ENTRY LIST: 2015 V8 Supercars field complete
Confirmation of Tim Blanchard’s place at Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport has completed the 2015 V8 Supercars Championship grid.
After a relatively stable off-season for the majority of the major players, 18 drivers will again line-up in the same entry as last season.
Dick Johnson Racing’s transformation into a single-car DJR Team Penske and the return of former champion Marcos Ambrose headlines those to have seen changes.
For those in need of a refresher, here’s a summary of the off-season changes.
The two-time champion returns full-time to V8 Supercars with the new DJR Team Penske outfit following nine years in NASCAR.
The 38-year-old made an early start to his V8 Supercars comeback with a wildcard entry at last year’s season-ending Sydney 500.
Walsh lines up for his first full-time V8 Supercars Championship season after four years in the Dunlop Series, which included a runner-up finish in the 2013 season.
Armed with experience of two Pirtek Enduro Cup campaigns with Dick Johnson Racing, Walsh steps into the second Erebus seat formerly held by Lee Holdsworth.
Heimgartner is another Dunlop Series graduate stepping up to the main series for the first time.
The 19-year-old made his V8 Supercars Championship debut with Super Black’s wildcard entry at Bathurst last year and joins the team on a full-time basis for its first season.
The Prodrive Racing Australia-run Super Black Ford will utilise DJR’s second Racing Entitlements Contract under a lease agreement.
Securing the second seat at Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport marks a return to full-time duties for Blanchard, who sat out last year after spending the 2013 season with Dick Johnson Racing.
The experienced Blanchard ran last year’s Pirtek Enduro Cup with LDM.
The team expands to two cars following the return of its second Racing Entitlements Contract, which had been the subject of a legal dispute while it lay dormant during 2014.
Ingall has retired from full-time driving after spending his final season with Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport.
The 50-year-old has stated a desire to return for the V8 Supercars endurance events, but is yet to lock away a seat.
Dahlgren has returned to his native Sweden after a rough rookie year in V8 Supercars with Volvo Polestar Racing in 2014.
The 35-year-old will continue to race for Polestar in Europe, extending his decade-long relationship with the Volvo performance arm.
Perkins is once again out of a full-time drive following changes at Charlie Schwerkolt Racing for 2015.
The 28-year-old will return to co-driving duties in the Pirtek Enduro Cup and has been strongly linked to the seat alongside James Courtney at the Holden Racing Team.
Pye has lost his full-time seat at Dick Johnson Racing amid the wholesale changes to the legendary squad.
He is slated to return alongside Ambrose for the Pirtek Enduro Cup events.
After three seasons at Stone Brothers Racing/Erebus Motorsport, Holdsworth joins Charlie Schwerkolt Racing for the new season.
Schwerkolt’s REC will run out of Walkinshaw Racing this season following the forklift magnate’s switch from Prodrive.
Wall moves from Dick Johnson Racing to Volvo Polestar Racing in line with sponsors Wilson Security and Payce Consolidated.
Percat shifts from Walkinshaw Racing to Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport following #222 Racing Entitlements Contract holder James Rosenberg’s decision to hand his entry back to V8 Supercars.
The exit of Rosenberg’s license is countered by the return of the second LDM REC, leaving the field at an unchanged 25 cars.
ENTRY LIST: The 2015 V8 Supercars Championship grid
|#1||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF|
|#2||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF|
|#3||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore VF|
|#4||Erebus Motorsport||Ashley Walsh||Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG W212|
|#5||Prodrive Racing Australia||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG X|
|#6||Prodrive Racing Australia||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG X|
|#7||Nissan Motorsport||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima L33|
|#8||Brad Jones Racing||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF|
|#9||Erebus Motorsport||Will Davison||Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG W212|
|#10||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima L33|
|#14||Brad Jones Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF|
|#15||Nissan Motorsport||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima L33|
|#17||DJR Team Penske||Marcos Ambrose||Ford Falcon FG X|
|#18||Charlie Schwerkolt Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VF|
|#21||Brad Jones Racing||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF|
|#22||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF|
|#33||Volvo Polestar Racing||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60|
|#34||Volvo Polestar Racing||David Wall||Volvo S60|
|#47||Walkinshaw Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF|
|#55||Rod Nash Racing||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG/FG X|
|#97||Tekno Autosports||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF|
|#99||Nissan Motorsport||James Moffat||Nissan Altima L33|
|#111||Super Black Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Falcon FG/FG X|
|#222||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF|
|#888||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF|
Note: While all line-ups have been confirmed by the respective teams, the above list has been compiled by Speedcafe.com and is not an official V8 Supercars entry list.