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Wayne: The V8 Supercar fans
saying, “If Holden and Ford go
so do I” need to get a reality
check and read the news.
If you want to keep enjoying
Australia’s world-class touring
car category, other manufac-
turers must join V8 Supercars,
plain and simple.
Two manufacturers could
not sustain the financial
burden to compete at this
level, which is exactly why Car
of the Future was designed,
to save Australia’s premier
motorsport category before it
died on its own.
If the future is watching
Volvo S60s, the Mercedes-
Benz E-Class, Nissan Altimas,
Ford Mondeos and Holden
Malibus race, so be it, I’ll still
be a fan!
NOW VERSUS ThEN?
Conrod: You can’t deny that
Jamie Whincup has talent and
But you can’t compare Jamie,
or any of the modern crop of
drivers for that matter, to those
early Australian touring car
They did it all from the seat
of their pants on sheer guts and
determination and in real, much
more fragile and unsafe cars and
on outright dangerous tracks by
Back then there were no data
logs, no computerised scenario
spreadsheets, no one constantly
in your ear telling you when to
That said, Whincup still has
a long career ahead and looks
likely to keep racking up the
Saron: With Volvo’s previous
experience in the Australian
Touring Car Championship, I
hope that Garry Rogers and his
team do have a major presence
in the 2014 V8 Supercar season.
Although they won’t win
immediately, I think Volvo and
Polestar have seen the develop-
ments of Erebus and Nissan and
would want to do a better job in
terms of their aerodynamic and
Also, they’ve got Scott
McLaughlin as a driver that can
steer Volvo back to the top of
motorsport success in Australia,
because he is skillful in terms of
getting great speed in any race
car that he drives.
BJ: I’ve been to the Clipsal 500
every year except the first in
1999 and the atmosphere and
the people are what make it such
an enjoyable V8 Supercar event.
No matter who you go for you
can talk to anyone, the weather
is usually perfect, support races
are packed and after-race con-
certs cater for all.
Top memories include Marcos
Ambrose winning and being able
to hear the crowd cheering on
pit straight from Turn 8!
Plus, Greg Murphy and Mark
Skaife crashing at Turn 8, Paul
Dumbrell causing million-dollar
pile-up, just too many memories
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your comments from facebook
1. which driver has scored the most pole positions at the clipsal 500?
2. name the driver with the most race wins at the non-championship australian Grand
prix rounds at albert park?
3. aside from the adelaide street circuit, how many other south australian venues have
hosted a round of the atcc/v8 supercars?
4. three drivers competed in every clipsal 500 event from 1999 to 2013. name them.
5. what 33-year streak came to an end for Dick Johnson racing at the 2013 clipsal 500?
Answers: 1) Jamie Whincup – four. 2) Russell Ingall – eight. 3) Two – Mallala and Adelaide International
Raceway. 4) Russell Ingall, Craig Lowndes, Garth Tander. 5) A Johnson racing for the team.
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