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The veteran benchmarks

James Courtney, Mark Winterbottom, David Reynolds and Will Davison – the benchmark veterans in Supercars.

11 June 2024

The late 2000s saw a significant generational change in the Supercars field. Iconic names like Mark Skaife, Glenn Seton and John Bowe retired, whilst young chargers such as James Courtney, Mark Winterbottom, David Reynolds and Will Davison established themselves as the new faces of the sport.

Fast forward to the current day, and Supercars once again finds itself in the middle of a generational shift, with Shane van Gisbergen, Jamie Whincup and competitive veterans such as Fabian Coulthard, Lee Holdsworth and Garth Tander all leaving full time drives over the past few years.

With younger stars like Broc Feeney, Will Brown and Cameron Waters becoming the new faces of Supercars, and the arrivals of Matt Payne, Ryan Woods and Aaron Love, the sport has never felt younger. In spite of the youthful shift in the field, some of the protagonists of the late noughties’ generation are still around to prove that age is only a number.

Courtney, Winterbottom, Reynolds and Davison are now the veterans, the benchmarks for young drivers to learn from and compete with. And they are not going to go out without a fight, as we examine in SupercarXtra issue #132, on sale now.

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For Courtney, 2024 brings new opportunity with a move to the Blanchard Racing Team. The 2010 champion is one of only two former champions on the grid, and whilst having been relatively competitive at Tickford over the past four seasons, a race win has eluded him since 2016. Despite this, the aim for Courtney this year is to grow and build the young BRT operation.

The other former champion lining up in 2024, Mark Winterbottom, enters his sixth season with Team 18. Winterbottom comes off the back of a strong 2023, where he took a race win in Darwin, and is aiming for more in 2024.

The aforementioned Reynolds is a new addition to Team 18 for 2024, and comes into the season on a hot streak, having taken a race win on the Gold Coast and a podium in Adelaide at the end of last year.