The movement of licenses amongst teams has become as vital to the silly season as driver changes; from the time the licensing system was introduced in 1999 to the 26 entries campaigning in 2016.
V8X Supercar Magazine issue #93 digs through the archives to reveal the lineage of the current Virgin Australia Supercars Championship teams.
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Keeping track of driver movements has become hard enough in recent seasons, let alone the changes in teams from the booming grids of late nineties to today.
As the professionalism of V8 Supercars increased, there was an inevitable need to condense an oversubscribed grid. There were 39 entries at the first Adelaide 500 in 1999 and 53 starts for the Bathurst 1000 later that year.
In order to professionalise and streamline the grid, V8 Supercars introduced a licensing system that would form the foundation of the Racing Entitlement Contract (REC) structure in place today.
A Level 1 license required a team to compete at all rounds, Level 2 licenses were for part-timers and Level 3 licenses for second-tier Development Series entrants.
The original Level 1 license holders were: Holden Racing Team, Dick Johnson Racing, Garry Rogers Motorsport, Gibson Motorsport, Glenn Seton Racing, Perkins Engineering, Stone Brothers Racing, John Faulkner Racing, Lansvale Racing Team, Larkham Motor Sport, Longhurst Racing and Romano Racing.
Other entrants would have their Level 2 licenses elevated to Level 1 in the coming years, as the licensing system evolved to the point where there were only Level 1 entrants, required to compete at every event of the championship.
Issue #93 presents a rundown of how the current teams competing in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship link up with the original license holders and the evolution of the RECs.
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