Wednesday, Oct 9 06:52pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

James Courtney joins Sydney-based Supercars squad

James Courtney will join a new-look Tekno Autosports squad next year in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.


The team will move their operations from the Gold Coast to Sydney in what is being touted as a landmark project for the state government.


The team will be based out of a temporary facility in the interim while their outpost is set up at Sydney Motorsport Park.


A teammate for Courtney hasn’t been announced yet, but Kiwi driver Richie Stanaway is reportedly in the running for the second seat. That deal may come courtesy of Boost Mobile who are understood to be leaving Garry Rogers Motorsport at the end of this season.


“There are plenty of people kicking around,” Team Owner Jonathan Webb said.


“A couple of young guys would be great to bring into the sport. There are a few opportunities there, but definitely having James [Courtney] on board as out primary driver gives us some strength and credibility.”


The team have already confirmed they’ll continue to run Triple Eight Race Engineering-prepared Holden Commodore ZB race cars next season.


It all but confirms Jack Le Brocq will leave the team to join Tickford Racing on what is set to be a four-year contract.


The New South Wales Government will commit $33 million to the project that will see the circuit developed into a Silverstone-style facility. Permanent lighting fixtures are being added to the circuit, which will also see the return of the Sydney SuperNight format next season.


“From day one about 12 months ago when we sat down with the New South Wales Government, CAMS, and the ARDC, where Supercars really bought into the vision that they had for the centre of excellence,” Supercars CEO Sean Seamer said.


“We really wanted to anchor that tenancy and that precinct with elite motorsport in Australia, and that’s with one of our teams.


“It sticks out that we don’t have a team currently based out of Sydney. It’s a huge market. A big fan base with a lot of sponsors. It was always going to be a great opportunity for the right person to pick up and run with. We hope that we can give back as much to the community in Western Sydney.”


Courtney’s departure from Walkinshaw Andretti United ends a nine-year spell with the team. He remains the oldest full-time driver in the field at 39-years-old.