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Sunday, 04 November 2018 19:57

Analysis: Ranking the 2018 rookies


Five full-time rookies feature on the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship grid. We look at how they’ve fared this season in SupercarXtra Magazine issue #107.

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It’s been an up and down season for
 the five full-time rookies in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
The five youngsters had varying levels of experience heading into 2018. Considering that experience and their circumstances, this is how we rank them thus far:


Le Brocq had the most experience entering this season and has proven he belongs in the main game, scoring regular top 10s with the added responsibility of leading a single-car customer team in Tekno Autosports. He is showing clear signs of progress as the season goes on.


De Pasquale was the only one of the five rookies who hadn’t made a Supercars start entering this season. And despite just two seasons racing touring cars in the Dunlop Super2 Series,
 he has been a worthy addition to Erebus Motorsport, holding his own in the midfield and assisting the continued rise of the team and teammate David Reynolds.


Hazelwood faced the biggest challenge of the rookies with a one-car team new to Supercars. The mid-season switch from a Falcon FG X to Commodore VF added to the workload, yet the reigning Dunlop Super2 Series has shown great maturity in leading the team on and off the track.


Golding is the latest rookie given his break in Supercars with Garry Rogers Motorsport and has found his full-time transition into the main game difficult, particularly with the team struggling to find consistent speed from its ZB Commodores compared to other Holden entrants. Matching up against the experienced Garth Tander has been no easy feat, either.


Big things were expected of Stanaway, yet his arrival coincided with a significant form slump from Tickford Racing. It’s been a frustrating season for the highly rated New Zealander, trying to find his way at a struggling team up against experienced teammates. Some top-10 finishes are required to salvage his campaign.

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Event Date
Superloop Adelaide 500 February 20-23
Melbourne 400 March 12-15
BP Ultimate Sydney SuperSprint June 27-28
Truck Assist Sydney SuperSprint July 18-19
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown August 15-16
CoreStaff Darwin SuperSprint August 22-23
NTI Townsville SuperSprint August 29-30
Townsville SuperSprint September 5-6
The Bend Motorsport Park September 19-20
The Bend Motorsport Park September 26-27
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 October 15-18



1. Scott McLaughlin
2. Jamie Whincup
1847 -215
3. Cameron Waters
1577 -485
4. Shane van Gisbergen
1555 -507
5. Chaz Mostert
1524 -538
6. Fabian Coulthard 
1444 -618
7. Nick Percat
1425 -637
8. David Reynolds
1298 -764
9. Lee Holdsworth
1261 -801
10. Scott Pye
1258 -804

Full championship standings