The co-driver roster is filling up for the 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000. Pic: Supplied

THE Repco Bathurst 1000 will once again be the only endurance race on the Supercars calendar in 2021, meaning there will be no Pirtek Enduro Cup for the second year in a row and just one race outing for co-drivers this year.

That fact, combined with the major changes in many Supercars teams’ main driver line-ups for 2021, has placed an even greater premium on securing an experienced co-driver.

Four of the most high-profile steerers among last year’s co-driver crop secured full-time seats this year: Will Davison at Dick Johnson Racing, Tim Slade at the new Blanchard Racing Team, and Will Brown and Brodie Kostecki at Erebus Motorsport.

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Conversely, a handful of last year’s main game drivers are expected to race as co-drivers come this year’s twice-rescheduled race in December.

Reigning Supercars Champion-turned-IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year Scott McLaughlin will not be one of them.

Alex Davison will take his place in Dick Johnson Racing’s co-driver lineup with the continuing mandatory 14-day quarantine period for international visitors to Australia precluding McLaughlin’s return.

Davison will pair with brother Will Davison in the team’s No.17 Ford Mustang, while Tony D’Alberto will pair with Anton De Pasquale, DJR confirming his recruitment in March 2021 with the following Tweet.

The campaign will mark D’Alberto’s 17th start in the Bathurst 1000 and his sixth in a row with Dick Johnson Racing.

Virtually all teams have either already announced their co-driver line-ups for 2021 or have drivers under existing contracts.

Kelly Grove Racing has recruited Luke Youlden to reunite with his 2017 Bathurst 1000-winning teammate David Reynolds.

Luke Youlden will return to Supercars racing for the 2021 Bathurst 1000. Pic: Supplied / Kelly Grove Racing

Two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Earl Bamber was scheduled to co-drive the second KGR Mustang with Andre Heimgartner, but was forced to withdraw due to a scheduling conflict following the change to the Bathurst date.

Fellow Porsche ace, Europe-based Aussie Matt Campbell, will instead fill his place alongside the Kiwi in car #7.

Lee Holdsworth has landed the plum drive alongside Chaz Mostert at Walkinshaw Andretti United. Pic: Supplied / Walkinshaw Andretti United

Lee Holdsworth, who split with Tickford Racing in January, will join Walkinshaw Andretti United where he will partner Chaz Mostert, while WAU veteran Warren Luff pairs with Bryce Fullwood.

Triple Eight Race Engineering will have Craig Lowndes and Garth Tander on its roster once again this year, with the 2020 Bathurst-winning combination of Tander and Shane van Gisbergen expected to remain in place while Lowndes continues with Jamie Whincup in the latter’s final year of full-time Supercars racing.

Triple Eight will also field a wildcard entry for its Super2 Series driver Broc Feeney with Russell Ingall making a comeback to Supercars as his co-driver.

Team 18 has confirmed that it has secured the services of Michael Caruso and retained James Golding for 2021 to partner with Mark Winterbottom and Scott Pye respectively.

Team 18 is among those to have locked in new pairings. Pic: Supplied / Team 18

Tickford Racing has made a late change to the co-driver lineup it announced in February with Super2 racer Zak Best joining Thomas Randle and James Moffat, with 2019 Bathurst co-winner Alex Premat once again forced to miss out on a return to Mount Panorama.

Erebus Motorsport will pair experienced campaigners Jack Perkins and David Russell with its rookie full-timers Will Brown and Brodie Kostecki respectively, and run a wildcard third entry for four-time Bathurst 1000 winner Greg Murphy and Richie Stanaway.

Brad Jones Racing has confirmed all four of its co-drivers, each boasting significant Bathurst experience.

Former full-time Team SYDNEY driver Chris Pither joins Macauley Jones in the team’s Coca-Cola-backed #96 Holden.

Dale Wood rejoins the squad with which he raced full-time in 2014 and ’15 to partner Nick Percat in the R&J Batteries entry under a two-year deal.

Dale Wood rejoins BJR to pair with Nick Percat. Pic: Supplied

Dean Fiore has landed at BJR to link with Todd Hazelwood, adding further experience to the line-up.

Fiore moves to BJR after a single year at Team 18. The West Aussie has a total of 12 Bathurst 1000 starts to his name, half of which came at Kelly Racing.

Ash Walsh rejoins BJR to partner Jack Smith. Walsh was a co-driver at BJR from 2016-19 but missed last year’s Bathurst due to a clashing accounting exam.

Team SYDNEY is the latest team to confirm its co-driver lineup with Dylan O’Keeffe and team owner Jonathon Webb set to line up at Mount Panorama in November.

2016 Bathurst winner Webb will partner Fabian Coulthard for his 16th start in the race, while O’Keeffe will make his second ‘Great Race’ start with Garry Jacobson.

Matt Stone Racing is the only squad yet to name either of their Bathurst co-drivers.

CONFIRMED CO-DRIVERS: 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000 (as of 18/10/2021)

Dick Johnson RacingAlex DavisonFord Mustang GT
Dick Johnson RacingTony D’AlbertoFord Mustang GT
Triple Eight Race EngineeringCraig LowndesHolden Commodore ZB
Triple Eight Race EngineeringGarth TanderHolden Commodore ZB
Tickford RacingJames MoffatFord Mustang GT
Tickford RacingThomas RandleFord Mustang GT
Tickford RacingZak BestFord Mustang GT
Blanchard Racing TeamTim BlanchardFord Mustang GT
Erebus MotorsportJack PerkinsHolden Commodore ZB
Erebus MotorsportDavid RussellHolden Commodore ZB
Team 18Michael CarusoHolden Commodore ZB
Team 18James GoldingHolden Commodore ZB
Walkinshaw Andretti UnitedWarren LuffHolden Commodore ZB
Walkinshaw Andretti UnitedLee HoldsworthHolden Commodore ZB
Brad Jones RacingDale WoodHolden Commodore ZB
Brad Jones RacingAsh WalshHolden Commodore ZB
Brad Jones RacingChris PitherHolden Commodore ZB
Brad Jones RacingDean FioreHolden Commodore ZB
Kelly Grove RacingMatt CampbellFord Mustang GT
Kelly Grove RacingLuke YouldenFord Mustang GT
Team SYDNEYJonathon WebbHolden Commodore ZB
Team SYDNEYDylan O’KeeffeHolden Commodore ZB
Wildcard (Triple Eight)Russell IngallHolden Commodore ZB
Wildcard (Erebus)Greg MurphyHolden Commodore ZB

Will Dale is V8 Sleuth's Head of Content - Digital. He began his media career as a breakfast radio newsreader before joining SPEED TV Australia and FOX SPORTS Australia in 2012 as its Digital Editorial Lead - Motorsport, covering all forms of motorsport both in Australia and internationally. He became part of the V8 Sleuth team in 2018.