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Four Races For V8 Supercar Aces In Austin
Posted by: newsla on Mar 25, 2013 - 04:16 PM
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Four Races For V8 Supercar Aces In Austin


The first V8 Supercar has arrived in the US

Holden flying the Chevy banner on US soil

The first V8 Supercar has arrived in the US with the Holden "Car of the Future" arriving in Texas as part of the Austin 400's pre-event promotional campaign.

 

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The car was the first 2013-spec "Car of the Future" to carry the Holden bodywork and used as part of the development process for the new cars.

For the Austin weekend, the GM Holden Commodores will wear the branding of Chevrolet. The new Chevrolet SS road car is actually built in Australia and exported to the US in left-hand drive form.

Whether running as a Holden Commodore in V8 Supercars or as a Chevrolet SS in NASCAR competition, the new car has been highly successful in 2013.

In seven NASCAR events so far this year (including the Sprint Unlimited and Budweiser Duels), Chevrolet has won four of the races.

In V8 Supercars, the GM brand has been even more dominant, winning six for six including both legs of the Clipsal 500 and all four races in last week's support race at the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne.

Australian V8 Supercar aces set for four races in Austin weekend

Lots of Saturday and Sunday action for fans in Texas

When Australia's V8 Supercar Championship heads for Austin Texas in May fans at the Circuit of the Americas will have plenty of action to enjoy with a pair of races scheduled on both Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19.

Both days of the Austin 400 weekend schedule will include a pair of qualifying sessions following by two 62 mile (100km) races. The dramatic sprint race distances are set to provide plenty of action as teams fight it out for precious championship points.

“We want to put on an unforgettable show for Americans to remember,” V8 Supercars CEO David Malone said.

“Our aggressive style of racing is enormously popular in the states courtesy of our coverage on the SPEED network and online. There is a very large following amongst fans and U.S.-based categories, particularly the teams and drivers of NASCAR and IndyCar.

“As Australia’s premier motorsport category U.S. fans will be entertained and can expect the unexpected when 28 cars take to one of the world’s most challenging road courses ever designed.”

To ensure the battle at the front of the pack is even tighter, the V8 Supercar teams will contest the four races over the 2.3-mile National Circuit. Short races, plus a short circuit should result in plenty of door-to-door action. The cars are not expected to return to Australia in the same pristine condition that they will arrive in.

“We go out there and race hard, if it means bending a few panels here and there then so be it, I am sure fans won’t be disappointed. Everyone is out there to prove a point and take home that very first V8 Supercars Austin 400 trophy,” said reigning series champion, Jamie Whincup (pictured right).

“The Circuit of The Americas has been compared to Bathurst and if that is anything to go by, then people are going to love the action that is sure to unravel over the weekend. I can’t wait; it’s going to be an amazing experience.”

To relive some of the action from the recent opening round of the championship on the streets of Adelaide, South Australia (the former home of the Australian Grand Prix) - click on the video link above.

New Zealand ace dominates Melbourne

Fabian Coulthard dominates at Australian Grand Prix weekend

The 2013 Formula 1 World Championship may have kicked off in Melbourne, Australia recently but all eyes weren't just on the latest F1 machinery.

The V8 Supercars have been part of the Melbourne F1 weekend for many years and members of the F1 community have been known to "down tools" for a moment to sneak out to the pit wall to catch the V8 Supercars in action.

Fresh from the opening round in Adelaide, the V8 Supercar teams contested four races over the weekend at the Albert Park circuit with New Zealander Fabian Coulthard (pictured right) taking three of the four checkered flags.

Coutlhard is in fact a second-cousin to ex-Formula One driver David Coulthard - the man who took the first Formula 1 car for a lap of the Circuit of Americas circuit when it was still just an outline marked in the Texas dirt!

The victories by Fabian Coulthard were a fitting tribute to former Brad Jones Racing driver and fellow New Zealander Jason Richards who pulled off a second place finish here in Melbourne in 2011 while battling cancer.

Sadly, Richard lost the battle against the disease and died in December later that year.

"I had my first pole position, first race win and first round win and there's no better person to dedicate it to than JR," Coulthard said.

"He is a good close friend and family member of BJR. After his success here a couple of years ago it could not have been better. Charlotte (Richard's wife) and the kids were here, it's a pretty emotional time.

"JR had massive success at BJR and massive success here. We all miss him. He is one of those blokes that will never be forgotten and it's unfortunate what has happened. What else can we say? I am sure he is looking at us, high fiving the both of us."

Fellow New Zealander and V8 Supercar rookie Scott McLaughlin took his first victory in the final race of the weekend.

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