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Thursday, 26 May 2016 00:00

Top 10 Commodores: The General’s finest

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After debuting on track in 1980, the Commodore went on to enjoy success across the Group C, Group A and V8 Supercars eras.

V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92, a special Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore edition, ranks the top 10 most influential and successful Falcons and Commodores, from on and off the track.

V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

CLICK HERE for more information on V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92.

It all started with the VB Commodore, which managing director of General Motors Holden Chuck Chapman promised "will reshape the whole structure of the Australian passenger car market" when it launched in 1978.

The Commodore made its motorsport debut off road in the Repco Reliability Trial, with Peter Brock leading home a Commodore one-two-three to highlight the model's strong reliability. The Commodore debuted in the touring-car championship as a replacement for the Torana in 1980, under revised Group C regulations, though had been updated to the VC by the endurance events.

The VB kick-started the Commodore's winning pedigree with the comfortable championship success in 1980. It's cosmetic upgrade, the VC, continued that winning run at Mount Panorama later that year, but the Commodore would not win another title until the V8 era in 1994, meaning the VB remained the only championship-winning Commodore in Group C.

Flash forward to the current VF Commdore, which won the championship on debut with Jamie Whincup in 2013 and backed that up with another comfortable title success in 2014. And while the new Ford FG X Falcon got the better of the VF in the championship, the Commodore prevailed at Mount Panorama with Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards last season.

In between the VB and VF, there's been a host of Bathurst and championship-winning models over the last three and a half decades; many of which became iconic for their success on the track.

Grab a copy of V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92 to read the full feature and see the order in which we rank the top 10 Commodores.

CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92.

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Event Date
Adelaide 500 1-4 March
2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 22-25 March
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint 6-8 April
WD-40 Phillip Island 500 20-22 April
Perth SuperSprint 4-6 May
Winton SuperSprint 18-20 May
CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown 15-17 June
Watpac Townsville 400 6-8 July
Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint 20-22 July
Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint 4 August
The Bend SuperSprint 24-26 August
Sandown 500 14-16 September
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 4-7 October
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 19-21 October
ITM Auckland SuperSprint 2-4 November
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 23-25 November

 

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Shane van Gisbergen

3054

 2

 Scott McLaughlin

2999

 3

 Jamie Whincup 

2716

 4

 Craig Lowndes

2487

 5

 David Reynolds

2435

 6

 Fabian Coulthard

2114

 7

 Rick Kelly

2098

 8

 Chaz Mostert

2048

 9

 Scott Pye

1906

 10

 Tim Slade

1862

 Full points table