Thursday, 02 March 2017 11:51

Supercars 2017: Seventeen battles to watch

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There are many storylines throughout the field for the 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship season. V8X Supercar Magazine issue #97 looks at the 17 battles to track this season.

Issue #97 is your must-have guide to the new season, including full-field driver profiles, team-by-team changes and event previews. Included with the print edition is a 2017 Freightliner-backed Supercars calendar fridge magnet and V8 champions and Shane van Gisbergen poster.

Issue #97 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 issue #97.

Triple Eight teammates Shane van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup finished one-two in the standings last season. Van Gisbergen prevailed in their first season as teammates, with eight wins to seven, seven pole positions to six, seven fastest laps to five, 18 podiums to 17 and a margin of 200 points. The winner of this head-to-head battle could again be crowned champion.

DJR Team Penske is building a strong case as Triple Eight's strongest opponent with the acquisition of driver Scott McLaughlin, designer/engineer Ludo Lacroix, co-driver Alexandre Prémat and more. But will the Ford team be in a position to challenge for the title just yet?

Sixteen of the 26 entries are Holden VF Commodores in 2017. Volvo's withdrawal leaves just three manufacturers and fewer challenges to Holden. Ford fans will be relying on DJR Team Penske's continued progression and a rejuvenated Prodrive Racing Australia for Blue Oval pride. Meanwhile, Nissan looks increasingly isolated as the last remaining 'new' manufacturer under Car of the Future and still facing questions marks over an engine deficiency compared to the Ford and Holden powerplants.

Dunlop introduces a new-construction tyre in 2017, while the soft tyre (yellow signage) becomes the standard rubber along with the introduction of the new-spec super soft (white signage). Which engineer/ driver combos get on top of the new rubber will likely dictate results in the first part of the season.

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #97 to read the full feature.

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Event Date
Superloop Adelaide 500 February 28-March 3
Melbourne 400 March 14-17
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint April 5-7
WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint April 12-14
Perth SuperNight May 2-4
Winton SuperSprint May 24-26
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown June 14-16
Watpac Townsville 400 July 5-7
Ipswich SuperSprint July 26-28
The Bend SuperSprint August 23-25
ITM Auckland SuperSprint September 13-15
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 October 10-13
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 October 25-27
Sandown 500 November 8-10
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 November 22-24
   

 

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Scott McLaughlin

3944

 2

 Shane van Gisbergen

3873

 3

 Jamie Whincup 

3433

 4

 Craig Lowndes

3153

 5

 David Reynolds

3225

 6

 Chaz Mostert

2807

 7

 Scott Pye

2608

 8

 Rick Kelly

2515

 9

 Fabian Coulthard

2477

 10

 Nick Percat

2290

 Full points table