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Monday, 26 December 2016 00:00

Season in review: Top 10 headlines of 2016


It was a big year off the track for Supercars, from the uncertainty around manufacturers to the future of street-circuit events to the start of another silly season. 

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

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Manufacturers dominated many of the headlines. Volvo dropped a bombshell on Garry Rogers Motorsport and Supercars when it announced it would not only pull out of the series but also demand its cars and engines return to Sweden.

The news that Holden had recommitted to Supercars was overshadowed by its decision to pull its factory funding from Walkinshaw Racing and move the Holden Racing Team branding to Triple Eight Race Engineering from 2017.

And with Holden in and Volvo out, attention soon turned Nissan. After prolonged discussions between Nissan Australia and head office in Japan, the manufacturer recommitted for a further two seasons.

In other headlines, Sydney Olympic Park's controversial stint hosting Supercars came to an end in 2016, with the series announcing Newcastle as the new host of the season finale with a street circuit around the regional town centre.

Meanwhile, Supercars cemented its place in Queensland with the Townsville 400 and Gold Coast 600, locking in the marquee street-circuit events until at least the end of the 2019 season.

On the silly season front, Scott McLaughlin kicked off the manouvering with confirmation he would move from Garry Rogers Motorsport to DJR Team Penske in 2017, to replace Scott Pye in the #17 entry. Garth Tander would take McLaughlin's place, while Pye replaced Tander at Walkinshaw Racing.

Meanwhile, Swiss racer Simona de Silvestro signed a first-of-its-kind three-year deal to race in Supercars from 2017 as the full-time female driver the series had been seeking at Nissan Motorsport.

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

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