August event open to ex-V8 Supercars, Super Tourers and more!
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THE V8 Sleuth Touring Car Classic has been confirmed as part of the CAMS Shannons Nationals round at Winton Motor Raceway on August 31/September 1.
Open to former V8 Supercars/five-litre V8 touring cars, two-litre Super Tourers, V8 Future Tourers and invited cars, the event will be a celebration of Australian touring car racing history.
The V8 Sleuth Touring Car Classic will be live streamed as part of the Winton Shannons Nationals coverage and also viewable via the V8 Sleuth website and its social media channels.
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It joins TCR Australia and S5000 as confirmed categories at the fifth round of the Shannons Nationals on the August 31/September 1 weekend.
A sponsor and tyre supply arrangement has also been finalised and will be announced in coming weeks.
The brainchild of V8 Sleuth MD Aaron Noonan and Kumho Super3 Series category manager Liam Curkpatrick, the event has been created primarily to cater for the huge interest in early era five-litre/V8 Supercars among collectors and prospective racers.
“There’s huge interest among car owners and fans of the early era of V8 Supercars covering the early 1990s to the early 2000s,” Noonan said.
“There were over 150 Falcons and Commodores built and raced between 1992 and 2002 and, with the vast majority of them still around, that’s a fairly large potential pool of cars which could race now and into the future.”
There will be a class for Falcon and Commodore V8 Supercars for cars covering 1992 to 2002 (including Falcon EB, EF, EL and AU and Commodore VP, VR, VS, VT and VX) and a class for post-Project Blueprint cars (covering 2003 to 2007) up to and including the VZ Commodore and BF Falcon.
Holden Commodore VE/VE IIs and Ford Falcon FGs, the cars that make up the bulk of the current Kumho Tyre Super3 Series field, will not be permitted in the Classic.
“The Super3 Series has evolved into a category with more and more young drivers starting on their pathway to Supercars in more contemporary machinery, which is fantastic,” Noonan said.
“So the time is right for the previous generation cars to be included in an event like this and encourage more of them to come out and race.”
Two-litre Super Tourers that competed in Australia and/or overseas and V8 Future Tourers will also have their own classes in the Classic.
“We also want to help unite owners with Super Tourers and Future Tourers too,” Noonan said.
“We know there are some of those cars around but they have, in essence, nowhere to race. The Classic gives them somewhere to enjoy their cars.”
The event format will mirror the Super3 Series with optional Friday private practice, multiple practice sessions, qualifying and three races.
Trophies for individual categories will be named in honour of drivers that made a significant contribution in each of the eras celebrated at the V8 Sleuth Touring Car Classic. These will be announced at a later date.
“Ultimately, the Classic is about celebrating a beloved era of motorsport, which is what V8 Sleuth does 52 weeks a year through its work in print, online and television – this event is the next step,” Noonan said.