Team 18 has reinforced its commitment to run a pair of Chevrolet Camaros in the Supercars Championship when the Gen-3 technical regulations come into effect in mid-2022.
The team has released a new set of render images of their Gen-3 vision sporting the team’s current race liveries.
The renders, created by renowned livery designer Nick Moss, replicate the team’s current liveries with Mark Winterbottom’s #18 IRWIN Racing and Scott Pye’s #20 DEWALT Racing Holden ZB Commodores.
Team 18 has fielded Holden Commodores in the Supercars Championship since 2015, expanding to a two-car outfit in 2020. The team will continue to represent General Motors in the championship for the eighth-straight season in 2022 while staying with a two-car model.
The Camaro nameplate will return to Australian circuits for the first time in over 40 years, with the model raced by icons of the sport including Bob Jane and Kevin Bartlett in its formative years.
It will also see the return of the Mustang v Camaro battle to the premier racing championship in Australia, carrying on the Ford vs GM rivalry that has become a major part of Australian sporting and automotive culture.
Team 18 remains focused on continuing their progress in the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship with Scott Pye and Mark Winterbottom, while planning for the introduction of Gen-3 in mid-2022.
In the Drivers Championship, Winterbottom sits in seventh position on 1138 points with four top five finishes, while Pye is 13th on 934 points with eight top ten finishes. In the teams battle, Team 18 is fifth on 1953 points.
Team 18 will return to racing at Winton Motor Raceway in Victoria for the Winton SuperSprint on October 2-3.
Charlie Schwerkolt, Owner, Team 18/IRWIN Racing/DEWALT Racing
“It was very much a natural progression to go with the Chevrolet brand, it makes sense commercially and strategically with the structure of our team,” said Charlie Schwerkolt.
“I’ve got a great association with General Motors here in Australia, I love the brand, I have a ZL1 Camaro as a road car, and the early vision of what the race cars will look like next year are sensational, they look the business.
“We also have a great relationship with the number one GMSV dealer in Australia in Barry Bourke Motors, so it made strong commercial sense as well to progress this way.
“Going back to the old days of Bob Jane’s Camaro and Kevin Bartlett’s Camaro racing against the Fords and Holdens in the 70s and 80s, I remember watching them as a young feller going around Bathurst, so the Camaro brand certainly has a strong heritage in motorsport here and the GM vs Ford rivalry will remain alive and well.
“As a team we have been running Holdens since 2015 and we wanted to continue with our current business model in the Supercars Championship, building on what we have created in our two-car model.
“With a big technical change on the horizon, continuity in our team and our processes will be important to hit the ground running next year.
“With the drivers we’ve got onboard and the team behind the scenes, we have a real chance of getting some early runs on the board when we see Gen-3 introduced next season.”