Tim Blanchard

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Tim Blanchard
Tim Blanchard.JPG
Tim Blanchard in 2013
Nationality  Australian
Born 30 June 1987 (1987-06-30) (age 29)
Melbourne, Victoria
Related to John Blanchard (father)
International V8 Supercars Championship career
Debut season 2010
Current team Tim Blanchard Racing
Car no. 21
Former teams Paul Morris Motorsport
Kelly Racing
Dick Johnson Racing
Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport
Britek Motorsport
Starts 119
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 21st in 2015
Previous series
2005
2005–2007
2008
2010-12
Victorian Formula Ford
Australian Formula Ford
British Formula Ford
Development V8 Supercar
Championship titles
2007 Australian Formula Ford
Awards
2010 Mike Kable Young Gun Award

Tim Blanchard (born 30 June, 1987) is an Australian racing driver. He currently competes in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, driving the No. 21 Holden VF Commodore for Tim Blanchard Racing.[1]

Blanchard has raced in several other motor racing series, including the British Formula Ford Championship, and was the winner of the 2007 Australian Formula Ford Championship.

Early career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Blanchard raced in various classes throughout his karting career, resulting in numerous titles. His final two years were particularly notable, taking out all before him in a dominant two years for the young Victorian. 2003 saw Tim take out the Victorian Junior National Heavy Title before winning the Australian Junior National Heavy Title in the National Sprint Kart Championships at Ipswich Kart Raceway, Ipswich, QLD. This was another successful year for Tim as he looked to move into the senior class after taking both junior titles on offer. In the 2004 season, Tim took out the Victorian Senior National Heavy Title before winning the Australian Title at Hume International Raceway in Puckapunyal. This would prove to be his final year in karts as a foray into Formula Ford awaited.

Formula Ford[edit]

Australia[edit]

Blanchard progressed into Formula Ford in 2005, participating in both the Australian and Victoria State Championships in his first season. Tim finished a credible third in the Victorian Series, however only entering three races in the Australian Series as he gathered much needed experience in the open wheeler class.

He turned his concentration fully onto the Australian Championship in 2006, and under the guidance of Sonic Motor Racing Services, finished the season with 186 points and five podiums, resulting in a fifth place in the championship. 2007 saw Blanchard have his biggest success to date when he took out the Australian Formula Ford Championship with seven wins and sixteen podiums from the twenty-four race series.

UK[edit]

After winning the 2007 Australian Formula Ford Championship, Tim set his sights on conquering the British Formula Ford Championship, a series with a rich history, and a proving ground for many of the biggest names in motorsport. Blanchard signed with Jamun Racing Services, one of the most successful teams in British Formula Ford, and together with his teammate Wayne Boyd, set about dominating the championship. With 3 race wins, 16 podiums & 5 poles, Blanchard finished the 2008 British Formula Ford Championship in 2nd place, 50 points behind his teammate Wayne Boyd. This was another breakout year for Blanchard, culminating in a 3rd-place finish at the season ending Formula Ford Festival. His mechanic for the season was Scott Malvern who went on to be a successful racing driver in his own right winning the British Formula Ford Championship and Formula Ford Festival with Jamun in 2011.

Due to some funding shortfalls following the Global Financial Crisis, Blanchard was unable to secure a drive for the 2009 season. Tim instead concentrated his efforts on completing his accounting degree at Swinburne University whilst also assisting a number of teams in both V8s and Formula Ford throughout the season.

V8 Supercars[edit]

Development Series[edit]

The Team Jayco Ford BF Falcon of Tim Blanchard at Clipsal 500, 19 March 2011.

In 2010 Blanchard reunited with Sonic Motor Racing Services for the 2010 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series. Blanchard drove the ex-Triple Eight Falcon BF that James Moffat drove in the 2009 Fujitsu V8 Series. Following a season in the wilderness, Blanchard took no time to settle, finishing 5th in both races at the 2010 Clipsal 500. His standout performance came in Round 4 at the 2010 Sucrogen Townsville 400, winning the round with two podiums including his first race win. Consistency was the key throughout the season, as Blanchard finished 2nd in the 2010 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series.

2011 saw Blanchard sign with MW Motorsport to team up with the experienced David Russell in the Team Jayco BF Falcons.[2] Blanchard drove the ex-FPR Falcon BF that Tony Bates drove in the 2010 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series. After a successful year with Sonic Motor Racing Services, Blanchard started off the season at MW Motorsport with his best result for year, finishing 2nd in the opening round of the 2011 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series at the 2011 Clipsal 500. Another standout result was his 2nd Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series career race win at the 2011 Sucrogen Townsville 400. Blanchard finished every round of the season in the top 10, culminating in a 5th-place finish in the 2011 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series.

2012 saw Blanchard remain in the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series with MW Motorsport. He piloted the ex-FPR Falcon FG that Mark Winterbottom drove in the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship Following an incident packed first round at the 2012 Clipsal 500, Blanchard recorded his best finish for the year, a 5th at the 2012 Trading Post Perth Challenge. Consistent strong results followed, however Blanchards development series program came to a premature end as main series commitments with Kelly Racing, substituting for the injured Todd Kelly, meant he could not complete the season with MW Motorsport.

Championship Series[edit]

Blanchard's first experience in main series came when he picked up an endurance co-driving role with Paul Morris Motorsport, partnering Greg Murphy in the 2010 L&H 500, where they finished 13th.

In 2011 Blanchard signed with Kelly Racing[3] for the two endurance events in the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship, the 2011 L&H 500 and the 2011 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. Blanchard raced alongside David Reynolds in the teams #16 Stratco Commodore, making his Bathurst 1000 debut where mechanical issues saw them finish 19th[4] following a standout 6th place[5] at the 2011 L&H 500.

2012 saw Blanchard retained by Kelly Racing[6] for the two endurance events in the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship, the 2012 Dick Smith Sandown 500 and the 2012 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. Blanchard partnered Todd Kelly in the teams #7 Jack Daniels Commodore, finishing credible 18th at both events. Following the 2012 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, Blanchard was called up by Kelly Racing to substitute for an injured Todd Kelly for the remaining four rounds of the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship.[7]

In 2013, Blanchard was given a full-time drive with Dick Johnson Racing, Driving the #17 Entry.[8] For 2014, Blanchard became an endurance cup driver, joining Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport.

For 2015, Blanchard became a full time driver with LDM. He Drove the teams #3 Cooldrive entry in the 2015 Season. In 2016, Blanchard Moved to the third Brad Jones Racing Commodore, run under the #21 Britek Motorsport REC. For 2017 This REC will be replaced by Blanchard's own, Purchased from Super Black Racing. [9]

Mike Kable Young Gun Award[edit]

Following the 2010 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series, Blanchard collected the coveted Mike Kable Young Gun Award.[10] for best rookie driver following a successful season which saw the talented Melbournian finish second in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series.

Motor racing record[edit]

Blanchard placed second in the 2010 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series driving a Ford BF Falcon for Sonic Motor Racing Services
Blanchard placed 26th in the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship driving a Ford FG Falcon for Dick Johnson Racing
Season Series Car Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
2005 Victorian Formula Ford Championship Van Diemen RF04 Sonic Motor Racing Services 15 0 1 392 3rd
2005 Australian Formula Ford Championship Van Diemen RF04 Sonic Motor Racing Services 3 0 0 0
2006 Australian Formula Ford Championship Van Diemen RF04 Sonic Motor Racing Services 24 0 0 186 5th
2007 Australian Formula Ford Championship Mygale SJ07A Sonic Motor Racing Services 24 2 7 346 1st
2008 British Formula Ford Championship Mygale SJ08 Jamun Racing Services 25 5 3 584 2nd
2010 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series Ford BF Falcon Sonic Motor Racing Services 18 1 1520 2nd
2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport 1 122 59th
2011 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series Ford BF Falcon MW Motorsport 18 1 1262 5th
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 2 288 39th
2012 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series Ford FG Falcon MW Motorsport 13 808 14th
2012 International V8 Supercars Championship Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 11 460 32nd
2013 International V8 Supercars Championship Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 37 1080 26th
2014 International V8 Supercars Championship Holden VF Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 3 23 43rd
2015 International V8 Supercars Championship Holden VF Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 36 1272 21st
2016 International V8 Supercars Championship Holden VF Commodore Britek Motorsport 29 1266 23rd

Supercars Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car No. 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 Pos. Pts
2010 Paul Morris Motorsport Holden VE Commodore 51 YMC
R1

YMC
R2

BHR
R3

BHR
R4

ADE
R5

ADE
R6

HAM
R7

HAM
R8

QLD
R9

QLD
R10

WIN
R11

WIN
R12

HDV
R13

HDV
R14

TOW
R15

TOW
R16

PHI
Q

PHI
R17

13
BAT
R18

SUR
R19

SUR
R20

SYM
R21

SYM
R22

SAN
R23

SAN
R24

SYD
R25

SYD
R26

59th 122
2011 Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore 16 YMC
R1

YMC
R2

ADE
R3

ADE
R4

HAM
R5

HAM
R6

BAR
R7

BAR
R8

BAR
R9

WIN
R10

WIN
R11

HID
R12

HID
R13

TOW
R14

TOW
R15

QLD
R16

QLD
R17

QLD
R18

PHI
Q

PHI
R19

6
BAT
R20

19
SUR
R21

SUR
R22

SYM
R23

SYM
R24

SAN
R25

SAN
R26

SYD
R27

SYD
R28

40th 288
2012 Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore 7 ADE
R1

ADE
R2

SYM
R3

SYM
R4

HAM
R5

HAM
R6

BAR
R7

BAR
R8

BAR
R9

PHI
R10

PHI
R11

HID
R12

HID
R13

TOW
R14

TOW
R15

QLD
R16

QLD
R17

SMP
R18

SMP
R19

SAN
Q

17
SAN
R20

18
BAT
R21

18
SUR
R22

Ret
SUR
R23

Ret
YMC
R24

24
YMC
R25

26
YMC
R26

21
WIN
R27

22
WIN
R28

22
SYD
R29

14
SYD
R30

20
32nd 460
2013 Dick Johnson Racing Ford FG Falcon 17 ADE
R1

18
ADE
R2

15
SYM
R3

17
SYM
R4

26
SYM
R5

22
PUK
R6

15
PUK
R7

23
PUK
R8

Ret
PUK
R9

20
BAR
R10

21
BAR
R11

20
BAR
R12

23
COA
R13

19
COA
R14

24
COA
R15

26
COA
R16

23
HID
R17

Ret
HID
R18

24
HID
R19

15
TOW
R20

23
TOW
R21

23
QLD
R22

16
QLD
R23

19
QLD
R24

Ret
WIN
R25

27
WIN
R26

21
WIN
R27

9
SAN
R28

Ret
BAT
R29

15
SUR
R30

19
SUR
R31

16
PHI
R32

6
PHI
R33

12
PHI
R34

16
SYD
R35

Ret
SYD
R36

Ret
26th 1080
2014 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden VF Commodore 23 ADE
R1

ADE
R2

ADE
R3

SYM
R4

SYM
R5

SYM
R6

WIN
R7

WIN
R8

WIN
R9

PUK
R10

PUK
R11

PUK
R12

PUK
R13

BAR
R14

BAR
R15

BAR
R16

HID
R17

HID
R18

HID
R19

TOW
R20

TOW
R21

TOW
R22

QLD
R23

QLD
R24

QLD
R25

SMP
R26

SMP
R27

SMP
R28

SAN
R29

14
BAT
R30

Ret
SUR
R31

8
SUR
R32

8
PHI
R33

PHI
R34

PHI
R35

SYD
R36

SYD
R37

SYD
R38

43rd 306
2015 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden VF Commodore 3 ADE
R1

19
ADE
R2

19
ADE
R3

17
SYM
R4

21
SYM
R5

21
SYM
R6

20
BAR
R7

20
BAR
R8

23
BAR
R9

12
WIN
R10

23
WIN
R11

16
WIN
R12

20
HID
R13

17
HID
R14

Ret
HID
R15

23
TOW
R16

21
TOW
R17

21
QLD
R18

20
QLD
R19

18
QLD
R20

23
SMP
R21

23
SMP
R22

23
SMP
R23

18
SAN
R24

8
BAT
R25

Ret
SUR
R26

12
SUR
R27

22
PUK
R28

22
PUK
R29

23
PUK
R30

12
PHI
R31

20
PHI
R32

22
PHI
R33

16
SYD
R34

25
SYD
R35

21
SYD
R36

14
21st 1272
2016 Britek Motorsport Holden VF Commodore 21 ADE
R1

24
ADE
R2

24
ADE
R3

11
SYM
R4

15
SYM
R5

Ret
PHI
R6

22
PHI
R7

17
BAR
R8

23
BAR
R9

22
WIN
R10

20
WIN
R11

22
HID
R12

19
HID
R13

21
TOW
R14

19
TOW
R15

17
QLD
R16

18
QLD
R17

25
SMP
R18

19
SMP
R19

22
SAN
R20

20
BAT
R21

10
SUR
R22

14
SUR
R23

18
PUK
R24

18
PUK
R25

20
PUK
R26

26
PUK
R27

20
SYD
R28

19
SYD
R29

Ret
23rd 1266
2017 Tim Blanchard Racing Holden VF Commodore ADE
R1

19
ADE
R2

21
SYM
R3

SYM
R4

PHI
R5

PHI
R6

BAR
R7

BAR
R8

WIN
R9

WIN
R10

HID
R11

HID
R12

TOW
R13

TOW
R14

QLD
R15

QLD
R16

SMP
R17

SMP
R18

SAN
R19

BAT
R20

SUR
R21

SUR
R22

PUK
R23

PUK
R24

NEW
R25

NEW
R26

20th* 90*

Complete Bathurst 1000 results[edit]

Year No. Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
2011 16 Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore Australia David Reynolds 19th 161
2012 7 Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore Australia Todd Kelly 18th 161
2013 12 Dick Johnson Racing Ford FG Falcon Australia Ashley Walsh 15th 161
2014 23 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden VF Commodore Australia Russell Ingall DNF 137
2015 3 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden VF Commodore Australia Karl Reindler DNF 78
2016 21 Britek Motorsport Holden VF Commodore Australia Macauley Jones 10th 161

* Events highlighted in green denote designated co-driver role

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Martin
Australian Formula Ford Championship
Champion

2007
Succeeded by
Paul Laskazeski
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
James Moffat
Mike Kable Young Gun Award
2010
Succeeded by
Chaz Mostert