2017 has been a year of losses for Australian car enthusiasts. The country’s manufacturing industry officially shut it’s doors, leaving many unemployed and setting off a domino affect within our car related industries. That’s not what we’re here to talk about though, this weekend marks the end of another era. As of tomorrow, the V8 Supercars will be no more.
Beginning in 1960 as the Australian Touring Car Championship, the series has survived many challenges and modifications over it’s fifty years. The Newcastle 500, however, will be the last V8 Supercars event ever.
As of next year, Gen2 specs will come into effect, allowing cars with six cylinders and two door bodies to join the series.
“The top-line guidelines dictate that the car must be publicly available for sale in Australia, is front engine, right hand drive and a full four-seat configuration. The race car must be rear wheel drive and accurately reflect the look of the road car, retaining the essential DNA of the sport. All cars will use the existing Car of the Future chassis and control components, and be subject to engine and aero parity rules.”
Fans of the SuperUtes, however, will easily find a silver lining with the inaugural ECB SuperUtes Series being held in 2018. The series will feature at eight of the new Virgin Australia Supercars Championship events in the coming year.
Scotty McLaughlin has taken pole for today’s race, with David Reynolds starting second and Shane Van Gisbergen in third place on the grid.