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Monday, 04 July 2016 00:00

Supercars schedule: The calendar conundrums

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As the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship grapples with attracting manufacturers and entrants into Gen2, the series must solidify its calendar of events at an important juncture for the sport.

V8X Supercar Magazine issue #93 takes an in-depth look into the future of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, through an examination into the technical, sporting and calendar conundrums the series faces.

Issue #93 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 #93.

Putting together a motorsport championship calendar is no easy task. It must appease the circuits, competitors, fans, television broadcaster and sponsors, while also factoring in climate and avoiding other sporting/major events.

The Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars calendar has evolved significantly over the years, from the introduction of multi rounds in 1969, the inclusion of endurance events in 1999, the addition of New Zealand in 2001 and first championship event outside of Australia and New Zealand in 2005.

And with each milestone, the calendar became more complex. So the often-stated goal of having a condensed schedule with consistent fortnight gaps over a nine-month period (March to November) is hard to achieve.

Plus, there's been mixed news for Supercars on the circuit front in recent times. On the one hand, the Sydney 500's demise at Sydney Olympic Park robs the series of a valuable presence in Australia's biggest market.

On the other hand, permanent circuits Sydney Motorsport Park, Symmons Plains, Pukekohe, Barbagallo and Winton have undergone resurfacing and/or upgrades in recent years with Queensland Raceway next in line off the back of contract extensions for the Gold Coast and Townsville street circuits.

Meanwhile, the Bend Motorsport Park project in Tailem Bend looks set to be the first new permanent circuit to join the series schedule since Queensland Raceway debuted in 1999, bucking the trend of facilities shutting their gates for good with Sandown threatened with the same fate as Oran Park.

Issue #93 presents a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis of the calendar at present, compiled with insight from industry insiders, in addition to a look at the evolution of the calendar since 1999 and possible alternatives.

CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of V8X Supercar Magazine issue #93 to read the full feature.

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Clipsal 500 Adelaide

2-5 March

Tyrepower Tasmania Super Sprint 

7-9 April

WD-40 Phillip Island 500  21-23 April 

Perth Super Sprint  

5-7 May 

Winton Super Sprint 

19-21 May 

CrownBet Triple Crown Darwin

16-18 June

Watpac Townsville 400

7-9 July

Coates Hire Ipswich Super Sprint

28-30 July

Red Rooster Sydney Super Sprint

18-20 August

Wilson Security Sandown 500

15-17 September

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

5-8 October

Vodafone Gold Coast 600

20-22 October

ITM Auckland Super Sprint

3-5 November

Coates Hire Newcastle 500

24-26 November

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Jamie Whincup

2850

 2

 Scott McLaughlin

2820

 3

 Fabian Coulthard

2674

 4

 Chaz Mostert

2586

 5

 Shane van Gisbergen

2574

 6

 Craig Lowndes

2160

 7

 Cameron Waters

2071

 8

 Mark Winterbottom

2058

 9

 Garth Tander

2028

 10

David Reynolds 

1956

 Full points table