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Monday, 13 June 2016 00:00

Editor’s note: V8X Supercar Magazine #93

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May you live in interesting times... and we certainly are when it comes to the rebranded Virgin Australia Supercars Championship!

The series is entering a critical phase, one of the most important in the history of Australian touring cars.

The Falcon and Commodore models will soon be retired as Ford and Holden end Australian production, while Supercars is battling to retain and attract manufacturer interest heading into Gen2.

Meanwhile, the GT3 scene is booming with strong manufacturer numbers and its showpiece Bathurst 12 Hour coming under the control of Supercars. So is GT3 the future, either as an alternative or the future for Supercars?

V8X Supercar Magazine issue #93 takes an in-depth look into the future of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship with Bruce Newton weighing up the GT3 versus Supercars debate.

Also looking into the state of the series, editor Adrian Musolino examines the evolution, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats and future of the Supercars schedule. On which events and dates should the schedule be built around? We present our case.

Elsewhere in this issue, we welcome esteemed motorsport journalist Mark Fogarty to the pages of V8X Supercar Magazine as he interviews Doctor Ryan Story for a progress report on DJR Team Penske.

Speaking of the evolution of teams, we dive into the archives to trace the ancestry of each entry currently competing in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship to reveal their fascinating lineages.

Twenty years on, we look back at the AVESCO revolution inspired by Tony Cochrane, the key milestones achieved following that take over in the course of the next decade and reflect back on our columnist Craig Lowndes' dream rookie season in 1996.

We also profile the two leading drivers in the Dunlop Development Series, Prodrive Racing Australia's Jack Le Brocq and Garry Jacobson.

Remember, V8X Supercar Magazine is also available in digital form in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

And keep up to date with 
the 2016 V8 Supercars season and interact with us on our social media channels, @V8X_Magazine on Twitter and at facebook.com/V8XMagazine on Facebook.

CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of V8X Supercar Magazine issue #93.

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Clipsal 500 Adelaide

2-5 March

Tyrepower Tasmania Super Sprint 

7-9 April

WD-40 Phillip Island 500  21-23 April 

Perth Super Sprint  

5-7 May 

Winton Super Sprint 

19-21 May 

CrownBet Triple Crown Darwin

16-18 June

Watpac Townsville 400

7-9 July

Coates Hire Ipswich Super Sprint

28-30 July

Red Rooster Sydney Super Sprint

18-20 August

Wilson Security Sandown 500

15-17 September

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

5-8 October

Vodafone Gold Coast 600

20-22 October

ITM Auckland Super Sprint

3-5 November

Coates Hire Newcastle 500

24-26 November

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Jamie Whincup

2850

 2

 Scott McLaughlin

2820

 3

 Fabian Coulthard

2674

 4

 Chaz Mostert

2586

 5

 Shane van Gisbergen

2574

 6

 Craig Lowndes

2160

 7

 Cameron Waters

2071

 8

 Mark Winterbottom

2058

 9

 Garth Tander

2028

 10

David Reynolds 

1956

 Full points table