The Clipsal 500 at Adelaide is a formidable race to make a series debut at. The old guns of Holden and Ford are up for any challengers. NIssan and Mercedes were easily dispelled in their first season last year. I had figured Volvo S60 would be in the same boat this year, but after Race 2 at Adelaide the pecking order in V8 Supercars needs a shakeup. Volvo has jumped to a podium finish. Scott McLaughlin, the 20 yr old 2013 rookie of the year, had an epic fight with THE V8 Supercar hot shoe, Jamie Whincup and won out. Is there a better looking touring car currently turning laps? I don’t think so.
If championships were based on beauty, the 2014 V8 Supercars trophy would be handed to Volvo already. Volvo’s new S60 V8 Supercar is now my favourite touring car for the 2014 season. Since all of the V8s are based on shared architecture, the learning curve should be less significant than of years past (prior to 2013). As with most of Volvo’s previous racing programs, the engine and prep will be undertaken by Polestar. The first test at Sydney on February 27th will have FIVE (Ford, Holden, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Volvo) factory efforts in the V8 series. Touring car is on the rise on a global scale.
James Courtney escaped from major injuries this weekend after Alexander Premat plowed into the side of his car. Not much blamed can be put on Premat though. Once you leave the track at that speed at that corner, you’re pretty much a passenger.
Volvo has decided to run a full factory effort in the 2014 V8 Supercars Series. They will build and design a 5.0L version for their 4.4 V8 from the XC90. Holden, Ford, Nissan, Mercedes and Volvo. Racing in cars that look like real cars. With USCR, North American DTM, DTM, the revamped WTCC, SuperGT(now with DTM spec cars), Superstars Internatianl Series, AND the V8 Supercar Series. Top tier touring and sports car racing hasn’t been this good in years.
No where else do these V8s looks more on the edge for an entire lap. Bathurst has its section at the top of the mountain and at the bottom of the Chase where they look very unstable but nothing like Pukekohe’s constant
It was perplexing at the time. A 26 year old at the top pf his game, quit the game. MotoGP’s Casey Stoner decided he was home sick. He is now tackling 4 wheels via V8 Supercars. He will make his debut in the V8 development series. His first practice session, at Adelaide no less, resulted in an impressive 9th. Not bad for a track he’s never driven on before.
Pre Season testing for the V8 folks. I have no idea how to predict this season. All new cars (even though they look similar to last years), 2 new manufacturers (in Nissan and Mercedes), and new teams and sponsors. I’d say its hard to bet against the yardstick in Triple 8 Race Engineering, now with Redbull branding. Ford will again be right up there with Holden, you can count on that. Nissan and Mercedes are a crap shoot. I do beleive with the additionlal testing Nissan will have the upper hand. Can’t wait for the season to start.