Bathurst 1000 Stats
After nine years with motorsport powerhouse Walkinshaw Andretti United, James Courtney heads into 2020 carrying a new challenge.
The 2010 Supercars champion is the face of the Team Sydney project, as Jonathon Webb’s former Tekno Autosports squad prepares to relocate to the state Courtney grew up in.
Courtney is just the high-profile type of driver required for the job, which links him back to Webb who he first met at Stone Brothers Racing and was Dick Johnson Racing stablemates in 2010.
Courtney’s list of achievements before joining Supercars is impressive, with two world karting championships, British and European Formula Ford titles, and an F1 testing role with Jaguar Racing.
His versatility caught the attention of the then-Holden Racing Team, which signed him as an endurance driver alongside veteran Jim Richards in 2005.
He secured a full-time drive with Stone Brothers Racing the following year, when he finished on the podium at Bathurst and secured the Mike Kable Rookie of the Year award with his 11th place championship result.
Courtney took his maiden victory with SBR at Queensland Raceway in 2008, but the following year moved to Dick Johnson Racing – where he won the championship in 2010. He was also awarded V8 Supercar’s best and fairest, the Barry Sheene Medal.
In 2011, Courtney returned to Holden’s factory team as the reigning champion, and won in Abu Dhabi.
Courtney made the best of 2012 with two podiums in Sydney and a top 10 finish in the rankings, before returning to the front the following year in the new generation VF Commodore.
However, Courtney’s year in 2013 was marred by his accident at Phillip Island that ruled him out of the final round. He returned to racing in 2014 in stunning style, winning the Clipsal 500 – and in Ipswich as well.
2015 saw another Clipsal 500 victory but was hindered by an accident at the Sydney Motorsport Park event, which saw him hit by debris dislodged by a low flying helicopter. He missed two of the three endurance rounds but returned in spectacular fashion with victory at the Gold Coast 600 with Jack Perkins.
Adelaide is a special place for Courtney who will be looking to kick off his 2018 campaign in style as he journeys towards a second championship crown.