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GARRY ROGERS MOTORSPORT
The season started with great promise
as the S60 returned to form and James
Moffat started matching teammate Scott
McLaughlin’s pace. But it went sour when
Volvo pulled the plug on its funding and
left the team facing an uncertain future.
DJR TEAM PENSKE
The Ford team expanded to two entries
and welcomed Fabian Coulthard. And there
were poles and podiums for both drivers
in the second season of the Dick Johnson
Racing and Team Penske amalgamation.
LUCAS DUMBRELL MOTORSPORT
The customer Holden team won in
Adelaide having correctly added the right
amount of fuel and a podium at Bathurst
exceeded expectations. But it didn’t appear
to help the team’s off-track stability.
A season of change with the switch to VF
Commodores. But while David Reynolds
settled in as team leader, the changes of
sponsors and drivers in the second entry
highlighted the off-track struggles.
Another season of inconsistent results saw
Walkinshaw Racing lose its factory status
and Holden Racing Team brand to Triple
Eight. Victories at Adelaide and Sandown
highlighted an otherwise poor season.
BRAD JONES RACING
The customer Holden team welcomed Tim
Slade, who emerged as a regular in the top
10 and won at Winton. But his perfor-
mances were in contrast to the struggles of
Jason Bright and Tim Blanchard.
Charlie Schwerkolt went out on his own with
a customer Triple Eight VF Commodore. But
the team’s progress was blighted by a string
of retirements and injuries to Lee Holds-
worth that sidelined him for three events.
The factory team finally added a second
win to its tally, with Michael Caruso lead-
ing the way as a regular in the top 10. But
progress was again slow as the team seeks
to close the gap to the leading Holden and
Expanding to three entries for the first
time with the arrival of Shane van Gisber-
gen, Triple Eight duly confirmed its place at
the top of the Supercars pecking order with
drivers’ and teams’ championship wins and
being awarded sole factory Holden status.
Will Davison replaced van Gisbergen and
won the second event of the season and
held off the team’s former driver for victory
at Mount Panorama. The customer Holden
team again led the way for the customer
brigade with regular top 10s.
PRODRIVE RACING AUSTRALIA
The Ford team’s title defence wilted with a
mixture of costly mistakes from the drivers
and team. Chaz Mostert returned from
injury, but it was Mark Winterbottom who
did the winning for the team, with Cameron
Waters doing his best in his rookie season.
SUPER BLACK RACING
A tough start with crashes in Adelaide and
Tasmania, but Chris Pither recovered with
results in Perth and Queensland Raceway.
Every team entered the 2016 season with some type of change, be it a new driver, cars
or personnel. This is how they fared...
Victory for Winterbottom and
pole for Waters in Perth.
Brake failure at Bathurst
ending the title defence.
Pither’s pole position at
The passing of founder
and owner Tony Lentino.
Slade’s sweep of the team’s
home event at Winton.
Big crashes for the Team BOC entry
at Bathurst and Pukekohe.
Seventh place on the Sunday
at the Gold Coast 600.
The injuries suffered by
Holdsworth at Darwin.
Caruso’s breakthrough win
for the team in Darwin.
Trouble-plagued Bathurst 1000
for the Kellys.
Season Review 2016
McLaughlin’s domination at
Phillip Island event.
The unexpected loss
of Volvo support.
Podium placing for Reynolds at
Sydney Olympic Park.
The messy divorce with Aaren
Russell and Plus Fitness.
Pole for both drivers
The damage received to Coultard’s
car at the Gold Coast.
Completing the Bathurst 12 Hour
and 1000 double.
Bathurst win overshadowed by
Triple Eight’s appeal.
Sandown win in the wake of
the Holden announcement.
Losing the Holden-funding deal
and the HRT name.
Securing another one-two in
the drivers’ championship.
Losing Bathurst on appeal
and Ludo Lacroix.
Winning its first race having read
the rulebook in Adelaide.
Another season of concerns over
sponsors and budgets.
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