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.
A look back a Volvos previous racing endevours.
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
The Aussies (And Kiwis, in this case) know their burnouts. Shane Van Gisbergen puts on a smoke show after yesterdays Clipsal 500 win.
Before looking into the event itself. Lets look at the changes to the V8 Supercars for the 2013 season. They look similar on the outside but many changes went into this new generation.
Introduction to the new season.
Highlights from qualifying and Shane Van Gisbergen’s Pole lap.
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.
All sorts of styles. To each his own. Left foot braking, heel toe, clutchless. What ever works. I don’t even want to know what brake temps are like on WRC after a tarmac stage. And only Senna makes it look so easy with loafers.
After recently viewing this Porsche vs. Juke R, I realized how fuckin awesome slow mo footage is. So I’ve added the best slow motion autoracing videos out there.