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2019 Supercars Championship
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Support series:
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Scott McLaughlin (photographed in 2013) is the defending drivers' champion and current championship leader.
DJR Team Penske are the current teams' championship leaders.

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 teams' champions.

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Teams and driversEdit

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   Lee Holdsworth 1–7   TBA
6   Cameron Waters 1–7   Michael Caruso[3]
55   Chaz Mostert 1–7   James Moffat[4]
DJR Team Penske 12   Fabian Coulthard 1–7   Tony D'Alberto[5]
17   Scott McLaughlin 1–7   Alexandre Prémat[5]
23Red Racing[b] 23   Will Davison 1–7   Alex Davison[6]
Holden Holden ZB Commodore Walkinshaw Andretti United 2[c]   Scott Pye 1–7   Warren Luff[7]
22   James Courtney 1–7   Jack Perkins[7]
Brad Jones Racing 8   Nick Percat 1–7   Tim Blanchard[8]
14   Tim Slade 1–7   Ash Walsh[9]
Erebus Motorsport 9   David Reynolds 1–7   Luke Youlden[10]
99   Anton de Pasquale 1–7   Will Brown[10]
Charlie Schwerkolt Racing 18   Mark Winterbottom 1–7   Steven Richards[11]
Tekno Autosports 19   Jack Le Brocq 1–7   TBA
Tim Blanchard Racing[d] 21   Macauley Jones 1–7   TBA
Garry Rogers Motorsport 33   Richie Stanaway[e] 1–6   Chris Pither[12]
  Chris Pither[e] 6–7 N/A
34   James Golding 1–7   Richard Muscat[12]
Matt Stone Racing 35   Todd Hazelwood 1–7   TBA
Triple Eight Race Engineering 88   Jamie Whincup 1–7   Craig Lowndes[13]
97   Shane van Gisbergen 1–7   Garth Tander[14]
Nissan Nissan Altima L33 Kelly Racing[f] 3   Garry Jacobson 1–7   Dean Fiore
7   Andre Heimgartner 1–7   Bryce Fullwood[15]
15   Rick Kelly 1–7   Dale Wood[16]
78   Simona de Silvestro 1–7   Alex Rullo
Wildcard entries
Holden Holden ZB Commodore Brad Jones Racing 4   Jack Smith 3, 6–7 N/A
77   Tim Blanchard 5 N/A
Kostecki Brothers Racing TBA N/A   Brodie Kostecki
  Jake Kostecki
Source:[17][18][19][20][21][22][23] Source:[23]

Manufacturer changesEdit

 
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.[24][25] Tickford Racing and DJR Team Penske oversaw the development of the car, with Ford Performance providing additional technical support.[26][27][28] Ford Australia provided financial support in developing the car, but no team was officially recognised as a factory team.[29] 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.[30][31] The decision to return the Mustang to the series was made as Australia's domestic production of the Ford Falcon ceased in 2016.[32] The Mustang's return marked the first time since 1990 that a Mustang has contested the premier class of Australian motorsport.[33] The car completed the homologation process in December 2018 and was subsequently approved for competition by the Supercars Commission.[34]

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.[35][36] Nissan's decision to withdraw from the championship followed the Altima being withdrawn from sale in Australia in 2017.[37]

Team changesEdit

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.[38][39][40] 23Red Racing formed a partnership with Tickford Racing saw it become a satellite team of Tickford.[41] Matt Stone Racing upgraded from a VF Commodore to a ZB Commodore and are receiving technical support from Triple Eight Race Engineering.[42]

Driver changesEdit

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][43]

Craig Lowndes and Tim Blanchard retired from full-time competition at the end of the 2018 championship.[44] Both will return as endurance co-drivers with Triple Eight Race Engineering and Brad Jones Racing respectively.[4][45][46] Blanchard's seat at Tim Blanchard Racing was filled by Macauley Jones.[47] 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.[48] Winterbottom moved to Charlie Schwerkolt Racing, replacing Lee Holdsworth.[49][50] Holdsworth took Winterbottom's place at Tickford Racing,[51] while Stanaway moved to Garry Rogers Motorsport to replace Garth Tander.[19] Tander stepped down from full-time competition, joining Triple Eight Race Engineering as an endurance co-driver.[14]

Mid-season changesEdit

Richie Stanaway was withdrawn halfway through the Winton SuperSprint and missed the Darwin Triple Crown, due to a neck injury. He was replaced by Chris Pither, who was nominated as his partner for the endurance races.[52]

CalendarEdit

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

Round Event Circuit Location Dates
1 Adelaide 500   Adelaide Street Circuit Adelaide, South Australia 2–3 March
2 Melbourne 400   Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit Melbourne, Victoria 15–17 March
3 Tasmania SuperSprint   Symmons Plains Raceway Launceston, Tasmania 6–7 April
4 Phillip Island SuperSprint   Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Phillip Island, Victoria 13–14 April
5 Perth SuperNight   Barbagallo Wanneroo Raceway Neerabup, Western Australia 3–4 May
6 Winton SuperSprint   Winton Motor Raceway Benalla, Victoria 25–26 May
7 Darwin Triple Crown   Hidden Valley Raceway Darwin, Northern Territory 15–16 June
8 Townsville 400   Townsville Street Circuit Townsville, Queensland 6–7 July
9 Ipswich SuperSprint   Queensland Raceway Ipswich, Queensland 27–28 July
10 The Bend SuperSprint   The Bend Motorsport Park Tailem Bend, South Australia 24–25 August
11 Auckland SuperSprint   Pukekohe Park Raceway Pukekohe, Auckland Region 14–15 September
12 Bathurst 1000   Mount Panorama Circuit Bathurst, New South Wales 13 October
13 Gold Coast 600   Surfers Paradise Street Circuit Surfers Paradise, Queensland 26–27 October
14 Sandown 500   Sandown Raceway Springvale, Victoria 9–10 November
15 Newcastle 500   Newcastle Street Circuit Newcastle, New South Wales 23–24 November
Source:[53]

Calendar changesEdit

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.[53]

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.[53] Changes to the Formula One calendar meant that the Australian Grand Prix was run earlier in the year than it was in 2018, and thus the Supercars support races was also moved forward. The Adelaide 500 was subsequently brought forward to keep its season-opening berth.

Format changesEdit

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.[54]

Rule changesEdit

Technical regulationsEdit

As a cost reduction measure, the use of twin-spring dampers were banned with teams required to use linear spring dampers.[55] A new specification of transaxle developed by Xtrac will be introduced.[56]

Sporting regulationsEdit

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.[57]

Results and standingsEdit

Season summaryEdit

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
3 7 Tasmania SuperSprint   Mark Winterbottom   James Courtney   Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske Report
8   Shane van Gisbergen   Mark Winterbottom   Shane van Gisbergen Triple Eight Race Engineering
4 9 Phillip Island SuperSprint   Scott McLaughlin   Scott McLaughlin   Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske Report
10   Scott McLaughlin   Scott McLaughlin   Fabian Coulthard DJR Team Penske
5 11 Perth SuperNight   Scott McLaughlin   James Courtney   Fabian Coulthard DJR Team Penske Report
12   Scott McLaughlin   Scott McLaughlin   Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske
6 13 Winton SuperSprint   Chaz Mostert   Scott McLaughlin   Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske Report
14   Scott McLaughlin   Scott McLaughlin   Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske
7 15 Darwin Triple Crown   Scott McLaughlin   Chaz Mostert   Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske Report
16   Scott McLaughlin   Cameron Waters   Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske
8 17 Townsville 400 Report
18
9 19 Ipswich SuperSprint Report
20
10 21 The Bend SuperSprint 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
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30
15 31 Newcastle 500 Report
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Points systemEdit

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' championshipEdit

Pos. Driver No. ADE
 
MEL
 
SYM
 
PHI
 
BAR
 
WIN
 
HID
 
TOW
 
QLD
 
BEN
 
PUK
 
BAT
 
SUR
 
SAN
 
NEW
 
Pen. Points
1   Scott McLaughlin 17 1 1 1 1 DNS 1 1 4 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 1946
2   Fabian Coulthard 12 6 20 2 5 5 15 2 2 2 1 1 4 15 2 7 3 0 1627
3   David Reynolds 9 8 9 10 7 4 8 6 3 4 11 10 6 3 4 3 2 0 1487
4   Chaz Mostert 55 5 15 5 2 1 2 10 10 5 5 3 Ret 2 10 2 6 0 1400
5   Shane van Gisbergen 97 3 3 Ret 10 21 22 3 1 6 7 5 5 5 7 8 10 0 1399
6   Jamie Whincup 88 2 7 8 4 2 3 25 5 Ret 12 4 2 6 3 5 5 0 1390
7   Cameron Waters 6 22 2 3 3 DNS 4 11 11 Ret 6 8 3 11 6 4 4 0 1225
8   Nick Percat 8 7 5 14 15 8 10 8 7 9 10 7 10 7 9 13 15 0 1183
9   Will Davison 23 4 8 4 6 10 5 19 14 10 4 6 8 12 Ret 12 9 0 1136
10   Lee Holdsworth 5 21 11 9 12 12 9 13 9 15 14 9 9 22 5 6 7 0 1056
11   Tim Slade 14 17 4 6 8 3 7 7 12 17 9 11 11 13 12 Ret 18 0 1023
12   Mark Winterbottom 18 9 6 12 11 13 6 4 6 21 17 18 15 9 22 17 12 0 1009
13   Anton de Pasquale 99 16 14 11 13 11 12 9 23 12 3 13 7 18 17 11 8 0 1008
14   James Courtney 22 10 12 7 9 7 16 5 13 22 24 25 16 4 13 9 14 0 991
15   Andre Heimgartner 7 13 13 15 18 9 14 18 17 3 13 17 23 8 11 16 11 0 947
16   Scott Pye 2 Ret 17 13 14 6 11 12 8 8 15 16 Ret 10 8 10 19 0 871
17   Todd Hazelwood 35 12 10 23 17 14 13 14 18 11 16 23 14 19 15 18 13 0 820
18   Rick Kelly 15 11 24 22 16 16 19 17 15 7 8 15 20 14 Ret 21 16 0 771
19   James Golding 34 14 19 16 23 18 18 15 16 13 22 14 13 17 19 Ret 17 0 719
20   Simona de Silvestro 78 15 16 18 19 17 21 21 21 16 18 12 12 23 23 19 20 0 712
21   Garry Jacobson 3 19 22 21 24 19 17 24 Ret 19 19 19 19 21 18 14 24 0 590
22   Macauley Jones 21 DNS 23 19 22 20 Ret 20 20 18 21 24 17 16 16 22 22 0 573
23   Jack Le Brocq 19 20 21 20 20 15 23 22 22 20 20 20 22 20 20 Ret 21 0 568
24   Richie Stanaway 33 18 18 17 21 DSQ 20 16 19 14 23 22 21 25 0 482
25   Jack Smith 4 23 24 24 21 20 25 0 219
26   Chris Pither 33 14 15 23 0 159
27   Tim Blanchard 77 21 18 0 93
Pos. Driver No. ADE
 
MEL
 
SYM
 
PHI
 
BAR
 
WIN
 
HID
 
TOW
 
QLD
 
BEN
 
PUK
 
BAT
 
SUR
 
SAN
 
NEW
 
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' championshipEdit

Pos. Team No. ADE
 
MEL
 
SYM
 
PHI
 
BAR
 
WIN
 
HID
 
TOW
 
QLD
 
BEN
 
PUK
 
BAT
 
SUR
 
SAN
 
NEW
 
Pen. Points
1 DJR Team Penske 12 6 20 2 5 5 15 2 2 2 1 1 4 15 2 7 3 60 3513
17 1 1 1 1 DNS 1 1 4 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1
2 Triple Eight Race Engineering 88 2 7 8 4 2 3 25 5 Ret 12 4 2 6 3 5 5 90 2699
97 3 3 Ret 10 21 22 3 1 6 7 5 5 5 7 8 10
3 Erebus Motorsport 9 8 9 10 7 4 8 6 3 4 11 10 6 3 4 3 2 30 2465
99 16 14 11 13 11 12 9 23 12 3 13 7 18 17 11 8
4 Tickford Racing 5 21 11 9 12 12 9 13 9 15 14 9 9 22 5 6 7 0 2456
55 5 15 5 2 1 2 10 10 5 5 3 Ret 2 10 2 6
5 Tickford Racing / 23Red Racing 6 22 2 3 3 DNS 4 11 11 Ret 6 8 3 11 6 4 4 30 2331
23 4 8 4 6 10 5 19 14 10 4 6 8 12 Ret 12 9
6 Brad Jones Racing 8 7 5 14 15 8 10 8 7 9 10 7 10 7 9 13 15 0 2206
14 17 4 6 8 3 7 7 12 17 9 11 11 13 12 Ret 18
7 Walkinshaw Andretti United 2 Ret 17 13 14 6 11 12 8 8 15 16 Ret 10 8 10 19 60 1802
22 10 12 7 9 7 16 5 13 22 24 25 16 4 13 9 14
8 Kelly Racing 7 13 13 15 18 9 14 18 17 3 13 17 23 8 11 16 11 50 1668
15 11 24 22 16 16 19 17 15 7 8 15 20 14 Ret 21 16
9 Garry Rogers Motorsport 33 18 18 17 21 DSQ 20 16 19 14 23 22 21 25 14 15 23 0 1360
34 14 19 16 23 18 18 15 16 13 22 14 13 17 19 Ret 17
10 Kelly Racing 3 19 22 21 24 19 17 24 Ret 19 19 19 19 21 18 14 24 30 1272
78 15 16 18 19 17 21 21 21 16 18 12 12 23 23 19 20
11 Charlie Schwerkolt Racing  18 9 6 12 11 13 6 4 6 21 17 18 15 9 22 17 12 60 949
12 Matt Stone Racing  35 12 10 23 17 14 13 14 18 11 16 23 14 19 15 18 13 30 790
13 Tim Blanchard Racing  21 DNS 23 19 22 20 Ret 20 20 18 21 24 17 16 16 22 22 0 573
14 Tekno Autosports  19 20 21 20 20 15 23 22 22 20 20 20 22 20 20 Ret 21 30 538
Pos. Team No. ADE
 
MEL
 
SYM
 
PHI
 
BAR
 
WIN
 
HID
 
TOW
 
QLD
 
BEN
 
PUK
 
BAT
 
SUR
 
SAN
 
NEW
 
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
  – Denotes single-car team
  Results count toward the Enduro Cup.

NotesEdit

  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. ^ Scott Pye raced as number 200 at the Phillip Island Super Sprint.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ a b Richie Stanaway was entered into Round 6 and contested Race 13, but was withdrawn from Race 14. Chris Pither was entered into Race 14 in his place.
  6. ^ 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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