James Courtney

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James Courtney
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James Courtney conducting 'Frank the tank'.
Nationality Australian
Born29 June 1980 (1980-06-29) (age 38)
Sydney, New South Wales
Supercars Record
Car number25
Current teamWalkinshaw Andretti United
Series championships1 (2010)
Races398
Race wins15
Podium finishes67
Pole positions10
2018 Championship position15th (1725 pts)*

James Anthony Courtney (born 29 June 1980) is an Australian racing driver competing in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. He currently drives the No. 25 Holden ZB Commodore for Walkinshaw Andretti United. Courtney won the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series driving for the Dick Johnson Racing team.[1]

Courtney has raced and was successful in several other categories, most of which are regarded as the stepping stones to Formula One. He was World Junior Karting Champion in 1995 and world Formula A Champion in 1997.[2] He was British Formula Ford champion in 2000 and broke the record for winning the most Formula Ford races in one season. He drove for the Jaguar Junior Formula Three team in 2001, impressively winning his first F3 race on his F3 debut. He was also a test driver for Jaguar's Formula One team. Injuries from a high-speed test crash at Monza in 2002, due to failure of the rear wing on the Jaguar F1 car, led to him missing some races in that year's British Formula 3 Championship so he could not win the title—although he was easily leading it at that stage. In 2003, he was All-Japan Formula Three champion for the TOM'S team.[3] In 2004 and 2005 he raced in the All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship for Toyota.

Courtney is managed by BTCC/TOCA boss Alan J. Gow, who was instrumental in his European open-wheeler career leading to his testing role with Jaguar Racing. He appeared in the 2007 season of Dancing with the Stars, on the Seven Network.

Jaguar F1 Testing Crash[edit]

While testing for the Jaguar Racing Formula One team in Monza in 2002, the rear suspension failed on Courtney's car, sending him into the barrier at 306 km/h. The car hit with such force that it bounced back from the wall at 70 km/h, causing Courtney to suffer an impact estimated at 67G. When he regained consciousness, he found the man who had pulled him from the wreck, multiple World Champion Michael Schumacher who had been at the circuit testing for Ferrari, shouting at him, trying to translate for the Italian track marshals who could not speak English. Courtney "freaked out" when he found that he could not move the right side of his body and was bleeding from his eyes. He explained that "it took me a year to recover. I couldn't walk without getting a migraine. Anything would set it off. Noise, light, anything."[4] Courtney also revealed that he could not see for weeks after the accident, and that he decided at that point never to be scared of having a crash again, stating "It's over if you are scared. It is all or nothing".[5]

Supercars Championship[edit]

James Courtney debuted in V8 Supercars in 2005 with the Holden Racing Team in the endurance races with co-driving with Jim Richards but enjoyed limited success.

Stone Brothers Racing[edit]

In 2006, he joined Ford team Stone Brothers Racing to replace two-time champion Marcos Ambrose. He crashed the car on debut in Adelaide but recovered to finished third in the 2006 Bathurst 1000 and followed it up with a second place in the 2007 Bathurst 1000. On 19 July 2008 Courtney collected his first V8 Supercar race win, taking out race one of the City of Ipswich 400 at Queensland Raceway. He finished the year sixth in the championship.

Dick Johnson Racing[edit]

In 2009, he switched to Dick Johnson Racing. He was given a brand new Triple Eight Race Engineering built Ford FG Falcon and was regarded by many as a serious threat for the title. This came undone at the start of the year, with an accident marred start to the season. Courtney took wins at the new tracks, Townsville and Sydney and finish the year in seventh.

In 2010, Courtney his best season to date, with podiums at Adelaide, Melbourne GP and Hamilton, and five race wins; two each at Queensland Raceway and Winton, and one at Sandown. He won the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series, ahead of 2009 V8 Supercar champion Jamie Whincup. It marks the first time in 15 years that a Dick Johnson Racing entry has won the championship. In the immediate post-season, however, Courtney signed a deal to leave the team and join the Holden Racing Team.[6]

Walkinshaw Andretti United[edit]

Since joining Walkinshaw Andretti United, Courtney has had limited success, taking just one race win at the 2011 Yas V8 400. After his win at Abu Dhabi, he struggled during the season with little success at most rounds with a best finish of 4th at Adelaide. He then achieved a 2nd at Sandown. He finished tenth in the 2011 championship with 1869 points, while his teammate Garth Tander finished fifth with 2574 points and 2011 Champion Jamie Whincup amassed 3168 points.

After the first race of the 2012 race, the Clipsal 500 on the Adelaide street circuit, he was in 28th place in the championship.

Courtney retained his seat at the Holden Racing Team for 2012 alongside Garth Tander. Courtney's season started with a crash at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide in race 1 and a 25th in race 2. He then finished 18th in the first race of Symmons Plains but recorded an impressive 8th in race 2. He now sits 21st in the championship with 171 points while Tander is in 6th with 368 points.

Courtney sat out the final four races of the 2013 Championship Series after a severe incident during Race 32 at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. As Courtney entered the turn 4 hairpin (Honda Corner) an out of control Alexandre Prémat, after suffering a delaminated tyre, made heavy contact to the driver's side window of James Courtney's car with the rear of his own after hitting a slight mound in the grass. The incident caused significant damage to both cars including snapping the safety bars of Courtney's car. Both cars inevitably could not compete in the next two races held on the weekend. James suffered a tear in his right quad muscle and a fractured tibia. HRT endurance co-driver Nick Percat replaced him for the final two races of the season at the Sydney 500.[7]

Courtney withdrew from the 2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Super Sprint after sustaining chest injuries whilst standing in pit lane when he was hit by an airborne piece of metal signage blown through the air by a low flying Navy helicopter. He was admitted to hospital with two broken ribs and a punctured lung. Jack Perkins substituted for Courtney while he recovered in hospital.[8] On 26 August 2015, Courtney confirmed that he would not participate in the 2015 Sandown 500 to recover from his injuries.[9] There was a last-minute decision at the Bathurst 1000, where he decided not to race. He returned to the 2015 Castrol Gold Coast 600, winning the 300 km race on Sunday with co-driver Jack Perkins.

Personal life[edit]

Courtney is married and has a daughter named Zara, and a younger son named Cadel, was born with a twin sister, and resides near the Gold Coast, Queensland. He has done so since driving for Stone Brothers Racing in 2006. He is an enthusiast of quality watches, an avid cyclist, and as of 1 October 2013 he drives a brand new HSV GTS. Courtney deliberately ordered the car in plain white, stating "There is no point in causing dramas or drawing attention to myself.[10]

In a short interview with "Australian Muscle Car" magazine for the November/December 2013 issue, Courtney revealed his first car was a Datsun 1200 ute powered by a turbocharged 2.0 litre engine. He described the car as "crazy" and that it would "spin the rear wheels in fifth gear, no problem". When he moved to England to pursue Formula Ford he gave the car to his father to use, who in turn gave it to his sister before it was sold, though Courtney revealed he wished he could now buy the car back.

Career results[edit]

The Ford FG Falcon of James Courtney at the 2010 Clipsal 500 Adelaide
The Holden VE Commodore of James Courtney at the 2012 Clipsal 500 Adelaide
Courtney placed 6th in the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship driving a Holden VF Commodore
Season Series Position Car Team
1999 British Formula Ford Championship 5th Van Diemen RF99 Ford Duckhams Van Diemen
Formula Ford Festival 2nd
2000 British Formula Ford Championship 1st Van Diemen RF00 Ford Van Diemen
2001 British Formula 3 Championship 4th Dallara 301 Mugen-Honda Jaguar Junior Team
2002 British Formula 3 Championship 2nd Dallara 302 Mugen-Honda Carlin Motorsport
2003 All-Japan Formula Three Championship 1st Dallara 302 TOM'S-Toyota TOM'S
Formula Nippon Championship 13th Lola B3/51 Mugen-Honda Team 5Zigen
2004 Japan Grand Touring Car Championship 6th Toyota Supra TOM'S
2005 Super GT Series 4th Toyota Supra TOM'S
V8 Supercar Championship Series 47th Holden VZ Commodore Holden Racing Team
2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series 11th Ford BA Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series 9th Ford BF Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series 6th Ford BF Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series 7th Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series 1st Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship 10th Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team
2012 International V8 Supercars Championship 10th Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team
2013 International V8 Supercars Championship 11th Holden VF Commodore Holden Racing Team
2014 International V8 Supercars Championship 6th Holden VF Commodore Holden Racing Team
2015 International V8 Supercars Championship 10th Holden VF Commodore Holden Racing Team
2016 International V8 Supercars Championship 11th Holden VF Commodore Holden Racing Team
2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 21st Holden VF Commodore Walkinshaw Racing
2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 14th Holden ZB Commodore Walkinshaw Andretti United

Complete Super GT results[edit]

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Pts
2004 Team TOM'S Toyota Supra GT500 TAI
11
SUG
3
SEP
5
TOK
5
MOT
4
AUT
6
SUZ
6
6th 44
2005 Team TOM'S Toyota Supra GT500 OKA
2
FUJ
10
SEP
3
SUG
3
MOT
7
FUJ
5
AUT
8
SUZ
5
4th 60

Supercars Championship results[edit]

Supercars results
Year Team Car 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 Position Points
2005 Holden Racing Team Holden VZ Commodore ADE
R1
ADE
R2
PUK
R3
PUK
R4
PUK
R5
BAR
R6
BAR
R7
BAR
R8
EAS
R9
EAS
R10
SHA
R11
SHA
R12
SHA
R13
HDV
R14
HDV
R15
HDV
R16
QLD
R17
ORA
R18
ORA
R19
SAN
R20

11
BAT
R21

Ret
SUR
R22
SUR
R23
SUR
R24
SYM
R25
SYM
R26
SYM
R27
PHI
R28
PHI
R29
PHI
R30
47th 152
2006 Stone Brothers Racing Ford BA Falcon ADE
R1

Ret
ADE
R2

Ret
PUK
R3

8
PUK
R4

18
PUK
R5

8
BAR
R6

12
BAR
R7

5
BAR
R8

Ret
WIN
R9

15
WIN
R10

Ret
WIN
R11

27
HDV
R12

16
HDV
R13

6
HDV
R14

23
QLD
R15

3
QLD
R16

3
QLD
R17

Ret
ORA
R18

9
ORA
R19

8
ORA
R20

3
SAN
R21

9
BAT
R22

3
SUR
R23

17
SUR
R24

12
SUR
R25

6
SYM
R26

5
SYM
R27

13
SYM
R28

Ret
BHR
R29

5
BHR
R30

24
BHR
R31

7
PHI
R32

9
PHI
R33

Ret
PHI
R34

12
11th 2347
2007 Stone Brothers Racing Ford BF Falcon ADE
R1

2
ADE
R2

3
BAR
R3

11
BAR
R4

Ret
BAR
R5

Ret
PUK
R6

9
PUK
R7

5
PUK
R8

3
WIN
R9

17
WIN
R10

15
WIN
R11

8
EAS
R12

Ret
EAS
R13

14
EAS
R14

8
HDV
R15

16
HDV
R16

Ret
HDV
R17

DNS
QLD
R18

3
QLD
R19

4
QLD
R20

18
ORA
R21

19
ORA
R22

7
ORA
R23

Ret
SAN
R24

16
BAT
R25

2
SUR
R26

6
SUR
R27

15
SUR
R28

4
BHR
R29

6
BHR
R30

2
BHR
R31

2
SYM
R32

28
SYM
R33

8
SYM
R34

6
PHI
R35

12
PHI
R36

7
PHI
R37

6
9th 359
2008 Stone Brothers Racing Ford BF Falcon ADE
R1

16
ADE
R2

Ret
EAS
R3

5
EAS
R4

15
EAS
R5

Ret
HAM
R6

4
HAM
R7

3
HAM
R8

3
BAR
R9

20
BAR
R10

7
BAR
R11

8
SAN
R12

6
SAN
R13

4
SAN
R14

3
HDV
R15

10
HDV
R16

23
HDV
R17

7
QLD
R18

1
QLD
R19

6
QLD
R20

2
WIN
R21

9
WIN
R22

9
WIN
R23

25
PHI
Q

3
PHI
R24

6
BAT
R25

3
SUR
R26

9
SUR
R27

11
SUR
R28

Ret
BHR
R29

5
BHR
R30

7
BHR
R31

2
SYM
R32

Ret
SYM
R33

17
SYM
R34

10
ORA
R35

5
ORA
R36

6
ORA
R37

4
6th 2446
2009 Dick Johnson Racing Ford FG Falcon ADE
R1

20
ADE
R2

24
HAM
R3

13
HAM
R4

2
WIN
R5

Ret
WIN
R6

6
SYM
R7

30
SYM
R8

Ret
HDV
R9

8
HDV
R10

12
TOW
R11

Ret
TOW
R12

1
SAN
R13

2
SAN
R14

8
QLD
R15

2
QLD
R16

8
PHI
Q

4
PHI
R17

4
BAT
R18

24
SUR
R19

Ret
SUR
R20

16
SUR
R21

5
SUR
R22

3
PHI
R23

9
PHI
R24

4
BAR
R25

4
BAR
R26

10
SYD
R27

17
SYD
R28

1
7th 2192
2010 Dick Johnson Racing Ford FG Falcon YMC
R1

4
YMC
R2

6
BHR
R3

6
BHR
R4

7
ADE
R5

2
ADE
R6

2
HAM
R7

3
HAM
R8

21
QLD
R9

1
QLD
R10

1
WIN
R11

1
WIN
R12

1
HDV
R13

5
HDV
R14

4
TOW
R15

5
TOW
R16

2
PHI
Q

3
PHI
R17

12
BAT
R18

5
SUR
R19

10
SUR
R20

4
SYM
R21

11
SYM
R22

12
SAN
R23

4
SAN
R24

1
SYD
R25

15
SYD
R26

14
1st 3055
2011 Holden Racing Team Holden VE Commodore YMC
R1

26
YMC
R2

1
ADE
R3

24
ADE
R4

4
HAM
R5

11
HAM
R6

Ret
BAR
R7

10
BAR
R8

26
BAR
R9

5
WIN
R10

8
WIN
R11

25
HID
R12

25
HID
R13

24
TOW
R14

Ret
TOW
R15

19
QLD
R16

20
QLD
R17

Ret
QLD
R18

12
PHI
Q

12
PHI
R19

9
BAT
R20

7
SUR
R21

14
SUR
R22

6
SYM
R23

10
SYM
R24

11
SAN
R25

2
SAN
R26

11
SYD
R27

7
SYD
R28

7
10th 1869
2012 Holden Racing Team Holden VE Commodore ADE
R1

Ret
ADE
R2

25
SYM
R3

18
SYM
R4

8
HAM
R5

7
HAM
R6

22
BAR
R7

5
BAR
R8

13
BAR
R9

12
PHI
R10

18
PHI
R11

13
HID
R12

12
HID
R13

11
TOW
R14

10
TOW
R15

15
QLD
R16

15
QLD
R17

14
SMP
R18

6
SMP
R19

10
SAN
Q

8
SAN
R20

9
BAT
R21

4
SUR
R22

7
SUR
R23

17
YMC
R24

Ret
YMC
R25

14
YMC
R26

13
WIN
R27

24
WIN
R28

18
SYD
R29

3
SYD
R30

3
10th 2153
2013 Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore ADE
R1

5
ADE
R2

7
SYM
R3

9
SYM
R4

7
SYM
R5

3
PUK
R6

9
PUK
R7

Ret
PUK
R8

22
PUK
R9

6
BAR
R10

8
BAR
R11

6
BAR
R12

17
COA
R13

9
COA
R14

14
COA
R15

10
COA
R16

10
HID
R17

3
HID
R18

2
HID
R19

Ret
TOW
R20

6
TOW
R21

2
QLD
R22

5
QLD
R23

3
QLD
R24

23
WIN
R25

5
WIN
R26

3
WIN
R27

1
SAN
QR

7
SAN
R28

5
BAT
R29

Ret
SUR
R30

Ret
SUR
R31

Ret
PHI
R32

Ret
PHI
R33

DNS
PHI
R34

DNS
SYD
R35
SYD
R36
11th 1909
2014 Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore ADE
R1

9
ADE
R2

18
ADE
R3

1
SYM
R4

2
SYM
R5

10
SYM
R6

3
WIN
R7

Ret
WIN
R8

9
WIN
R9

2
PUK
R10

4
PUK
R11

2
PUK
R12

12
PUK
R13

14
BAR
R14

9
BAR
R15

8
BAR
R16

15
HID
R17

8
HID
R18

11
HID
R19

5
TOW
R20

8
TOW
R21

2
TOW
R22

4
QLD
R23

5
QLD
R24

10
QLD
R25

1
SMP
R26

8
SMP
R27

8
SMP
R28

Ret
SAN
QR

6
SAN
R29

2
BAT
R30

13
SUR
R31

Ret
SUR
R32

21
PHI
R33

13
PHI
R34

13
PHI
R35

12
SYD
R36

11
SYD
R37

6
SYD
R38

3
6th 2489
2015 Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore ADE
R1

10
ADE
R2

2
ADE
R3

1
SYM
R4

3
SYM
R5

3
SYM
R6

10
BAR
R7

10
BAR
R8

6
BAR
R9

5
WIN
R10

14
WIN
R11

23
WIN
R12

7
HID
R13

23
HID
R14

6
HID
R15

7
TOW
R16

6
TOW
R17

2
QLD
R18

6
QLD
R19

8
QLD
R20

6
SMP
R21
SMP
R22
SMP
R23
SAN
R24
BAT
R25
SUR
R26

5
SUR
R27

1
PUK
R28

8
PUK
R29

6
PUK
R30

15
PHI
R31

6
PHI
R32

10
PHI
R33

13
SYD
R34

4
SYD
R35

4
SYD
R36

12
10th 2110
2016 Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore ADE
R1

2
ADE
R2

1
ADE
R3

21
SYM
R4

13
SYM
R5

7
PHI
R6

21
PHI
R7

7
BAR
R8

6
BAR
R9

8
WIN
R10

19
WIN
R11

25
HID
R12

21
HID
R13

5
TOW
R14

6
TOW
R15

2
QLD
R16

13
QLD
R17

Ret
SMP
R18

3
SMP
R19

8
SAN
QR

6
SAN
R20

11
BAT
R21

13
SUR
R22

20
SUR
R23

10
PUK
R24

6
PUK
R25

13
PUK
R26

11
PUK
R27

14
SYD
R28

5
SYD
R29

6
11th 2162
2017 Walkinshaw Racing Holden VF Commodore ADE
R1

3
ADE
R2

4
SYM
R3

Ret
SYM
R4

DNS
PHI
R5

21
PHI
R6

20
BAR
R7

17
BAR
R8

22
WIN
R9

Ret
WIN
R10

19
HID
R11

22
HID
R12

18
TOW
R13

25
TOW
R14

9
QLD
R15

14
QLD
R16

23
SMP
R17

14
SMP
R18

16
SAN
QR

14
SAN
R19

10
BAT
R20

19
SUR
R21

14
SUR
R22

6
PUK
R23

25
PUK
R24

Ret
NEW
R25

19
NEW
R26

24
21st 1431
2018 Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden ZB Commodore ADE
R1

2
ADE
R2

6
MEL
R3

12
MEL
R4

20
MEL
R5

5
MEL
R6

Ret
SYM
R7

3
SYM
R8

4
PHI
R9

17
PHI
R10

Ret
BAR
R11

13
BAR
R12

4
WIN
R13

9
WIN
R14

19
HID
R15

23
HID
R16

11
TOW
R17

17
TOW
R18

10
QLD
R19

8
QLD
R20

Ret
SMP
R21

Ret
BEN
R22

8
BEN
R23

13
SAN
QR

26
SAN
R24

16
BAT
R25

Ret
SUR
R26

3
SUR
R27

C
PUK
R28
PUK
R29
NEW
R30
NEW
R31
14th* 1326*

Bathurst 1000 results[edit]

Year Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
2005 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VZ New Zealand Jim Richards DNF 7
2006 Stone Brothers Racing Ford Falcon BA Australia Glenn Seton 3rd 161
2007 Stone Brothers Racing Ford Falcon BA Australia David Besnard 2nd 161
2008 Stone Brothers Racing Ford Falcon BA Australia David Besnard 3rd 161
2009 Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon FG Australia Steven Johnson 24th 131
2010 Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon FG Australia Warren Luff 5th 161
2011 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VE Australia Cameron McConville 7th 161
2012 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VE Australia Cameron McConville 4th 161
2013 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VF New Zealand Greg Murphy DNF 85
2014 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VF New Zealand Greg Murphy 13th 160
2016 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VF Australia Jack Perkins 13th 161
2017 Walkinshaw Racing Holden Commodore VF Australia Jack Perkins 19th 147
2018 Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden Commodore ZB Australia Jack Perkins DNF 33

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "History". TOM's Co. Ltd. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  4. ^ "F1 wreck led to Australian title for former tester". Motorsport.com. 6 December 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Nicolas Kiesa
British Formula Ford
Champion

2000
Succeeded by
Robert Dahlgren
Preceded by
Takashi Kogure
All-Japan Formula Three
Champion

2003
Succeeded by
Ronnie Quintarelli
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Jamie Whincup
Winner of the V8 Supercar Championship Series
2010
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Jamie Whincup
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Shane van Gisbergen
Winner of the Clipsal 500
2014-2015
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Nick Percat
Awards and achievements
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Will Davison
Barry Sheene Medal
2010
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Craig Lowndes