V8 PASSENGER CARS BACK IN 2022
Stan Sports’ announcement of broadcast details this week for the ARG-run “SpeedSeries” yielded further news that has otherwise escaped the radar – V8 touring cars are back as part of the class lineup.
Originally established in 2008, the series became part of the Australian Racing Group a few years ago and has remained under long-serving Category Manager and Administrator Liam Curkpatrick.
It started racing under the Super3 banner (which is owned by Supercars) in 2019 while still running a mix of rounds on the Supercars Championship Support Bill as well as the Shannons National Championships.
Since 2020 it has competed in Supercars Championship events in combined fields with Super2 to ensure a strong grid of cars.
That won’t change this year, as pre-2013 Commodores and Falcons will continue to race in Super3 and Super2 will remain the domain of Car of the Future-era Falcons, Commodores and Nissan Altimas.
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However, the V8 Touring Cars banner – controlled by ARG – will be brought back as part of the ARG SpeedSeries, offering owners of V8 Supercars up to and including the end of the Project Blueprint era Commodores and Falcons (2012), another place to race their cars besides the Super3.
The V8 Touring Cars offering this year is expected to be a handful of ARG SpeedSeries events – probably two or three – with a focus on getting back to the category’s roots and encouraging car owners, especially those with older models. elders, to get back on track.
The move also anticipates the planned reinstatement of the V8 touring car series next year, when the current ZB Commodore and Mustang GT in the Repco Supercars Championship will transition to the Super2 series and the Car of the Future-era cars will transition. in Super3. cars.
The ‘Kumho V8 Classic Series’, which will be run as part of Australia’s AASA sanctioned motor racing series – not related to the current V8/Super3 touring car categories or their management, but also around the same time ex-V8 Supercars – due to start at Sydney Motorsport Park on February 18-19.
Between Super3, V8 Touring Cars and the Kumho V8 Classic Series, there are a plethora of places owners of pre-2013 V8 Supercars can race their cars in 2022.