Sydney will have a Supercar team, and a Sydney-born driver — a former series champion — will be behind the wheel.
On Supercars Trackside in Bathurst on Wednesday, it was confirmed that 2010 series champion James Courtney will compete out of a Sydney-run team from 2020.
Earlier this year, Courtney confirmed his exit from Walkinshaw Andretti United, where he has called home since 2011 after leaving Dick Johnson Racing with his maiden drivers’ title.
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While boasting undeniable talent and pedigree, both Courtney and WAU haven’t produced the results that both driver and car are capable of in recent years.
In nine seasons with the Holden squad, Courtney has won just seven races, the last coming in 2016.
The 39-year-old, who is the oldest regular driver on the grid, hasn’t stood on a Supercars podium since last year’s Gold Coast 600.
TEKNO Autosports will supply its Racing Entitlements Contract (REC) to help start up the new two-car squad.
The announcement comes as entries are set to be confirmed after this weekend’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
The team will be based in a temporary facility next year before a base is constructed out of Sydney Motorsport Park in the city’s west, with an opening date slated for 2021.
Supercars and the NSW Government have worked inconjunction to bring the move to life.
More to come.