Thursday, 04 May 2017 11:23

Roundtable: The state of Supercars, Part II


In late 2016, V8X Supercar Magazine assembled a group of six to discuss the state of play in Supercars from their point of view. We looked to cover as many aspects of the sports as we could to get the broadest view possible for a feature concluding in issue #98.

The participants were picked to represent the wide spectrum of those involved in the series and included:

- Driver – Mark Winterbottom, Prodrive Racing Australia
- Driver/owner – Jason Bright, Prodrive Racing Australia/Britek
- Team owner – Charlie Schwerkolt, Team 18
- Elder statesman – Larry Perkins, Perkins Engineering
- Marketing/PR – Peter Trevaskis, Marketing director, Prodrive Racing Australia
- Fan – Lisa Burge, Nissan Motorsport fan

Issue #98 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 and in the Magzter app store.

CLICK HERE for more information on issue #98.

Topics in the second of the two-part feature include:

- Formats

Does Supercars have the right mix of formats, tyre compounds and pit strategies to produce exciting racing?

- Bathurst

Bathurst is in many respects the reason touring cars in this country are such a dominant species, but do we have it right? And by that we don't mean the race but does it hold its place in the sport the way it has. Is it weakened by being included in the championship or not being the final round? It was once more important than the championship, but is that still the case?

- GT racing

We are seeing a lot of hype around GT racing and the Bathurst 12 Hour. Is this a threat to Supercars?

- Supercars

Next year ushers in perhaps the biggest set of changes since the V8-only era began with the arrival of other engine and body configurations. Is this the right direction?

- Changes

What would our experts change if they ruled Supercars?

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #98 to read the feature.


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







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