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Burgess to lead Team 18 from 2024

Adrian Burgess moves back into a team role as team principal at Team 18.

23 November 2023

Team 18 has announced the appointment of Adrian Burgess as its new team principal, effective from February 2024.

It’s a reunion between Burgess and team owner Charlie Schwerkolt, rekindling their successful partnership that led to a championship at Dick Johnson Racing with James Courtney in 2010.

Burgess made his foray into the Australian racing scene in 2006, collaborating with Schwerkolt at Dick Johnson Racing. Following his tenure their, Burgess assumed the role of team manager at Triple Eight Race Engineering, overseeing Jamie Whincup’s three consecutive championships from 2011 to 2013, including the 2013 Bathurst 1000.

After stints at Walkinshaw Racing and Tekno Autosports, Burgess became the head of motorsport with Supercars in 2018 until 2023.

“It’s exciting to get the band back together with Charlie,” said Burgess.

“We’ve achieved a lot together in the past and we both know we would like to achieve those heights again. I’m not underestimating the size of the task, the competition is incredibly fierce and it’s one of the most competitive championships in the world.

“Team 18 overall is in a great shape, it showed that this year in Darwin. I’m looking forward to getting on deck, continuing their great culture and working cohesively with everyone to focus on aiming for podiums and consistent performances every weekend and ultimately get ourselves in a position where we can fight for championships, that’s the goal.”

Schwerkolt added: “It’s incredibly exciting to welcome Adrian Burgess as team principal commencing early next year.

“I’m really pleased to reunite with Adrian, our history together goes back as far as 2006 a highlight being the championship success we celebrated together in 2010.

“This appointment is a great coup for the team and Adrian will be a valuable leader with the skills and experience to bring the results we are all striving for.

“There is a massive amount to achieve at Team 18 moving forwards, and I believe Adrian will be able to take the team to a new level and best position us for greater success in the years to come.”