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TEAM 18 has called on the vast experience of Tony Dowe to assist its transition into the Gen3 era of Supercars.

Dowe is a motorsport veteran across Formula 1, sportscar, IndyCar and Supercars disciplines.

The Brit worked in F1 at Ensign, Brabham, Wolf, Ligier and Arrows and was part of title-winning IndyCar campaigns with Chaparral and Newman-Haas.

He was managing director of Tom Walkinshaw Racing’s American arm which ran a Jaguar sportscar program that tasted victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and has in more recent times held roles in the Supercars paddock at Kelly Racing and Walkinshaw Racing.

Now, he’s been appointed as purchasing manager at Team 18, involving managing the Mount Waverley squad’s spare parts inventory and helping with the Gen3 project.

“We are pleased to have Tony agree to join Team 18, he possesses an outstanding wealth of successful racing experience and is a valuable addition to our racing operations,” said team owner Charlie Schwerkolt.

“With new developments emerging daily for Gen3, it was critical for us to be on the front foot to prepare for the build of the new cars without compromising our focus on the final three rounds of this year’s championship, and appointments like this will contribute to that.”

“To have someone of Tony’s experience in the team is invaluable and we have no doubt the entire team will be able to feed off his years of success in all forms of motorsport to drive the team forwards.”

Dowe revealed it was Team 18 crew chief Dennis Huijser who reached out to him about the role.

“I’m happy to join Team 18, knowing many of the people in the team already,” he said.

Scott Pye and Mark Winterbottom will continue driving for Team 18 next season

“It’s good to work with people that are wanting to achieve as opposed to just rocking up to work every day. There’s a fresh impetus to get things right which makes walking through the door every day a nice feeling.

“I was in my garage at home working on my go-kart and Dennis called me, I enjoyed working with him back in the Walkinshaw days and we have a very heads-up relationship, and we went from there.

“It’s enjoyable for someone to pick up the phone and ask you to come and help and be part of the growing structure of the team.”

Dowe believes Gen3 will provide opportunities to drive improvement.

“Gen3 is a huge undertaking because it is a complete car with very little carry-over from anything else previously,” he said.

“It’s an opportunity to put in place some structure for how we manage inventory and control what we order and look after the dollars and cents, because cash flow is always the thing that we must keep an eye on. I’ve been there and bought the t-shirt in so many other areas.

“I’m excited to find a situation where everything runs smoothly, we have all the bits we want in the time frame we need it as opposed to scrambling around at the last minute.

“There’s 97 working days to the first of February next year and that’s going to be a killer for all teams up and down pit lane if you don’t stay on top of things.”

Newcastle is planned to host Round 1 next year across March 10-12.

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