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HRT set to dominate 2008 series. | V8 Feature | Crash - Crash.Net - crash.net

By Matthew Agius

Holden has stacked all of its eggs in one basket for the 2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series, and looks set to conquer the championship with two of the biggest names in Australian motor racing.

Friday December 7 2007 will go down as one of the most important dates in the history of V8 Supercar racing.

In just a matter of days, three of Holden's loyal names relocated to other teams, in moves that will appear likely to affect the racing futures of the Holden Racing Team and Toll HSV Dealer Team in dramatically different ways.

The first move to be announced was Todd Kelly's departure from the Holden Racing Team.

Despite winning the final round of the 2007 series, which assisted Garth Tander in securing his inaugural V8 title, Kelly appeared on the outer of the flagship Holden team since late October, when rumours first surfaced concerning his status at the team.

Moving...


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Read more: HRT set to dominate 2008 series. | V8 Feature | Crash - Crash.Net - crash.net

Q&A: Simon Wills - EXCLUSIVE - crash.net

Simon Wills is just one of many New Zealand-born drivers in the V8 Supercar Championship Series. After racing with Briggs Motorsport and Team Dynamik over the years, he was signed to join Team BOC in 2007 as Brad Jones' replacement.

With his 2008 plans firming up in both V8 Supercars and other categories, Matthew Agius spoke to the Adelaide-based driver about 2007 and his immediate future.

Q:
You returned to full-time racing during the 2007 series, replacing Brad Jones after Pukekohe. It was a difficult year for you and the team though. How would you evaluate your performance?

Simon Wills:
Brad really asked me to come on board and evaluate where the team was at, the performance of the cars and what he needed to change to gain some more performance out of the whole operation. So from that point of view, I suppose I did a reasonable job, I guess we will find out this season. Throughout...


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Read more: Q&A: Simon Wills - EXCLUSIVE - crash.net

REC hunt on for Hazelwood, Stone main series tilt - Supercars.com

Work is well underway to see Todd Hazelwood and Dunlop Super 2 Series team Matt Stone Racing graduate to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship full-time in 2018.

The driving force behind the plan is Brisbane-based businessman Jason Gomersall, who has confirmed the hunt is on for a Racing Entitlements Contract needed to make the leap.

Hazelwood and MSR currently lead the Dunlop Super2 Series and made their main series debuts together as a wildcard at the recent Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint.

Gomersall races an MSR-prepared Holden Torana in the Touring Car Masters and has backed Hazelwood since the South Aussie made his Super2 debut with the team in 2014.

Convinced by the potential of both the 21-year-old driver and the MSR outfit, Gomersall is determined to help the pair graduate to the main series together.

“The plan is to go main game next year with Todd and Matt Stone,”...


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Read more: REC hunt on for Hazelwood, Stone main series tilt - Supercars.com

Portergroup V8 Ute Series Restructures Championship - Scoop.co.nz

Monday, 14 August 2017, 10:07 am
Press Release: Porter Group

Portergroup V8 Ute Series Restructures Championship to Reduce Costs And Make Fields Closer

The PORTERGROUP V8 Ute series has confirmed its calendar for the 2017-2018 season, with the series introducing some major cost cutting initiatives for competitors that will see more than $20,000 slashed from team's seasonal operating budgets. Two less events with lower round fees, reduced entry fees, reduced tyre and brake costs and a lower TV levy will all contribute to the huge seasonal saving.

Sadly for the series, for the first time in almost ten years, the Supercar event at Pukekohe has not included V8 Utes in its line up but ute series officials are still confident of a strong season ahead.

The 2017-2018 PORTERGROUP V8 UTE series, which remains a New Zealand motorsport championship, will reduce from six to four rounds - with...


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Read more: Portergroup V8 Ute Series Restructures Championship - Scoop.co.nz

Young drivers following footsteps of famous fathers - Fraser Coast Chronicle

EVER since he was a little kid, Ben Grice has wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and compete in motorsport.

Grice is the son of former Australian Touring Car legend Allan Grice, who won two Bathurst 1000s, including claiming the first ever victory for the Holden Racing Team at the mountain in 1990.

Now, slowly but surely, Grice is building his own career in the sport.

He competes in the Toyota 86 series - a one-make series developed to provide a level playing field and a cheap entry into a national motorsport category by the Japanese car company.

Based on the road car, only a couple of parts of the vehicle are changed to maintain the feel of the machine but still provide the driver with a test in skill, stamina and crafting their talents to higher categories in the future.

It is the perfect breeding ground for young drivers and those looking to further progress their careers...


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Rosberg: Bottas' mentality makes him 'perhaps the perfect driver' - NBC Sports - Motorsports (blog)

Outgoing Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg has praised the mentality of Mercedes replacement Valtteri Bottas, saying his ability to concentrate solely on himself makes him “perhaps the perfect driver”.

Rosberg retired from F1 five days after winning his maiden world title with Mercedes in 2016, leading to Bottas’ arrival.

Since joining Mercedes, Bottas has claimed two race wins and charged to third place in the drivers’ championship, making himself a contender against teammate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel for the title.

Speaking to Sport Bild, Rosberg praised Bottas’ approach and mentality in the championship fight, having himself struggled with mind games against Hamilton in their battles between 2014 and 2016.

“I’m really impressed. Mentally, he is perhaps the perfect driver because he can concentrate on himself,” Rosberg said.

“That makes him consistent...


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Notable drivers still looking for wins in 2017 - NBC Sports - Motorsports (blog)

Counting this Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 (2:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN), four races remain in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season. And while the season has seen nine different winners, there remain a handful of very prominent drivers who have yet to grace Victory Lane this year, with some even enduring winless streaks that go back several years.

Perhaps most prominent in this group is Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan. The 42-year-old fan favorite has not signed with a team for 2018 and beyond, meaning he’ll be keen to make an impression in the final four races of 2017.

Currently ninth in the championship, Kanaan’s best 2017 finish is second at the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 at Texas Motor Speedway, and given that he was also strong at the Indianapolis 500, perhaps Pocono represents Kanaan’s best chance for a victory, which would end a winless streak that dates back to Auto Club Speedway...


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Read more: Notable drivers still looking for wins in 2017 - NBC Sports - Motorsports (blog)

SuperUtes: Holden confirms support of new series, reveal render of Colorado entry - Fox Sports

HOLDEN has pledged its support to the new SuperUtes category for 2018, officially homologating the Colorado for racing.

‘The General’ is the first manufacturer to publicly declare its support of the series. The first Colorado SuperUte is currently under construction at Ross Stone Racing on Holden’s behalf, the manufacturer releasing a render of the new machine by GM Design Australia.

The SuperUtes series caters for dual or twin-cab rear wheel drive utes powered by turbocharged diesel engines, replacing the long-running V8 Ute series with both Holden and Ford ending production of the popular machines.

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Read more: SuperUtes: Holden confirms support of new series, reveal render of Colorado entry - Fox Sports

MEMORY LANE: 1999 Eastern Creek - Speedcafe

V8 Supercars at Eastern Creek in 1999

This weekend the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship heads to Sydney Motorsport Park for the Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint, which makes us rewind back over time to some of the events hosted by the Western Sydney venue.

The track opened in November 1990 but didn’t host a round of what was then known as the Australian Touring Car Championship until 1992.

Today we’ve rewound the clock back to the opening round of the 1999 Shell Championship Series hosted at what was then known as Eastern Creek – and as this shot shows it was a very, very big field!

Held on the last weekend of March, this particular round was dominated by the Mobil Holden Racing Team duo of Mark Skaife and Craig Lowndes.

Skaife won the first two sprint races and Lowndes the third for the pair to finish 1-2 for the round overall with the podium completed by Garth Tander...


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Read more: MEMORY LANE: 1999 Eastern Creek - Speedcafe

HRT set to dominate 2008 series. | V8 Feature | Crash - Crash.Net - crash.net

By Matthew Agius

Holden has stacked all of its eggs in one basket for the 2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series, and looks set to conquer the championship with two of the biggest names in Australian motor racing.

Friday December 7 2007 will go down as one of the most important dates in the history of V8 Supercar racing.

In just a matter of days, three of Holden's loyal names relocated to other teams, in moves that will appear likely to affect the racing futures of the Holden Racing Team and Toll HSV Dealer Team in dramatically different ways.

The first move to be announced was Todd Kelly's departure from the Holden Racing Team.

Despite winning the final round of the 2007 series, which assisted Garth Tander in securing his inaugural V8 title, Kelly appeared on the outer of the flagship Holden team since late October, when rumours first surfaced concerning his status at the team.

Moving...


Read full article on Sports GN V8ChampionshipSeries


Read more: HRT set to dominate 2008 series. | V8 Feature | Crash - Crash.Net - crash.net

HRT set to dominate 2008 series. | V8 Feature | Crash - Crash.Net - crash.net

By Matthew Agius

Holden has stacked all of its eggs in one basket for the 2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series, and looks set to conquer the championship with two of the biggest names in Australian motor racing.

Friday December 7 2007 will go down as one of the most important dates in the history of V8 Supercar racing.

In just a matter of days, three of Holden's loyal names relocated to other teams, in moves that will appear likely to affect the racing futures of the Holden Racing Team and Toll HSV Dealer Team in dramatically different ways.

The first move to be announced was Todd Kelly's departure from the Holden Racing Team.

Despite winning the final round of the 2007 series, which assisted Garth Tander in securing his inaugural V8 title, Kelly appeared on the outer of the flagship Holden team since late October, when rumours first surfaced concerning his status at the team.

Moving...


Read full article on Sports GN V8ChampionshipSeries


Read more: HRT set to dominate 2008 series. | V8 Feature | Crash - Crash.Net - crash.net

HRT set to dominate 2008 series. | V8 Feature | Crash - Crash.Net - crash.net

By Matthew Agius

Holden has stacked all of its eggs in one basket for the 2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series, and looks set to conquer the championship with two of the biggest names in Australian motor racing.

Friday December 7 2007 will go down as one of the most important dates in the history of V8 Supercar racing.

In just a matter of days, three of Holden's loyal names relocated to other teams, in moves that will appear likely to affect the racing futures of the Holden Racing Team and Toll HSV Dealer Team in dramatically different ways.

The first move to be announced was Todd Kelly's departure from the Holden Racing Team.

Despite winning the final round of the 2007 series, which assisted Garth Tander in securing his inaugural V8 title, Kelly appeared on the outer of the flagship Holden team since late October, when rumours first surfaced concerning his status at the team.

Moving...


Read full article on Sports GN V8ChampionshipSeries


Read more: HRT set to dominate 2008 series. | V8 Feature | Crash - Crash.Net - crash.net

REC hunt on for Hazelwood, Stone main series tilt - Supercars.com

Work is well underway to see Todd Hazelwood and Dunlop Super 2 Series team Matt Stone Racing graduate to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship full-time in 2018.

The driving force behind the plan is Brisbane-based businessman Jason Gomersall, who has confirmed the hunt is on for a Racing Entitlements Contract needed to make the leap.

Hazelwood and MSR currently lead the Dunlop Super2 Series and made their main series debuts together as a wildcard at the recent Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint.

Gomersall races an MSR-prepared Holden Torana in the Touring Car Masters and has backed Hazelwood since the South Aussie made his Super2 debut with the team in 2014.

Convinced by the potential of both the 21-year-old driver and the MSR outfit, Gomersall is determined to help the pair graduate to the main series together.

“The plan is to go main game next year with Todd and Matt Stone,”...


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Read more: REC hunt on for Hazelwood, Stone main series tilt - Supercars.com

REC hunt on for Hazelwood, Stone main series tilt - Supercars.com

Work is well underway to see Todd Hazelwood and Dunlop Super 2 Series team Matt Stone Racing graduate to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship full-time in 2018.

The driving force behind the plan is Brisbane-based businessman Jason Gomersall, who has confirmed the hunt is on for a Racing Entitlements Contract needed to make the leap.

Hazelwood and MSR currently lead the Dunlop Super2 Series and made their main series debuts together as a wildcard at the recent Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint.

Gomersall races an MSR-prepared Holden Torana in the Touring Car Masters and has backed Hazelwood since the South Aussie made his Super2 debut with the team in 2014.

Convinced by the potential of both the 21-year-old driver and the MSR outfit, Gomersall is determined to help the pair graduate to the main series together.

“The plan is to go main game next year with Todd and Matt Stone,”...


Read full article on Sports GN V8ChampionshipSeries


Read more: REC hunt on for Hazelwood, Stone main series tilt - Supercars.com

REC hunt on for Hazelwood, Stone main series tilt - Supercars.com

Work is well underway to see Todd Hazelwood and Dunlop Super 2 Series team Matt Stone Racing graduate to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship full-time in 2018.

The driving force behind the plan is Brisbane-based businessman Jason Gomersall, who has confirmed the hunt is on for a Racing Entitlements Contract needed to make the leap.

Hazelwood and MSR currently lead the Dunlop Super2 Series and made their main series debuts together as a wildcard at the recent Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint.

Gomersall races an MSR-prepared Holden Torana in the Touring Car Masters and has backed Hazelwood since the South Aussie made his Super2 debut with the team in 2014.

Convinced by the potential of both the 21-year-old driver and the MSR outfit, Gomersall is determined to help the pair graduate to the main series together.

“The plan is to go main game next year with Todd and Matt Stone,”...


Read full article on Sports GN V8ChampionshipSeries


Read more: REC hunt on for Hazelwood, Stone main series tilt - Supercars.com

Portergroup V8 Ute Series Restructures Championship - Scoop.co.nz

Monday, 14 August 2017, 10:07 am
Press Release: Porter Group

Portergroup V8 Ute Series Restructures Championship to Reduce Costs And Make Fields Closer

The PORTERGROUP V8 Ute series has confirmed its calendar for the 2017-2018 season, with the series introducing some major cost cutting initiatives for competitors that will see more than $20,000 slashed from team's seasonal operating budgets. Two less events with lower round fees, reduced entry fees, reduced tyre and brake costs and a lower TV levy will all contribute to the huge seasonal saving.

Sadly for the series, for the first time in almost ten years, the Supercar event at Pukekohe has not included V8 Utes in its line up but ute series officials are still confident of a strong season ahead.

The 2017-2018 PORTERGROUP V8 UTE series, which remains a New Zealand motorsport championship, will reduce from six to four rounds - with...


Read full article on Sports GN V8ChampionshipSeries


Read more: Portergroup V8 Ute Series Restructures Championship - Scoop.co.nz

Portergroup V8 Ute Series Restructures Championship - Scoop.co.nz

Monday, 14 August 2017, 10:07 am
Press Release: Porter Group

Portergroup V8 Ute Series Restructures Championship to Reduce Costs And Make Fields Closer

The PORTERGROUP V8 Ute series has confirmed its calendar for the 2017-2018 season, with the series introducing some major cost cutting initiatives for competitors that will see more than $20,000 slashed from team's seasonal operating budgets. Two less events with lower round fees, reduced entry fees, reduced tyre and brake costs and a lower TV levy will all contribute to the huge seasonal saving.

Sadly for the series, for the first time in almost ten years, the Supercar event at Pukekohe has not included V8 Utes in its line up but ute series officials are still confident of a strong season ahead.

The 2017-2018 PORTERGROUP V8 UTE series, which remains a New Zealand motorsport championship, will reduce from six to four rounds - with...


Read full article on Sports GN V8ChampionshipSeries


Read more: Portergroup V8 Ute Series Restructures Championship - Scoop.co.nz

Portergroup V8 Ute Series Restructures Championship - Scoop.co.nz

Monday, 14 August 2017, 10:07 am
Press Release: Porter Group

Portergroup V8 Ute Series Restructures Championship to Reduce Costs And Make Fields Closer

The PORTERGROUP V8 Ute series has confirmed its calendar for the 2017-2018 season, with the series introducing some major cost cutting initiatives for competitors that will see more than $20,000 slashed from team's seasonal operating budgets. Two less events with lower round fees, reduced entry fees, reduced tyre and brake costs and a lower TV levy will all contribute to the huge seasonal saving.

Sadly for the series, for the first time in almost ten years, the Supercar event at Pukekohe has not included V8 Utes in its line up but ute series officials are still confident of a strong season ahead.

The 2017-2018 PORTERGROUP V8 UTE series, which remains a New Zealand motorsport championship, will reduce from six to four rounds - with...


Read full article on Sports GN V8ChampionshipSeries


Read more: Portergroup V8 Ute Series Restructures Championship - Scoop.co.nz

MEMORY LANE: 1999 Eastern Creek - Speedcafe

V8 Supercars at Eastern Creek in 1999

This weekend the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship heads to Sydney Motorsport Park for the Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint, which makes us rewind back over time to some of the events hosted by the Western Sydney venue.

The track opened in November 1990 but didn’t host a round of what was then known as the Australian Touring Car Championship until 1992.

Today we’ve rewound the clock back to the opening round of the 1999 Shell Championship Series hosted at what was then known as Eastern Creek – and as this shot shows it was a very, very big field!

Held on the last weekend of March, this particular round was dominated by the Mobil Holden Racing Team duo of Mark Skaife and Craig Lowndes.

Skaife won the first two sprint races and Lowndes the third for the pair to finish 1-2 for the round overall with the podium completed by Garth Tander...


Read full article on Sports GN V8ChampionshipSeries


Read more: MEMORY LANE: 1999 Eastern Creek - Speedcafe

MEMORY LANE: 1999 Eastern Creek - Speedcafe

V8 Supercars at Eastern Creek in 1999

This weekend the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship heads to Sydney Motorsport Park for the Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint, which makes us rewind back over time to some of the events hosted by the Western Sydney venue.

The track opened in November 1990 but didn’t host a round of what was then known as the Australian Touring Car Championship until 1992.

Today we’ve rewound the clock back to the opening round of the 1999 Shell Championship Series hosted at what was then known as Eastern Creek – and as this shot shows it was a very, very big field!

Held on the last weekend of March, this particular round was dominated by the Mobil Holden Racing Team duo of Mark Skaife and Craig Lowndes.

Skaife won the first two sprint races and Lowndes the third for the pair to finish 1-2 for the round overall with the podium completed by Garth Tander...


Read full article on Sports GN V8ChampionshipSeries


Read more: MEMORY LANE: 1999 Eastern Creek - Speedcafe

 

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