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Thursday, 16 August 2018 12:41

Editor’s note on #106: Ultimate test of endurance


The onset of spring means its endurance time in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

The Pirtek Endurance Cup gets underway at Sandown and includes the Great Race, the Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama, and concludes on the streets of Surfers Paradise with the Gold Coast 600.

The three long-distance events will not only go a long way in determining the winner of the drivers’ championship but also reward the best-performing driver pairing.

We profile the contenders for the endurance crown in addition to previewing the three events, which we will be producing the event program for in the coming weeks, in SupercarXtra Magazine issue #106.

Mark Fogarty chats with reigning Bathurst 1000 champion David Reynolds on how he and Erebus Motorsport have developed into championship contenders since their win at Mount Panorama.

Elsewhere, we interview Scott Pye on the progression of Walkinshaw Andretti United, touch base with the Kellys on their best season yet with the Nissan Altima, take a tour of The Bend Motorsport Park and investigate the engine development race.

You’ll also find the latest columns from Mark Winterbottom, Craig Lowndes and Garry Rogers, analysis of key issues around the sport and our ranking of the top 10 one-time race winners in the history of the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars.

If you’re reading the standard issue of #106, you’ll find the new-look Motorsport Legends section in the middle of the magazine. If you’re reading issue #106 within a Supercars event program, you’ll find the event info in the beginning and middle sections.

Within the Motorsport Legends section we look back at the history of two-door cars in Australian touring cars, profile the BMW M3 and 1981 season and dissect a classic image from Mount Panorama.

The two-sided poster in issue #106 is the first of a three-part Lowndes farewell special series, featuring his Holden Racing Team years, with Reynolds on the other side.

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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



1. Scott McLaughlin
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