Victorian Supercars outfit Team 18 has announced Dennis Huijser has joined the team as its new crew chief, commencing immediately.

Huijser brings a wealth of experience to the role of Crew Chief having worked for Erebus Motorsport from 2016 to 2020, including a Bathurst 1000 win in 2017, and a stint with Grove Racing in 2021.

Huijser replaces John Moore in the role who departed the team following the Winton SuperSprint. Huijser is the second high-profile addition to the team following the arrival of Bruin Beasley as Team Manager in May.

Team Owner Charlie Schwerkolt welcomed Huijser’s arrival to the team to bolster their lineup ahead of the second half of the 2022 season.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Dennis Huijser to Team 18 as we look to draw on his experience and success in Supercars to propel the team forwards.

“There’s a real buzz around our staff at the moment with Dennis’ arrival and Bruin Beasley’s appointment as Team Manager, and we hope this will move us to a new level in the back half of 2022 and into the new era of the sport in 2023.

“Both of these guys share a relentless desire to win and a proven track record in preparing competitive cars and a high-performance team culture that brings results on track.

“We have got an extremely strong driver lineup who can do the job on race day, so we’re ready to get to work and hit the ground running next week up in Darwin.

Mark Winterbottom and Scott Pye sit 14th and 18th respectively after five rounds of the 2022 Supercars Championship, with Team 18 placed seventh in the teams’ standings.

Huijser’s first event with the team will be next weekend’s Darwin Triple Crown, with the team set to reveal their indigenous-themed liveries on the IRWIN Racing and Nulon Racing Holdens on Friday 10 June.