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Charlie Schwerkolt has been a Team Owner since his partnership with Dick Johnson at DJR in 2008, where the Number 18 Car claimed the Championship with James Courtney in 2010.
Schwerkolt ran his Number 18 Car out of Ford Performance Racing during the 2013/14 seasons and at Walkinshaw Racing in 2015 but when Walkinshaw reduced their operation to 2 cars for 2016, Schwerkolt took the opportunity to form his own Team 18.
With Schwerkolt recruiting Lee Holdsworth as a driver and Jeff Grech as Team Manager for his one-car team, 2016 marked the birth of his Team in its own right, but a horror crash in Darwin where Holdsworth was sidelined for 3 months and the #18 Car was written off saw their goals for their maiden year in turmoil.
2017 was a promising one for the squad which was highlighted at the Season Finale with a P4 finish in Race 26 and 2nd Overall finish for the weekend at the Newcastle 500.
The following year was a tough one for the team, tainted by mechanical bad luck throughout but their year was again highlighted at the Newcastle 500 with P12 and P9 Race Results.
In 2019, Charlie 2015 V8 Supercars Champion Mark Winterbottom as IRWIN Racing Driver and Steve Richards as Co-Driver, with Phil Keed & Steve Henderson overseeing the #18 Garage. Winterbottom finished 13th in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship with a season best race result of P4 and the season highlight coming in the form of the team’s first pole position at the Tasmania SuperSprint.
In 2020, Team 18 will change to a two-car team with Winterbottom joined by Scott Pye.
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