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Why veteran drivers are prospering

Speedcafe Newscast podcast reveals why Supercars ‘senior citizens’ are prospering.

05 September 2023

Veteran V8 drivers are in demand amid ‘young gun’ signings. As new blood is added to Supercars, middle-aged stars are still hanging on.

Forty somethings James Courtney, Mark Winterbottom and Will Davison are defying their ages, all still competitive.

The latest Speedcafe Newscast podcast explains why old and bold is gold as athletes’ competitive careers are extended. Listen here:

New coaching and training methods are allowing athletes in ball sports to push the age barrier back, remaining fit and fast into their mid-to-late 30s.

Supercars drivers are staying competitive well into their 40s amid – and despite – an influx of new talent.

Dick Johnson Racing chief David Noble, an ex-AFL coach, explains why 41-year-old Will Davison is still a front-runner, often overshadowing his much younger – and highly touted – teammate Anton De Pasquale.

Speedcafe Newscast also hears from Courtney, 41, Winterbottom, 42, and 38-year-old David Reynolds on their ‘late-life’ Supercars careers.

Darwin race-winner Winterbottom is locked in at Team 18, to be joined by Reynolds, while Courtney is favourite to lead the Blanchard Racing Team’s expansion to two Mustangs in 2024.

As well, there’s the latest Supercars news in the build-up to next week’s return of the Sandown 500. In fact, it’s a double treat for Melbourne racing fans, with Sandown hosting the Shannons SpeedSeries this weekend. Speedcafe national racing guru Garry O’Brien has a full preview of all the action.

It’s all in the latest Speedcafe Newscast podcast, anchored by authoritative journalist/broadcaster Mark Fogarty.