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Tekno Autosports: The Sydney reset

After three lean years following victory in the 2016 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, change is on the way for Tekno Autosports in 2020. A cash injection by the New South Wales government will see the team relocate to Sydney with 2010 champion James Courtney the marquee signing. But will it spark a return to the front-end of the grid? We explore in SupercarXtra Magazine issue #114. 

29 January 2020

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Tekno Autosports team owner Jonathon Webb was prepared to join stalwart Garry Rogers Motorsport on the sidelines in 2020 and just “sit on the beach and walk away from Supercars for a while.”

The single-car operation had been one of the success stories in the main-game paddock a few seasons back, finishing in the top five in the championship for four straight seasons ““ three with now Red Bull Holden Racing Team star Shane van Gisbergen and one with 23 Red Racing’s Will Davison, who claimed a memorable Bathurst victory alongside Webb in 2016. But since then it’s been lean pickings. From running at the front and winning the Great Race, Tekno Autosports has been languishing at the back of the grid in more recent seasons. 

“My wife and I sat down a couple of months ago and deadline day was coming up in October” says Webb. 

“We thought we’ll work out what we want to do and we said if it’s going to go the way it has the last year or two, we didn’t want to do it. 

“We’ve been chipping away at a few things in the background. It was the right opportunity at the right time, with the right driver, with the New South Wales government and the whole collaboration we’ve been able to put together.”

With Supercars and the New South Wales government looking for a team to relocate to Sydney, more specifically at Sydney Motorsport Park, the opportunity presented itself for Webb to return to the city where he grew up with his Tekno Autosports team. 

The team will commence operating from a Sydney facility ahead of the first event of 2020. It will then relocate upon completion of a new building at Sydney Motorsport Park as part of the $33 million investment by the New South Wales government.

“It was the whole package with the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club (ARDC) and Sydney Motorsport Park” explains Webb. 

“It’s a government facility and government supported. They wanted to grow the Sydney base, they wanted a stronger motorsport presence in New South Wales, and we look forward to being able to work with them on doing that.”

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