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.
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