Wednesday, 20 September 2017 10:54

Going wild: Next-generation Aussie racers

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Supercars' wildcard initiative has been widely praised for good reason. In allowing wildcard entries into select sprint rounds, the series is not only harking back to the glory days of wildcards but also giving youngsters such as James Golding, Jack Le Brocq, Shae Davies, Todd Hazelwood and Macauley Jones a better transition into the main game.

So while New Zealanders Scott McLaughlin, Shane van Gisbergen, Fabian Coulthard and now Richie Stanaway are taking Supercars by storm, the wildcard initiative and now the Pirtek Endurance Cup is giving a chance for the next-generation Australian racers to show their talent.

Issue #100 is your must-have guide to the Pirtek Endurance Cup, including event previews, team profiles, driver line-up, records, statistics and more.

Issue #100 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 #100.

With Supercars one of the most competitive touring-car series in the world and with a stellar line-up of drivers, cracking the main game can be extremely tough. So this year's wildcard initiative to allow non-main-game drivers to compete at nominated rounds looks like a win-win for the series, the fans and the drivers and teams taking part.

Five young drivers took up the opportunity to contest selected rounds of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship in 2017 in the hope they can do enough to press their claims for full-time drives in 2018.

We interview Golding, Le Brocq, Davies, Hazelwood and Jones to discuss their progress in 2017 and how their plans for full-time drives in Supercars are aligning.

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #100 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