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Friday, 05 January 2018 11:58

Analysis: Expanding horizons for Supercars in 2018

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The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship expands to 16 events in 2018 with the addition of The Bend Motorsport Park and Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, while Sydney Motorsport Park goes under lights for a ‘SuperNight’ spectacular.

V8X Supercar Magazine issue #102 gets you set for the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship with a Caltex wall calendar and Castrol EDGE pullout poster schedule, featuring all the dates for the new season.

Issue #102 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 #102.

The Australian Grand Prix Formula 1 support races are included in the Supercars championship for the first time in the history of the event, the Bend Motorsport Park (pictured) is the first Australian permanent circuit to feature on the Supercars calendar since Queensland Raceway in 1999 and there’s a night event in Australia for the first time since the Calder Park season opener in 1997 ran under lights.

The addition of two new events to the championship sees the schedule increase to 16 events across a 37-week season, starting with the traditional season opener in Adelaide in March and concluding with the second running of the Newcastle 500 in November, for the biggest calendar of events in championship history.

The Bend Motorsport Park is a $110 million development 90km south-east of Adelaide. The race will be held on the 18-turn 4.9km ‘International’ circuit configuration of the facility and will be the second Supercars event for South Australia after the season-opening Adelaide 500.

The inclusion of the Australian Grand Prix races into the calendar is the result of a more productive working relationship with new Formula 1 owners Liberty Media and the axing of the 30-minute limit per session for Supercars at Albert Park.

Supercars will be on track all four days of the Australian Grand Prix event with extended practice, qualifying and races that will include pitstops as part of a six-year contract extension between the event and category.

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #102.

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Event Date
Superloop Adelaide 500 February 20-23
Melbourne 400 March 12-15
BP Ultimate Sydney SuperSprint June 27-28
Truck Assist Sydney SuperSprint July 18-19
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown August 15-16
CoreStaff Darwin SuperSprint August 22-23
NTI Townsville SuperSprint August 29-30
Townsville SuperSprint September 5-6
The Bend Motorsport Park September 19-20
The Bend Motorsport Park September 26-27
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 October 15-18
   
   

 

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1. Scott McLaughlin
2062  
2. Jamie Whincup
1847 -215
3. Cameron Waters
1577 -485
4. Shane van Gisbergen
1555 -507
5. Chaz Mostert
1524 -538
6. Fabian Coulthard 
1444 -618
7. Nick Percat
1425 -637
8. David Reynolds
1298 -764
9. Lee Holdsworth
1261 -801
10. Scott Pye
1258 -804

Full championship standings