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Burgess begins tenure as Team 18 boss

ADRIAN Burgess has declared Team 18 has all the right ingredients to be a force in the Repco Supercars Championship.

Burgess began his tenure as team principal yesterday, following a five-year stint as Supercars’ head of motorsport.

The move caused a stir among rivals in pitlane late last year, but nevertheless Burgess is officially back in ‘team land’.

The Team 18 opportunity resembles a reunion with team owner Charlie Schwerkolt, the two having combined during Dick Johnson Racing’s run to the 2010 championship.

With no shortage of experience and an intimate knowledge of the Gen3 machinery, Burgess is rejuvenated by the opportunity to duke it out for results on the racetrack once more.

“It was pretty exciting stepping through the doors of Team 18 for the first time,” he said.

“As soon as I walked through the doors I could see the culture and camaraderie within the core group here is something special, everyone’s motivated for the season ahead.

“The calibre of talent within the walls of Team 18 is really impressive, and you can see potential for even greater things.

“We have a seriously dedicated crew, alongside extremely clever engineers and two skilled and hungry drivers in Frosty (Mark Winterbottom) and Dave (Reynolds).

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“All the ingredients for success are there and we’re committed to guiding this team towards the podium.

“Getting back into team land is an exciting change for me. You could say we’re getting the band back together with Charlie, but everyone here is forward thinking and laser focused on putting together two fast cars and hunting down trophies.

“The cars look sensational so we can’t wait to show them off next week before we hit the track for testing at Winton.”

Charlie Schwerkolt. Pic: Ross Gibb

Schwerkolt believes Burgess can give Team 18 the edge it needs to be genuine frontrunners, having last year achieved its maiden win in an otherwise lacklustre season.

“I’m well aware of his capabilities and what he’s achieved in his career to date and am confident the experience and skills he brings to the team is exactly what is needed to propel us towards the success we are all striving for,” said Schwerkolt.

“It’s great to have Adrian around, there is certainly a lot of positivity within the team as to what we may be able to achieve in this year’s Supercars Championship.”

“Everything is coming along nicely on the workshop floor, I’m really pleased with everyone in the team who are working so hard to really level up our performance in every facet.

“It’s certainly an exciting time to see the cars and the presentation come together and we can’t wait to show off our colours for the new year as we get set to hit the track next week for testing.”

The covers are due to come off Reynolds’ #20 Tradie Beer Camaro on February 6, a day before Mark Winterbottom’s latest #18 DeWalt livery is unveiled.

All southern squads will test at Winton on February 7.

David Reynolds will race in Tradie colours. Pic: Supplied
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