Team 18 has welcomed the arrival of new Team Principal Adrian Burgess this week ahead of the 2024 Repco Supercars Championship.

Burgess commenced his time at Mount Waverley on Thursday 1 February, and hit the ground running alongside Team 18’s engineering group and workshop crew in preparation for the team’s first hit out for pre-season testing on Wednesday February 7 at Winton Motor Raceway.

Burgess joins Team 18 after a five-year stint as Supercars’ Head of Motorsport, and previously held senior management roles at Dick Johnson Racing, Triple Eight Racing Engineering, Walkinshaw Andretti United, and Tekno Autosports.

“It was pretty exciting stepping through the doors of Team 18 for the first time,” said Burgess.

“As soon as I walked through the doors I could see the culture and camaraderie within the core group here is something special, everyone’s motivated for the season ahead.

“The calibre of talent within the walls of Team 18 is really impressive, and you can see potential for even greater things. We have a seriously dedicated crew, alongside extremely clever engineers and two skilled and hungry drivers in Frosty and Dave. All the ingredients for success are there and we’re committed to guiding this team towards the podium.

“Getting back into team land is an exciting change for me. You could say we’re getting the band back together with Charlie, but everyone here is forward thinking and laser focussed on putting together two fast cars and hunting down trophies.

“The cars look sensational so we can’t wait to show them off next week before we hit the track for testing at Winton.”

The team will confirm its full engineering line-up on Monday, while the liveries of David Reynolds’ #20 TRADIE Beer Racing Camaro and Mark Winterbottom’s #18 DEWALT Racing Camaro will be launched on February 6 and 7 respectively.

“It’s fantastic to officially welcome Adrian onboard as the team fires up for the 2024 season,” said Team Owner Charlie Schwerkolt

“I’m well aware of his capabilities and what he’s achieved in his career to date and am confident the experience and skills he brings to the team is exactly what is needed to propel us towards the success we are all striving for.

“It’s great to have Adrian around, there is certainly a lot of positivity within the team as to what we may be able to achieve in this year’s Supercars Championship.”

“Everything is coming along nicely on the workshop floor, I’m really pleased with everyone in the team who are working so hard to really level up our performance in every facet.  It’s certainly an exciting time to see the cars and the presentation come together and we can’t wait to show off our colours for the new year as we get set to hit the track next week for testing.”

The 2024 Repco Supercars Championship kicks off at the Thrifty Bathurst 500 on 23-25 February.