Jonathon and Kobe Webb of TEKNO Autosports, today announced they have signed 2010 Supercars Champion James Courtney to drive for the team, while confirming they will become the first Sydney-based team in the Supercars Championship in over fifteen years, operating from Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek.
The team will commence operating from theirSydney facility ahead of the first event of the 2020 Supercars Championship. It will then relocate upon completion of a new building at the Western Sydney circuit as part of the $33million investment by the NSW Government announced earlier this year.
Along with the confirmation of relocating from the teams’ current Queensland base, Webb said they are finalizing agreements with new partners which will see 2 cars operating from the Sydney base in 2020.
“We completed our 4,500sqm Queensland facility in August 2017, however we believe enough in the opportunity a Sydney base presents that we will be there from day one.
In the coming weeks we will finalise other key partnerships, including our second driver.” Jonathon said.
Supercars Champion James Courtney said he was thrilled with the opportunity, and was looking forward to spending more time in the Western Sydney precinct.
“I am a Penrith boy, so in many ways it’s a coming home for me. The Western Sydney fanbase haven’t had their own team to get behind for a long time, so I’m excited to work with the Webb’s and their partners to build something new and something they can take pride in. ” he said.
Supercars Australia CEO Sean Seamer said it was a significant outcome for the sport in Sydney,
“Having a Supercars team housed in a permanent facility in the heart of Sydney’s booming Western Suburbs is a massive coup for the Championship. the Webb family have delivered significant developments in Sydney, including in the Eastern Creek area, and James Courtney is was born and bred in Western Sydney, so their collective knowledge and connection to NSW makes them the perfect match up for a Sydney Supercars team,” Seamer said.
Sydney Motorsport Park CEO, Glenn Mathews says the arrival of a Supercars team is a vital step towards establishing Western Sydney as the motorsport hub of Australia.
“Today is an exciting day not only for Supercars, but for the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club. The investment in the permanent lighting creates significant opportunities for new audiences, users and events, and the facility being built to house the new team is an integral part of our strategy to position the entire Sydney Motorsport Park precinct as a motorsport innovation and high performance hub,”
The Webb family are looking forward to building a team in the new Sydney venture.
“Our collective aim is to position the team as a key component in the strategy of creating a Sydney motorsport hub, and it was important for us to embrace that right from the start.”
Glenn Matthews echoed the positive sentiment for Sydney concluding that the Government investment further demonstrates the NSW Liberals and Nationals’ strong commitment to motorsport.
“This is not only a great win for Sydney Motorsport Park, but also offers a great opportunity for the Supercars event in Newcastle, and past and projected upgrades to Mt Panorama at Bathurst,” he said.
The Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, the Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, said the announcement of a new team for Sydney presents a great opportunity for the region.
“On behalf of the people of Western Sydney, I pass on my congratulations to the new team and look forward to the many opportunities that will no doubt arise from this venture,” Minister Ayres said.
“This is just another example of local investment in the area that will continue to benefit the people of Western Sydney.”