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#1
IndyCar / 2024 Indy 500
May 23, 2024, 02:35:42 PM
This year will be 10 years since I attended the event. Well worth it for anyone thinking about it!

McLaughlin sits on the pole, leading an all Penske top 3. Power 2nd and Newgarden 3rd.
#3
Some older V8 Central residents would remember back in 2010 or so, REM started a topic on the chances of the Blue sides Championship.
Back then it was Frosty and Courtney (2) against Whincup, Lowndes and either Tander/Davo (3).
...we all know how that ended :).

It was shaping up to be a similar year this year, with Kostecki, Brown and Feeney against Chaz and Waters.
Seems to be 2 on 2 now, with Kostecki an early out. I wouldn't count on him a round (at least) down.
I'd even go as far to say, that it may still be 2 on 3, with AdP potentially joining the list.

Assuming (...yeah) that we're all even, I think Chaz and Waters are serious contenders. Waters particularly had a hot finish to the year. He'd be my favourite, being a betting man.
Brown still feels a little mistake prone. They do say it's better to be fast and figure out the crashes, than slow and straight.
Feeney is about a year away I think. He'll be taking wins for sure though.

AdP as a smokey. There's no argument that DJR have been on a slide since Penske left, but they do have the pieces and the driver. Davo just lacks that X-factor.

Heimgartner will lead BJR, but it'll be hot and cold. Maybe a win?

Grove's? Payne was seriously fast and was probably the form driver for the back half of the year. The Bend onwards certainly opened some eyes. Stanaway a big unknown.

So who have we got as our favourites?
#4
The Bathurst 12HR kicks off this Championship (and the Intercontinental).

The opening scenes and sunrise of the 12HR are always fantastic.
...then the rain came. Didn't catch too many out. The Bimmer got caught doing a Whincup/Perkins/Ambrose into the cutting.

Lapped traffic really eased the pressure for the Porsche/Campbell. But that's endurance racing.
Well done to the winners, and basically everyone who finished. The top 8 were on the lead lap, and within earshot of winning.

Rossi was impressive - would he be the best to come from (a highly successful) 2 wheels to 4?
Jaxon Evans was great too. Ended up costing his team a podium, but if a gaps is there... you know the rest.

I enjoyed the race for the segments that I watched.

More races to come at PI, Tailem Bend, Ipswich, SMP and back to Bathurst again (which just lost their World TCR main card for that weekend).

Thanks for the topic move, LG :).
#5
Jett and Mason moving up. Kai Allen sticks around, as does Murray and Bates.
https://www.v8sleuth.com.au/kelly-graduates-into-23-car-bathurst-super2-field/

AIM has quite the engineering team too, with Erik Pender and Adam de Borre.

Jett's Mustang:

https://speedcafe.com/jett-johnson-super2-livery-revealed/

Kelly Racing's Mustangs:

https://speedcafe.com/kelly-racing-steps-up-supercars-return/



Coke still has some Motorsport budget:

https://speedcafe.com/coke-sponsorship-for-mcleod-super2-car/

And in a PremiAir run car...
#6
Repco Supercars Championship / One Hand on the Trophy
November 07, 2023, 09:30:27 AM
Lets be real. This Championship is Kostecki's, unless he pulls a DNF for one of the races.
Looking back, we haven't had someone rise this quickly to Championship winning material for 20 years.

Whincup took 5 seasons to win his first.
McLaughlin 6
SVG 9.5
Winterbottom 12
Courtney 5
Tander 9.5
Kelly 5
Ingall 10

Back to 2003, Ambrose won his first title in 3 seasons. Kostecki is about to match that.

'The Kid' Lowndes obvoiusly had the dream start with a win in his first full-time season. And the early days of the ATCC startup obviously saw multiple winners on their first try - McKay, Pitt, Jane.
Gets harder to track beyond that as entrants would only attend certain races throughout the year, a 'full-time' season wasn't really a thing.

Is Kostecki going to be a mainstay at the top? Despite the season we've had, Erebus have beaten 888 and SVG on merit.
Do we see Erebus keeping 888 down ala Penske?
#7
Repco Supercars Championship / Anton’s Timing
October 09, 2023, 07:05:27 PM
This is a bit of an "if, buts and maybe's" thread, but how about ADP's timing of moving to DJR.

Finishing behind 888 and Erebus got me thinking.

At the time he was touted as the Whincup replacement. He leaves Erebus to goto DJR.
Both the team that he was looking at going to (888), and his current team (at the time, Erebus) will have won all 3 Championships and 2/3 Bathurst's along with the majority of races since.

I really thought that one weekend that he DOMINATED at SMP was a sign of things to come for both he and DJR post the Penske break up.
#8
Repco Supercars Championship / Ford IN for one more year
September 20, 2023, 09:26:57 AM
https://www.speedcafe.com/2023/09/19/exclusive-ford-commits-amid-parity-turmoil/

Contrary to many readings in the Speedcafe and Facebook comments, Ford will stick around for at least another year. Good.

Supercars need to sort their stuff out, and keep them beyond this.
#9
SVG has walled it in their pre-enduro test.


Loose line fitting on the caliper the reason: https://www.speedcafe.com/2023/09/05/dutton-outlines-cause-of-van-gisbergen-crash/

Fixed at the track and Stanaway got some laps in at the end.
#10
Brodie with the pole and the win.
9 Mustang's in the top 15 and probably had a proper shot at the win had Randle and Mostert not battled for 2nd for so long.

Supercars already showing their inconsistency with Waters tapping SVG around the rear wheel and not needing to redress.
Nonetheless SVG didn't have pace for him.

Waters also unhappy with the team call. "Won't do it again." The next SVG? - it's good to see contrasting the bromance over at Erebus.
#12
No spoilers needed :).

Good to be back, let's chat Darwin. Great looking cars, surprise results. Was awesome to see Frosty crack a win!
Parity needs adjusting, even comments that it's aero as well now.

Feeney is starting to seem like a dark horse for the title. There's a bit of Rick Kelly about him, in terms of fast and consistent. SVG, Brown and Kostecki all have their dramas and he just plugs away.
#13
General / GT - 2023 Challenge Endurance Cup
May 25, 2023, 12:04:28 PM
Looks like Mostert is getting a crack at Spa with Kenny Habul's Merc:
https://www.speedcafe.com/2023/05/25/mostert-tests-with-bathurst-12-hour-winner-at-spa/

He's picked up some trophies in the Bimmer, no reason he can't perform here. What an awesome opportunity, Spa.

#14
https://www.businessinsider.com/aston-martin-f1-safety-car-sales-lawrence-stroll-2023-5

Lawrence Stroll and Aston Martin think that the term may yet exist!
I always read these articles knowing that whoever is spruiking it is likely grabbing a lot of 'grey area' sales and adding them to the 'Motorsport' data.

He took over in 2020 and the company has seemingly been chasing its tail since covid, only now showing somewhat of a turnaround (yet still in debt).

There is some method to the madness, Volvo's entry to Supercars did wonders for the brand - with Australian dealers completely against the move to pull out when they did.
https://www.carsguide.com.au/car-news/v8-supercars-fuel-volvo-car-sales-boost-28767
https://www.foxsports.com.au/motorsport/supercars/supercars-garry-rogers-motorsport-commits-to-racing-volvos-in-2017-with-or-without-factory-backing/news-story/a05081d521977db90a0159a9eb69f579
#15
TA2 / Trans Am 2023
May 18, 2023, 10:41:44 AM
From my understanding the Speedseries TA2 and TransAm categories are one in the same (sharing regs?)
http://ta2racingaustralia.com/trans-am-series-and-ta2-muscle-cars-extend-partnership/

How about the Phillip Island racing! Some awesome battling with Nash Morris and co.
Nash showed real craftsmanship, placing the car just so - similar to Kostecki at Perth.

Race 1:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9lqYwWD9lU

Race 2:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxVY4mLazTc

Race 3:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edrXzjUoKMA
#16
Repco Supercars Championship / Silly Season 2024
May 03, 2023, 09:09:54 AM
Actually surprised this hasn't been started yet... we usually get it going in Feb or so!

Both ADP and Davo are accounted for in 2024, with DJR:
https://www.v8sleuth.com.au/djr-declares-davison-de-pasquale-off-the-market/

DJR, 888 and Erebus are now all locked in.
I'm guessing end of 2024 is when a few will come off contract - I think all of the above will be (Feeney, SVG, Davo, ADP, Brown & Kostecki). 2025 is when things will get a shake-up.
#17
Weekend starts today with a practice session.

Will be interesting to see what the 5kg and engine tune does...
#18
Repco Supercars Championship / 2023 Calendar
November 23, 2022, 02:07:58 PM
...and here it is:
https://www.supercars.com/news/championship/2023-repco-supercars-championship-calendar-announced/






No NZ track, which is a shame for those across the ditch. Plans to have one in 2024.
#19
To keep the spoliers tradition going 8) 8).

Mostert tops P1 with Fullwood in the wall.
Brown P2 and JC P3.


https://www.speedcafe.com/2022/06/17/fullwood-finds-the-wall-in-first-supercars-practice/
#20
Repco Supercars Championship / Livery Concepts
May 10, 2022, 03:19:05 PM
Thought it best to start a concepts thread that designers can post into, rather than the year specific ones already existing.

ssMedia have done a great render of the WAU Mustang that I thought was worthwhile showing:








https://www.facebook.com/ssmedia.est75/posts/pfbid02wTWwpTLzLXQMQL25g6sYmEGoZLAiMLPDiNdrVaZT6dLYYp2n1pE1z4Y6NtZfY1wHl