Category:Racing drivers from Melbourne
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The following 34 pages are in this category, out of 34 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Eric Bana – Eric Banadinović, known professionally as Eric Bana, is an Australian actor and comedian. He began his career in the comedy series Full Frontal before gaining critical recognition in the biographical crime film Chopper. Bana also played Henry De Tamble in The Time Travelers Wife, in 2013, he played Lt. Cmdr. Erik S. Kristensen in the war film Lone Survivor and in the year he played police sergeant Ralph Sarchie in the horror film Deliver Us from Evil. An accomplished dramatic actor and comedian, he received Australias highest film and television awards for his performances in Chopper, Full Frontal and Romulus, My Father. Bana has performed across a spectrum of leading roles in a variety of low-budget and major studio films, ranging from romantic comedies. Bana was born in Melbourne, Victoria and his father, Ivan, was Croatian and worked as a logistics manager for Caterpillar, Inc. and his mother, Eleanor, was a hairdresser, originally from near Mannheim in Germany. He has one brother, Anthony. Bana grew up in Melbournes Tullamarine, an area on the northern edge of the city, near Melbournes international airport. In a cover story for the Mail on Sunday, he told author Antonella Gambotto-Burke that his family had suffered from racist taunts, wog is such a terrible word, he said. He has stated, I have always been proud of my origin, I have always been in the company of people of European origin. Showing acting skill early in life, Bana began doing impressions of family members at the age of six or seven, first mimicking his grandfathers walk, voice, in school, he mimicked his teachers as a means to get out of trouble. As a teen, he watched the Mel Gibson film Mad Max, however, he did not seriously consider a career in the performing arts until 1991 when he was persuaded to try comedy while working as a barman at Melbournes Castle Hotel. His stand-up gigs in inner-city pubs did not provide him enough income to support himself, however, so he continued his work as a barman. In 1993, Bana made his debut on Steve Vizards late night talk show. His performance gained the attention of producers from the comedy series, Full Frontal. During his four years on the show, Bana wrote much of his own material and his impressions of Columbo, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Tom Cruise made Bana popular with the shows audience. This success led him to record the comedy album Out of Bounds in 1994 and to host his own special, titled Eric
2. Tim Blanchard – Tim Blanchard is an Australian racing driver. He currently competes in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, driving the No.21 Holden VF Commodore for Tim Blanchard Racing, Blanchard has raced in several other motor racing series, including the British Formula Ford Championship, and was the winner of the 2007 Australian Formula Ford Championship. Blanchard raced in various classes throughout his career, resulting in numerous titles. His final two years were notable, taking out all before him in a dominant two years for the young Victorian. This was another year for Tim as he looked to move into the senior class after taking both junior titles on offer. In the 2004 season, Tim took out the Victorian Senior National Heavy Title before winning the Australian Title at Hume International Raceway in Puckapunyal and this would prove to be his final year in karts as a foray into Formula Ford awaited. Blanchard progressed into Formula Ford in 2005, participating in both the Australian and Victoria State Championships in his first season. Tim finished a third in the Victorian Series, however only entering three races in the Australian Series as he gathered much needed experience in the open wheeler class. 2007 saw Blanchard have his biggest success to date when he took out the Australian Formula Ford Championship with seven wins and sixteen podiums from the twenty-four race series. Blanchard signed with Jamun Racing Services, one of the most successful teams in British Formula Ford, with 3 race wins,16 podiums &5 poles, Blanchard finished the 2008 British Formula Ford Championship in 2nd place,50 points behind his teammate Wayne Boyd. This was another year for Blanchard, culminating in a 3rd-place finish at the season ending Formula Ford Festival. His mechanic for the season was Scott Malvern who went on to be a racing driver in his own right winning the British Formula Ford Championship. Due to some funding shortfalls following the Global Financial Crisis, Blanchard was unable to secure a drive for the 2009 season. Tim instead concentrated his efforts on completing his degree at Swinburne University whilst also assisting a number of teams in both V8s and Formula Ford throughout the season. In 2010 Blanchard reunited with Sonic Motor Racing Services for the 2010 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series, Blanchard drove the ex-Triple Eight Falcon BF that James Moffat drove in the 2009 Fujitsu V8 Series. Following a season in the wilderness, Blanchard took no time to settle and his standout performance came in Round 4 at the 2010 Sucrogen Townsville 400, winning the round with two podiums including his first race win. Consistency was the key throughout the season, as Blanchard finished 2nd in the 2010 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series,2011 saw Blanchard sign with MW Motorsport to team up with the experienced David Russell in the Team Jayco BF Falcons. Blanchard drove the ex-FPR Falcon BF that Tony Bates drove in the 2010 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series, another standout result was his 2nd Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series career race win at the 2011 Sucrogen Townsville 400
3. Alex Davison – Alex Davison in Melbourne, Australia, is an Australian racing driver. He won the 2004 Australian Carrera Cup Championship, as part of the Davison motorsport dynasty, he is the brother of Will Davison and grandson of Lex Davison. Starting in karts at an age, he progressed to Formula Ford in 1998 racing a used 1995 Van Diemen. Davison, with the backing of Wynns, upgraded to an old car for 1999. He had tied on points with Steve Owen in second, after two years of Formula Ford, Davisons eyes turned to Europe. Unable to break into a wheel series, Davison found a role with German Sports Car team Manthey Racing. Two more years with Manthey in the German series saw no significant improvement, back in Australia, Davison made some appearances in the 2003 Australian Carrera Cup Championship. After breaking through for a win at the end of 2003, Davison dominated the 2004 Australian Carrera Cup Championship, taking his first. He took the seat of outgoing champion Fabian Coulthard and finished second to Craig Baird in the 2006 season, into 2007, Davison took over the seat Jim Richards vacated from his own team, as Richards concentrated on other series. Davison again finished runner up this time to David Reynolds, in 2008, an opportunity to return to Europe beckoned and Davison took up a drive with Team Felbermayr-Proton in the 2008 Le Mans Series season. Despite not winning a race, Davison and co-driver Marc Lieb finished runner-up in the GT2 class in their Porsche 997 GT3-RSR behind Ferrari F430 GT2 driver Rob Bell. With the same team, Davison also contested the 2008 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, driving with Horst Felbermayr, Sr. some guest drives in the American Le Mans Series also cropped up, though to no significant success. In 2012, Davison drove the Simjen Silver Bullet in a return to Australian Carrera Cup, Davison won the first round of the season at the Adelaide Street Circuit before eventually finishing third in the championship. In 2016, Davison once again entered the Australian Carrera Cup Championship full-time, Davisons Carrera Cup form led to him join the Perkins Motorsport V8 Supercars team for the 2004 endurance races, sharing Tony Longhursts regular season car with Jamie Whincup. The pair finished a creditable 9th at the 2004 running of the Bathurst 1000, Davison later replaced Longhurst for the final two sprint events of the year when the veteran left the team. This in turn led to a seat with Perkins in 2005. Having returned from his European racing exploits, Davison returned to a full-time V8 Supercar seat with Stone Brothers Racing in 2009. The year was disappointing, and he finished the year 17th in the standings
4. Paul Dumbrell – Paul Dumbrell is an Australian business executive and racing driver. He currently competes in the Dunlop Series, driving the No.88 Holden VE Commodore for Eggleston Motorsport, Dumbrell also drives for Triple Eight Race Engineering as a co-driver alongside Jamie Whincup in the Pirtek Enduro Cup series. Son of former racing driver Garry Dumbrell, Paul Dumbrell started racing in karts in 1996 and he was educated at Xavier College in Kew, Melbourne and resides in Melbourne, Australia. He competed in the Australian Sprint Kart National Championships in April 1998 and he then attended a driving course at Sandown Raceway where he briefly drove the ex Craig Lowndes Van Diemen RF85. Paul then attended the Jim Russell International School of Racing in England, during the course, Dumbrell drove a Formula Vauxhall. At age 15 he was the youngest in the class and even though he was the fastest graduate from the school, he was ineligible for the final race, for which drivers had to be 16. On returning to Australia he looked to do a couple of races in Formula Ford and this injury prevented him from racing for 8 weeks and put an end to any chance of running a Formula Ford. At the end of 1998 he entered his first production car race, the GT Production three-hour at Bathurst in a Subaru WRX, but his race ended with mechanical failure. For the 1999 season he drove a Formula Holden in the Australian Drivers Championship, and had his first race in the V8 Supercar Championship Series in August 1999 at Symmons Plains, in Tasmania. After a full experience in a Formula Holden, Dumbrell had the chance to test a Formula 3000 car with Mark Webber for Paul Stoddarts Arrows Team. When he returned to Australia he took up a permanent driving spot in the Konica V8 Supercar Development Series,2001 saw Dumbrell consistently at the front, and he won the Series in 2002. Dumbrell made his first Bathurst 1000 start at 17 years and 74 days and he raced a Wynns/Falkuner Racing #96 Holden VS Commodore with Matthew White, qualifying the car in 33rd position but retiring on lap 15 after he hit the wall at McPhillamy Park. 2002 saw Dumbrell picked up by Castrol Perkins Racings Team Owner Larry Perkins as his co-driver in the Castrol Perkins Holden VX Commodore at both the Queensland 500 and Bathurst 1000, at Bathurst that year, Perkins and Dumbrell finished a surprise fifth position overall. Dumbrells fifth placing at Bathurst in 2002 helped him secure a 2-year deal with Castrol Perkins Motorsport for 2003 and 2004. In 2005, Dumbrell achieved his best-ever round V8 Supercar Championship Series result at Symmons Plains,2005 also saw his best ever Championship placing, finishing in 20th, after placing 29th in 2003 and 24th in 2004. 2006 saw Paul driving the number 11 Holden VZ Commodore to 12th place and he finished 5th at Bathurst and was within reach of a podium finish until slowed by mechanical problems. For the 2007 season, Dumbrell moved from Jack Daniels Racing to Supercheap Auto Racing, replacing Greg Murphy and he had a poor season due to the unreliability of the cars, and the only highlight was a 6th placing with Paul Weel at the Sandown 500. In 2008, Dumbrell joined the HSV Dealer Team to drive the #16 Autobarn Holden Commodore, as teammate to 2006 V8 Supercar Champion and it was a difficult season for the team and Dumbrell finished 21st in the championship
5. Lee Holdsworth – Lee Holdsworth is an Australian racing driver. He currently drivers the No.18 Holden VF Commodore for Charlie Schwerkolt Racing in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Lee Holdsworths motorsport career began in go-karts. He started racing cars in 2001 at just 17, when he contested the Commodore Cup national series, Holdsworth also contested the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar endurance races with Phillip Scifleet and Mark Noske respectively. Holdsworths big break came in 2006 when he scored a full-time drive with Garry Rogers Motorsport in the V8 Supercar Championship, in 2007, Holdsworth won his first V8 Supercar round at Oran Park. The win came courtesy of consistent driving over the weekend and a strategy in the final race in changeable conditions. In 2008 Holdsworth began working with The John Bowe Institute of Driving, helping to teach the techniques of driving to the public. Holdsworth moved to Stone Brothers Racing for the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship, for 2013, the team was bought by Erebus Motorsport, and ran Mercedes-Benz E63 AMGs. Holdsworth scored the teams first race win at Winton in April 2014, in 2015, Holdsworth moved to Charlie Schwerkolt Racing, who operated as a satellite team to the Holden Racing Team. Holdsworth won the 2015 Drivers Driver award at the 2015 V8 Gala awards, for 2016, Charlie Schwerkolt Racing will operate as an independent team. * Events highlighted in green denote designated co-driver role Lee Holdsworth Profile Irwin Racing website V8 Supercar Points
6. Craig Lowndes – Craig Lowndes OAM is an Australian racing driver competing in the Supercars Championship. He currently drives the No.888 Holden VF Commodore for Triple Eight Race Engineering and he is also the first driver in ATCC/V8SC history to win 100 races and holds the record for the most Bathurst 1000 podiums with 13. Craig Lowndes is the son of former long-time Confederation of Australian Motorsport Chief Scrutineer Frank Lowndes, Lowndes began his racing career at age nine, driving go-karts at a track in the town of Whittlesea. He moved up to cars in 1991, driving a Van Diemen in the Motorcraft Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series. Despite the car being several years old and receiving minimal sponsorship, Lowndes won the Australian Formula Ford Championship in 1993 which qualified him for the Formula Ford Festival in England that same year, where he finished third. Lowndes moved up to Australias top rank of open wheel racing being Formula Brabham in 1994 and his success in Formula Brabham driving an ageing Cheetah Mk9 against much more modern cars was rewarded with the Australian Silver Star. By this time Lowndes had been added to the Holden Racing Teams testing crew and he looked sufficiently promising in testing that Lowndes was drafted into the No.015 Commodore with Brad Jones for the 1994 Sandown 500. It was expected to be a performance as Rickard Rydell from the BTCC Volvo sister team within TWR was to join the team for Bathurst. Rydell was forced to stay home for reasons and after his impressive debut at Sandown. After a gruelling double-stint by Jones, Lowndes began the final stint of the race as the challenger to the DJR Falcon of John Bowe which had dominated the race. With eleven laps to go Lowndes stunned the touring car establishment overtaking Bowe on the outside of Griffins Bend in a move made him a household name. Bowe retook a lap later and Lowndes was forced to back off in the closing laps, Lowndes won fans in pit lane when he later admitted that his passing move on Bowe was simply a case of missing his brake marker. HRT had seen enough however and for the 1996 season replaced Tomas Mezera full-time in the team, at his first attempt, Lowndes won the championship and also won both the Sandown and Bathurst races with teammate Greg Murphy. His Bathurst 1000 victory in 1996 making Craig Lowndes the youngest winner of the Bathurst 1000, with Lowndes and Greg Murphy, the youngest ever driver pairing to win the Bathust 1000. He enjoyed limited success compared to his teammate Juan Pablo Montoya which resulted in Lowndes failing to find a budget to compete a second year, on his return to Australia, Lowndes again won the Sandown 500 for HRT, partnered by New Zealander Greg Murphy. Together with back to back wins at Sandown in the enduros. He resumed his seat with the Holden Racing Team, alongside new teammate Mark Skaife. Lowndes again proved difficult to catch and went on to win the 1998 Championship, in the first full year of campaigning the VT Commodore, Lowndes had already amassed a large lead by the time the series arrived for Round 8 at Calder Park Raceway
7. James Moffat (racing driver) – James Moffat is an Australian racing driver who currently competes in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, driving for Garry Rogers Motorsport. With the same team Moffat progressed to the Carrera Cup where he ran at the front of the field, competing against his half-brother Andrew Moffat. Co-inciding with the collapse of Carrera Cup, Moffat moved into Team Sonics newly established V8 Supercar program, at the season ending V8 Supercar prizegiving Moffat received the Mike Kable Young Gun Award, recognition of his efforts as a first year V8 Supercar driver. In late January 2011, Dick Johnson Racing announced the signing of Moffat to pilot the number 18 car vacated by the HRT-bound James Courtney and it was the first time in 22 years that the Moffat name has competed in the top level of Australian Touring Car racing. Moffat remained with DJR for the year before joining Kelly Racing as the team transitioned to Nissan Motorsport racing Nissan Altimas. Moffat quickly established himself within the new team, coming home first ahead of team-mate Michael Caruso at Winton, Official website Official Team website Driver Database stats
8. Jamie Whincup – Jamie Whincup is an Australian professional racing driver competing in the Supercars Championship. He currently drives the No.88 Holden VF Commodore for Triple Eight Race Engineering, Whincup is a six-time V8 Supercar champion, a four-time Bathurst 1000 winner and in 2017 also won the Bathurst 12 Hour. Whincups interest in motor racing commenced at the age of 7 when his father purchased him a go-kart, from 1991 through to 1997, he won numerous Rookie and Junior titles at a state level. Whincup landed himself a drive in 2005 with the Melbourne-based Tasman Motorsport. In 2006, Whincup jumped from Holden to Ford and joined Triple Eight Race Engineering alongside Craig Lowndes. Whincup had a stellar first season, taking victory in the two biggest races of the season, the Clipsal 500 and Supercheap Auto 1000, the latter as co-driver to Craig Lowndes. After some incidents and unreliability, Whincup finished the championship in a disappointing tenth position at years end. Whincup finished second in the title by a mere two points to Garth Tander from the HSV Dealer Team. In 2007, Whincup began a role as part of TeamVodafones Junior Development Program. His first round win for 2007, at a water-logged Winton, was the first round win for the year by a Ford driver and he celebrated both his 50th V8 Supercar Championship start and his inaugural pole position at Triple Eight Race Engineerings test track, Queensland Raceway. Whincup moved into the lead after a successful defence his and Lowndes Bathurst 1000 crown. Entering Surfers Paradise for the Indy 300 with the lead from Garth Tander. Tander and Craig Lowndes both had fairly good weekends, putting Tander into the lead over Lowndes heading into the Symmons Plains race in Tasmania. Whincup won both races, and headed into the Grand Finale at Phillip Island on the 1–2 December weekend with a seven point championship lead. Whincup failed to keep his slender margin at Phillip Island, after Garth Tander won the first two races Whincup faced a seven-point deficit, after the final race Whincup finished second, behind Todd Kelly and two places ahead of Tander but fell just two points short of the title. At the 2007 V8 Supercar Gala Awards Dinner at the completion of the 2007 season, Whincup was awarded the Barry Sheene Medal, Whincup won the 2008 Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, and won a further six rounds after that including the Bathurst 1000 for a third year running. He clinched his first Championship after winning the first race in the round at Oran Park Raceway. In 2009, Whincup successfully defended his title in a brand new Ford FG Falcon, including wins at Adelaide, Hamilton, Tasmania, Darwin, Townsville, Oueensland, Phillip Island and Barbagallo
9. James Davison – James Davison is an Australian professional race driver who drives a Nissan GT-R at the Pirelli World Challenge. His father Jon Davison was a Formula 5000 competitor and was the long-running promotor of racing events at Sandown Raceway, davisons grandfather, Lex Davison, was a four-time winner of the Australian Grand Prix. He is a cousin of V8 Supercar drivers Alex and Will Davison and he also competed as a coxswain as part of Scotch Colleges championship-winning rowing crew in 2003. In 2004 he joined the ranks of Formula Ford in his native Australia, at the end of 2004 he won a scholarship at the BMW Junior Scholarship Finals in Valencia. At the end of the season he qualified and finished tenth at the Formula BMW Final at Bahrain,2006 saw him again compete in the United States in the Formula Atlantic series for Team Australia. After the Denver round he was dropped by the team for fellow Aussie Michael Patrizi,2007 saw Davison progress into the Star Mazda Championship where current IndyCar Series drivers Marco Andretti and Graham Rahal previously competed. Driving for Velocity Motorsports, Davison proved to be an outstanding competitor finishing second in the Championship,2008 found him in the Firestone Indy Lights series, racing for Sam Schmidt Motorsports. He struggled throughout the first half of the season, but captured his first series pole at Nashville Superspeedway and his first win came in bizarre circumstances in a wet race at Mid-Ohio. While running second on the last lap, race leader Jonny Reid went into pit lane instead the finish line, Davison also received the Sunoco Most Improved Driver Award at the IRL Championship Celebration held in Las Vegas. Davison finished second in the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights Championship with new team Vision Racing, Davison was running at the finish of all fifteen races and finished in the top ten in all but one. In November 2011 he tested for Andretti Autosport at Palm Beach International Raceway and he shared the car with Indy Lights driver Gustavo Yacaman. In 2013 Davison tested a car for Dale Coyne Racing at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a few weeks later it was announced that he would drive the teams #18 car at the race there. It will be his first open wheel race appearance since 2009 and he was then drafted in to run at the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen the Crown Royal 200 also at Watkins Glen. In 2011 he drove for Michael Shank Racing at Laguna Seca, in 2015 he joined Nismo factory team to drive a Nissan GT-R at the Pirelli World Challenge. Davison made his first NASCAR start in 2016, driving the No.90 King Autosport car in the Xfinity Series for the Road America 180 and he started 18th and went down one position after making contact with Scott Heckert on the last lap. * Season still in progress1 Ineligible for series points Indy Lights Profile Speedsport Bio 2006 Atlantic standings 2007 Star Mazda review Grand-Am Profile Official website
10. Will Davison – Will Davison is an Australian professional racing driver. He currently drives the No.19 Holden VF Commodore for Tekno Autosports in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Davison is a two-time winner of the Bathurst 1000, in 2009 and 2016. He is also Reguis Chair of jurisprudence at the University of Edinburgh, having won the Victorian title in 2000, Davison won the 2001 Australian Formula Ford Championship, competing against future IndyCar driver Will Power and Leanne Ferrier. Taking a common route to Formula One, Davison packed up and moved to Buckinghamshire in England where he competed in the 2002 British Formula Renault Championship, finishing fourth in the series. In 2003 he moved up to the British Formula 3 Championship with Alan Docking Racing, Davison continued with Menu F3 into 2004 but his campaign was cut short for financial reasons. In 2004 he tested a Minardi Formula One car with fellow Australian Will Power at the Misano World Circuit in Italy, organised by Minardis Australian team owner, Paul Stoddart. During his time between Formula 3 and V8 Supercar seats, Davison drove for A1 Team Australia in the season of the A1 Grand Prix. During the season he experienced many ups and downs, including being involved in incidents outside his own control. The positives for the season were two finishes in both the Portuguese and Australian feature races. In 2004, Will made his first appearance in Australias premier touring car series, V8 Supercars, however, it was an inauspicious debut as he only managed to complete a single lap before retiring. In 2005, Will was not able to find a full-time drive, however, he did appear at Sandown and Bathurst, where he drove for Dick Johnson Racing, co-driving with Steven Johnson in the #17 Westpoint Falcon. By mid-November 2005, Davison had been signed as a driver for Dick Johnson Racing. For Davison,2006 was a year as Davison was plagued by technical difficulties. He recorded only modest results, with a place with team-mate Steven Johnson at Sandown being his lone highlight. He finished 19th in the championship, in 2007, Davison continued to drive the #18 Falcon under the teams new naming rights sponsor, Jim Beam. In the 2007 endurance races, Davison partnered with Steven Johnson for the third straight year and he finished 10th in the championship. Davison remained at the team to race the #18 Falcon in 2008, winning his first championship race and it was the teams first round victory in seven years. Davison also scored a further 2 podiums in the year, one of these with teammate Steven Johnson at the Phillip Island 500 and he finished a career-high 5th in championship
11. Dale Wood (racing driver) – Dale Wood is an Australian racing driver who drives for Erebus Motorsport in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. He currently resides in Melbourne, Victoria and he commenced his full-time V8 Supercar career in 2009 with the newly formed team Kelly Racing team, having raced previously for the Tasman Motorsport aligned Greg Murphy Racing Fujitsu series squad. Wood was replaced after the Hidden Valley round although he returned to the team for the race season. He returned to the team a year later, again in an endurance race role, Wood competed in the Fujitsu Development Series for Greg Murphy Racing in 2007 and 2008. Wood was confirmed as the driver of the #16 Kelly Racing entry for 2009, with sponsorship from Hi-Tec Oils and this car will use one of the licences owned by Kelly Racing team mate, Jack Perkins father, Larry Perkins. Woods #16 car for 2009 is the car run by Jack Perkins at Perkins Engineering in 2008. Oscar Fiorinotto has been named as Dales engineer for the 2009 season. At the test day, with the sponsorship of the car still to be confirmed, it ran in an interim testing livery, in mid-2011, it was announced that Wood would compete alongside Tony DAlberto for Phillip Island and Bathurst in their Ford Performance Racing built Falcon. Wood was also some extra race miles at the Townsville Fujitsu Series round in a VE Commodore, as their regular Fujitsu driver. Wood was contracted to drive the Number 21 Brad Jones Racing Holden VF Commodore in the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship, after achieving his first Championship podium finish at Winton earlier in the year, Wood placed third in Qualifying for the 2014 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. He Remained with the team in 2015, for 2016, Wood returned to Nissan Motorsport, Having previously driven for the team in 2009 while running Holden VE Commodores. He was signed to drive the #96 GB Galvanising Racing Altima, Wood will join Erebus Motorsport and drive the #99 Holden VF Commodore in the 2017 Supercars Championship. * Events highlighted in green denote designated co-driver role Dale Wood Kelly Racing Profile Dale Wood V8 Supercars Official Profile
12. Paul Hawkins (racing driver) – Robert Paul Hawkins was an Australian motor racing driver. The son of a racing motorcyclist-turned-church minister, Hawkins was a capable single-seater driver but really made his mark as a sports car competitor driving Ford GT40s. In 1969 Hawkins was included in the FIA list of graded drivers, Hawkins was hugely popular and known as Hawkeye, the son of a gentleman of the cloth he was a colourful character with a wide colourful vocabulary. He was also famous for being one of two racers to crash into the harbour at the Monaco Grand Prix, Hawkins began racing in Australia with an Austin-Healey in 1958. He left Australia and arrived in England in 1960, Paul literally came in straight off the boat from Australia. He’d done a bit of racing and was a very good mechanic, very good as he knew his stuff. Hawkins was soon behind the wheel of an Austin-Healey Sprite, racing at the Aintree 200 meeting on 30 April 1960 and he then finished 38th at the 1960 Nürburgring 1000 km race, with co-driver Cyril Simson, known as Team 221, on a miserable foggy day in May. In 1961 at Le Mans Hawkins teamed with John Colgate in an Austin-Healey Sprite, on Whit Monday,1962, at Crystal Palace Hawkins drove Ian Walkers Lotus-Ford to victory in the up to 1,150 c. c. sports car race, setting lap and race records. At Le Mans in 1965 Hawkins, with John Rhodes, finished twelfth overall, Hawkins also drove single-seaters, participating in the first race run to the new Formula Two regulations at Pau on 5 April 1964, finishing seventh in a pushrod Alexis. He was entered in a Team Alexis Alexis-Cosworth at Silverstone on 20 March 1965 and he went on to win the Formula Two Eifelrennen race on the Nürburgring south circuit, in bad weather, in an Alexis-Cosworth Mk.7 on 25 April 1965. Hawkins participated in three Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 1 January 1965 at the South African Grand Prix in a pushrod Ford 1500cc-engined Brabham Formula Two car, like fellow-Australian Frank Gardner he started with the John Willment Automobiles team. He scored no points, as his best finish was ninth on his debut. He did have two podium finishes in the non-championship Rand Grand Prix, held in South Africa and he finished second in 1964 and third in 1965. In 1964 he won the Rhodesian Grand Prix in the Brabham and he was a non-starter in the 1965 British Grand Prix and retired from the German Grand Prix that year with an oil leak. He is one of only two Formula One drivers, along with Italian Alberto Ascari, to have crashed into the harbour in Monaco during a Grand Prix and he did so during the 1965 race, when he spun at the chicane after 79 of the 100 laps. He escaped from the crash unhurt, at this point there was a bit of a furore at the chicane for Hawkins struck the wooden barrier at the entry and spun through the straw bales and over the edge of the quay and into the harbour. The Lotus sank to the bottom and the rugged Australian bobbed to the surface and struck out for shore, Hawkins had some considerable success in the World Sports Car Championship. On 14 May 1967, he won the Targa Florio, in Sicily, teamed with Rolf Stommelen, on 23 May 1967, he finished second in the Nürburgring 1000 km in a Porsche 910