A fan favourite, the Coates Hire Supercars Challenge, returns for 2017 with a new qualifying format which will see four sessions which set the order for all four of their races. Qualifying 1 sets the order for Race 1, Qualifying 2 sets the order for Race 2 and so on.
Garth Tander returns to his roots heading to Garry Rogers Motorsport, after Holden Racing Team (HRT) ends its long-term sponsorship with Holden. Holden’s factory support status moves onto the dominant Champion team Red Bull Racing for 2017. Reigning 2016 Supercars Championship winner Shane van Gisbergen is also the reigning “Albert Park” event Champion and will again be battling with 7 times Supercars Champion and team mate Jamie Whincup.
Upcoming New Zealander Scott McLaughlin will bid farewell to Garry Rogers Motorsport as well as Volvo as he makes the switch to DJR Team Penske to drive the legendary No. 17 Ford. Driving his team boss Dick Johnsons historic competition number should help boost him on the next big step in his career.
Notable new entry is Simona de Silvestro (first full time female driver in the Supercars Championship) from Switzerland; ex Sauber Formula 1 test driver, last raced in the FIA Formula E Championship and competed at the 2016 Bathurst Supercars round in an all-girl duo with Renee Gracie.
The Supercars Pit paddock is a part of the general admission area with free access for all General Admission patrons and is definitely a place to visit at the event. An opportunity to get up close and personal with your favourite Supercars driver, check out the amazing colour of the team transporters, purchase your favourite team merchandise and get a behind-the-scenes view of the team garages.
|Car Number||Driver||Team Sponsor Name||Model|
|2||Scott Pye||Mobil 1 HSV Racing||Holden Commodore VF|
|3||TBA||LD Motorsport||Holden Commodore VF|
|5||Mark Winterbottom||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Ford Falcon FGX|
|6||Cameron Waters||Monster Energy Racing||Ford Falcon FGX|
|7||Todd Kelly||carsales Racing||ALTIMA|
|8||Nick Percat||Team Clipsal||Holden Commodore VF|
|9||David Reynolds||Erebus Penrite Racing||Holden Commodore VF|
|12||Fabian Coulthard||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Ford Falcon FGX|
|14||Tim Slade||Freightliner Racing||Holden Commodore VF|
|15||Rick Kelly||Sengled Racing||Nissan Altima|
|17||Scott McLaughlin||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Ford Falcon FGX|
|18||Lee Holdsworth||Preston Hire Racing||Holden Commodore VF|
|19||Will Davison||TEKNO Woodstock Racing||Holden Commodore VF|
|21||Tim Blanchard||Team CoolDrive||Holden Commodore VF|
|22||James Courtney||Mobil 1 HSV Racing||Holden Commodore VF|
|23||Michael Caruso||Nissan Motorsport||Nissan Altima|
|33||Garth Tander||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Holden Commodore VF|
|34||James Moffat||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Holden Commodore VF|
|55||Chaz Mostert||Supercheap Auto Racing||Ford Falcon FGX|
|56||Jason Bright||MEGA Racing||Ford Falcon FGX|
|62||Alex Rullo||LD Motorsport||Holden Commodore VF|
|78||Simona de Silvestro||Team Harvey Norman||Nissan Altima|
|88||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Holden Racing Australia||Holden Commodore VF|
|97||Shane van Gisbergen||Red Bull Holden Racing Australia||Holden Commodore VF|
|99||Dale Wood||Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing||Holden Commodore VF|
|888||Craig Lowndes||TeamVortex||Holden Commodore VF|