2011 V8 grid starts to take shape
Steve Owen and David Reynolds lead the new drivers set to join the V8 Supercars Championship ranks in 2011.
Owen, 35, crowned last weekend with his second Fujitsu V8 Supercars Series, will drive the second Paul Morris Motorsport Commodore VE alongside Russell Ingall.
And in an ironic twist, Owen, who wrapped up the Fujitsu V8 Series for Greg Murphy Racing, replaces his out-going team boss Greg Murphy.
With Castrol withdrawing its support of the PMM team, the details of the entry’s new major backer will be released soon.
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For Reynolds, he is expected to be confirmed as the driver of the #16 Kelly Racing seat, replacing Tony Ricciardello.
Reynolds spent the majority of the 2010 season on the sidelines, contracted to Walkinshaw Racing. He competed with the Toll Holden Racing Team at the V8 endurance races at Phillip Island and Bathurst alongside Will Davison. The pair was on course to score a podium until Davison crashed his Commodore heavily at the top of the mountain.
Beyond these two ‘yet to be announced’ seats, there are two more drivers that need to be locked away – the #8 Team BOC drive and the #18 Jim Beam Racing entry.
As reported in this morning’s earlier story, Brad Jones Racing has declared it needs to find a short or long term replacement for the ill Jason Richards. CLICK HERE to see that story.
For the #18 Jim Beam drive, outgoing FPR driver Steve Richards has been touted as a replacement for new V8 champ James Courtney, who is heading to the Toll Holden Racing Team next year.
Other drivers suggested as drivers for the #8 and #18 seats include David Besnard, James Moffat, David Russell and Andrew Thompson.
Also, the field will be reduced to 28-cars next year, with confirmation that the #10 racing Entitlements Contract has been purchased by V8 Supercars Australia from Walkinshaw Racing.
See below for a non-provisional entry 28-car list for the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship.
|1||Toll Holden Racing Team||Walkinshaw Performance||James Courtney|
|2||Toll Holden Racing Team||Walkinshaw Performance||Garth Tander|
|3||Centaur Racing||Bellmont Nominees||Tony D’Alberto|
|4||Irwin Racing||Stone Brothers Racing||Alex Davison|
|5||Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon||Prodrive Racing (Aust) Pty Ltd||Mark Winterbottom|
|6||Trading Post FPR Falcon||Prodrive Racing (Aust) Pty Ltd||Will Davison|
|7||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Motorsport Holdings||Todd Kelly|
|8||Team BOC||Brad Jones Racing||–|
|9||SP Tools Racing||Stone Brothers Racing||Shane Van Gisbergen|
|11||Rock Racing||Perkins Engineering||Jason Bargwanna|
|12||–||Triple F Racing||Dean Fiore|
|14||–||Brad Jones Racing||Jason Bright|
|15||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Motorsport Holdings||Rick Kelly|
|16||–||Perkins Engineering||David Reynolds|
|17||Jim Beam Racing||Dick Johnson Racing||Steven Johnson|
|18||Jim Beam Racing||Dick Johnson Racing||–|
|19||Tekno Autosport||Stephen John Webb||Jonathon Webb|
|21||Fair Dinkum Homes & Sheds Racing||Britek Racing||Karl Reindler|
|24||–||Walkinshaw Performance||Fabian Coulthard|
|30||Gulf Western Oil Racing||Lucas Dumbrell Investments||Warren Luff|
|33||Fujitsu Racing/GRM||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Lee Holdsworth|
|34||Fujitsu Racing/GRM||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Michael Caruso|
|39||Supercheap Auto Racing||Nemo Racing Pty Ltd||Russell Ingall|
|47||–||J R Racing||Tim Slade|
|51||–||Nemo Racing Pty Ltd||Steve Owen|
|55||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Rod Nash Racing Pty Ltd||Paul Dumbrell|
|88||TeamVodafone||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Jamie Whincup|
|888||TeamVodafone||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Craig Lowndes|