Supercar Magazine has learnt that the Dunlop Series is at risk of losing a significant number of competitors in 2016 due to V8 Supercar’s decision to allow the New Generation Car to enter a year earlier than scheduled; this will result in mixed grids of both types of cars.
Sources close to entrants are concerned that running the new generation car with the current Dunlop Series cars will see the series fragmented, provide an uneven playing field and potentially increase the cost to participate.
A number of teams are already considering the option of moving to the Kumho Touring Car Series from next year, as 2016 will see the introduction of the FG Falcon and VE commodores in the unofficial 3rd level of V8 racing in Australia.
Rob Kirkpatrick the Kumho Series Category Manager told Supercar Magazine, that the they are also speaking with a number of front running Dunlop Series teams, who are looking at the touring car series to expand their current business model “The Eggleston’s (who already participate in both series), Matt White, THR and others are very professional in what they are doing and they see it (Kumho Series) as a business opportunity.” This would see these teams who are expected to upgrade to New Gen Cars using their equipment at the Shannons events, “If you have the infrastructure, transporter, workshop why wouldn’t you do both when you can bring your own car across to the series”.
The Dunlop Series has never been stronger with solid grid number, and competitive racing through the field. This has been generally attributed to the adoption of the New Generation car in the Main Game which saw the Dunlop Grid upgraded to newer equipment across the board.
While Main Game teams have New Gen cars available for sale to Dunlop Team, the current belief is that as many as 8 New Gen cars would filter down immediately. This would risk the grid of aspiring young drivers along with Endurance Co-Drivers could be reduced by 1/3rd, dropping the series to less than 20 cars.
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