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Team 18 swoops on Bathurst-winning engineer

TEAM 18 has bolstered its engineering department with the recruitment of Geoff Slater as its new technical director.

Charlie Schwerkolt’s race-winning Chevrolet squad has undergone an off-season revamp, with Adrian Burgess now at the helm as team principal following a five-year stint as Supercars head of motorsport.

Burgess won’t be the only ex-Supercars staffer in the inner sanctum at Team 18, with Som Sharma appointed as Mark Winterbottom’s race engineer.

On top of having been Supercars’ regulations and systems engineer for the Gen3 project, Sharma brings vast experience from the DTM, Formula 2 and Formula 3 fields.

Winterbottom had finished the season with Matt Saunders in a temporary race engineer role after Manuel Sanchez departed post-Bathurst.

On the other side of the garage, Richard Hollway will continue guiding the #20 Camaro, now to be driven by David Reynolds.

Slotting in above Sharma and Hollway will be Slater, who engineered Tekno Autosports to an upset Bathurst 1000 win in 2016 and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing to a class victory in the 2020 Daytona 24 Hour, and most recently was director of engineering at PremiAir Racing.

“I’m honoured to join Team 18 and contribute to the development of their engineering group,” said Slater.

“We have two drivers who are extremely strong with their feedback and experience in developing cars, alongside a talented engineering group with the likes of Richard Hollway and a skilled group around him, I’m excited to get to work and push this team to greater heights.”

Burgess added: “It’s a great coup to recruit Geoff Slater as technical director, and alongside our dedicated team of engineers and mechanics we’re ready to hit the ground running and compete at the highest level.”

Geoff Slater (left) last year with PremiAir Racing. Pic: Supplied

Internally, Dennis Huijser has been promoted from crew chief to team manager.

“I’m thrilled to reveal our revamped engineering line-up for the 2024 Repco Supercars Championship solidified with these major recruitments,” said team owner Schwerkolt.

“The addition of Geoff Slater as technical director and the expertise of Adrian Burgess as our new team principal alongside our impressive group of engineers and mechanics puts us in a strong position to move forwards up the grid this year.

“With our skilled crew and the engineering firepower we’ve got, we’re pumped to get to work and put together a package for Frosty (Winterbottom) and Dave to contend this year.”

Team 18 is due to release its #18 DeWalt and #20 Tradie Beer liveries prior to testing at Winton on Wednesday.

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