Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) and its Toyota Forklifts brand will take on major support for Scott Pye’s #20 Team 18 Holden ZB Commodore for the final round of the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship at the VALO Adelaide 500 this weekend, 1-4 December.
Pye took the covers off the #20 Toyota Forklifts Team 18 Supercar today in front of a packed crowd at the Team 18 Family Open Day, which will mark his livery for the return of his home race on the streets of the state capital of South Australia.
“I love the livery and it’s been great to take the covers off in front of our fans here at the Team 18 headquarters as we get set for a massive week at the Adelaide 500,” said Pye.
“Toyota Forklifts have been a longtime partner of Team 18 and Charlie through his career in motorsport and in business, so to represent them will be an honour for what will be a historic weekend to finish off the year on the streets of Adelaide.”
“The build-up has been amazing and we’ve got some speed in our #20 car at the moment. Our street circuit pace has been good coming off Gold Coast only a few weeks ago, our team has been building strong over the last few events so I feel like we can put on a good showing at Adelaide.
“There’s a real buzz in the air for what’s to come this week. It’s looking to be a massive event and I just can’t wait to head to Adelaide and hit the track on Thursday.”
“It’s the final round of the year, the farewell of this generation of Supercars and the return of what I think is the best event on the Supercars calendar. Bring it on!”
The deal will see Toyota Forklifts increase their branding on the doors as well as the bonnet of the car, alongside branding for TMHA’s Huski Construction Equipment brand on the rear quarter panel.
TMHA has been at the forefront of the Australian material handlings market and a pioneer in making forklifts more productive, safer and cost-effective for over 50 years.
“We are delighted to increase our support for Scott’s #20 Supercar for arguably the biggest race of the season,” said Cameron Paxton, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer – Toyota Material Handling Australia.
“Adelaide comes alive for the Supercars and Toyota Forklifts are looking forward to being a significant supporter of Scott for the final race of the season. It’s Scott’s home race and he and the team have been building all year towards this with some strong results on the street tracks.
“We look forward to seeing Scott and Toyota Forklifts on the podium late Sunday afternoon.”
Toyota Forklifts is one of Team 18’s longest standing partners, having first joined as a partner with the Charlie Schwerkolt-owned entry in 2014.
“To have one of our longest standing partners in Toyota Material Handling Australia increase their backing to become the major partner on Scott Pye’s #20 Supercar for the Adelaide 500 is an extremely proud moment and a reflection of the strength of our partnership over the last nine years in Supercars,” said Charlie Schwerkolt.
“We’re looking forward to a historic final round of the championship as we return to an iconic venue on the Australian motorsport calendar with the return of the Adelaide 500 as our grand finale, and it’s fantastic to race for the Toyota Forklifts brand at this marquee event of the year.”
Pye sits 15th in the Supercars Championship ahead of the final round in Adelaide, with Team 18 seventh in a competitive teams battle.
The VALO Adelaide 500 kicks off on December 1-4, with two 250km races to conclude the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship.