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TEAM 18

TEAM DETAILS

Founded – 2016
Headquarters – Mount Waverley, VIC
Team Owner – Charlie Schwerkolt
Team Principal – Adrian Burgess
Technical Director – Geoff Slater
Best Championship Result – 9th (Scott Pye, 2020)

Best Bathurst Result – 6th (Mark Winterbottom/Steve Richards 2019, Scott Pye/Dean Fiore 2020)

Team 18 was founded as Charlie Schwerkolt’s lifelong vision to build a championship-winning race team and a successful culture for the team and their partners.

Schwerkolt’s passion for success followed on from his involvement as a major shareholder at Dick Johnson Racing that resulted in a championship for James Courtney in 2010 after a thrilling finale at Homebush against the powerhouse Triple-Eight outfit.

The team’s entry first appeared as a customer team in 2013 with Ford Performance Racing and then Walkinshaw Racing, before Team 18 established itself as a standalone operation in 2016 at the former base of Tasman Motorsport in Dandenong.

Lee Holdsworth continued with the team under the Preston Hire Racing banner, running an ex-Triple Eight Holden Commodore. Their first campaign was interrupted by injuries Holdsworth sustained in a huge crash at Darwin which wrote off the team’s original chassis.

The team moved to Mount Waverley in 2017 to a facility that backs onto Schwerkolt’s national home of Waverley Forklifts, one of the largest fully-independent Forklift and transport companies in Australia. This enabled Schwerkolt to share the culture and capabilities of his business with the race team.

Holdsworth and the team parted ways at the end of 2018, making way for a major overhaul in 2019, recruiting Phil Keed to lead its engineering team and luring Bathurst and Supercars champion Mark Winterbottom to drive the IRWIN Racing Commodore, and upgrading their customer relationship with the factory Holden team.

Schwerkolt upped the ante in 2020 and expanded the team to two cars, acquiring another ex-Triple Eight Holden and recruiting Scott Pye to drive under the DEWALT Racing banner.

Pye scored the team’s first podium at the Darwin Triple Crown in 2020 after an impressive drive back through the field, before he backed it up with two more podiums at the following Darwin SuperSprint.

The team finished 2020 with an impressive sixth and eighth place finishes for Pye and Winterbottom at the season-ending Bathurst 1000, and sealing ninth and 10th in the championship respectively.

The team continued to progress in 2021 with Winterbottom and placing 10th and 15th in the championship respectively with five top-five finishes.

2022 brought mixed results for Team 18, marked by flashes of brilliance in amongst some challenging moments. Winterbottom finished 10th in the championship two top-five finishes at Hidden Valley and Sandown, while Pye finished 16th after his season was interrupted by two spectacular on-track incidents at Perth and Darwin. However, he accrued nine top-tens with a best finish of fourth at Albert Park.

2023 marked a new era for Team 18, building two cars in-house for the first time in the organisation’s history for the new Gen3 technical regulations. Winterbottom and Pye continued as the driver pairing for the fourth straight year, with DEWALT backing on Winterbottom’s #18 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Hino supporting Pye’s #20 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. 2023 saw Winterbottom win the team’s first ever race at Hidden Valley.

There’s reason to be excited at Team 18 in 2024, with David Reynolds arriving alongside Winterbottom. Any team with two Bathurst winners in its stable will be one to watch.

TEAM MEMBERS

CHARLIE SCHWERKOLT

Team Owner

DAVID REYNOLDS

#20 Driver – TRADIE Beer Racing

MARK WINTERBOTTOM

#18 Driver – DEWALT Racing

ADRIAN BURGESS

Team Principal

GEOFF SLATER

Technical Director

DENNIS HUIJSER

Team Manager

RICHARD HOLLWAY

#20 Race Engineer

SOM SHARMA

#18 Race Engineer

NIKOLAJ THOMAS

#18 Data Engineer

JEFF HU

#20 Data Engineer

MATT BEALL

Chief Mechanic

MITCH CROKE

Visual Manager

JOSH WILLIAMS

#18 Mechanic

WILL CARRA

#18 Mechanic

JAMIE KUHN

#20 Mechanic

MICHAEL BRUZZESE

#20 Mechanic

JAMES MACKEY

Sub-Assembly Technician

JETT GAPPER

#20 Tyre Technician

SCOTT BERNAU

Transport Operator & #18 Tyre Technician

TONY DOWE

Production & Purchasing Manager

GEORGE SMITH

Fabricator

STEVE FINNE-LARSEN

Team Chef

MICHAEL PASQUALIN

Team Physiotherapist

SARAH PAULL

Partnerships & Operations

KARLY TESTER

Travel & Logistics

DEWI JONES

PR/Media Manager

MILLIE SO

Finance/Accounts

MIEKE BILLING-SMITH

Memberships Manager
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