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Monday, 21 January 2019 16:23

Shootout: Top 10 New Zealanders in Australian touring cars

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With Scott McLaughlin and Shane van Gisbergen battling it out for the 2018 Supercars championship, we ranked the top 10 New Zealanders who have raced in Australian touring cars in SupercarXtra Magazine issue #108.

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10. CRAIG BAIRD

Baird made his name in Super Touring in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Britain, though he also showed pace in a V8 with a race win for Stone Brothers Racing in 2000 and five top 10s in the Bathurst 1000.

9. JASON RICHARDS

Richards shone at Mount Panorama, scoring three runner-up finishes over a five-year period. His career and life were tragically cut short by cancer.

8. FABIAN COULTHARD

Coulthard has been a regular in the top half of the field since moving to Brad Jones Racing in 2012. A further step up to DJR Team Penske netted more podiums and wins, though he’s faced stiff inter-team competition from compatriot Scott McLaughlin.

7. PAUL RADISICH

The two-times Touring Car World Cup and Super Touring star made a speedy transition to Supercars, emerging as one of fastest drivers in the Ford AU Falcon with Dick Johnson Racing. He scored three race wins before his career was cruelled by leg injuries sustained in huge crashes at Mount Panorama.

6. ROBBIE FRANCEVIC

Francevic became the second New Zealander to win the Australian Touring Car Championship, driving a Volvo 240T in 1986. But a falling out with the team left him sidelined for the following season, curtailing the chance to add to his tally.

5. SCOTT McLAUGHLIN

The former Dunlop Super2 Series champion made an immediate impression in the main game, scoring a race win in his rookie season and starring in the Volvo S60 for Garry Rogers Motorsport. McLaughlin has become Ford’s lead driver over the last two seasons following a move to DJR Team Penske in 2017.

4. SHANE VAN GISBERGEN

Van Gisbergen showed his natural talent as a teenager at Team Kiwi Racing and soon become a regular challenger at Stone Brothers Racing. After reversing on a decision to walk away from the sport, van Gisbergen re-emerged at Tekno Autosports for a race-winning spell that led to a promotion to Triple Eight Race Engineering, where he has beaten record- breaking teammate Jamie Whincup in two of the last three seasons.

3. STEVEN RICHARDS

Richards followed in the footsteps of father Jim Richards by becoming a master at Mount Panorama, notching up a fifth Bathurst 1000 win in 2018. The second-generation racer has thrived as an endurance co-driver following a full-time career that included nine top-10 finishes.

2. GREG MURPHY

Murphy stormed onto the Australian touring-car scene alongside Craig Lowndes in the mid-nineties, winning Bathurst with the Australian in 1996. Though championship success eluded Murphy, he became a hero on home soil by dominating at Pukekohe Park Raceway and went on to win a total of four Bathurst 1000s.

1. JIM RICHARDS

Richards was the first New Zealand to win an Australian Touring Car Championship and Bathurst 1000. His tally of seven Bathurst 1000 wins, three in a row with Peter Brock, and the only wins for Nissan and Volvo at Mount Panorama, plus four championship wins for BMW and Nissan, made him the pioneer for New Zealanders in Australia.

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Event Date
Superloop Adelaide 500 February 20-23
Melbourne 400 March 12-15
Tyrepower Tasmania Super400  April 3-5
ITM Auckland Super400 April 24-26
PIRTEK Perth SuperNight May 15-17
Truck Assist Winton Super400 June 5-7
Watpac Townsville 400 June 26-28
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown July 17-19
Sydney SuperNight August 28-30
OTR The Bend 500 September 18-20
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 October 8-11
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Oct. 30-Nov. 1
Penrite Oil Sandown Super400  November 20-22
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 December 4-6
   
   

 

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1. Scott McLaughlin
288  
2. Jamie Whincup
261 -27
3. Chaz Mostert
234 -54
4. Cameron Waters
231 -57
5. Will Davison
231 -57
6. David Reynolds
210 -78
7. Lee Holdsworth
171 -117
8. Mark Winterbottom
162 -126
9. Fabian Coulthard
162 -126
10. Rick Kelly
150 -138

Full championship standings