The Shell V-Power Racing Team has announced their Repco Bathurst 1000 driver pairings which will see Alex Davison codrive with brother Will in the famous No.17 Ford Mustang, and Tony D’Alberto sharing driving duties with Anton De Pasquale in the No 11 Ford Mustang.
Due to current government restrictions and quarantine requirements caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, three-time Supercars Championship winner Scott McLaughlin will not be taking part in this year’s race.
Alex Davison was announced as the team’s reserve driver in May and will now officially take part in the final race of the Supercars’ season in December.
Executive Chairman of Dick Johnson Racing Ryan Story said that while the team was disappointed that McLaughlin could not travel from the US for the event, the team’s new driver lineup is extremely strong.
“We knew from the beginning of the season that Scott’s availability to race with us this year would rest on a number of factors, including the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic along with the INDYCAR schedule. Unfortunately, the timing just hasn’t aligned how we’d hoped.
“Alex is a quality driver who has a history with this team, and of course pairing him with his brother makes them a terrific combination for this year’s Great Race. He has been spending a lot of time with us here at the workshop, getting to know the cars and the team and learning how we operate.
“Tony has been with the team for a number of years now and has proven himself a fast, reliable and solid codriver. He brings vast experience and will form a great combination with Anton,” said Story.
Former Shell V-Power Racing Team driver Scott McLaughlin said he was sad to miss the Repco Bathurst 1000 and not be travelling home to see his family, friends, and supporters.
“It is disappointing to not be able to travel home and take part in the biggest race on the Australian motorsport calendar – it’s something I was looking forward to, but with the prolonged quarantine requirements and Australian COVID-19 restrictions, the timing just hasn’t worked out.
“I was also looking forward to seeing the team, the Supercars supporters, and my family and friends – who I haven’t seen in over 18 months – and putting on a great show at Mount Panorama. Hopefully we can see what 2022 brings.
“I know Alex will do a great job in my place. I’ll certainly be watching from the US and wish the team the best of luck for the season finale,” said McLaughlin.
This year’s Repco Bathurst 1000 will be a six-day event and will take place at Mount Panorama 30 Nov-5 Dec 2021.