James Courtney
#22 James Courtney

Holden Racing Team

2010 V8 Champion James Courtney is set on putting a horror 2015 behind him in his sixth year as a factory Holden driver.

After kick-starting the year by taking out back-to-back Clipsal 500s, followed by a string of podiums in the subsequent rounds, Courtney?s season was interrupted by a freak incident at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Injuries from being struck by flying debris from a low flying helicopter at Sydney Motorsport Park saw him miss three rounds, but recorded a fairy-tale return at the Gold Coast ? winning alongside Jack Perkins.

Courtney?s career has taken him around the world, but started in 1994 when he became the Australian National Kart Championship runner-up.

At the age of 14, Courtney moved overseas to become a professional kart racer and picked up two World Championships in the process.

Climbing the ranks, he progressed to Formula Ford in 1999 and achieved major success in 2000 with the factory Van Diemen team, winning both the British and European titles.

Graduating to British F3 the next year, Courtney made international headlines when he was announced as test driver of the Jaguar Racing F1 team.

Courtney continued to race F3 in 2002 while testing with Jaguar, but his season was cut short by injuries sustained in a high-speed crash at Monza, which also compromised his F1 prospects.

After some recovery time, Courtney returned to racing in the 2003 Japanese F3 Championship, winning the title on debut, before switching to the Japanese GT Series for 2004-05 when he finished sixth and third respectively.

His versatility as a racer caught the attention of the Holden Racing Team, which signed him as an endurance driver alongside veteran Jim Richards in 2005.

In 2006, Courtney began his V8 Supercars career with Stone Brothers Racing. In a brilliant first year, he finished on the podium at Bathurst and secured the Mike Kable Rookie of the Year award with his 11th place championship result.

He claimed his maiden V8 Supercars victory at Queensland Raceway in 2008, winning from pole position.

Courtney moved to Dick Johnson Racing the following year, but made his mark in 2010 when he secured the championship in a thrilling battle at the final round in Sydney with Jamie Whincup. He was also awarded V8 Supercar?s best and fairest, the Barry Sheene Medal.

In 2011, Courtney returned to Holden?s factory team as the reigning champion, and won the second race of the year at Abu Dhabi.

Courtney made the best of a tough 2012 with two podiums in Sydney and a top-10 finish in the rankings, before returning to the front the following year in the new generation VF Commodore.

However, Courtney?s year in 2013 was marred by his massive accident at Phillip Island that ruled him out of the final round.

He returned with a win at the Clipsal 500 in 2014, also claiming a victory at his home circuit, Queensland Raceway.

Bathurst 1000 Stats
Debut: 2005 (with Jim Richards)
Starts: 11
Poles: 0 (Best Qual 3rd 2008)
Best Result: 2nd (2007 with David Besnard)

Championship Results
2005: Holden Racing Team Holden VZ Commodore, 47th (Enduro Only)
2006: Stone Brothers Racing Racing Ford BA Falcon, 11th
2007: Stone Brothers Racing Ford BF Falcon, 9th
2008: Stone Brothers Racing Ford BF Faclon, 6th
2009: Dick Johnson Racing Ford FG Falcon, 7th
2010: Dick Johnson Racing Ford FG Falcon, 1st
2011: Toll Holden Racing Team Holden VE Commodore Series II: 10th
2012: Holden Racing Team Holden VE Commodore Series II: 10th
2013: Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore: 11th
2014: Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore: 6th
2015: Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore: 10th

ATCC/V8 Supercar Championship Series Stats
Debut: 2005 (Sandown 500)
Event Starts: 139
Race Starts: 320
Race Wins: 14
Poles: 9

Other Career Highlights
Winner, V8 Supercar Championship Series ? 2010
Winner, British Formula Ford Championship ? 2000
Runner-up British Formula 3 Championship ? 2002
Winner, All-Japan Formula 3 Championship ? 2003
Sixth, Japanese Super GT Series ? 2004
Third, Japanese Super GT Series ? 2005
Winner, Barry Sheene Medal ? 2010


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