Liam Lawson drives Supercar for first time

Kiwi Red Bull reserve Formula One driver Liam Lawson drove a Blanchard Racing Team-prepared Gen3 Supercar for the first time as part of demonstration runs at the Australian Grand Prix for Ford.

Lawson drove the Supercar with 2010 Supercars champion James Courtney riding passenger. Courtney was Lawson’s childhood hero, the 22-year old admitting he picked number 18 when he first started karting in likeness of Courtney, who won the 2010 title in the #18 Ford.

Lawson – who competed in five F1 races in 2023 – also indicated an interest in racing as a Supercars co-driver in the future at the Bathurst 1000.

Observing the driving differences between the Supercar and a Formula One car, Lawson described the Supercar as “much more enjoyable” and “raw” than his usual race car.

Lawson hails from Pukekohe and grew up on the same street as now-Supercars driver Matt Payne, who finished 3rd in Thursday’s Supercars race at Albert Park.

Supercars races every day throughout this weekend at the Australian Grand Prix.

Following this weekend in Melbourne, Supercars next heads across the Tasman for its inaugural event in Taupō, the ITM Taupō Super400, April 19-21. Limited tickets remain available to the event, which can be purchased via and Ticketek NZ.

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