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Thursday, 08 March 2018 15:46

Flashbacks: Decade-on anniversaries

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As we settle into the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship season, we take a look back at the key decade-on anniversaries in Australian touring cars in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #103.

Issue #103 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 #103.

The 1968 Australian Touring Car Championship would be decided by a 34-lap race at Warwick Farm in New South Wales, the final time the title would be decided by a single race.

Ian Geoghegan raced away from the start as the challengers fell by the wayside with a high attrition rate. Geoghegan went on to win by a minute and a half for his third consecutive title.

In 1978, Peter Brock rounded out a championship-winning year with victory in the Bathurst 1000 alongside new co-driver Jim Richards, their first together and the start of a dominant era for the Holden Dealer Team at Mount Panorama.

The Ford Sierra won every round of the 1988 Australian Touring Car Championship. Dick Johnson Racing won eight of the nine races, with six to champion Dick Johnson and two to teammate John Bowe, including five one-twos. The only non-Dick Johnson Racing race win went to Tony Longhurst, who also claimed victory at the Bathurst 1000.

Craig Lowndes returned from a season racing in European Formula 3000 and continued where he left off in 1998, winning his second title from his second attempt.

Jamie Whincup secured his first title at the Oran Park finale in 2008. The event marked a changing of the guard in more ways than one, with Mark Skaife retiring from full-time driving at the final-ever round at the circuit.

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #103 to read the full feature.

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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