The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship officially kicked off the 2018 season with a launch ceremony in Sydney.
All 26 of the full-time drivers attended the event at Fox Studios in Moore Park as the series prepares for an expanded 16 round championship.
Jamie Whincup will be aiming to defend his title to secure an unprecedented eighth championship in the brand new Holden ZB Commodore set to debut this season.
However he will likely a face stern challenge from the chasing pack from March until the final round in Newcastle in November.
A total of five rookies will make the step up, namely Jack Le Brocq, Richie Stanaway, James Golding, Anton De Pasquale, and 2017 Dunlop Super2 Series winner Todd Hazelwood.
As previously reported, the series will conduct its first championship round at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in March, featuring twilight races.
August is also a landmark month with the first Supercars event at the new Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia, three weeks after the return of night racing with the Red Rooster Sydney SuperNight 300 at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Supercars will begin at Adelaide 500 from March 1-4 which will bring up its 20th anniversary this year, while Townsville celebrates 10 years on the calendar.
The Townsville event will welcome Australian music icon John Farnham as its lead entertainment act.
Supercars 2018 Entry List
|Shell V-Power Racing||Ford||#12 Fabian Coulthard|
|Shell V-Power Racing||Ford||#17 Scott McLaughlin|
|Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Holden||#1 Jamie Whincup|
|Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Holden||#97 Shane van Gisbergen|
|Autobarn Lowndes Racing||Holden||#888 Craig Lowndes|
|Tekno Autosports||Holden||#19 Jack Le Brocq|
|Tickford Racing||Ford||#5 Mark Winterbottom|
|Supercheap Auto Racing (Tickford)||Ford||#55 Chaz Mostert|
|Tickford Racing||Ford||#56 Richie Stanaway|
|Tickford Racing||Ford||#6 Cam Waters|
|Garry Rogers Motorsport||Holden||#33 Garth Tander|
|Garry Rogers Motorsport||Holden||#34 James Golding|
|Erebus Motorsport||Holden||#9 David Reynolds|
|Erebus Motorsport||Holden||#99 Anton De Pasquale|
|Nissan Motorsport||Nissan||#15 Rick Kelly|
|Nissan Motorsport||Nissan||#23 Michael Caruso|
|Nissan Motorsport||Nissan||#78 Simona de Silvestro|
|Nissan Motorsport||Nissan||#7 Andre Heimgartner|
|Walkinshaw Andretti United||Holden||#25 James Courtney|
|Walkinshaw Andretti United||Holden||#2 Scott Pye|
|Brad Jones Racing||Holden||#14 Tim Slade|
|Brad Jones Racing||Holden||#8 Nick Percat|
|Tim Blanchard Racing||Holden||#21 Tim Blanchard|
|Matt Stone Racing||Ford||#35 Todd Hazelwood|
|Preston Hire Racing||Holden||#18 Lee Holdsworth|
|23Red Racing||Ford||#230 Will Davison|