Team 18 has proudly announced the appointment of Adrian Burgess as its new Team Principal, effective February 1, 2024.
This strategic move marks a significant reunion between Burgess and Team Owner Charlie Schwerkolt, rekindling their successful partnership that led to championship glory at Dick Johnson Racing alongside driver James Courtney in 2010.
Bringing an illustrious background in motorsport, Burgess, a highly respected English-born mechanic, engineer, and team principal, boasted an impressive tenure in Formula One at McLaren, marked by World Championship successes with racing legends Mika Häkkinen and Ayrton Senna.
Burgess made his foray into the Australian racing scene in 2006, collaborating with Schwerkolt at Dick Johnson Racing, where their partnership guided the team in clinching the 2010 Supercars Championship for James Courtney.
Following his tenure at DJR, Burgess assumed the role of Team Manager at Triple Eight Race Engineering, overseeing Jamie Whincup’s three consecutive Championships from 2011 to 2013, including the 2012 Bathurst 1000.
Burgess’s career trajectory saw him contribute significantly to various teams, including Walkinshaw Racing and Tekno Autosports, before becoming the Head of Motorsport at the Repco Supercars Championship in 2018.
Burgess steps into the role at Team 18 after leading the Supercars Championship through a pivotal phase, guiding the transition to the sport’s latest technical regulations with Gen3. His appointment signifies the commencement of a new era for the team for their next period of success, as the team welcomes David Reynolds alongside Mark Winterbottom in their new look driver lineup.
The 2023 Repco Supercars Championship concludes at this week’s VAILO Adelaide 500, before the 2024 season kicks off at the Bathurst 500 on 23-25 February.
Charlie Schwerkolt, Team Owner – Team 18
“It’s incredibly exciting to welcome Adrian Burgess as Team Principal commencing early next year.
“I’m really pleased to reunite with Adrian, our history together goes back as far as 2006 a highlight being the championship success we celebrated together in 2010.
“This appointment is a great coup for the team and Adrian will be a valuable leader with the skills and experience to bring the results we are all striving for.
“There is a massive amount to achieve at Team 18 moving forwards, and I believe Adrian will be able to take the team to a new level and best position us for greater success in the years to come.”
Adrian Burgess, 2024 Team Principal – Team 18
“It’s exciting to get the band back together with Charlie. We’ve achieved a lot together in the past and we both know we would like to achieve those heights again. I’m not underestimating the size of the task, the competition is incredibly fierce and it’s one of the most competitive championships in the world.
“Team 18 overall is in a great shape, it showed that this year in Darwin. I’m looking forward to getting on deck, continuing their great culture and working cohesively with everyone to focus on aiming for podiums and consistent performances every weekend and ultimately get ourselves in a position where we can fight for championships, that’s the goal.”