Charlie Schwerkolt hosting a Team 18 pit tour during the Tasmania SuperSprint. Pic: Team 18

IT isn’t always easy to see why a business owner would want to have their own Repco Supercars Championship team.

Going racing costs a lot of money regardless of whether it’s going well or going badly; even when it is going well, you aren’t likely to win every race your team starts.

That prompted a query from a listener for this week’s episode of the V8 Sleuth Podcast powered by Repco, featuring Part 2 of a chat with Team 18 chief Charlie Schwerkolt.

Kevin Micallef submitted the following question to Schwerkolt for our National Motor Racing Museum Couch Racer Questions segment:

“As a team owner, what is the real pay off? You’re paying for someone else to race so unless it’s a tax write-off or the team can run at a profit, I don’t understand the reason for running it. The economy of motorsport is often lost on people unless actively involved in the industry.”

Schwerkolt answers the question in depth among the host of other Couch Racer Questions asked, during which he also talks about his years contracting Tickford Racing and Walkinshaw Racing to run his car and why he decided to strike out on his own and start Team 18 for 2016.

Listen to the full episode in the player below!

V8 Sleuth strives to both preserve and celebrate Australian motorsport’s rich history, from tracking and tracing the race-by-race histories and changing ownership of individual cars, to capturing and retelling the stories of the people who made our sport what it is today.