The Super3 name is reborn for 2020 with the V8 Touring Cars to compete in the same races as Super2. The Bend will, however, not host the series as it did in 2019. Photo: / Dirk Klynsmith.

THE V8 Touring Car Series will share the grid with Super2 during 2020 and revert to the name it used last year – Super3.

The Super3 cars will join the Super2 cars for four rounds, all at Supercars Championship events – at Winton (July 18-19), Sandown (September 19-20), Bathurst (October 8-11) and Sydney Motorsport Park (December 12-13).

A note was sent from V8 Touring Car Category Administrator Liam Curkpatrick to competitors this afternoon advising them of the development.

“We did advise just over a week ago a ‘most likely’ 2020 Series calendar, all be it with a few TBA’s,” he wrote in a message to V8TC teams today.

“Since then our discussions with Supercars have continued and we have looked at all the options in detail of how we can work together at this late stage at the same time as offering the most convenient and cost-effective way in doing so. 

“Our talks have progressed, so I am pleased to announce that we have made a change, and we have come to a ‘grid share’ arrangement with Super2 and will now run together at the same Rounds in 2020. We will also go back to the Super3 name for continuity.

“Given the late start to the year and as Super2 are only running these four Rounds for the remainder of their Series, we have decided (as previously advised) to also make our Series four rounds in 2020. We have had approval from Motorsport Australia to do this.”

Curkpatrick confirmed that the Super3/V8TC cars would be sharing track time and TV broadcasts with Super2 but remain an independent series under separate management and its usual Sporting and Technical Regulations.

The V8TC/Super3 cars will continue to run on Kumho tyres as the Super2 teams continue on Dunlops. The V8TC/Super3 cars will continue with their own class structure of Championship, Kumho Cup (renamed Super3 Cup) and Heritage Class.

The arrangement is for the 2020 season only at this stage.

The loss of the planned V8TC round from The Bend Motorsport Park in September means the previously announced V8 Sleuth Classic has been shelved for 2020.

With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.