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Saturday, 24 December 2016 00:00

Season in review: Top 10 races of 2016

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Intense head-to-head battles, penalties, rain, strategic gambles and more... The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship certainly delivered when it came to entertainment across the 29 races in the 2016 season.

V8X Supercar Magazine ranks the top 10 races of 2016 in our season in review edition, issue #96.

Issue #96 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 #96.

The season started with one of the most chaotic races of all-time at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.

Nick Percat recorded the first win for Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport, after heavy rain and thunder forced a stoppage and turned the race into a strategic gamble, won by the minnows of Supercars.

Later in the season, the two-driver long-distance Pirtek Endurance Cup events delivered three classic races.

Garth Tander and Warren Luff claimed victory at the Sandown 500 (pictured above), despite intermittent rain that caught out a number of leading entries, the front-left guard coming undone on their Commodore and a late charge from Shane van Gisbergen.

The Bathurst 1000 may have started slow but the 2016 version of the Great Race erupted late on with the race-defining tangle between Jamie Whincup, Scott McLaughlin and Tander and turned into a thrilling finish as Will Davison held off van Gisbergen for the win.

Then van Gisbergen and Alexandre Prémat overcame a 10-second penalty to win on the streets of Surfers Paradise, in a marred by controversial collision between Fabian Coulthard and Tander on the front straight.

Where did they rank in the top 10? And which other races feature?

CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of issue #96 to find out.