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Monday, 10 July 2017 11:39

Undercard: Supercars’ support acts

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While Supercars looks ahead to Gen2 and Gen3, its support categories are undergoing their own transformations, led by the new-look SuperUtes series. We take a snapshot of how the main support categories are faring in 2017 in issue #99.

Issue #99 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 issue #99.

The Supercars-run SuperUtes series will replace the V8-powered Ford and Holden utes platform.

The production-based turbodiesel dual-cab vehicles feature a variety of control components, mirroring the technical direction of Supercars under the Car of the Future regulations.

Designed to tap into the popularity of dual-cab vehicles and the demise of the Falcon and Commodore V8 utes, it's hoped strong manufacturer interest will help Supercars market the category as its third-tier under Super2 in much the same way NASCAR does with its own trucks series.

The rebranding of the Development Series into Super2 in 2017 is an attempt to confirm the second-tier category as the main pathway into Supercars.

This has only been helped by Super2 teams being allowed (and encouraged) to enter as a wildcard in the main game, with Bathurst becoming non-championship for Super2 so its teams can enter the 1000. And with the more and more current-spec Supercars filtering into Super2, the demand for drives has increased because prospective main-game drivers know how relevant the series is to impressing team bosses.

Indeed, it now seems the norm for drivers to get into the Super2 series as quickly as possible from karting, given the uncertainty around the open-wheel categories in Australia.

Other categories profiled include the Australian GT Championship, Porsche Carrera Cup, Touring Car Masters, Aussie Racing Cars, Toyota 86, Improved Production, Formula 3, Formula 4, Formula Ford and Super Trucks.

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #99 to read the full feature.