It’s been a busy first day in the paddock at this weekend’s Wilson Security Sandown 500, from partnerships being forged, to drivers trying to sign contracts, and more retro liveries being revealed.
Find out all you need to know in our paddock notes:
Tim Slade hopeful of new BJR extension
The South Australian is still eyeing an extension of his contract with Brad Jones Racing into 2018, after forming a strong relationship with the team since he joined in 2016.
The 32-year old took his breakthrough Supercars race win with BJR at Winton last year in a season where he went on to finish eighth in the championship.
Slade says that he is not concerned about the situation and expects a new deal to come soon.
“I’m out of contract and I have nothing on paper for next year, but I love where I’m at and what I am a part of,” Slade told Speedcafe.com.
“I think we both want to continue it and it is just a matter of doing all the formalities. I’m not worried or anything like that.
“There is nothing really to discuss I have a good honest relationship with Brad (Jones team owner) and I have 110 percent trust in him and Kim Jones (team co-owner).
“They are both straight shooters and I know exactly where I stand.”
Roland Dane to step down from Supercars directors board
The triple eight team owner has notified the committee that he will not stand up for re-election later this year, freeing up a spot in the directors board.
“To be honest I have given it enough time,” Dane told Speedcafe.com.
“It is an unpaid position and I have spent an awful lot of time and energy on it for a long period, and I would quite like that time back to do other things.
“I have got other things going on in life, so it is time for somebody else to step up.”
MotoGP Australian Grand Prix and Supercars Gold Coast 600 to avoid date clash in 2018
The Phillip Island Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix has been moved back a week in the provisional 2018 FIM MotoGP world championship calendar to the weekend of October 26-28.
The change will therefore end a continued conflict with the Pirtek Endure Cup finale which arose in 2016.
The Supercars calendar is set to be officially announced in the week leading up to the Bathurst 1000 (5-8 October).
Supercars’ James Warburton heads to Singapore Grand Prix in a bid for an alliance with Formula One.
The main reason the Supercars supremo is missing the Wilson Security Sandown 500 this weekend, is for high profile talks with Formula One promoters at the Singapore night race.
Moves are underway to make Supercars an official support category of F1, appearing at a wide range of events including the Australian Grand Prix.
Warburton is looking to add not only the Singapore Grand Prix under the lights of Marina Bay, but the Chinese and Japanese Grand Prix’s, as well as any new Asian races.
Luca Dumbbell Motorsport reveal retro liveries
The team took the covers off the #3 Commodore of Aaren Russell and Taz Douglas, showcasing their new orange, white and blue Plus Fitness scheme.
LDM also showed off Alex Rullo and Alex Davison’s livery for the #62 Commodore, featuring a striking navy blue, gold and red for the Sandown 500.
The team also kept within the retro round theme, with the livery being a flashback to 1977 when primary sponsor Phil Munday opened his panel works business.
LDM consider switching to Ford in 2018
In more Lucas Dumbbell news, the team is weighing up a switch from Holden to Ford next year.
The team confirmed that they are assessing all options, including the purchase of Prodrive’s Ford Falcon FGXs.
“(We’re) definitely looking to change car suppliers at the moment, and Prodrive are 100 percent one of the options,” team owner Lucas Dumbrell told Speedcafe.com.
“When they say it’s done or whatever, it’s not true.
“After the changes at Holden in the last 12 months, honestly it means nothing to me now unfortunately.”
DJR Team Penske driver Scott McLaughlin says that the enduros are a championship reset.
This comes after the New Zealander lost a handful of points in the previous round at Sydney Motorsport, amid an intense battle with DJRTP and Triple Eight Racing.
Mclaughlin left Sydney with a 12-point lead in the championship standings, after entering the race weekend 129-points clear.
“I’m really excited for this event, this Pirtek Enduro Cup; it’s a big reset on the championship,” said McLaughlin.
The margins are tight at the top of the standings, with just 258-points from first to fourth and 900-points available across the Pirtek Enduro Cup.
“Twelve points is basically starting the season all over again, especially for myself, Jamie (Whincup), Shane (van Gisbergen), and Fabs (Fabian Coulthard). We’ll get on with it and we’ll see how we go.”
Adrian Burgess joins Tekno for Sandown
Burgess has returned to the Supercars paddock this weekend for the first time since his departure from Mobil 1 HSV Racing.
Tekno confirmed that he will offer assistance to their operation across the Sandown weekend, but his consultancy position may run until the end of the Pirtek Enduro Cup.
Track action kicks off on Friday, with Australian GT first up in the morning at 8:30am for their practice session.