Wednesday, 17 January 2018 10:28

Shootout: Ranking the top 10 legendary team owners


The likes of Harry Firth, Roland Dane, Tom Walkinshaw, Fred Gibson, Larry Perkins, Dick Johnson and more changed the face of Australian touring cars with their pioneering stints as team owners.

V8X Supercar Magazine ranks the top 10 legendary team owners of Australian touring cars in the 'Shootout' section of issue #102.

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Firth, ‘The Fox’, founded the Ford and Holden factory teams, playing a vital role in the growth of Australian motorsport through the Bathurst 500/1000 inthe 1960s. Ford won four of the first five Bathurst 500s under his leadership before he switched to lead the Holden Dealer Team to the top.

Perkins turned the engineering nous he demonstrated at the Holden Dealer Team into his own Perkins Engineering operation from 1986, going on to win three Bathurst 1000s between 1993 and 1997.

Walkinshaw’s team won Bathurst with Jaguar in 1985 before the Scotsman played a key role in the formation of the Holden Racing Team and HSV Dealer Teams, winning multiple drivers’ championships and Bathurst 1000s.

Johnson’s team, founded in 1980, has gone through a number of peaks and troughs over the years, winning multiple championships and Bathursts as Dick Johnson Racing and now adding to its trophy cabinet as DJR Team Penske.

Dane’s Triple Eight Race Engineering team arrived in Australia in 2003 and soon set a new standard in Supercars, becoming the benchmark team through stints with Ford and now as the sole Holden factory-backed team.

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Event Date
Adelaide 500 1-4 March
2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 22-25 March
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint 6-8 April
WD-40 Phillip Island 500 20-22 April
Perth SuperSprint 4-6 May
Winton SuperSprint 18-20 May
CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown 15-17 June
Watpac Townsville 400 6-8 July
Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint 20-22 July
Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint 4 August
The Bend SuperSprint 24-26 August
Sandown 500 14-16 September
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 4-7 October
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 19-21 October
ITM Auckland SuperSprint 2-4 November
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 23-25 November







 Shane van Gisbergen



 Scott McLaughlin



 Jamie Whincup 



 Craig Lowndes



 David Reynolds



 Chaz Mostert



 Fabian Coulthard



 Rick Kelly



 Scott Pye



 Tim Slade


 Full points table