Following the recent border laws applied in Victoria in response to the escalating control of the Covid-19 pandemic, Team 18 has made the necessary decision to leave Victoria tonight and temporarily relocate to New South Wales.

All essential team crew members including IRWIN Racing driver Mark Winterbottom and DEWALT Racing driver Scott Pye will relocate to Sydney, along with the team’s cars and equipment ahead of the next round of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park on 18-19 July.

Following discussions with NSW and Victorian health authorities, the decision was made alongside all Victorian Supercar teams to ensure the championship can continue to race.

The team will base itself from the pit lane garages at Sydney Motorsport Park and will stay at the hotel adjacent to the circuit until the upcoming event.

Team 18, IRWIN Racing and DEWALT Racing wishes to thank all of our incredible partners and fans for their continued support as well as the families of all our staff and drivers for their understanding.

Charlie Schwerkolt, Owner – Team 18, IRWIN Racing & DEWALT Racing

“These are certainly unprecedented times for Team 18 and all Victorian Supercars teams at the moment,” said Charlie Schwerkolt.

“I got the call at 11am this morning informing me that the borders would be shut tomorrow night and then half an hour later I got another call to say they were closing tonight.

“So we have had to scramble around, pack the truck with our cars and equipment and hit the road for Sydney Motorsport Park. The team will stay in Albury tonight before continuing their journey and they will set up at the circuit tomorrow.

“This is what we have had to do to keep going racing for all of our sponsors and partners, but the main thing is our staff is safe and well.

“It’s hard for the team, I feel for the crew, the drivers and their families. It’s a big scramble getting everyone prepared to go away for what could be a month on the road.”