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March, 2015

 

Charlie’s new home

Charlie Schwerkolt has moved his Racing Entitlement Contract (REC) for the 2nd time since becoming part of the series when he helped Dick Johnson Racing, off the brink and saw James Courtney win the Championship in his car. He talked to Supercar Magazine about making the moves and where he feels his team is today. “It’s a big thing to move (your REC), a massive thing. I thought I was settled at FPR (Prodrive Racing) unfortunately we had a sponsorship conflict and things had to change so we moved toRead More


Time to Test

This year, at most of the V8 Supercar events teams have two x 60 mins practice sessions to prepare their cars for the weekend of racing. The increase of time at most events has also come along with a significant reduction of testing. The idea is to allow teams not only to prepare their car for the races ahead, but also to give them time for providing their endurance drivers some seat time, along with testing any new components that they might want to consider for other events in theRead More


The Motor Racing Prime Minister

In 1980, then Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser who had a well known passion for motor sport offered $2 million dollars to support the construction of an International Motor Racing Facility in the National Capital.  He took flack for supporting the idea and many criticised him for offering money to build a sporting complex for a sport that he had a personal fondness. There has been a lot written about the 22nd Prime Minister of Australia since his death last week, but motor racing fans should remember that he was one of theirRead More


Tuesday to Tuesday

Between the AGP and Tassie, Winterbottom will be travelling halfway around the southern hemisphere to run in the Brazillian Stockcar Series double driver event, “It is a good series that they have there.” Winterbottom told Supercar Magazine, “Thankfully, I did a good job (last year) and they invited me back.”   Frosty said the quick trip is well worth the experience, ”I fly out Tuesday and get home the following Tuesday, but it is really good to put yourself against the best in the world.”   The trip is madeRead More


No Homecoming

Marcos Ambrose shocked the V8 world on 3:30pm Tuesday with his announcement that he was stepping aside. In the press release Roger Penske is quoted, “Following the Australian Grand Prix, Marcos came to the team, requesting to be replaced from his upcoming driving responsibilities, while he continues the transition back into V8 Supercars competition.  Entering the season, Marcos understood that the competition in this series is at a very high level and now realizes that more time is required for this transition.”   So what could have change Marcos’ opinion ofRead More


Trying to make the next step

Cameron Waters is attempting to set himself up for a move to the main game. The young driver who entered V8 Supercars in 2011 through the Shannon’s Supercar Showdown, has worked his way through the ranks and now is with Prodrive Racing in the Dunlop Series. He finished 2014 with victory at Homebush, and the realisation that he was the responsible for his 2nd place in the championship, which could have been so much more.   This year his focus is just to clean up the mistakes he has made inRead More


Category Management

There is a major change to the management of Australia’s national motor sport categories occurring. The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS), the peak body for Australian motor sport, confirmed that it wants to be a more active player in managing categories. For the past 20 years, category managers have run the various racing series. These have generally been competitor groups looking for the best way to promote their events, but on occasions, businesses have controlled the competition. These groups then apply to CAMS for a Category Management Agreement. TheseRead More


The Melbourne Test

V8 Supercars is one of the toughest motor racing series in the world. For a driver to come into the series, learn the cars and tracks is a huge task. Some of the best drivers in the world have tried their hand at the series and come up short. Andre Heimgartner is in his first year in the main game, after a successful first outing at last years Bathurst 1000. Super Black Racing is looking to bring the next big thing of New Zealand Motor Sport to the series, hopingRead More


Controlling the weekend

V8 Supercars announced during the Clipsal 500 that they would be taking over the V8 Ute Category Management Agreement next year. This now means that V8 Supercars will have control of three major Australian Motor Sport series, (V8 Supercars Series, Dunlop Series and V8 Utes). Gaining control of more motor sport events allows V8 Supercars to ensure the quality of their event package. to ensure this package provides a consistant level of quality action, V8 Supercars have entered into agreements with CAMS and Toyota, ensuring both the Formula Four and Toyota 86 ProRead More


Enjoying that new car smell

Mark Winterbottom has taken the first two wins for the new Ford FG-X on Friday at the non-championship Melbourne F1 Grand Prix Support Races. His back to back victories followed a Pepsi Max 1-2 in qualifying. The team thrilled to fight back after a tough Clipsal, Winterbottom explained why they have had such a quick turnaround in form, “Adelaide was tough for us because of the tight track but at this fast flowing track we have been quite good.” Winterbottom talked about getting the jump on the unique rolling starts,Read More