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Friday, 27 January 2017 00:00

Shootout: Teams we’d love to see racing again

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As fans digest the move of the Holden Racing Team name from Walkinshaw Racing to Triple Eight Race Engineering, we ponder which 10 teams we'd love to see still racing in Supercars.

Issue #96 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available 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 for more information on V8X Supercar Magazine issue #96.

Neptune Racing Team famously ran Norm Beechey, Jim McKeown and Peter Manton in three different cars. In 1965, Beechey's championship-winning campaign, this included a Ford Mustang, Ford Cortina Mark I Lotus and Morris Cooper S. Long gone are the days when a team fielded various types of cars, sadly.

Some long-lost teams are linked to manufacturers. BMW is arguably the most successful manufacturer in international touring cars and a perfect candidate for Gen2. Imagine BMW returning in a black and gold throwback livery in honour of Jim Richards' championship-winning JPS Team BMWs.

Allan Moffat Racing won championships with both Ford and Mazda and four Bathurst 500/1000s with Ford. With Ford Australia pulling its funding in recent seasons, the Ford dealers could go racing yet again under the Moffat Ford Dealers banner with James Moffat leading the way.

Larry Perkins' Perkins Engineering was always a threat at Mount Panorama, using the championship as preparation for the long-distance classic. How about a Perkins Engineering wildcard entry for the Bathurst 1000, complete with Jack Perkins as lead driver in a Castrol-backed #11 Holden entry?

The powerhouse Holden Dealer Team remains the most successful at Mount Panorama with nine Great Race wins. With Holden's support for racing reduced to Triple Eight, what about a rebirth of the Holden Dealer Team with the dealer network backing the motorsport campaign yet again?

Though Team Brock didn't notch up the results that Peter Brock achieved elsewhere, how we'd love to see the #05 still on the grid under the Team Brock banner.

CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of V8X Supercar Magazine issue #96 to read the feature.

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Event Date
Adelaide 500 1-4 March
2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 22-25 March
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint 6-8 April
WD-40 Phillip Island 500 20-22 April
Perth SuperSprint 4-6 May
Winton SuperSprint 18-20 May
CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown 15-17 June
Watpac Townsville 400 6-8 July
Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint 20-22 July
Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint 4 August
The Bend SuperSprint 24-26 August
Sandown 500 14-16 September
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 4-7 October
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 19-21 October
ITM Auckland SuperSprint 2-4 November
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 23-25 November

 

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Scott McLaughlin

3368

 2

 Shane van Gisbergen

3354

 3

 Jamie Whincup 

2935

 4

 Craig Lowndes

2925

 5

 David Reynolds

2687

 6

 Chaz Mostert

2438

 7

 Fabian Coulthard

2354

 8

 Rick Kelly

2354

 9

 Scott Pye

2248

 10

 Nick Percat

2053

 Full points table