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February, 2015

 

Are we there yet?

James Courtney is the defending champion of the Clipsal 500. In 2014, he often spoke about how the team was not there yet, but it was getting closer to having a car that could regularly challenge for the race win. Starting 2015, Courtney, believes the team has arrived and there are no more excuses, “There is only so long you can say you are in a rebuilding phase, we’ve done 4 years of that.” Courtney joked, “the building is built, we are now just cleaning the windows at the moment.” HeRead More


Roger Penske, ‘The Captain’

It doesn’t take long for you to understand why Roger Penske is known as ‘The Captain’, His first press conference at the Clipsal 500 demonstrated how he steers his global empire, with a determined and methodical approach to both Racing and Business, easily able to switch discussion from the intricacies of his various motor racing endeavors to the multi-billion dollar businesses that he controls around the world. Roger  Penske, who as a child attended the Indianapolis 500 mile race in 1951 and wanted nothing more than to be a racingRead More


Preseason Media Poll

The past two years, the V8 Media members have been asked to give their thoughts on the year ahead. This year they have again laid out their thoughts on what will happen, but does having access to the paddock and the powers that run the sport make them any better judge than the fan on the hill or the couch? You can have your say with the 2015 Preseason Fan Poll just click the link below: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/332JSHH Here are the media’s opinion on 2015 What will be the best eventRead More


Here we go again!

No sooner than Lee Holdsworth signed with Charlie schwerkolt Racing there was speculation that the team might be moving from Ford to Holden, You could imagine Leethal saying ‘oh no, Here we go again’ but in fact with the way his new deal has played out, he is now in a car that has a real chance of not only winning but also contending for the championship, “I’m really excited about the year ahead and the opportunities ahead. Helping this team improve and hopefully being a team that can overtakeRead More


The Man Who Would Be King

What constantly amazes people is the way Jamie Whincup can back up year on year and continue to run at the highest level of the sport he told Supercar Magazine how he motivates himself for season 2015, “Motivation comes and goes over the years, but for me it’s never been higher. Coming into a new season, everyone starts from scratch and it’s a clean slate.” Whincup attributes his ability to focus on each year with the same vigor to the constantly changing landscape of V8 Supercars, “The category’s in a really good place atRead More


The V8 Supercars International Series

  In 2010 V8 Supercars became an FIA sanctioned series, and since then the number of overseas races has fluctuated. CEO James Warbuton has repeatedly said that V8SC will only move overseas again, if it is the “right deal”. But with two new national circuits with ambitions of hosting V8 Supercar events currently under development, a V8 Supercar calendar that reaches from February to December, it is hard to see how international events can fit into the schedule. On top of that, the new major media partner Foxtel is wellRead More


What If…….

You own a business that has some of the most people-skilled in their craft, and those skills can be sold and utilised by others without damaging your core business. Would you take that work and add a significant and previously unavailable revenue stream to your bottom line? Particularly when you have just endured two years of financial hardship. You would expect that decision to be a quick ‘Yes’, but when faced with this opportunity a number of V8 Supercars teams had to say ‘No’. Why, you ask, because the parentRead More


SVG Time

Last year, “The Wild Child” of V8 Supercars leapfrogged the competition in the final races of the year to take 2nd in the championship, coming into the weekend Shane Van Gisbergen was in 4th position with 5th too far back to challenge him, it was the perfect scenario. Sunday night SVG’s smile was wider than any of his race wins, why? Because it was his best ever championship result. He showed that although he has tremendous talent he is starting to demonstrate the maturity that Stone Brothers Racing was alwaysRead More


The New FG-X

Last year, the Ford drivers left Clipsal with their tails between their legs. Holden won, new kid Volvo stared and the Blue Oval teams were left wondering how they could compete.  Chaz Mostert in his first race for the then FPR lamented that  “We have had all these other manufactures roll out [new] aero packages, so our old FG is 2008 homologation and you have all the other ones that haven’t been tested quite properly.” This year, Prodrive Racing Australia (PRA) and DJR Team Penske come into Clipsal with aRead More


The Real World Cup Clash

It is interesting when companies make decisions for publicly stated reasons, followed by situations where the same rational is not necessarily applied to the next similar situation. This year’s ICC World Cup opening Australian match in Melbourne was the official stated reason that the V8 Supercars SuperTest had to be moved one week earlier. Garth Tander said last year that he didn’t understand how another sporting event 800 Km away (SMP to the MCG is 849km) could justify a move to a weekend with a clash with a motor sportRead More