Team 18 has unveiled the livery of Scott Pye’s #20 Hino Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the opening round of the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship at the Thrifty Newcastle 500 on 10-12 March.
Hino Australia’s naming rights sponsorship for the #20 car is an extension of its long-standing partnership with Team 18, which is entering its seventh year in 2023.
Hino branding will also feature on the front guards and rear bumper of both Team 18 Camaros throughout the season.
“Hino is thrilled to be the naming rights sponsor for Scott Pye’s #20 car at Newcastle, particularly when Supercars hasn’t raced there since 2019,” said Richard Emery, Vice President of Brand and Franchise Development for Hino Australia.
“Like our long-term sponsorship of the Repco Supercars Championship, our partnership with Team 18 is one that continues to make sense for Hino Australia, our dealers and customers on many levels.
“Team owner Charlie Schwerkolt and the team have worked incredibly hard to build their own Gen-3 racecar, and we wish them every success in 2023,” concluded Emery.
Charlie Schwerkolt is excited about the year ahead:
“We at Team 18 are so proud to reveal the colours of our first Gen-3 Chevrolet Camaro ahead of the 2023 season launch in Newcastle,” said Schwerkolt.
“It’s an exciting time as we are not only racing brand new cars, but racing two new cars that we have built in house – it’s a testament to the entire staff at Team 18 for their hard work and efforts to get set for the new chapter of Supercars kicking off next month,” he continued.
“It’s a great honour to welcome Hino as title partner on our first Gen-3 livery as well as welcoming all our new and existing partners to the team this year. We can’t wait to see Scott hit the track in his Camaro for the first time at Newcastle,” said Schwerkolt.
The #20 Hino Team 18 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 welcomes returning team partners Toyota Forklifts, Mondiale VGL, Barry Bourke Motors, Super Spill Solutions, BP Ultimate, Kenworth Trucks, Credence Insurance, Waverley Forklifts, D2N Technology Solutions, Taubmans, Ball & Doggett, Ozwide Joinery, ELWD Workwear, Alpinestars, Authentic Collectables, Bell Collision, and Style Print.
The team has also welcomed onboard new partners Ceil Batteries, ACDelco Batteries, Mechanix Wear, The Cover Shop and RXT Helmets.
Team 18 released a set of render images of the team’s first Chevrolet Camaro livery, with Pye’s Camaro to be revealed in the flesh at Winton Motor Raceway before it hits the track for its first shakedown on Thursday 16 February.
The team’s first Chevrolet Camaro livery was created by renowned designer Nick Moss and brought to life by PPG paint and Ball & Doggett vinyl.
2023 will mark Pye’s 11th year as a full time driver in the Supercars Championship and his fourth season with Team 18 as the sport begins the Gen-3 era of technical regulations this year.
Pye is looking forward to the getting behind the wheel of the Hino Camaro at the Winton shakedown.
“The Hino Camaro looks fantastic and I’m super excited to get behind the wheel – hopefully it’s covered in champagne pretty early in the year!” he said.
“Being in the workshop to see the car build has been really inspiring, and I’m confident we’ll arrive for testing in a really good position and be ready to rumble by Round 1 at Newcastle.”
“My pre-season has been massive – I only took one week off in New Zealand, I was pretty frustrated after Adelaide last year and I turned that frustration quickly into a positive by getting back into training early.
“The bumpy nature of the Newcastle track and its kerbs puts even more emphasis on our testing program to ensure that we’re putting the car through its paces and finding any issues that arise before we get there so we can capitalise on what will be a really tough event,” said Pye.
Following the shakedown at Winton, the #20 Hino Team 18 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will head to the official Supercars pre-season test at Sydney Motorsport Park on Wednesday 22 February.
The 2023 Repco Supercars Championship kicks off on 10-12 March with the Thrifty Newcastle 500, which will be shown live on Channel 7 and Fox Sports.
About Hino Australia
With over 80 years of global experience and a complete range of next-generation light, medium and heavy-duty trucks, Hino Australia offers transport solutions to suit every business.
All Hino products are built on the time-honoured principles of Quality, Durability and Reliability, and continues to set the standards for safety, performance, efficiency and comfort, whilst harnessing the latest technology for a more sustainable future.
Hino is the Official Light and Medium Duty Truck and Bus Sponsor of the Repco Supercars Championship plus the Official Sponsor of the Supercars Recovery Team at selected events on the calendar and the popular ‘Hino Hub’ within the broadcast.