Courtney in a ‘good position’ for Supercars return in 2020
Friday 8th May, 2020 - 6:00am
James Courtney says he’s in a ‘good position’ for a Supercars return this year once the effects of the coronavirus pandemic ease.
After a nine-year spell with Walkinshaw Andretti United, Courtney joined Team Sydney (formerly Tekno Autosports) for the 2020 season.
Speaking with Speedcafe.com, Courtney said he is determined to drive again in the championship this year.
“That’s 100 percent my focus,” said Courtney when asked if racing in Supercars was still his goal.
“That’s the direction and what I’ve worked for and what I want to do.”
Following the ill-fated Melbourne 400, Supercars has been put on hold as a result of the pandemic.
While the 39-year-old wouldn’t be drawn on where he might end up, the Supercars veteran of 14 seasons has previously been linked with Erebus Motorsport for a possible wildcard entry.
“We’ve just got to wait and see what teams are still around after all of this, what the grid looks like, what races are going to be done in the calendar, and then go from there,” he said.
“We won’t know the full extent of what we can and can’t do until the calendar works out and what the grid looks like post-COVID-19.
“It’s been a trying and crazy time for many, many people on many different levels.
“I think we’re in a pretty good position to have something very good come out of a bad situation, if you know what I mean.
“I’m pretty excited about the future. I’m just eager, like everyone, to put all this stuff behind us and get back to what we all know and love and get the world spinning again.”
He raced with backing from Boost Mobile, which is owned by long-time supporter Peter Adderton.
Courtney said he’s fortunate to have that support as he looks to get back into Supercars.
“Hopefully this can be the start of us announcing and getting all of that stuff out,” Courtney said of his Eseries debut.
“I’m pretty excited about what the future holds. It was a bit of a leap of faith and a jump of a cliff with (Team Sydney) after Adelaide.
“Especially with the coronavirus and the world economy the way it is, I’m lucky to have such good support from the guys at Boost Mobile with them wanting to move on into the future and keep supporting me and our sport.
“I’m very lucky in a time where people are pulling sponsorships out of our sport.
“To have someone on your side that’s wanting to put money in and grow their level of connection with the sport is very important and unique. I’m in a lucky position.”
The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is currently slated to return with the Winton Super400 on June 5-7.