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Tuesday, 05 July 2016 00:00

Summer loving: The case for a change of season

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There's a big stumbling block to the often-stated goal of a condensed Virgin Australia Supercars Championship calendar that can attract wider mainstream appeal. And it relates to how Supercars fits in with the leading football codes in Australia.

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.

The current season begins and ends before and after the AFL and NRL seasons. This allows for the two showpiece events, the season-opening Clipsal 500 Adelaide and the prestigious Bathurst 1000, to have 'clean air' away for the footy seasons. But, in the process, it stretches out the season with not enough events for a fortnightly schedule from March to December.

Plus, racing over the Australian winter limits the potential for a packed mid season with limited events in the warmer northern half of the country, in Darwin, Townsville and Ipswich.

Moving to a summer schedule has been discussed in some quarters of the paddock and even gained the support of some of the biggest names in the sport.

"Why do we race in the winter?" asked the great Peter Brock at the Sandown 500 in 2004.

"Why are we not doing more summer sport? Why does our sport not go from around this time – late August, early September – through to May? I have often wondered about that."

CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of V8X Supercar Magazine issue #93 to read the full feature, including our proposed summer calendar.

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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