2020 Supercars Championship Update

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Mar 02nd, 2020

2020 Supercars Championship Update

The engines are fired up, adrenaline rush is felt in the air, and the track is set! Yes, the 2020 Supercars Championship is here.

If you are not familiar with the Supercars Championship, worry not. After reading this article, you will no doubt be clued up on it.

Supercars Championship

The Supercars Championship, also known as the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, is a supercars racing series held in Australia. This year’s event is the 24th edition. It also marks the 24th time supercars are going in for the premier title in Australian motorsport—the Australian Tour Car Championship.

It’s a Holden vs Ford Show

In rather shocking news, General Motors revealed that they would be entirely scrapping the Holden brand in Australia and New Zealand by 2021. It is not all bad news, though, the 2020 series remains unaffected.

Since Nissan has dropped out, this year’s series only features Ford and Holden, with the DJR Team Penske as the reigning team champion. 

In the manufacturer’s field, Ford is the reigning champion whereas Scott McLaughlin is the current defending driver’s champion.

Schedule

2020’s championship will have 14 rounds (1 less than we saw last year) totalling to 28 races. You will also notice that the order of these races in this year’s edition has been shuffled.

There are several other changes in the calendar. After last year’s absence, the Sydney SuperNight is back. Sydney Motorsport retains hosting rights. The Gold Coast 600 will be a night race taking place under floodlights. The Auckland Super400 will be held in Hampton Downs Motorsport Park this year. 

Among those removed from the calendar include Phillip Island SuperSprint and Ipswich. The Sandown 500 will be replaced by the Bend 500.

The Super400, Darwin Triple Crown and SuperNight events will now be 200km from last year’s 120km. The Melbourne 400 has also been affected by the new format changes. It will consist of four 100km races compared to last year’s two 70 and 130km races. Each of the new 100km races includes a compulsory pit stop. 

The new changes mean that the total race distance in this year’s championship will be more than last year’s albeit with a reduction in individual races. The title SuperSprint has been renamed to Super400 to indicate longer race distances.

2020 V8 Supercars Schedule

RD.DATEEVENTTRACKLOCATION
122-23/02Adelaide 500
Adelaide Str. Circuit
Adelaide, S. Australia
213–15/03
Melbourne 400
Albert P. Circuit
Melbourne, Victoria
34-5/04Tasmania S. 400
Symmons P. Raceway
Launceston, Tasmania
415-16/04Launceston, Tasmania
Hampton Downs
N. Waikato, New Zealand
516-17/05Perth S. Night
WannerooNeerabup, W. Australia
66-7/06Winton S. 400Winton RacewayBenalla, Victoria
727-28/06Townsville 400Townsville St. CircuitTownsville, Queensland
818-19/07Darwin CrownHidden ValleyDarwin, N. Territory
929-30/08Sydney S. NightSydney ParkEastern Creek, N S Wales
1020/09The Bend 500The Bend MS ParkTailem Bend, S. Australia
1111/10BathurstMt PanoramaBathurst, N S Wales
1231/10-1/11Gold CoastSurfers ParadiseSurfers Paradise, Queensland
1321-22/11SandownSandown RacewaySpringvale, Victoria
145-6/12NewcastleNewcastle St.Newcastle, N S Wales

Teams & Drivers

2020 has seen several changes both in drivers and teams. Here are the significant changes in both areas.

Team Changes

Tekno Autosports moved to Western Sydney and is now a two-car operation under Team Sydney. The Brad Jones Racing team will now have three cars after it acquired a REC previously belonging to Britek Motorsport. 

On the other hand, Kelly Racing which will now race Mustang GT, was reduced to two cars from four. This is after Charlie Schwerkolt, and Matt Stone Racing acquired two of its RECs.

Driver Changes

Scott Pye and James Courtney left the Walkinshaw Andretti United team. As a result, the team will be fielding new drivers. Rookie recruit Bryce Fulwood will replace Scott Pye while Chaz Mostert has taken Courtney’s seat.

Courtney now dons Team Sydney. Charlie Schwerkolt Racing signed his former driver colleague Scott Pye

Jack Le Brocq switched from Tekno Autosports to Tickford Racing replacing Mostert. After three years out, Chris Pither returns on a full-time basis joining Team Sydney.

Having graduated from Super2 series, Zane Goddard and Jake Kostecki join the Matt Stone Racing team. In line with the SuperLite program, they will be sharing a car. Elsewhere, Todd Hazelwood joins Brad Jones after leaving Matt Stones replacing Tim Slade. The latter joins DJR Team Penske.

After the team’s decision to withdraw out of the championships, Richie Stanaway and James Golding both left Garry Rogers Motorsport. Going different paths, Richie chose to retire from motorsport while James joined the Charlie Schwerkolt Racing.

The decision to cut down the team’s number to two cars meant that Simona de Silvestro and Garry Jacobson were stripped off their seats in the Kelly Racing Team. Jacobson remained in the Supercars Championship on the Matt Stone Racing ticket. De Silvestro, on the other hand, joined Formula E championships with Porsche.

The #22 will now be under Team Sydney from Walkinshaw Andretti United. In its place, Walkinshaw will take #25.

Here are the complete teams and drivers that will take part in the series.

MANUFACTURERMODELTEAMNO.DRIVER
FordFord Mustang GTTickford Racing5Lee Holdsworth
6Cameron Waters
55Jack Le Brocq
Kelly Racing7Andre Heimgartner
15Rick Kelly
DJR Team Penske12Fabian Coulthard
17Scott McLaughlin
23 Red Racing23Will Davison
HoldenHolden ZB CommodoreCharlie Schwerkolt Racing18Mark Winterbottom
20Scott Pye
Team Sydney19James Courtney
22Chris Pither
Brad Jones8Nick Percat
14Todd Hazelwood
4Jack Smith
Erebus Motorsport9David Reynolds
99Anton de Pasquale
Tim Blanchard3Macauley Jones
Walkinshaw Andretti United2Bryce Fulwood
25Chaz Mostert
Triple Eight Race Engineering
88Jamie Whincup
97Shane van Gisbergen
Matt Stone Racing35Garry Jacobson
34Zane Goddard
34Jake Kostecki

Changes in Technical Regulations

The number of engines per team has been cut down to 3 from last year's 4 to reduce costs. All cars in this year's championship have a downforce reduction of up to 12%. The change is an attempt to encourage overtakes while improving racing. Every car will also have to be fitted with LED panels. 

Results and Standings after Event 1

This year's first event already took place between 22 and 23 February. Here are the results:

POLE POSITIONWINNING DRIVERFASTEST LAPWINNING TEAM
Jamie WhincupJamie WhincupChaz MostertTriple Eight Race Engineering
Shane van GisbergenScott McLaughlinShane van GisbergenDJR Team Penske


Event 1: Adelaide 500 Race-Two Results:

  1. Scott McLaughlin - Ford
  2. Chaz Mostert - Holden
  3. Cameron Waters - Ford
  4. Will Davison - Ford
  5. Jamie Whincup – Holden

Current Supercars Championship Standings:

  1. Scott McLaughlin - 288 pts. (Ford)
  2. Jamie Whincup - 261 pts. (Holden)
  3. Chaz Mostert - 234 pts. (Holden)
  4. Cameron Waters & Will Davison - 231 pts. (Ford)

There is more to come as this year’s Supercars Championship progresses into the second round. Bookmark Carpart.com.au to get up to speed with the latest on the Supercars races and other automotive events. 

By: 
Sam O.