Team 18 has confirmed its enduro partners for the 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000, with James Golding moving across to pair up with Scott Pye in the DEWALT Racing Commodore.
Golding, who placed eighth with Mark Winterbottom for Team 18 in the Bathurst 1000 last year, jumps across to the #20 DEWALT Racing entry to support Pye, a two-time runner up in The Great Race.
The 25-year-old joined the team in 2019 following a two-year stint as a full time Supercars driver, and will make his sixth Bathurst 1000 start this year.
Golding will take the wheel of the #20 DEWALT car during the official Supercars pre-season test at Winton Motor Raceway tomorrow, with the bulk of the laps to be completed by primary driver Pye.
Team 18 and the entire Supercars field will launch into the season proper at the Mount Panorama 500 next week for Round 1 of the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship, featuring two single-driver 250km races for Winterbottom and Pye.
Practice kicks off on Friday, February 26, with coverage via the Seven Network, Fox Sports and Kayo.
James Golding, Co-driver – #20 DEWALT Racing Holden ZB Commodore
“It’s awesome to team up with Scotty in the DEWALT Racing Commodore at the Bathurst 1000 this year,” said Golding.
“We had a strong run with Frosty [Mark Winterbottom] last year and I’m pumped to continue on in the Team 18 stable.
“Scott’s an experienced campaigner at the Mountain and as a two-time runner up he has a strong track record up there.
“If I put my best foot forward and deliver for the team, it gives me the best opportunity to keep my name in frame for a main game return in 2022.
“I recently did a seat fit in Scott’s car, so we’ll make sure the new insert is comfortable at speed.
“The first day back in the car is just about re-familiarising myself and running through the team’s test program.
“Bathurst 1000 being such a crucial round in the championship, I will continue to spend as much time with the team at test days and ride days with all my energy focussed on delivering for them at the Bathurst 1000.”
Scott Pye, Primary Driver – #20 DEWALT Racing Holden ZB Commodore
“James was one of the stand-out co-drivers last year so it’s great that he was eager to come on board my #20 DEWALT car for the biggest race of the year,” said Pye.
“He is young, fast and very eager to be in the top level of Australian racing, so he is really embracing this opportunity and I know he’ll be on the pace.”