2017 V8 Supercars official launch and entry list


February 9, 2017
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Ian McLeigh


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  • 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship launch in Adelaide
  • Simona de Silverstro, Nissan Altima

The 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is officially launched today at the iconic Adelaide Oval stadium. Less than a month out from the season opening Clipsal 500 Adelaide, all 26 Supercars drivers visited the South Australian capital for the launch.

The 2017 season would be a milestone season because Simona de Silvestro is becoming the first female full-time driver in the history of the championship. The Swiss driver will compete in the #78 Harvey Norman Nissan Altima.

One more record is set with naming Alex Rullo as Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport’s full-time entry, so the 16-year-old driver from Perth becomes the youngest ever V8 Supercars competitor. LDM intended to nominate Matt Chahda as the second driver, but he was denied a Superlicense from CAMS (Confederation of Australian Motor Sport).

2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship launch in Adelaide

2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship launch in Adelaide

The most of last year’s leading drivers remain in their respective teams, including Triple Eight trio Shane van Gisbergen/Jamie Whincup/Craig Lowndes, Tekno Autosports’ Will Davison or Ford’s Mark Winterbottom and Chaz Mostert. Of other drivers, the biggest change is Scott McLaughlin‘s move from Garry Rogers Motorsport to DJR Team Penske. Last year’s third-placed driver will replace Volvo, which pulls out from the championship, with Ford FG X Falcon.

Other changes are: Jason Bright moves from Brad Jones Racing to his own team Britek Motorsport, Nick Percat moves from Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport to Brad Jones Racing, Scott Pye moves from DJR Team Penske to Walkinshaw Racing, Garth Tander moves from Walkinshaw Racing to Garry Rogers Motorsport, Dale Wood moves from Nissan Motorsport to Erebus Motorsport.

2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship entry list

No.TeamCarDriver
2Walkinshaw Racing/Mobil 1 HSV RacingHolden VF CommodoreScott Pye
3Lucas Dumbrell MotorsportHolden VF Commodore
5Prodrive Racing Australia/The Bottle-O RacingFord FG X FalconMark Winterbottom
6Prodrive Racing Australia/Monster Energy RacingFord FG X FalconCameron Waters
7Nissan Motorsport/carsales RacingNissan L33 AltimaTodd Kelly
8Brad Jones RacingHolden VF CommodoreNick Percat
9Erebus Motorsport/Penrite RacingHolden VF CommodoreDavid Reynolds
12DJR Team Penske/Shell V-Power RacingFord FG X FalconFabian Coulthard
14Brad Jones Racing/Freightliner RacingHolden VF CommodoreTim Slade
15Nissan Motorsport/Sengled RacingNissan L33 AltimaRick Kelly
17DJR Team Penske/Shell V-Power RacingFord FG X FalconScott McLaughlin
18Charlie Schwerkolt Racing/Preston Hire RacingHolden VF CommodoreLee Holdsworth
19Tekno Woodstock RacingHolden VF CommodoreWill Davison
21Tim Blanchard Racing-BJR/CoolDrive RacingHolden VF CommodoreTim Blanchard
22Walkinshaw Racing/Mobil 1 HSV RacingHolden VF CommodoreJames Courtney
23Nissan MotorsportNissan L33 AltimaMichael Caruso
33Wilson Security Racing/Garry Rogers MotorsportHolden VF CommodoreGarth Tander
34Wilson Security Racing/Garry Rogers MotorsportHolden VF CommodoreJames Moffat
55Rod Nash Racing-PRA/Supercheap Auto RacingFord FG X FalconChaz Mostert
56Britek Motorsport-PRA/MEGA RacingFord FG X FalconJason Bright
62Lucas Dumbrell MotorsportHolden VF CommodoreAlex Rullo
78Nissan Motorsport/Team Harvey NormanNissan L33 AltimaSimona de Silvestro
88Triple Eight Race Engineering/Red Bull Holden Racing TeamHolden VF CommodoreJamie Whincup
97Triple Eight Race Engineering/Red Bull Holden Racing TeamHolden VF CommodoreShane van Gisbergen
99Erebus Motorsport/GB Galvanising RacingHolden VF CommodoreDale Wood
888Triple Eight Race Engineering/TeamVortexHolden VF CommodoreCraig Lowndes

Photos: supercars.com,

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