Tim Blanchard

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 ZB Commodore for Tim Blanchard Racing.[1]

Tim Blanchard
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Tim Blanchard in 2013
Nationality Australian
Born30 June 1987 (1987-06-30) (age 32)
Melbourne, Victoria
Related toJohn Blanchard (father)
Supercars Record
Car number8
Current teamBrad Jones Racing
(Endurance Race Co-Driver)
Series championships0
Races171
Race wins0
Podium finishes0
Pole positions0
2019 Championship position34th (499 pts)

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 careerEdit

KartingEdit

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 FordEdit

AustraliaEdit

Blanchard progressed into Formula Ford in 2005, participating in both the Australian and Victoria State Championships in his first season. Tim finished third in the Victorian Series, however only entering three races in the Australian Championship 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.

UKEdit

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.

SupercarsEdit

Development SeriesEdit

 
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 the 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 of the year, a 5th at the 2012 Trading Post Perth Challenge. Consistent strong results followed, but Blanchard's 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.

Supercars ChampionshipEdit

Blanchard's first experience in the 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 No. 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 No. 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 No. 17 Entry.[8]

In 2014 Blanchard became an endurance cup driver, joining Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport.

In 2015 Blanchard continued with LDM but was promoted to a full-time drive in the team's No. 3 Commodore.

In 2016 Blanchard moved to Britek Motorsport, a satellite team of Brad Jones Racing.

In 2017 the Britek REC was replaced by Blanchard's own, Tim Blanchard Racing, purchased from Super Black Racing.[9]

For 2018 Blanchard will continue using his REC with BJR, but will be racing with the new Holden ZB Commodore.

Mike Kable Young Gun AwardEdit

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 recordEdit

 
Blanchard placed 26th in the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship driving a Ford FG Falcon for Dick Johnson Racing
Season Series Car Team Races Poles Wins Points Position
2005 Victorian Formula Ford Championship Van Diemen RF04 Sonic Motor Racing Services 15 0 1 392 3rd
Australian Formula Ford Championship 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
V8 Supercar Championship Series Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport 1 0 0 122 59th
2011 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series Ford BF Falcon MW Motorsport 17 1 1262 5th
International V8 Supercars Championship Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 2 0 0 288 39th
2012 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series Ford FG Falcon MW Motorsport 13 1 808 14th
International V8 Supercars Championship Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 11 0 0 460 32nd
2013 International V8 Supercars Championship Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 37 0 0 1080 26th
2014 International V8 Supercars Championship Holden VF Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 3 0 0 23 43rd
2015 International V8 Supercars Championship Holden VF Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 36 0 0 1272 21st
2016 International V8 Supercars Championship Holden VF Commodore Britek Motorsport 29 0 0 1266 23rd
2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Holden VF Commodore Tim Blanchard Racing 26 0 0 1302 22nd
2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Holden ZB Commodore Tim Blanchard Racing 30 0 0 1277 24th
2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Holden ZB Commodore Brad Jones Racing 7 0 0 499 34th
Dunlop Super2 Series Holden VF Commodore 2 0 0 258 20th

Super2 Series resultsEdit

(key) (Round results only)

Super2 Series results
Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Position Points
2010 Sonic Motor Racing Services Ford BF Falcon ADE
4
QLD
4
WIN
7
TOW
1
BAT
8
SAN
4
HOM
4
2nd 1520
2011 MW Motorsport Ford BF Falcon ADE
2
BAR
10
TOW
7
QUE
9
BAT
6
SAN
7
HOM
10
5th 1262
2012 MW Motorsport Ford BF Falcon ADE
19
BAR
5
TOW
5
QUE
13
BAT
6
WIN HOM 14th 808
2014 MW Motorsport Ford BF Falcon ADE WIN BAR TOW QUE
11
BAT HOM 37th 126
2019 Brad Jones Racing Holden VF Commodore ADE BAR TOW
2
QLD BAT SAN NEW 20th 258

Supercars Championship resultsEdit

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
2010 Paul Morris Motorsport Holden VE Commodore 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

27
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 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

19
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 ADE
R1
ADE
R2
SYM
R3
SYM
R4
HAM
R5
HAM
R6
BAR
R7
BAR
R8
BAR
R9
PHI
R10

PO
PHI
R11

PO
HID
R12

PO
HID
R13

PO
TOW
R14

PO
TOW
R15

PO
QLD
R16

PO
QLD
R17

PO
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 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
Q

22
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 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
Q

19
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 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
Q

15
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 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
Q

19
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

Ret
SYM
R4

Ret
PHI
R5

15
PHI
R6

15
BAR
R7

26
BAR
R8

23
WIN
R9

17
WIN
R10

21
HID
R11

12
HID
R12

21
TOW
R13

14
TOW
R14

20
QLD
R15

21
QLD
R16

17
SMP
R17

10
SMP
R18

13
SAN
Q

DNS
SAN
R19

DNS
BAT
R20

12
SUR
R21

15
SUR
R22

20
PUK
R23

19
PUK
R24

16
NEW
R25

12
NEW
R26

16
22nd 1302
2018 Tim Blanchard Racing Holden ZB Commodore ADE
R1

Ret
ADE
R2

23
MEL
R3

23
MEL
R4

21
MEL
R5

11
MEL
R6

20
SYM
R7

21
SYM
R8

16
PHI
R9

21
PHI
R10

23
BAR
R11

Ret
BAR
R12

24
WIN
R13

24
WIN
R14

18
HID
R15

19
HID
R16

18
TOW
R17

24
TOW
R18

24
QLD
R19

23
QLD
R20

22
SMP
R21

16
BEN
R22

15
BEN
R23

21
SAN
QR

14
SAN
R24

19
BAT
R25

18
SUR
R26

17
SUR
R27

C
PUK
R28

12
PUK
R29

26
NEW
R30

Ret
NEW
R31

22
24th 1277
2019 Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore ZB ADE
R1
ADE
R2
MEL
R3
MEL
R4
MEL
R5
MEL
R6
SYM
R7

PO
SYM
R8

PO
PHI
R9
PHI
R10
BAR
R11

21
BAR
R12

18
WIN
R13
WIN
R14
HID
R15
HID
R16
TOW
R17
TOW
R18
QLD
R19

PO
QLD
R20

PO
BEN
R21
BEN
R22
PUK
R23
PUK
R24
BAT
R25

14
SUR
R26

14
SUR
R27

10
SAN
QR

16
SAN
R28

11
NEW
R29
NEW
R30
34th 499

Complete Bathurst 1000 resultsEdit

Year Team Car Co-Driver Position Laps
2011 Kelly Racing Holden Commodore VE   David Reynolds 19th 161
2012 Kelly Racing Holden Commodore VE   Todd Kelly 18th 161
2013 Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon FG   Ashley Walsh 15th 161
2014 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden Commodore VF   Russell Ingall DNF 137
2015 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden Commodore VF   Karl Reindler DNF 78
2016 Britek Motorsport Holden Commodore VF   Macauley Jones 10th 161
2017 Tim Blanchard Racing Holden Commodore VF   Todd Hazelwood 12th 160
2018 Tim Blanchard Racing Holden Commodore ZB   Dale Wood 18th 159
2019 Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore ZB   Nick Percat 14th 160

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Super Black sells REC to Tim Blanchard Racing | Supercars". Supercars. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  2. ^ http://www.v8supercars.com.au/blanchard-signs-with-mw-motorsport/tabid/70/newsid/10915/default.aspx[permanent dead link].
  3. ^ http://www.kellyracing.com.au/kr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1186:kelly-racing-confirms-eight-man-endurance-driver-line-up&catid=4:news&Itemid=155[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 April 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ http://www.kellyracing.com.au/kr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1206:reynolds-and-blanchard-grab-sixth-in-lah-500-&catid=4:news&Itemid=155[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ http://kellyracing.com.au/2012/index.php/jdr/news/187-jack-daniel-s-racing-confirms-endurance-driver-line-up[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ http://kellyracing.com.au/2012/index.php/jdr/news/293-tim-blanchard-substitutes-for-todd-kelly[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Tim Blanchard confirmed at Dick Johnson Racing". speedcafe.com. 15 February 2013.
  9. ^ "Blanchards purchase Super Black REC". speedcafe.com. 2 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 December 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

External linksEdit

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