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    Team 18 (formerly known as Charlie Schwerkolt Racing) is an Australian motor racing team[1] currently competing in the Supercars Championship, running two Holden ZB Commodores. The team's current drivers are Mark Winterbottom and Scott Pye.

    History

    Background

    The team is owned by Gold Coast businessman Charlie Schwerkolt, who previously had a shareholding in Dick Johnson Racing. The relationship between Schwerkolt and Dick Johnson broke down at the end of 2010, the year James Courtney won the championship for the team. As part of the split Schwerkolt retained ownership of one of the two Racing Entitlement Contracts (RECs).[2]

    Schwerkolt had attempted to conclude a deal to run a fourth car out of Ford Performance Racing with Courtney driving, but after Courtney signed to drive with the Holden Racing Team, the deal collapsed.[3] The REC was instead leased to Dick Johnson Racing for James Moffat's entry for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.[2]

    Satellite team

    The Ford FG Falcon as driven in 2014 by Jack Perkins

    With the rules governing the use of Racing Entitlement Contracts dictating that Schwerkolt could only lease his to one party for two years, he either had to sell it, lease it to another party, or use it himself. Schwerkolt decided on the latter and came to an agreement with Ford Performance Racing to operate a fully supported customer car as a satellite of the main FPR team in much the same manner as Rod Nash Racing.[4] Alex Davison drove the Jeld-Wen supported car in 2013,[5] taking one podium at the Phillip Island event and finishing the season in 13th. In 2014, Jack Perkins replaced Davison but could only manage 23rd in the championship.[6]

    For 2015, Lee Holdsworth became the team's driver.[7] The team had originally intended to remain in their existing relationship with Ford Performance Racing (now known as Tickford Racing), but they were replaced by Super Black Racing as the Ford team's second customer partnership. Instead, the team became a satellite team to the Holden Racing Team, and ran a Holden VF Commodore.[8] Holdsworth finished 14th in the championship.

    Independent team

    In 2016, Team 18 began operating as an independent entity using a Triple Eight Race Engineering-built Commodore. Jeff Grech, the former Holden Racing Team team manager from 1993 to 2006, became team manager with backing from Preston Hire. It was a difficult season for the outfit, with Holdsworth suffering a major accident at the Darwin event, leaving him with a fractured pelvis and out of action for three rounds. He was replaced with Kurt Kostecki for Townsville and Ipswich (having borrowed the teenagers' Development Series chassis) and Karl Reindler for Sydney Motorsport Park. The team did not fare well in Holdsworth's return for the Enduro Cup either, retiring from the Bathurst 1000 after two laps with a broken rocker, as well as one of the Gold Coast 600 races after Reindler crashed exiting turn three. The team finished 15th in the teams' championship, beating only Britek Motorsport and the 'Supergirls' wildcard.

    Holdsworth remained at the team for 2017, starting with two midfield finishes at the Adelaide 500 before being involved in a high-speed crash with Nick Percat at the non-championship round at the Australian Grand Prix, after Percat lost braking entering turn one. The team avoided the multi-car pile-up in Tasmania, however, were caught out in the changeable conditions on the Sunday, finishing 17th. The team continued to run midfield throughout the season, Holdsworth ending the season 16th in the standings with a best result of 4th on the Saturday at the Newcastle 500. Holdsworth did not finish in the top ten again until one year later in Newcastle, enduring a difficult 2018 campaign that was hampered by reliability issues, ending up in 21st in the championship.[9]

    Ahead of the 2019 Supercars Championship, the team acquired the services of 2015 series champion Mark Winterbottom, in what became a switch of seats with Holdsworth going to Tickford Racing.[9] As part of Winterbottom's arrival, the team also re-branded with backing from Stanley Black & Decker's Irwin Industrial Tools, hired new staff including team manager Steve Henderson and engineer Phil Keed and upgraded their customer relationship with Triple Eight Race Engineering.[10] The changes brought an immediate upturn in results with two top-ten finishes at the Adelaide 500 before Winterbottom took the team's first pole position at the Tasmania SuperSprint.[11] In 2020 the team will expand to two cars with a second REC purchased from Kelly Racing, again with backing from Stanley Black & Decker, this time from their DeWalt brand with Scott Pye recruited from Walkinshaw Andretti United.[12]

    Supercars Championship drivers

    The following is a list of drivers who have driven for the team in the Supercars Championship, in order of their first appearance. Drivers who only drove for the team on a part-time basis are listed in italics.

    Complete Bathurst 1000 results

    Year No. Car Drivers Position Laps
    2013 18 Ford Falcon FG Australia Alex Davison
    New Zealand John McIntyre
    13th 161
    2014 18 Ford Falcon FG Australia Jack Perkins
    Australia Cameron Waters
    12th 161
    2015 18 Holden Commodore VF Australia Lee Holdsworth
    France Sébastien Bourdais
    9th 161
    2016 18 Holden Commodore VF Australia Lee Holdsworth
    Australia Karl Reindler
    DNF 2
    2017 18 Holden Commodore VF Australia Lee Holdsworth
    Australia Karl Reindler
    DNF 76
    2018 18 Holden Commodore ZB Australia Lee Holdsworth
    Australia Jason Bright
    21st 157
    2019 18 Holden Commodore ZB Australia Mark Winterbottom
    New Zealand Steven Richards
    6th 161
    2020 18 Holden Commodore ZB Australia Mark Winterbottom
    Australia James Golding
    8th 161
    20 Holden Commodore ZB Australia Scott Pye
    Australia Dean Fiore
    6th 161
    2021 18 Holden Commodore ZB Australia Mark Winterbottom
    Australia Michael Caruso
    16th 161
    20 Holden Commodore ZB Australia Scott Pye
    Australia James Golding
    DNF 3
    2022 18 Holden Commodore ZB Australia Mark Winterbottom
    Australia Michael Caruso
    15th 161
    20 Holden Commodore ZB Australia Scott Pye
    Australia Tyler Everingham
    16th 161

    Car results

    Car No. 18 results

    Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 Position Pts
    2015 Lee Holdsworth Holden 18 ADE
    R1

    9
    ADE
    R2

    10
    ADE
    R3

    Ret
    SYM
    R4

    22
    SYM
    R5

    11
    SYM
    R6

    16
    BAR
    R7

    14
    BAR
    R8

    14
    BAR
    R9

    17
    WIN
    R10

    18
    WIN
    R11

    Ret
    WIN
    R12

    15
    HID
    R13

    13
    HID
    R14

    18
    HID
    R15

    18
    TOW
    R16

    13
    TOW
    R17

    7
    QLD
    R18

    15
    QLD
    R19

    21
    QLD
    R20

    18
    SMP
    R21

    14
    SMP
    R22

    7
    SMP
    R23

    13
    SAN
    QR

    7
    SAN
    R24

    7
    BAT
    R25

    9
    SUR
    R26

    Ret
    SUR
    R27

    14
    PUK
    R28

    13
    PUK
    R29

    16
    PUK
    R30

    8
    PHI
    R31

    16
    PHI
    R32

    18
    PHI
    R33

    Ret
    SYD
    R34

    18
    SYD
    R35

    10
    SYD
    R36

    7
    14th 1699
    2016 ADE
    R1

    23
    ADE
    R2

    21
    ADE
    R3

    18
    SYM
    R4

    12
    SYM
    R5

    9
    PHI
    R6

    15
    PHI
    R7

    19
    BAR
    R8

    15
    BAR
    R9

    12
    WIN
    R10

    10
    WIN
    R11

    Ret
    HID
    R12

    8
    HID
    R13

    Ret
    TOW
    R14
    TOW
    R15
    QLD
    R16
    QLD
    R17
    SMP
    R18
    SMP
    R19
    SAN
    QR

    15
    SAN
    R20

    12
    BAT
    R21

    Ret
    SUR
    R22

    Ret
    SUR
    R23

    7
    PUK
    R24

    15
    PUK
    R25

    19
    PUK
    R26

    14
    PUK
    R27

    15
    SYD
    R28

    16
    SYD
    R29

    15
    24th 1114
    Kurt Kostecki ADE
    R1
    ADE
    R2
    ADE
    R3
    SYM
    R4
    SYM
    R5
    PHI
    R6
    PHI
    R7
    BAR
    R8
    BAR
    R9
    WIN
    R10
    WIN
    R11
    HID
    R12
    HID
    R13
    TOW
    R14

    25
    TOW
    R15

    Ret
    QLD
    R16

    23
    QLD
    R17

    21
    SMP
    R18
    SMP
    R19
    SAN
    R20
    BAT
    R21
    SUR
    R22
    SUR
    R23
    PUK
    R24
    PUK
    R25
    PUK
    R26
    PUK
    R27
    SYD
    R28
    SYD
    R29
    55th 108
    Karl Reindler ADE
    R1
    ADE
    R2
    ADE
    R3
    SYM
    R4
    SYM
    R5
    PHI
    R6
    PHI
    R7
    BAR
    R8
    BAR
    R9
    WIN
    R10
    WIN
    R11
    HID
    R12
    HID
    R13
    TOW
    R14
    TOW
    R15
    QLD
    R16
    QLD
    R17
    SMP
    R18

    22
    SMP
    R19

    23
    SAN
    R20
    BAT
    R21
    SUR
    R22
    SUR
    R23
    PUK
    R24
    PUK
    R25
    PUK
    R26
    PUK
    R27
    SYD
    R28
    SYD
    R29
    45th 309
    2017 Lee Holdsworth ADE
    R1

    13
    ADE
    R2

    18
    SYM
    R3

    12
    SYM
    R4

    17
    PHI
    R5

    22
    PHI
    R6

    5
    BAR
    R7

    15
    BAR
    R8

    20
    WIN
    R9

    11
    WIN
    R10

    10
    HID
    R11

    10
    HID
    R12

    12
    TOW
    R13

    11
    TOW
    R14

    15
    QLD
    R15

    12
    QLD
    R16

    20
    SMP
    R17

    15
    SMP
    R18

    15
    SAN
    QR

    12
    SAN
    R19

    8
    BAT
    R20

    Ret
    SUR
    R21

    Ret
    SUR
    R22

    8
    PUK
    R23

    10
    PUK
    R24

    Ret
    NEW
    R25

    4
    NEW
    R26

    8
    16th 1647
    2018 ADE
    R1

    12
    ADE
    R2

    24
    MEL
    R3

    19
    MEL
    R4

    15
    MEL
    R5

    19
    MEL
    R6

    23
    SYM
    R7

    11
    SYM
    R8

    23
    PHI
    R9

    22
    PHI
    R10

    25
    BAR
    R11

    23
    BAR
    R12

    18
    WIN
    R13

    23
    WIN
    R14

    21
    HID
    R15

    21
    HID
    R16

    Ret
    TOW
    R17

    18
    TOW
    R18

    15
    QLD
    R19

    24
    QLD
    R20

    21
    SMP
    R21

    12
    BEN
    R22

    20
    BEN
    R23

    Ret
    SAN
    QR

    21
    SAN
    R24

    23
    BAT
    R25

    21
    SUR
    R26

    15
    SUR
    R27

    C
    PUK
    R28

    15
    PUK
    R29

    14
    NEW
    R30

    12
    NEW
    R31

    9
    21st 1443
    2019 Mark Winterbottom ADE
    R1

    9
    ADE
    R2

    6
    MEL
    R3

    12
    MEL
    R4

    11
    MEL
    R5

    13
    MEL
    R6

    6
    SYM
    R7

    4
    SYM
    R8

    6
    PHI
    R9

    21
    PHI
    R10

    17
    BAR
    R11

    18
    BAR
    R12

    15
    WIN
    R13

    9
    WIN
    R14

    22
    HID
    R15

    17
    HID
    R16

    12
    TOW
    R17

    9
    TOW
    R18

    Ret
    QLD
    R19

    15
    QLD
    R20

    10
    BEN
    R21

    4
    BEN
    R22

    23
    PUK
    R23

    22
    PUK
    R24

    8
    BAT
    R25

    6
    SUR
    R26

    12
    SUR
    R27

    19
    SAN
    QR

    15
    SAN
    R28

    12
    NEW
    R29

    10
    NEW
    R30

    14
    13th 2092
    2020 ADE
    R1

    8
    ADE
    R2

    11
    MEL
    R3

    C
    MEL
    R4

    C
    MEL
    R5

    C
    MEL
    R6

    C
    SMP1
    R7

    9
    SMP1
    R8

    8
    SMP1
    R9

    5
    SMP2
    R10

    10
    SMP2
    R11

    14
    SMP2
    R12

    6
    HID1
    R13

    4
    HID1
    R14

    11
    HID1
    R15

    7
    HID2
    R16

    11
    HID2
    R17

    9
    HID2
    R18

    4
    TOW1
    R19

    12
    TOW1
    R20

    17
    TOW1
    R21

    10
    TOW2
    R22

    14
    TOW2
    R23

    9
    TOW2
    R24

    13
    BEN1
    R25

    17
    BEN1
    R26

    15
    BEN1
    R27

    Ret
    BEN2
    R28

    8
    BEN2
    R29

    12
    BEN2
    R30

    16
    BAT
    R31

    8
    10th 1566
    2021 BAT
    R1

    4
    BAT
    R2

    5
    SAN
    R3

    4
    SAN
    R4

    11
    SAN
    R5

    10
    SYM
    R6

    7
    SYM
    R7

    7
    SYM
    R8

    11
    BEN
    R9

    25
    BEN
    R10

    9
    BEN
    R11

    18
    HID
    R12

    22
    HID
    R13

    5
    HID
    R14

    7
    TOW1
    R15

    10
    TOW1
    R16

    16
    TOW2
    R17

    20
    TOW2
    R18

    10
    TOW2
    R19

    8
    SYD1
    R20

    12
    SYD1
    R21

    17
    SYD1
    R22

    10
    SYD2
    R23

    18
    SYD2
    R24

    10
    SYD2
    R25

    15
    SYD3
    R26

    13
    SYD3
    R27

    6
    SYD3
    R28

    19
    SYD4
    R29

    12
    SYD4
    R30

    C
    BAT
    R31

    16
    10th 1725
    2022 SMP
    R1

    16
    SMP
    R2

    12
    SYM
    R3

    18
    SYM
    R4

    6
    SYM
    R5

    7
    MEL
    R6

    7
    MEL
    R7

    12
    MEL
    R8

    17
    MEL
    R9

    9
    BAR
    R10

    14
    BAR
    R11

    16
    BAR
    R12

    20
    WIN
    R13

    21
    WIN
    R14

    9
    WIN
    R15

    9
    HID
    R16

    5
    HID
    R17

    7
    HID
    R18

    9
    TOW
    R19

    25
    TOW
    R20

    10
    BEN
    R21

    16
    BEN
    R22

    9
    BEN
    R23

    15
    SAN
    R24

    8
    SAN
    R25

    12
    SAN
    R26

    5
    PUK
    R27

    11
    PUK
    R28

    22
    PUK
    R29

    12
    BAT
    R30

    15
    SUR
    R31

    9
    SUR
    R32

    6
    ADE
    R33

    6
    ADE
    R34

    11
    9th 1909

    Car No. 20 results

    Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 Position Pts
    2020 Scott Pye Holden 20 ADE
    R1

    15
    ADE
    R2

    Ret
    MEL
    R3

    C
    MEL
    R4

    C
    MEL
    R5

    C
    MEL
    R6

    C
    SMP1
    R7

    17
    SMP1
    R8

    11
    SMP1
    R9

    12
    SMP2
    R10

    12
    SMP2
    R11

    21
    SMP2
    R12

    5
    HID1
    R13

    3
    HID1
    R14

    16
    HID1
    R15

    22
    HID2
    R16

    13
    HID2
    R17

    3
    HID2
    R18

    3
    TOW1
    R19

    9
    TOW1
    R20

    9
    TOW1
    R21

    6
    TOW2
    R22

    9
    TOW2
    R23

    6
    TOW2
    R24

    5
    BEN1
    R25

    7
    BEN1
    R26

    13
    BEN1
    R27

    6
    BEN2
    R28

    12
    BEN2
    R29

    19
    BEN2
    R30

    12
    BAT
    R31

    6
    9th 1586
    2021 BAT
    R1

    19
    BAT
    R2

    8
    SAN
    R3

    12
    SAN
    R4

    8
    SAN
    R5

    22
    SYM
    R6

    8
    SYM
    R7

    9
    SYM
    R8

    14
    BEN
    R9

    13
    BEN
    R10

    10
    BEN
    R11

    9
    HID
    R12

    21
    HID
    R13

    13
    HID
    R14

    16
    TOW
    R15

    23
    TOW
    R16

    21
    TOW2
    R17

    7
    TOW2
    R18

    6
    TOW2
    R19

    18
    SYD1
    R20

    19
    SYD1
    R21

    15
    SYD1
    R22

    20
    SYD2
    R23

    9
    SYD2
    R24

    5
    SYD2
    R25

    18
    SYD3
    R26

    6
    SYD3
    R27

    12
    SYD3
    R28

    6
    SYD4
    R29

    6
    SYD4
    R30

    C
    BAT
    R31

    Ret
    15th 1489
    2022 SMP
    R1

    Ret
    SMP
    R2

    15
    SYM
    R3

    7
    SYM
    R4

    7
    SYM
    R5

    13
    MEL
    R6

    11
    MEL
    R7

    4
    MEL
    R8

    25
    MEL
    R9

    11
    BAR
    R10

    19
    BAR
    R11

    Ret
    BAR
    R12

    DNS
    WIN
    R13

    6
    WIN
    R14

    27
    WIN
    R15

    14
    HID
    R16

    6
    HID
    R17

    Ret
    HID
    R18

    DNS
    TOW
    R19

    5
    TOW
    R20

    Ret
    BEN
    R21

    12
    BEN
    R22

    20
    BEN
    R23

    13
    SAN
    R24

    7
    SAN
    R25

    5
    SAN
    R26

    7
    PUK
    R27

    10
    PUK
    R28

    5
    PUK
    R29

    7
    BAT
    R30

    16
    SUR
    R31

    17
    SUR
    R32

    22
    ADE
    R33

    Ret
    ADE
    R34

    14
    16th 1512

    References

    1. ^ "IRWIN Racing & DEWALT Racing". Supercars. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
    2. ^ a b Charlie Schwerkolt sells his share of DJR Speedcafe 3 December 2010
    3. ^ Courtney: Thanks for the title, now see you later Sydney Morning Herald 12 December 2010
    4. ^ FPR, Schwerkolt join forces for 2013 Speedcafe 21 May 2012
    5. ^ Alex Davison secures fourth FPR seat Speedcafe 10 December 2012
    6. ^ Jack Perkins confirmed for full-time V8 rebirth Speedcafe 9 December 2013
    7. ^ "Lee Holdsworth switches to CSR in 2015". Speedcafe. 13 November 2014.
    8. ^ "Walkinshaw Racing confirm Schwerkolt and Holdsworth move". Holden Motorsport. 19 January 2015. Archived from the original on 19 January 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
    9. ^ a b Bartholomaeus, Stefan (21 December 2018). "Holdsworth secures Bottle-O Mustang drive". Supercars. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
    10. ^ Bartholomaeus, Stefan (23 November 2018). "More 'big changes' behind Winterbottom Team 18 deal". Supercars.
    11. ^ Howard, Tom (6 April 2019). "Winterbottom: Tassie pole 'proudest moment for a long time'". Speedcafe. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
    12. ^ "Supercars confirms entries for 2020 season". Speedcafe. 18 October 2019.