2017 V8 Supercars official launch and entry list
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).
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
|2||Walkinshaw Racing/Mobil 1 HSV Racing||Holden VF Commodore||Scott Pye|
|3||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||Holden VF Commodore|
|5||Prodrive Racing Australia/The Bottle-O Racing||Ford FG X Falcon||Mark Winterbottom|
|6||Prodrive Racing Australia/Monster Energy Racing||Ford FG X Falcon||Cameron Waters|
|7||Nissan Motorsport/carsales Racing||Nissan L33 Altima||Todd Kelly|
|8||Brad Jones Racing||Holden VF Commodore||Nick Percat|
|9||Erebus Motorsport/Penrite Racing||Holden VF Commodore||David Reynolds|
|12||DJR Team Penske/Shell V-Power Racing||Ford FG X Falcon||Fabian Coulthard|
|14||Brad Jones Racing/Freightliner Racing||Holden VF Commodore||Tim Slade|
|15||Nissan Motorsport/Sengled Racing||Nissan L33 Altima||Rick Kelly|
|17||DJR Team Penske/Shell V-Power Racing||Ford FG X Falcon||Scott McLaughlin|
|18||Charlie Schwerkolt Racing/Preston Hire Racing||Holden VF Commodore||Lee Holdsworth|
|19||Tekno Woodstock Racing||Holden VF Commodore||Will Davison|
|21||Tim Blanchard Racing-BJR/CoolDrive Racing||Holden VF Commodore||Tim Blanchard|
|22||Walkinshaw Racing/Mobil 1 HSV Racing||Holden VF Commodore||James Courtney|
|23||Nissan Motorsport||Nissan L33 Altima||Michael Caruso|
|33||Wilson Security Racing/Garry Rogers Motorsport||Holden VF Commodore||Garth Tander|
|34||Wilson Security Racing/Garry Rogers Motorsport||Holden VF Commodore||James Moffat|
|55||Rod Nash Racing-PRA/Supercheap Auto Racing||Ford FG X Falcon||Chaz Mostert|
|56||Britek Motorsport-PRA/MEGA Racing||Ford FG X Falcon||Jason Bright|
|62||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||Holden VF Commodore||Alex Rullo|
|78||Nissan Motorsport/Team Harvey Norman||Nissan L33 Altima||Simona de Silvestro|
|88||Triple Eight Race Engineering/Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Holden VF Commodore||Jamie Whincup|
|97||Triple Eight Race Engineering/Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Holden VF Commodore||Shane van Gisbergen|
|99||Erebus Motorsport/GB Galvanising Racing||Holden VF Commodore||Dale Wood|
|888||Triple Eight Race Engineering/TeamVortex||Holden VF Commodore||Craig Lowndes|