Supercars 2018 field takes shape
The 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars grid is taking shape, with all but a handful of drivers locked away for the coming season.
It will be a season of change, with a host of the sport’s leading names over the last decade retiring at the end of the 2017 campaign.
Last week Nissan Motorsport’s Todd Kelly confirmed his retirement from full-time racing just day after fellow veteran Jason Bright did the same.
Meanwhile, Dale Wood and James Moffat will also be absent from the Supercars grid at next year’s Adelaide 500 in March.
James Golding has been confirmed as Moffat’s replacement at GRM while earlier this month Erebus Motorsport announced Anton de Pasquale had taken over the seat vacated by Wood.
Dunlop Super2 Series winner Todd Hazelwood will graduate to the main game with Matt Stone Racing, which has secured a Racing Entitlements Contract from the retiring Jason Bright.
There is still plenty to play out in the silly season as teams finalise their driver line-ups.
Prodrive is expected to confirm Richie Stanaway for its fourth entry having purchased a Racing Entitlements Contract from Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport, which has now transformed into 23Red Racing.
The new entity is poised to confirm Will Davison as its driver while Jack Le Brocq has been heavily linked to the seat at Tekno Autosports.
Nissan Motorsport is yet to announce its replacement for Todd Kelly although Andre Heimgartner is the favourite to land the drive.
As result of the shake up, there will two more Fords on the grid increasing the blue oval’s representatives to eight, alongside 14 Holdens and four Nissans.
Below outlines the full 2018 Supercars driver line-up so far, with those listed in italics predicted but yet to be confirmed.
|DJR Team Penske||Ford||Fabian Coulthard|
|DJR Team Penske||Ford||Scott McLaughlin|
|Autobarn Lowndes Racing||Holden||Craig Lowndes|
|Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Holden||Shane van Gisbergen|
|Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Holden||Jamie Whincup|
|Walkinshaw Andretti United||Holden||Scott Pye|
|Walkinshaw Andretti United||Holden||James Courtney|
|Prodrive Racing Australia||Ford||Richie Stanaway|
|Prodrive Racing Australia||Ford||Mark Winterbottom|
|Prodrive Racing Australia||Ford||Cam Waters|
|Prodrive Racing Australia||Ford||Chaz Mostert|
|Nissan Motorsport||Nissan||Andre Heimgartner|
|Nissan Motorsport||Nissan||Rick Kelly|
|Nissan Motorsport||Nissan||Michael Caruso|
|Nissan Motorsport||Nissan||Simona de Silvestro|
|Brad Jones Racing||Holden||Nick Percat|
|Brad Jones Racing||Holden||Tim Slade|
|Tim Blanchard Racing||Holden||Tim Blanchard|
|Erebus Motorsport||Holden||David Reynolds|
|Erebus Motorsport||Holden||Anton de Pasquale|
|Garry Rogers Motorsport||Holden||Garth Tander|
|Garry Rogers Motorsport||Holden||James Golding|
|Charlie Schwerkolt Racing||Holden||Lee Holdsworth|
|Tekno Autosports||Holden||Jack Le Brocq|
|23Red Racing||Ford||Will Davison|
|Matt Stone Racing||Ford||Todd Hazelwood|