2019 Supercars Championship
|2019 Supercars Championship|
The 2019 Supercars Championship (known for commercial reasons as the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship) 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.
- 1 Teams and drivers
- 2 Calendar
- 3 Rule changes
- 4 Results and standings
- 5 Notes
- 6 References
Teams and drivers
The following teams and drivers are competing in the 2019 championship.
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. Tickford Racing and DJR Team Penske oversaw the development of the car, with Ford Performance providing additional technical support. Ford Australia provided financial support in developing the car, but no team was officially recognised as a factory team. 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. The decision to return the Mustang to the series was made as Australia's domestic production of the Ford Falcon ceased in 2016. The Mustang's return marked the first time since 1990 that a Mustang has contested the premier class of Australian motorsport. The car completed the homologation process in December 2018 and was subsequently approved for competition by the Supercars Commission.
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. Nissan's decision to withdraw from the championship followed the Altima being withdrawn from sale in Australia in 2017.
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. 23Red Racing formed a partnership with Tickford Racing saw it become a satellite team of Tickford. Matt Stone Racing upgraded from a VF Commodore to a ZB Commodore and are receiving technical support from Triple Eight Race Engineering.
Craig Lowndes and Tim Blanchard retired from full-time competition at the end of the 2018 championship. Both will return as endurance co-drivers with Triple Eight Race Engineering and Brad Jones Racing respectively. Blanchard's seat at Tim Blanchard Racing was filled by Macauley Jones. 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. Winterbottom moved to Charlie Schwerkolt Racing, replacing Lee Holdsworth. Holdsworth took Winterbottom's place at Tickford Racing, while Stanaway moved to Garry Rogers Motorsport to replace Garth Tander. Tander stepped down from full-time competition, joining Triple Eight Race Engineering as an endurance co-driver.
The calendar was reduced to fifteen rounds in 2019, with the following events scheduled to take place:
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.
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. 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.
As a cost reduction measure, the use of twin-spring dampers were banned with teams required to use linear spring dampers. A new specification of transaxle developed by Xtrac will be introduced.
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.
Results and standings
|Round||Event||Pole position||Fastest lap||Winning driver||Winning team||Report|
|1||1||Adelaide 500||Fabian Coulthard||Chaz Mostert||Scott McLaughlin||DJR Team Penske||Report|
|2||Scott McLaughlin||Chaz Mostert||Scott McLaughlin||DJR Team Penske|
|2||3||Melbourne 400||Scott McLaughlin||Chaz Mostert||Scott McLaughlin||DJR Team Penske||Report|
|4||Scott McLaughlin||Scott McLaughlin||Scott McLaughlin||DJR Team Penske|
|5||Scott McLaughlin||Chaz Mostert||Chaz Mostert||Tickford Racing|
|6||Chaz Mostert||Scott McLaughlin||Scott McLaughlin||DJR Team Penske|
|4||9||Phillip Island SuperSprint||Report|
|7||15||Darwin Triple Crown||Report|
|10||21||Supercars Classic at The Bend||Report|
|13||26||Gold Coast 600||Report|
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.
- 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.
Italics – Fastest lap
Results count toward the Enduro Cup.
Italics – Fastest lap
– Denotes single-car team
Results count toward the Enduro Cup.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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