There's a big stumbling block to the often-stated goal of a condensed Virgin Australia Supercars Championship calendar that can attract wider mainstream appeal. And it relates to how Supercars fits in with the leading football codes in Australia.
V8X Supercar Magazine issue #93 takes an in-depth look into the future of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, through an examination into the technical, sporting and calendar conundrums the series faces.
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The current season begins and ends before and after the AFL and NRL seasons. This allows for the two showpiece events, the season-opening Clipsal 500 Adelaide and the prestigious Bathurst 1000, to have 'clean air' away for the footy seasons. But, in the process, it stretches out the season with not enough events for a fortnightly schedule from March to December.
Plus, racing over the Australian winter limits the potential for a packed mid season with limited events in the warmer northern half of the country, in Darwin, Townsville and Ipswich.
Moving to a summer schedule has been discussed in some quarters of the paddock and even gained the support of some of the biggest names in the sport.
"Why do we race in the winter?" asked the great Peter Brock at the Sandown 500 in 2004.
"Why are we not doing more summer sport? Why does our sport not go from around this time – late August, early September – through to May? I have often wondered about that."
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