.

As outside chances, but well in the mix to retain drives in the class include Steve Owen and Greg Murphy.

If Murphy is unable to secure a full-time drive, the New Zealand legend has been linked to a plum endurance drive with the Holden Racing Team.

While there are a number of seats with no confirmed steerers, there are a handful of unconfirmed seats that have drivers attached, even though announcements are yet to be made.

As previously reported by Speedcafe.com, Alex Davison will drive Charlie Schwerkolt’s #18 Ford Performance Racing Falcon FG, while James Moffat and Michael Caruso will head the new Nissan Altima program, alongside team owner/drivers Todd and Rick Kelly.

See below for Speedcafe.com’s draft of the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship entry list. Note: Drivers in italics are yet to be confirmed.

1 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore VF
2 Garth Tander Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VF
3 Tony D’Alberto Tony D’Alberto Racing Holden Commodore VF
4 Lee Holdsworth SBR/Erebus Motorsport Mercedes-Benz AMG E-Class
5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing Ford Falcon FG
6 Will Davison Ford Performance Racing Ford Falcon FG
7 Todd Kelly Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima
8 Jason Bright Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore VF
9 TBC SBR/Erebus Motorsport Mercedes-Benz AMG E-Class
11 James Moffat Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima
12 Dean Fiore Triple F Racing Ford Falcon FG
14 Fabian Coulthard Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore VF
15 Rick Kelly Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima
16 Michael Caruso Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima
17 Steve Johnson Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon FG
18 Alex Davison Charlie Schwerkolt Racing Ford Falcon FG
19 Jonathon Webb Tekno Autosports Holden Commodore VF
21 David Wall Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore VF
22 James Courtney Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VF
30 Scott Pye Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden Commodore VF
33 TBC Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Commodore VF
34 TBC Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Commodore VF
47 Tim Slade SBR/Erebus Motorsport Mercedes-Benz AMG E-Class
49 TBC Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden Commodore VF
55 David Reynolds Rod Nash Racing Ford Falcon FG
66 Russell Ingall Walkinshaw Racing Holden Commodore VF
91 TBC Tekno Autosports Holden Commodore VF
888 Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore VF

Get your daily racing fix delivered to your inbox!

Try our daily email, The best way to get your news first, fast and free!

By submitting above you agree to the Speedcafe.com Privacy Policy

Contact Us | Advertise with Speedcafe | Privacy | All material copyright © 2014 - Speedcafe.com | Web Design by 7thVision