2019 Supercars Championship

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2019 Supercars Championship
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Support series:
Super2 Series
Super3 Series
SuperUtes Series
Scott McLaughlin (photographed in 2013) is the defending drivers' champion and current championship leader.
Triple Eight Race Engineering started the season as the defending teams' champions.

The 2019 Supercars Championship (known for commercial reasons as the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship)[1] is a motor racing series for Supercars. It is the twenty-first running of the Supercars Championship and the twenty-third series in which Supercars have contested the Australian Touring Car Championship, the premier title in Australian motorsport. The 2019 championship also included the running of the 1,000th Australian Touring Car Championship race, which was contested at the Melbourne 400.[2]

Scott McLaughlin is the defending driver's champion. Triple Eight Race Engineering are the defending team's champions.

Teams and drivers[edit]

The following teams and drivers are competing in the 2019 championship.

Championship entries Enduro Cup entries
Manufacturer Model Entrant No. Driver name Rounds Co-driver name
Ford Ford Mustang GT Tickford Racing[a] 5 Australia Lee Holdsworth 1–2 Flag of None.svg TBA
6 Australia Cameron Waters 1–2 Australia Michael Caruso[3]
55 Australia Chaz Mostert 1–2 Australia James Moffat[4]
DJR Team Penske 12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard 1–2 Australia Tony D'Alberto[5]
17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin 1–2 France Alexandre Prémat[5]
23Red Racing[b] 23 Australia Will Davison 1–2 Flag of None.svg TBA
Holden Holden ZB Commodore Walkinshaw Andretti United 2 Australia Scott Pye 1–2 Australia Warren Luff[6]
22 Australia James Courtney 1–2 Australia Jack Perkins[6]
Brad Jones Racing 8 Australia Nick Percat 1–2 Flag of None.svg TBA
14 Australia Tim Slade 1–2 Flag of None.svg TBA
Erebus Motorsport 9 Australia David Reynolds 1–2 Australia Luke Youlden[7]
99 Australia Anton de Pasquale 1–2 Australia Will Brown[7]
Charlie Schwerkolt Racing 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom 1–2 New Zealand Steven Richards[8]
Tekno Autosports 19 Australia Jack Le Brocq 1–2 Flag of None.svg TBA
Tim Blanchard Racing[c] 21 Australia Macauley Jones 1–2 Flag of None.svg TBA
Garry Rogers Motorsport 33 New Zealand Richie Stanaway 1–2 Flag of None.svg TBA
34 Australia James Golding 1–2 Flag of None.svg TBA
Matt Stone Racing 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood 1–2 Flag of None.svg TBA
Triple Eight Race Engineering 88 Australia Jamie Whincup 1–2 Australia Craig Lowndes[9]
97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen 1–2 Australia Garth Tander[10]
Nissan Nissan Altima L33 Kelly Racing[d] 3 Australia Garry Jacobson 1–2 Flag of None.svg TBA
7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner 1–2 Flag of None.svg TBA
15 Australia Rick Kelly 1–2 Flag of None.svg TBA
78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 1–2 Flag of None.svg TBA
Source:[11][12][13][14][15]

Manufacturer changes[edit]

Ford introduced the Mustang as a replacement for the FG X Falcon.

The sixth generation Ford Mustang, the Mustang GT, was homologated for the 2019 championship. The Mustang is a replacement for the FG X Falcon, which was used between 2015 and 2018.[16][17] Tickford Racing and DJR Team Penske oversaw the development of the car, with Ford Performance providing additional technical support.[18][19][20] Ford Australia provided financial support in developing the car, but no team was officially recognised as a factory team.[21] The homologation process required modifications to the bodywork to fit the series' control chassis, but the car continued to use the V8 engine used by the FG X Falcon.[22][23] The decision to return the Mustang to the series was made as Australia's domestic production of the Ford Falcon ceased in 2016.[24] The Mustang's return marked the first time since 1990 that a Mustang has contested the premier class of Australian motorsport.[25] The car completed the homologation process in December 2018 and was subsequently approved for competition by the Supercars Commission.[26]

Nissan withdrew its factory support from the championship at the end of 2018 as the company elected to change its global motorsport strategy and focus on its Formula E entry. Kelly Racing—who raced under the Nissan Motorsport name between 2013 and 2018—continued to compete with the Altima L33 chassis under licence from the company.[27][28] Nissan's decision to withdraw from the championship followed the Altima being withdrawn from sale in Australia in 2017.[29]

Team changes[edit]

The number of entries was reduced from twenty-six to twenty-four with both Tickford Racing and Triple Eight Race Engineering returned a Racing Entitlement Contract (REC) to the sport's management.[30][31][32] 23Red Racing formed a partnership with Tickford Racing saw it become a satellite team of Tickford.[33] Matt Stone Racing upgraded from a VF Commodore to a ZB Commodore and are receiving technical support from Triple Eight Race Engineering.[34]

Driver changes[edit]

Michael Caruso left Kelly Racing, joining Tickford Racing as an endurance co-driver. Caruso's seat was filled by Garry Jacobson, who made his full time début in the championship with the team.[3][35]

Craig Lowndes and Tim Blanchard retired from full-time competition at the end of the 2018 championship.[36] Both will return as endurance co-drivers with Triple Eight Race Engineering and Brad Jones Racing respectively.[4][37][38] Blanchard's seat at Tim Blanchard Racing was filled by Macauley Jones.[39] Jones made his full time début in the championship, after having previously entered as a wildcard at selected events in 2017 and 2018.

Mark Winterbottom and Richie Stanaway left Tickford Racing.[40] Winterbottom moved to Charlie Schwerkolt Racing, replacing Lee Holdsworth.[41][42] Holdsworth took Winterbottom's place at Tickford Racing,[43] while Stanaway moved to Garry Rogers Motorsport to replace Garth Tander.[13] Tander stepped down from full-time competition, joining Triple Eight Race Engineering as an endurance co-driver.[10]

Calendar[edit]

The calendar was reduced to fifteen rounds in 2019, with the following events scheduled to take place:

Round Event Circuit Location Dates
1 Superloop Adelaide 500 South Australia Adelaide Street Circuit Adelaide, South Australia 2–3 March
2 Beaurepaires Melbourne 400 Victoria (Australia) Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit Melbourne, Victoria 15–17 March
3 Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint Tasmania Symmons Plains Raceway Launceston, Tasmania 6–7 April
4 WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint Victoria (Australia) Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Phillip Island, Victoria 13–14 April
5 PIRTEK Perth SuperNight Western Australia Barbagallo Wanneroo Raceway Neerabup, Western Australia 3–4 May
6 Winton SuperSprint Victoria (Australia) Winton Motor Raceway Benalla, Victoria 25–26 May
7 BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown Northern Territory Hidden Valley Raceway Darwin, Northern Territory 15–16 June
8 Watpac Townsville 400 Queensland Townsville Street Circuit Townsville, Queensland 6–7 July
9 Century Batteries Ipswich SuperSprint Queensland Queensland Raceway Ipswich, Queensland 27–28 July
10 The Bend SuperSprint South Australia The Bend Motorsport Park Tailem Bend, South Australia 24–25 August
11 ITM Auckland SuperSprint New Zealand Pukekohe Park Raceway Pukekohe, Auckland Region 14–15 September
12 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 New South Wales Mount Panorama Circuit Bathurst, New South Wales 13 October
13 Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Queensland Surfers Paradise Street Circuit Surfers Paradise, Queensland 26–27 October
14 Sandown 500 Victoria (Australia) Sandown Raceway Springvale, Victoria 9–10 November
15 Coates Hire Newcastle 500 New South Wales Newcastle Street Circuit Newcastle, New South Wales 23–24 November
Source:[44]

Calendar changes[edit]

The 2019 calendar underwent a radical revision compared to the 2018 calendar. The Sydney SuperNight 300 was removed from the calendar entirely and will be replaced by a new night race at Barbagallo Raceway. The change was made with the long-term view to running the Sydney round in January 2020 as part of a proposed move to a "summer series" format that would see the championship run primarily in the summer months.[44]

The Sandown 500 will move to a late-season slot in November, becoming the final round of the Pirtek Enduro Cup, to avoid clashing with the AFL and NRL finals series. The Auckland SuperSprint will be brought forward to September, making the Sandown 500 the penultimate round of the championship.[44] Changes to the Formula One calendar meant that the Australian Grand Prix will be run earlier in the year than it was in 2018, and thus the Supercars support races will also move forward. The Adelaide 500 was subsequently brought forward to keep its season-opening berth.

Format changes[edit]

The Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit event format reverted to a SuperSprint format after two years of two 250 kilometre races known as the Phillip Island 500.[45]

Rule changes[edit]

Technical regulations[edit]

As a cost reduction measure, the use of twin-spring dampers were banned with teams required to use linear spring dampers.[46] A new specification of transaxle developed by Xtrac will be introduced.[47]

Sporting regulations[edit]

If a car is released from the pit bay before the fuel rig is decoupled from the car, the car must be re-raised on its penumatic jacks and the fuel rig removed before the driver can rejoin the race.[48]

Results and standings[edit]

Season summary[edit]

Round Event Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Report
1 1 Adelaide 500 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Australia Chaz Mostert New Zealand Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske Report
2 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin Australia Chaz Mostert New Zealand Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske
2 3 Melbourne 400 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin Australia Chaz Mostert New Zealand Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske Report
4 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin New Zealand Scott McLaughlin New Zealand Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske
5 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin Australia Chaz Mostert Australia Chaz Mostert Tickford Racing
6 Australia Chaz Mostert New Zealand Scott McLaughlin New Zealand Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske
3 7 Tasmania SuperSprint Report
8
4 9 Phillip Island SuperSprint Report
10
5 11 Perth SuperSprint Report
12
6 13 Winton SuperSprint Report
14
7 15 Darwin Triple Crown Report
16
8 17 Townsville 400 Report
18
9 19 Ipswich SuperSprint Report
20
10 21 Supercars Classic at The Bend Report
22
11 23 Auckland SuperSprint Report
24
12 25 Bathurst 1000 Report
13 26 Gold Coast 600 Report
27
14 28 Sandown 500 Report
15 29 Newcastle 500 Report
30

Points system[edit]

Points were awarded for each race at an event, to the driver or drivers of a car that completed at least 75% of the race distance and was running at the completion of the race. At least 50% of the planned race distance must be completed for the result to be valid and championship points awarded.

Points format Position
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th 26th
Standard 150 138 129 120 111 102 96 90 84 78 72 69 66 63 60 57 54 51 48 45 42 39 36 33 30 27
Endurance 300 276 258 240 222 204 192 180 168 156 144 138 132 126 120 114 108 102 96 90 84 78 72 66 60 54
Melbourne (long) 100 92 86 80 74 68 64 60 56 52 48 46 44 42 40 38 36 34 32 30 28 26 24 22 20 18
Melbourne (short) 50 46 43 40 37 34 32 30 28 26 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9
  • Standard: Used for all SuperSprint and street races, including the Gold Coast 600.
  • Endurance: Used for the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000.
  • Melbourne (long): Used for Race 1 and 3 of the Melbourne 400.
  • Melbourne (short): Used for Race 2 and 4 of the Melbourne 400.

Drivers' championship[edit]

Pos. Driver No. ADE
South Australia
MEL
Victoria (Australia)
SYM
Tasmania
PHI
Victoria (Australia)
BAR
Western Australia
WIN
Victoria (Australia)
HID
Northern Territory
TOW
Queensland
QLD
Queensland
BEN
South Australia
PUK
New Zealand
BAT
New South Wales
SUR
Queensland
SAN
Victoria (Australia)
NEW
New South Wales
Pen. Points
1 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin 17 1 1 1 1 DNS 1 0 500
2 Australia Jamie Whincup 88 2 7 8 4 2 3 0 469
3 Australia Chaz Mostert 55 5 15 5 2 1 2 0 437
4 Australia Will Davison 23 4 8 4 6 10 5 0 413
5 Australia Tim Slade 14 17 4 6 8 3 7 0 390
6 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard 12 6 20 2 5 5 15 0 370
7 Australia David Reynolds 9 8 9 10 7 4 8 0 368
8 Australia Nick Percat 8 7 5 14 15 8 10 0 355
9 Australia Cameron Waters 6 22 2 3 3 DNS 4 0 346
10 Australia Mark Winterbottom 18 9 6 12 11 13 6 0 334
11 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen 97 3 3 Ret 10 21 22 0 325
12 Australia James Courtney 22 10 12 7 9 7 16 0 322
13 Australia Lee Holdsworth 5 21 11 9 12 12 9 0 267
14 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner 7 13 13 15 18 9 14 0 266
15 Australia Anton de Pasquale 99 16 14 11 13 11 12 0 261
16 Australia Todd Hazelwood 35 12 10 23 17 14 13 0 253
17 Switzerland Simona De Silvestro 78 15 16 18 19 17 21 0 217
18 Australia James Golding 34 14 19 16 23 18 18 0 212
19 Australia Scott Pye 2 Ret 17 13 14 6 11 0 211
20 Australia Rick Kelly 15 11 24 22 16 16 19 0 204
21 Australia Jack Le Brocq 19 20 21 20 20 15 23 0 184
22 Australia Garry Jacobson 3 19 22 21 24 19 17 0 176
23 New Zealand Richie Stanaway 33 18 18 17 21 DSQ 20 0 167
24 Australia Macauley Jones 21 DNS 23 19 22 20 Ret 0 111
Pos. Driver No. ADE
South Australia
MEL
Victoria (Australia)
SYM
Tasmania
PHI
Victoria (Australia)
BAR
Western Australia
WIN
Victoria (Australia)
HID
Northern Territory
TOW
Queensland
QLD
Queensland
BEN
South Australia
PUK
New Zealand
BAT
New South Wales
SUR
Queensland
SAN
Victoria (Australia)
NEW
New South Wales
Pen. Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Other points position
Blue Other classified position
Not classified, finished (NC)
Purple Not classified, retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrawn (WD)
Bold – Pole position
Italics – Fastest lap
  Results count toward the Enduro Cup.

Teams' championship[edit]

Pos. Team No. ADE
South Australia
MEL
Victoria (Australia)
SYM
Tasmania
PHI
Victoria (Australia)
BAR
Western Australia
WIN
Victoria (Australia)
HID
Northern Territory
TOW
Queensland
QLD
Queensland
BEN
South Australia
PUK
New Zealand
BAT
New South Wales
SUR
Queensland
SAN
Victoria (Australia)
NEW
New South Wales
Pen. Points
1 DJR Team Penske 12 6 20 2 5 5 15 0 870
17 1 1 1 1 DNS 1
2 Triple Eight Race Engineering 88 2 7 8 4 2 3 30 764
97 3 3 Ret 10 21 22
3 Tickford Racing / 23Red Racing 6 22 2 3 3 DNS 4 0 759
23 4 8 4 6 10 5
4 Brad Jones Racing 8 7 5 14 15 8 10 0 745
14 17 4 6 8 3 7
5 Tickford Racing 5 21 11 9 12 12 9 0 704
55 5 15 5 2 1 2
6 Erebus Motorsport 9 8 9 10 7 4 8 0 629
99 16 14 11 13 11 12
7 Walkinshaw Andretti United 2 Ret 17 13 14 6 11 30 503
22 10 12 7 9 7 16
8 Kelly Racing 7 13 13 15 18 9 14 30 420
15 11 24 22 16 16 19
9 Kelly Racing 3 19 22 21 24 19 17 0 396
78 15 16 18 19 17 21
10 Garry Rogers Motorsport 33 18 18 17 21 DSQ 20 0 379
34 14 19 16 23 18 18
11 Charlie Schwerkolt Racingdouble-dagger 18 9 6 12 11 13 6 0 334
12 Matt Stone Racingdouble-dagger 35 12 10 23 17 14 13 30 223
13 Tekno Autosportsdouble-dagger 19 20 21 20 20 15 23 0 184
14 Tim Blanchard Racingdouble-dagger 21 DNS 23 19 22 20 Ret 0 111
Pos. Team No. ADE
South Australia
MEL
Victoria (Australia)
SYM
Tasmania
PHI
Victoria (Australia)
BAR
Western Australia
WIN
Victoria (Australia)
HID
Northern Territory
TOW
Queensland
QLD
Queensland
BEN
South Australia
PUK
New Zealand
BAT
New South Wales
SUR
Queensland
SAN
Victoria (Australia)
NEW
New South Wales
Pen. Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Other points position
Blue Other classified position
Not classified, finished (NC)
Purple Not classified, retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrawn (WD)
Bold – Pole position
Italics – Fastest lap
double-dagger – Denotes single-car team
  Results count toward the Enduro Cup.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ For points-scoring purposes, Tickford Racing is divided into two teams: one made up of car #5 and car #55, and a single-car entry for car #6.
  2. ^ 23Red Racing is a satellite team of Tickford Racing; 23Red Racing own the Racing Entitlement Contract for car #23, while Tickford Racing runs the car and oversees trackside activities on its behalf.
  3. ^ Tim Blanchard Racing is a satellite team of Brad Jones Racing; Tim Blanchard Racing own the Racing Entitlement Contract for car #21, while Brad Jones Racing runs the car and oversees trackside activities on its behalf.
  4. ^ For points-scoring purposes, Kelly Racing is divided into two teams: one made up of car #3 and car #78, and another consisting of car #7 and car #15.

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