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Monday, 13 June 2016 00:00

Editor’s note: V8X Supercar Magazine #93


May you live in interesting times... and we certainly are when it comes to the rebranded Virgin Australia Supercars Championship!

The series is entering a critical phase, one of the most important in the history of Australian touring cars.

The Falcon and Commodore models will soon be retired as Ford and Holden end Australian production, while Supercars is battling to retain and attract manufacturer interest heading into Gen2.

Meanwhile, the GT3 scene is booming with strong manufacturer numbers and its showpiece Bathurst 12 Hour coming under the control of Supercars. So is GT3 the future, either as an alternative or the future for Supercars?

V8X Supercar Magazine issue #93 takes an in-depth look into the future of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship with Bruce Newton weighing up the GT3 versus Supercars debate.

Also looking into the state of the series, editor Adrian Musolino examines the evolution, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats and future of the Supercars schedule. On which events and dates should the schedule be built around? We present our case.

Elsewhere in this issue, we welcome esteemed motorsport journalist Mark Fogarty to the pages of V8X Supercar Magazine as he interviews Doctor Ryan Story for a progress report on DJR Team Penske.

Speaking of the evolution of teams, we dive into the archives to trace the ancestry of each entry currently competing in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship to reveal their fascinating lineages.

Twenty years on, we look back at the AVESCO revolution inspired by Tony Cochrane, the key milestones achieved following that take over in the course of the next decade and reflect back on our columnist Craig Lowndes' dream rookie season in 1996.

We also profile the two leading drivers in the Dunlop Development Series, Prodrive Racing Australia's Jack Le Brocq and Garry Jacobson.

Remember, V8X Supercar Magazine is also available in digital form in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

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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







 Shane van Gisbergen



 Scott McLaughlin



 Jamie Whincup 



 Craig Lowndes



 David Reynolds



 Chaz Mostert



 Fabian Coulthard



 Rick Kelly



 Scott Pye



 Tim Slade


 Full points table