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Courtney hoping to end Supercars season on high

James Courtney has had a poor season.
James Courtney has had a poor season. Daniel Kalisz

MOTORSPORT: James Courtney is hoping history can be kind to him this weekend as he looks to end the Supercars season on a high note.

The season of endurance starts at the Sandown 500 on Friday with teams, fans and the sport commemorating the history of the sport with retro round.

And for Courtney it couldn't come quick enough after enduring the season from hell.

Currently 20th in the championship the Walkinshaw Racing driver is on track for his worst full season in the category.

"This year has been a nightmare," he said.

"It's been up and down, more so down than up."

But he remains upbeat heading into the Pirtek Endurance Cup - a trophy competed for by teams at the Sandown 500, the Bathurst 1000 and the Gold Coast 600.

Courtney partners up with Jack Perkins for the third straight year and are one of only three combinations in the field to record a win as a duo.

"I never have to question his (Perkins) ability, he just rolls in and is really quite strong every year," he said.

"We know how each other works, and how we like the car.

"We're both really comfortable and he has been with the team for a long period of time now.

"It makes the whole endurance thing easier for me."

The question remains how competitive can the car be?

The team has secured only three top five finishes this season, despite the last one coming from teammate Scott Pye at the last round at the Sydney Motorsport Park.

"It's not all about car speed because the races are longer," Courtney said.

"It's more about consistency, team strategy and all that stuff.

"It's been strong for us as a team and that's where we can pull the results back."

Courtney and Perkins will celebrate retro round with their car in the same livery as that of Garth Tander in 2007 when he won the V8 Supercars championship with the HSV Dealer Team.

The Sandown 500 starts with the first practice at 11.15am for co-drivers.

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