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Super Black pays tribute to Tony Lentino

Super Black Racing will run a special tribute to late owner Tony Lentino on Chris Pither’s Ice Break Falcon this weekend at the Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint.

Lentino passed away after the last event at Queensland Raceway after a 15-month battle with cancer.

The team will race in Lentino’s honour this weekend, after earning its first ever ARMOR ALL Pole Position at Ipswich.

“As I said at the time, it was special to get that pole position but it made it so much more special he was able to enjoy that,” Pither told supercars.com.

“It’s the first round here at Sydney Motorsport Park since he passed, so to have something on the car as a tribute is pretty special.”

Tony Lentino

Team manager Greg Hahn says Lentino’s heart beats strong in the team.

“So many times he said to me, ‘mate, if we could just get a pole or a top 10 that’d be so great’,” Hahn said.

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Long-time supporter backs LDM

After running all black at Queensland Raceway, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport welcomes back regular supporter Repair Management Australia.

Phil Munday and Repair Management Australia’s partnership with LDM dates back to the 2012 season and took centre stage when Russell Ingall was behind the wheel full-time in 2014.

The brand adorns the cars once again this event, before the team gears up for the Pirtek Enduro Cup. 

“It’s fantastic that Phil Munday and Repair Management Australia have been able to increase their continued support becoming Naming Rights Partner,” said team owner Lucas Dumbrell. 

The team has a fresh new look in and outside of the garage – with a staff restructure during the break having seen team manager Barry Hay depart – Dumbrell is ready to fire at Sydney Motorsport Park.

“The crew has been working extremely hard over the mid-season break,” said Dumbrell.

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600 and counting

Craig Lowndes has achieved almost all there is in Supercars – he even has a Medal of the Order of Australia for his road safety work – but there’s still plenty left on the list for the 600 star.

The milestone man lines up at the circuit where he debuted as a full-time driver 20 years ago under lights, and says there’s plenty left for him to conquer in Supercars, including another title.

“I still would love to win another Championship – our last one was ’99,” Lowndes told supercars.com. “There’s been a lot of opportunities, we’ve been second in six or seven years between Jamie and others. We’re sitting fourth.

“I’d love to win another championship, but also love to win another Bathurst, but I’m not too greedy.”

To  mark his 600th race this Sunday, Lowndes’ teammates Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen today presented him with a specially made cake. His crew also donned some of the...


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The SMSP Undercard

Sydney Motorsport Park will be sportscar heaven this weekend as the Australian Endurance Championship is joined by over 40 Carrera Cup cars from both home and abroad.

Australian Endurance Championship

I feel like the season of endurance has started early! It’s amazing to think that a support category race that is roughly the length of the Sandown 500 will be on track before the Supercars. It’s going to be a massive Saturday.

Just to be clear, this is the second round of the Australian Endurance Championship, which despite featuring the exact same cars is different to the Australian GT Championship.

The opening round at Phillip Island included quite a few Supercars drivers but they are obviously unable to take part in this round due to their main game commitments, so the entry list has had something of a shakeup.

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Long-time rivals praise Lowndes

Defending champion Mark Winterbottom’s rivalry with Craig Lowndes reached fever pitch this time last year, when Prodrive lodged a protest against the #888 driver after contact at Sydney Motorsport Park.

The two went down to the wire battling for the Championship, with the title decided at the final round at Sydney Olympic Park.

Over the years Winterbottom and Lowndes have had their fair share of run-ins, but ‘Frosty’ has nothing but respect with the TeamVortex driver set to line up for his 600 Supercars race start on Sunday.

“It’s crazy – and he’s still competitive, that’s the scary part, I think he’s probably better now than he was a few years ago,” Winterbottom told supercars.com.

“He’s relaxed, he’s in a really good position in the championship and is a big threat because this is when he really kicks on, it’s the part of the season he shines.

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Hino Engineer Preview: Sydney Motorsport Park

Jason Bright’s Sydney Motorsport Park podium didn’t come as a surprise to Brad Jones Racing last year, and after a positive test day in the lead-in to the event this time, they are hoping for more of the same.

If they can qualify well, engineer Paul Scalzo is confident the Team BOC #8 Commodore can earn a good result this weekend.

“So far this year our strength has been our racing – in most races we’ve been able to make positions and move forward,” Scalzo told supercars.com.  

“The times we’ve qualified towards the front of the field we’ve been able to hold our position and finish well.

“I think the key is unlocking a little more qualifying speed from our car. With the field as close as it’s ever been, qualifying has become equally important. As a car crew we are working hard on it and looking forward to making some progress as we head into the endurance season.”

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Caruso to race Nissan Financial Services Livery in Sydney

Michael Caruso will race with a Nissan Financial Services livery on his #23 NISMO Nissan Altima Supercar at the Red Sydney SuperSprint this weekend.

The striking Nissan Financial Services Australia (NFSA) livery is the latest in a number of new designs for the #23 NISMO Nissan.

The livery continues the trend of Nissan promoting various programs and initiatives on the #23 Nissan, following the Melbourne City FC and GT Academy designs already campaigned this season.

Caruso SMP livery

“It’s always exciting when the car gets rolled out of the truck and is wearing new colours,” said Caruso.

“I’ve been fortunate this year to have some really great designs, and this one is no different.”

Nissan Financial Services Australia (NFSA) provides a comprehensive and highly competitive range of innovative finance solutions to meet both personal and business needs.

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Nissan myth busters

Promising past performances at Sydney Motorsport Park from the Nissan Motorsport Altimas have been dismissed by the factory squad as a guaranteed indicator of strong pace in next weekend’s Virgin Australian Supercars Championship event.

In fact team manager Scott Sinclair has dismissed as a “myth” the belief that the Altimas nowadays have good and bad tracks, insisting it’s all about the team getting the setup right so the four cars can compete at the front.

“Sydney Motorsport Park has been good for us in the past but it doesn’t count so much anymore,” Sinclair told supercars.com.

“We went to Phillip Island, which has been really good for us in the past, and it probably wasn’t one of our better outings this year.

“So I think that’s a myth that’s almost dead now about good tracks and bad tracks.”

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Allan Moffat OBE named CAMS ambassador

Motor racing legend Allan Moffat OBE has been named as an ambassador for the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS).

Moffat joins current CAMS Ambassador Daniel Ricciardo to support CAMS’ efforts to promote motor sport in Australia.

Moffat says he is deeply honoured to be named as a CAMS Ambassador.

“To be recognised for my past achievements and entrusted with the task of being an ambassador is a true honour,” Moffat said.

“Motor sport in Australia has a long and proud history, and its future is incredibly bright.

“It’s pleasing to hear of more Australians participating than ever before; motor sport is truly accessible to all Australians and I hope I can inspire more people to take up motor sport.

“I am very pleased to join Daniel Ricciardo as a fellow CAMS Ambassador, and I look forward to playing my part in promoting our great sport.”

CAMS President Andrew Papadopoulos said...


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Hunters & Collectors reunite for Clipsal 500

Aussie rock band Hunters & Collectors will reform for a one-off Australian performance in Adelaide next year at the 2017 Clipsal 500.

Lead singer Mark Seymour said “Hunters & Collectors were always a big stage band and the Clipsal 500 – on Saturday 4 March, 2017 – is the perfect opportunity for the band to truly show its talent. 

“A big event, massive crowd and powerful rock music. One off gigs like this don't come around often and the band relishes the opportunity to let rip in South Australia! At the Clipsal 500 we’ll be putting everything on the line for a solid one hundred minutes.”

Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said the Clipsal 500 Adelaide was the pinnacle of motorsport events in Australia, attracting 263,500 visitors and pumping more than $40.4 million into the visitor economy in 2016.

“It’s great news Hunters & Collectors will reunite to perform at the 2017 Clipsal 500...


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SVG: Premat is the right call

Shane van Gisbergen believes co-driver Alex Premat will be a fast and reliable partner in the endurance races.

With the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship so close this year, the enduros will have a huge influence on the end result – particularly Sandown and Bathurst, with 300 points for each win and zero for those who don’t finish.

Whether Premat is up to the task has been a big talking point, as other drivers have had test days and opportunities in co-driver only sessions at events.

The Frenchman completed two full-time seasons in Supercars with Garry Rogers Motorsport and proved a quick co-driver with Scott McLaughlin in 2014-15, the pair earning a podium finish at the Gold Coast in ’14 and threatening at Bathurst.

Van Gisbergen is second in the standings heading into the Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint, 110 points behind leading teammate Jamie Whincup, but only 10 ahead of...


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Tyrepower appointed Supercars' official tyre retailer

Tyrepower has extended its involvement in Australia’s premier motorsport series with the signing of an exclusive partnership with the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

Australia’s largest independent tyre retailer, Tyrepower, has become Supercars’ ‘Official Tyre Retailer’ until the end of 2018 in a deal that enhances its existing commitment to the sport.

“Our decade-long involvement in Supercar racing has been a great way for us to enhance our brand awareness and engage with the Supercars audience,” Tyrepower Chief Executive Officer David Wilson said.

“Becoming the Official Tyre Retailer for Supercars creates further opportunities for the business to build on those initiatives, and enables us to engage in some more effective inter-active marketing.

“Ultimately, for Tyrepower it’s all about the quality of the products and services we deliver to our customers and our enhanced...


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Get to know: Shane van Gisbergen

Ahead of his Inside Supercars appearance this evening, flamboyant Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen took five quick questions for supercars.com and fired another at next week’s guest Chris Pither.

Van Gisbergen sits second in the championship and is a real threat for teammate and points leader Jamie Whincup this year.

The Red Bull racer earned two top five finishes at Sydney Motorsport Park last year and was a standout the year before, drifting home in a wet weather finish.

Van Gisbergen spoke to supercars.com today.

VASC: What was the last concert or sporting event you attended?

SVG: I went to the Blues – Waratahs game.

Do you have a signature dish in the kitchen?

No!

What’s on your bucket list?

Competing in the Le Mans 24.

Your favourite off-track memory this year?

I had some fun at the O’Brien filming – they’re a bit out of control this year and crazy fun, so with Craig and Jamie we’ve...


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HRT should become HSV Dealer Team

Supercars Hall of Famer and Holden legend Mark Skaife believes Ryan Walkinshaw should revisit the past and pick up another famous team name after being stripped of the Holden Racing Team moniker from 2017.   

In the wake of Holden’s decision to back Triple Eight, Skaife suggests on Inside Supercars that Walkinshaw should rebrand to the HSV Dealer Team after the success it experienced in the mid-2000s, winning two championships with Rick Kelly and Garth Tander.

The team was effectively the sister team of HRT, running out of its Clayton complex but operating independently with its own dedicated personnel.

“In the previous iteration, when we had red cars and orange cars, there was the HSV Dealer Team,” Skaife said on the Inside Supercars panel. 

“The HSV Dealer Team won two championships, it was really competitive, they’ve got a great brand with HSV – there is the potential for that to...


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MAN power for Penske

The MAN Truck and Bus brand makes a welcome return as naming rights sponsor of DJR Team Penske’s Ford Falcons for the next event at Sydney Motorsport Park.

The brand was first seen on the #17 DJR Team Penske Ford last year at the same round and, coinciding with a new model release, MAN Truck and Bus will use the event as a prelude to the launch of the new D38 in early October.

“The MAN Truck and Bus brand is once again the naming rights partner with DJR Team Penske at the Sydney Supercars Championship round,” Penske Transportation Group International President Randall Seymore said.

“With the expansion to two cars in 2016, we have taken the opportunity to showcase the brand as we prepare to launch a new model in the Australian market.

DJR Team Penske MAN livery 1

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600 Not Out

Every race Craig Lowndes starts sets a new record but this Sunday’s run at Sydney Motorsport Park is extra special.

The Supercars icon will line up for his 600th Championship race and become the first driver to reach the milestone.

It comes at a circuit where Lowndes broke through for Triple Eight’s first ever win in the category back in 2005, and could be the home of his 106th Supercars victory if he earns another victory this weekend.

And the six-time Bathurst winner suggested the big numbers wouldn’t stop there, saying it was likely he could reach 700 in a few years’ time.

“What’s that – five more years? Yeah, probably,” he told supercars.com when asked if he could make it another hundred.

“We’ll try and get to 700!”

Triple Eight boss Roland Dane added a third Supercar to his stable for this year to retain Lowndes, and bring in talented Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen. And the 42-year...


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Real Insurance Memorable Moments: Sydney Motorsport Park

Real Insurance is offering fans the chance to win the ultimate Supercars experience each event, by selecting the standout moment in years gone by.

This weekend the Championship heads to Sydney Motorsport Park for the final SuperSprint event before the enduros.

Here are some of the standout moments from recent years – vote for your favourite below.

Shriek at the Creek

Holden hero Mark Skaife and his Ford foe Russell Ingall clashed on track back in 2003, in possibly one of the biggest moments in Supercars history. SMSP held the grand finale that year and while Ingall’s teammate Marcos Ambrose collected the Championship, Skaife was in the running for second until the run-in with Ingall, which angered Skaife so much he jumped from his stranded car to wave his fist at ‘The Enforcer’ who swerved towards him. There were plenty of words afterwards and both were fined big money for their...


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Holdsworth holds up

Lee Holdsworth turned the first lap in his new Triple Eight chassis today and was able to complete almost half of the 20 laps allowed at the team’s Winton shakedown.

It was the 33-year old’s first time driving his Preston Hire Supercar since fracturing his pelvis, rib, and knee in a monumental crash in Darwin that wrote off his old car.  

Holdsworth was happy with his progress speaking to supercars.com this afternoon and is excited about a racing return at Sandown next month.  

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He is planning to steer a few more laps on Friday at Sydney Motorsport Park in practice, complete some of the ride day the following Monday and run for the majority of the pre-enduro test, as he and co-driver Karl Reindler swap roles this weekend.

“It was good,” Holdsworth told supercars.com.

“Only 20 laps for a shakedown, so I split it in two with Karl and it was really good to get some laps.

“I’ve come away...


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Stress-free for GT

Holden Racing Team driver Garth Tander was pleased with his new Holden Commodore after a shakedown at Winton Motor Raceway today.

He will switch into a different chassis for the Sydney Motorsport Park round for the third year in a row, after debuting his old car there in 2014 and then swapping back into it in ’15 after it was repaired from a huge Bathurst crash.

That car will become a spare for HRT.

“A new car is as good as a holiday, so we’ll see how we go. It was due to come online so straight into action,” he told supercars.com after his 60km run.

HRT shakedown Winton

HRT shared the circuit with Preston Hire Racing as the rival squad checked its new Triple Eight chassis and Holdsworth’s fitness, after a significant accident in Darwin in June.

The weather wasn’t ideal, but Tander was able to have some dry running after the team sorted some quick issues early on.

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Fast Facts: Red Rooster Sydney Motorsport Park SuperSprint

1. TeamVortex’s Craig Lowndes will become the first driver in the history of the Australian Touring Car Championship/Virgin Australia Supercars Championships to compete in 600 races.The three-time champion is due to start his 600th race in the Sunday race at the Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint. Lowndes has a winning strike rate of 17.5 per cent with a record 105 wins from the 598 races he’s competed in to this point.

Craig Lowndes of Red Bull Racing Australia during the WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint, at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Phillip Island, Victoria, November 22, 2015.

2. Triple Eight Race Engineering – between its Red Bull Racing Australia and TeamVortex cars – has won the last five races of the 2016 championship in a row. 

3. It’s the eighth time in the team’s history in the championship that it has won five successive races. Triple Eight’s biggest streak of wins remains 11, set during 2012.

4. Five drivers – Chaz Mostert, Chris Pither, Cameron Waters, Scott Pye and Fabian Coulthard – have taken ARMOR ALL Pole Positions this year but...


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