Despite it being the final round of the Repco Supercars Championship, there has been plenty of news to come out of the weekend including special liveries and personnel appointments. The Repco Garage has collated a brief re-cap below.
Adrian Burgess joins Team 18
Someone missing from the Supercars paddock this weekend is Head of Motorsport Adrian Burgess, who was confirmed recently to leave this job at the end of the season. However, he won’t be missing totally after being appointed Team Principal at Team 18 to replace the recently departed Bruin Beasley. Burgess and Team Owner Charlie Schwerkolt enjoy a long friendship formed out of working together at Dick Johnson Racing more than a decade ago.
Tim Edwards to replace Adrian Burgess in Supercars role
Following on from finishing a near-two decade stint at Tickford Racing this weekend, Tim Edwards will become the new Supercars General Manager of Motorsport replacing Adrian Burgess. It is believed Edwards will make the trip to the US for the wind tunnel and transient dyno testing for both makes represented in the championship.
Penrite sticks with Grove Racing
Australian oil company Penrite will remain with Grove Racing for another two years despite being predicted to move across to Team 18 where its long-time supported driver David Reynolds will drive in 2024. Penrite followed Reynolds from Erebus to as it was then known Kelly Grove Racing for the 2021 season. Grove Racing will feature an all-New Zealand driver line-up for 2024 in the form of young gun Matt Payne and comeback king Richie Stanaway.
Dick Johnson Racing to celebrate 500 rounds in Adelaide
It will be a momentous occasion for the oldest team in pit lane as Dick Johnson Racing celebrates 500 rounds in Adelaide. Special decals will feature on both of its Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustangs including one taking inspiration from an original Dick Johnson donned in 1981. ‘Celebrating 500 rounds’ will feature across the top of the doors to signify the special achievement.
Ken Block tribute for Cam Waters
Tickford Racing’s Cam Waters will feature a special Ken Block tribute livery on his Ford Mustang this weekend following the long-time Monster Energy supported athlete’s death in January at the age of 55. Famous for his motorkhana videos and rally driving, Block was killed in a snowmobile incident in Utah. Waters will race with Block’s famous #43 and a livery made famous during his Ford Fiesta era when he contested the FIA World Rally Championship full-time to celebrate his birthday, which is actually today.
Pizza Hut livery inspired by 10-year-old
Macauley Jones and the Pizza Hut Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 have featured some amazing liveries throughout this season headlined by the Ninja Turtles version. To end the season, Jones will race a Pizza Hut entry featuring a scheme designed by 10-year-old Grace Lewis. More than 60 versions were entered and Lewis won out receiving not only tickets to the event, but a merchandise pack as well.
New appointments made at Walkinshaw Andretti United
The roles of CEO and Team Principal have been split at Walkinshaw Andretti United. Bruce Stewart will now take on the CEO role and Briton Carl Faux will be the team’s new Team Principal as current Head of Design Terry Kerr will move into the Technical Director position.