SUNDAY, 30 JULY 2017


Ipswich SuperSprint Sunday Wrap

PICTURED: A tyre failure ruined JC’s afternoon.

A front left tyre failure ruined James Courtney’s afternoon. Another slight improvement in qualifying saw JC out of 14th for the 65-lap race, with Scott in 17th.

They both kept their noses clean early, before JC was one of the first cars to stop on lap 11, while Scott swung by pit lane on lap 18.The undercut worked beautifully, with car 22 just outside the top 10, and Scotty inside the 15 at the second round of stops on lap 34 and 35 respectively.

With 11 to go, sitting in position 12 and catching the cars in front, the front left tyre on JC’s car failed, forcing him to stop again and go a lap down, ruining his afternoon. As there were two other cars who had tyre issues leaving debris on the track a safety car was called.The guys decided to box Scott to swap tyres, but unfortunately on his way into pit lane, he was held up by a slow car with damage.

After going green with eight laps remaining, Scott climbed back to 16th, one stop up from where he started, with JC crossing in 23rd. It wasn’t the afternoon we were after, but the tyre failure was out of our control, and Scott was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

We take the positives from the weekend, with some gains being made in both qualifying and the race.Now we look forward to our first test day since the beginning of the year, before we head to Sydney Motorsport Park.

Thanks as always for your support.

JAMES COURTNEY“That tyre failure was deflating…“Things were looking okay for us today. The guys made a great call on strategy, and I was being conservative with the tyres in the final stint, setting myself up for a crack at the end.“Like Scott, I’m looking forward to the test day. I think the qualifying car was better today, so we are heading in the right direction.”



Public Relations and Media Manager for MOBIL HSV RACING TEAM

AGP – Sunday Wrap Mobil 1 HSV Racing Team

Sunday at the Australian Grand Prix always has a special feel to it, there is a real buzz around the place, and for the Mobil 1 HSV Racing team, they capitalised for their best results of the weekend.After finally getting a clear run in the qualifying session on Friday, James was out of P8, and Scott P10 for the start of this one.The two boys went side by side into turn 1, with JC holding the advantage for the first lap.They both picked up a spot to sit seventh and ninth after the first tour of the circuit.Both cars were stuck in a six-car freight train in the middle of the race, meaning it was hard going to get out put a clean lap in without anyone in their way.Two cars in front had a delaminating tyre, which mean car #2 and car #22 were bumped up the order.JC held of a few lunges from behind in the closing laps to bring it home in P5, while Scott was lurking just behind in P7.After what was a tough start to the weekend, the way it finished off was extremely positive.Both showed great progress over the four races, and both were able dial a few different setups in over the weekend.Most importantly, both cars are straight, ready for Tasmania in a fortnight.Bring it on.

From the Cockpit

JAMES COURTNEY “Another reasonable qualifying session on Friday meant that we weren’t caught up in the mess.“The car was really racey again, especially early, we were just sandwiched between two Nissans and couldn’t get clear air.“We tried a lot of stuff this weekend, some worked, some didn’t, so we answered a lot of questions before next round.“I’m happy where we ended up this weekend.”


Synonymous with motorsport, long-term backers Mobil 1 and Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) have come together to share the naming rights of Supercars’ most prestigious race team.

The joining of these two iconic brands and Walkinshaw, form the powerhouse trio behind the new Mobil 1 HSV Racing team. This launch marks a new era in the team’s long and prestigious history in Australian motorsport, and Team Owner Ryan Walkinshaw says the team’s relentless passion for success is as fierce as ever.

“We have two of the most recognisable and longstanding partners in the sport – Mobil 1 and HSV, who have come together as the naming rights sponsors of our new team.“Together with the extensive expertise in the Walkinshaw garage, we believe we are in a perfect position to kick-start our new chapter.”

The new team will share the major branding positions of the car through a rotational partnership model that delivers a range of unique liveries throughout the season including the launch livery presented today. “Today I am proud to reveal our stunning launch livery which features Mobil 1 and HSV branding.”

Walkinshaw Racing has a proud 26-year history in Australian motorsport which includes eight Driver Championship wins, seven Team Championship wins, nine Bathurst 1000 wins and 212 race wins. Both Mobil 1 and HSV have shared in all those wins under the Walkinshaw banner.“For many years the iconic Mobil 1 brand has remained a technology partner of the Walkinshaw Racing team, and in conjunction with our authorised lubricant distributors in ANZ we are very excited to further enhance our relationship with the team for 2017” said Mobil Motorsport Manager Australia, Colin Smith.

Holden Special Vehicles CEO Tim Jackson says for HSV this partnership allows us to perform under one banner, as one team.

“HSV’s are performance vehicles bred from the race track, so aligning more closely with the race team provides a way for our passionate HSV fans to be a closer part of who we are, at all levels of performance,” said Jackson.

As announced in 2016, Mobil 1 HSV Racing also boasts a strong driver line-up including James Courtney and Scott Pye. Returning for the endurance season are Jack Perkins, who will team up with Courtney for a third consecutive year, and Warren Luff who will pair with Pye for the first time.Walkinshaw veteran and 2010 Supercars Championship winner James Courtney is entering his seventh year with the team and said the dedication and passion of the Walkinshaw fans is a significant part of why he loves the Walkinshaw team.

 “Our fans have such a strong connection with us that it doesn’t matter whether we carry a new name or wear different colours, they know our goal is to win races. “It’s their team, it’s their journey and I want to be bringing that team back to the glory days.

“This has been my home for so long and I can’t wait to give our loyal supporters who have stood by us something to cheer about this season,” said Courtney.New-recruit Scott Pye says it’s an exciting time to be joining the team and he is particularly excited about being part of their new direction. 

“It’s going to be a huge year for Mobil 1 HSV Racing. I have seen how deep the passion for this team runs in our supporters, our partners, and our crew, and it feels really good to be part of that environment,” said Pye.Mobil 1 HSV Racing will take to the track for the first time at the Supercars test day at Sydney Motorsport Park, 21 February 2017.

Mobil 1 HSV Racing, February 2, 2017 - : Mobil 1 HSV Racing 2017, Studio, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Credit: Lucas Wroe / Mobil 1 HSV Racing / Hotglue

Mobil 1 HSV Racing, February 2, 2017 – : Mobil 1 HSV Racing 2017, Studio, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Credit: Lucas Wroe / Mobil 1 HSV Racing / Hotglue

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