James Courtney is confident new team can challenge Kiwi raiders

The team formerly known as the Holden Racing Team, for which he drives alongside South Australian Scott Pye, has been infused with funds from IndyCar legend Michael Andretti and United Autosports and Courtney has already noticed the difference in preparation and engineering.

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James Courtney finished second in race one in Adelaide
James Courtney finished second in race one in AdelaideSource: Getty Images

He needed not a second to impress, when he took off with perfect torque and timing to leave van Gisbergen in the shadows with a start that was close to perfection.