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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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