Monthly archives: March, 2010

David Coulthard wants Bathurst V8 start

David Coulthard wants to race a V8 Supercar and is keen on a start at the category’s Great Race – the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. The 13-time Grand Prix winner, who is close to signing a deal to drive a Mercedes in this year’s DTM title, told the Carsguide that he’s been approached by two…



Frosty jealous, but offers rival luck in F1 test

Mark Winterbottom has offered arch-rival Jamie Whincup nothing but luck with his upcoming drive of a Formula One car at Albert Park next Tuesday. Usually, Whincup and Winterbottom are at each other’s throats on the race track, but Winterbottom was sincere (and a little jealous) that his main rival V8 Supercars Championship Series rival was…



Wheel change for Car of the Future mooted

Part of the ‘Car of the Future’ could see the introduction of 18-inch wheels to the V8 Supercars Championship Series. Since the inception of the V8 category in 1993, it has used 17-inch wheels, but a change is being mooted in an effort to save costs – part of the make-up of Car of the…



Hamilton V8 race under threat

Hamilton faces losing the V8s if support doesn’t improve dramatically, and event organiser Dean Calvert is taking such a financial hit his family home is up for mortgagee auction. Calvert’s $1.69 million home at Whale Bay in Raglan is up for mortgagee auction on April 8, the Hamilton 400 co-organiser saying he could no longer…



Tander “potentially” back in title hunt

Garth Tander has upgraded his chances in this year’s V8 Supercars Championship Series from ‘none’ to ‘potentially.’ After winning both legs of the Clipsal 500, the Toll Holden Racing Team driver has given himself a faint chance in the title chase, thanks to his twin Adelaide victories. But even if the 2007 V8 champ doesn’t…



Whincup fastest in opening Clipsal practice

Jamie Whincup has set the early benchmark time at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide today. The TeamVodafone driver and championship leader set a time of 1:21.3729s to end the first day of ‘Australian’ V8 Supercars racing at the top of the sheets. After winning the first four races of this year’s championship in the Middle…



Shell re-signs new deal with DJR

Dick Johnson Racing has renewed its long-standing sponsorship deal with Shell. The famous Queensland V8 Supercars team has enjoyed varying levels of support from the oil company over the past four decades, and after being absent from the DJR Fords in the Middle East, a late deal last week will see Shell occupy space on…



German manufacturer to join V8 Supercars

Germany’s Mercedes-Benz and BMW could be racing bumper-to-bumper with Ford and Holden in the Australian V8 Supercar championship as soon as 2012. Pitlane and industry sources both in Australia and in Europe have confirmed that Mercedes’ performance arm, AMG, is seriously looking at entering the championship. An announcement could come as soon as the Melbourne…



V8 Supercars Australia extends long-lasting relationship with Coates Hire

Coates Hire has expanded on its six-year extensive relationship with V8 Supercars Australia, to become the Official Hire Equipment Sponsor of the V8 Supercar Championship Series for 2010 and 2011. V8 Supercars and Coates Hire began their relationship in the 2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series; with the new announcement highlighting an increased involvement for the…



V8 Supercars Australia to get tough on ‘sandbaggers’

V8 Supercars Australia is getting tough on ‘sandbaggers’ at this year’s Australian Grand Prix. V8 officials will issue a $20,000 fine per car for those drivers and/or teams caught not making a “genuine attempt to compete at the event.” At the Grand Prix last year, at least one team was regularly seen at the back…