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Thursday, 22 February 2018 10:30

Editor’s note on #103: Continuing on where we left off

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The 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship decider will go down as the most dramatic in championship history.

The battle between Triple Eight Race Engineering and DJR Team Penske went down to the final lap of the final race of the season in Newcastle.

Triple Eight’s Jamie Whincup took the drivers’ championship, while DJR Team Penske claimed its first teams’ championship, setting the scene for a continuation of the rivalry into 2018.

Triple Eight switches to the new ZB Commodore this season, while Ford’s presence increases with two more Falcon FG Xs on the grid in 2018.

The likes of Whincup and McLaughlin will be joined by a new breed of young chargers, including reigning Super2 champion Todd Hazelwood, New Zealand sensation Richie Stanaway and the highly-touted Andre Heimgartner, James Golding, Jack Le Brocq and Anton De Pasquale.

The 2018 championship expands to 16 events with the addition of the Coates Hire Supercars Melbourne 400 and The Bend SuperSprint.

This issue of V8X Supercar Magazine covers every angle of the 2018 season with a detailed look at all the changes, profiles of the 26 full-time drivers and guides to the 16 events.

We also take a look back at the key decade-on anniversaries from the history of the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars and Bathurst 500/1000.

Mark Fogarty sits down with seven-times champion Whincup to reflect on his career thus far and what’s still to come.

The Adelaide 500 celebrates 20 years in 2018 and we examine the impact the street circuit has had on the development of Supercars, while also featuring 20 iconic moments from the history of the event.

With non-V8 engines set to feature under the Gen2 rules, we remember the various engines to have raced in Australian touring cars.

You’ll also find the latest columns from Mark Winterbottom, Craig Lowndes and Garry Rogers, analysis of the key issues in Supercars and the top 10 quirkiest cars that have raced in Australian touring cars.

Remember, V8X Supercar Magazine is also available in digital form in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

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Event Date
Superloop Adelaide 500 February 20-23
Melbourne 400 March 12-15
Tyrepower Tasmania Super400  April 3-5
ITM Auckland Super400 April 24-26
PIRTEK Perth SuperNight May 15-17
Truck Assist Winton Super400 June 5-7
Watpac Townsville 400 June 26-28
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown July 17-19
Sydney SuperNight August 28-30
OTR The Bend 500 September 18-20
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 October 8-11
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Oct. 30-Nov. 1
Penrite Oil Sandown Super400  November 20-22
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 December 4-6
   
   

 

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1. Scott McLaughlin
3872  
2. Shane van Gisbergen
3310 -562
3. Jamie Whincup
3208 -664
4. Fabian Coulthard
3058 -814
5. Chaz Mostert
2879 -993
6. David Reynolds
2694 -1178
7. Cameron Waters
2588 -1284
8. Will Davison
2495 -1377
9. Nick Percat
2445 -1427
10. Lee Holdsworth
2428 -1444

Full championship standings