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Team 18 appoints female engineer

TEAM 18 has announced the recruitment of Julia McGarry as its data and systems engineer ahead of a crucial Repco Supercars Championship campaign.

McGarry is one of few female engineers in the paddock and has prior experience at Matt Stone Racing and Triple Eight, working at the latter as a mechanic.

She joins a core led by race engineers Richard Hollway and Manuel Sanchez, and data/performance engineer Mark Sylvester.

Hollway and Sylvester are assigned to the #20 Camaro of Scott Pye, while McGarry will work alongside Sanchez and 2015 champion Mark Winterbottom.

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Besides McGarry, it’s a largely stable off-track roster for Team 18 led by owner Charlie Schwerkolt, team manager Bruin Beasley and crew chief Dennis Huijser as they look to capitalise on the Gen3 reset they’ve long been targeting.

“We’ve hit the ground running in 2023 with a couple of new faces around the workshop who’ve brought a fresh energy into the team, Bruin and Dennis have assembled an amazing crew of people for the season ahead,” said Schwerkolt.

“Our engineering department contains a wealth of experience and talent which we feel will put us in the best spot to tackle the challenges brought on by the new technical regulations this year.

“We know the amount of work that’s been done to get our Camaros assembled has been huge so far, but I feel we’re in a really good position heading into the start of the new season.”

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Team 18 has nominated February 14-15 for its shakedown/test days, ahead of the Sydney Motorsport Park all-in on February 22.

Mark Winterbottom. Pic: Supplied

“It’s a monumental occasion for the team to build our cars in-house for the first time, and we’re proud to announce that our two cars will carry their own designation, with T18-001 to be driven by Scott and T18-002 by Mark,” Schwerkolt continued.

“This has been a team effort all the way through, with everyone pitching in to bring both cars to life. It made perfect sense for us to find out who would drive each car and that was by pulling it out of a hat in front of the whole team.

“Even now the cars have been allocated to a driver it won’t change how we prepare them right up to the point of hitting the track for testing and Round 1.

“Dennis and Bruin have been overseeing every aspect of the build alongside our engineering group and mechanics on the ground and everything’s coming together incredibly well.

“With two great drivers in our stable, we’re looking forward to hitting the track and giving it everything we’ve got to start the year on a high.”

The Blanchard Racing Team will tomorrow become the first team to shakedown a Gen3 race car, fielding its new CoolDrive Mustang at Winton Motor Raceway.

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