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Wednesday, 21 December 2016 00:00

Editor’s note: V8X Supercar Magazine #96

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Roland Dane divides public opinion 
like no one else 
in Supercars. But credit where credit is due, Dane's courage in pairing up Shane van Gisbergen with Jamie Whincup delivered a classic championship battle and a rivalry that will only grow in the coming seasons.

While the AMG Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 team did all
 it could to stifle competition between its drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in 2016, Dane let his drivers race. And we, the fans, benefitted with a proper duel.

V8X Supercar Magazine issue #96 looks back at Supercars in 2016 with an-depth review of the season.

We look at the highlights and lowlights of each team; rank the top 10 drivers; rate the best races; list the numbers that matter; and reflect on a year of big headlines.

We also chart the rise of van Gisbergen, from raw teenager to polished champion, and profile his former team that conquered Mount Panorama twice in the one year, Tekno Autosports.

Elsewhere, we examine a season of controversies around the rules by talking to key personnel in Supercars.

We pay tribute to Walkinshaw Racing's time running the Holden Racing Team by looking at its rise and fall.

Mark Fogarty meets Simona de Silvestro to discuss her arrival in Supercars with Nissan Motorsport, while Stefan Bartholomaeus examines what Supercars could look like in 2020.

In our Motorsport Legends section, we tell the history of Nissan in Australian touring cars through its racers and meet the one-and-only Peter Janson, socialite and Bathurst regular.

We also look ahead to the 2017 season with a preview of the Bathurst 12 Hour; a look
 at the 17 talking points for the 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship and, in the print edition, include a Caltex wall calendar for the new year.

Meanwhile, stay tuned in upcoming issues for a roundtable featuring some of the leading figures in Supercars to discuss the current state and future of the series.

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.

CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of V8X Supercar Magazine issue #96, including the 2017 Caltex wall calendar.

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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