An exciting program of support categories has been locked in for Winton Raceway’s 2015 V8 Supercars event, to be held from 15-17 May.
The V8 Supercars Dunlop Series, ENZED Touring Car Masters, Kerrick Sports Sedans and Australian Sports Racer National Series will all appear at the nation’s action track as support acts to the main V8 Supercars show.
The V8 Supercars Dunlop Series is considered to be the primary breeding ground for future V8 Supercar stars – its graduates include drivers such as Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 winners Mark Winterbottom, Chaz Mostert and Nick Percat, as well as Scott McLaughlin, Michael Caruso, David Reynolds, James Moffat, Tim Slade, David Wall, Jack Perkins and Dale Wood.
The V8 Supercars Dunlop Series has frequently appeared as a Winton support category, with a number of teams using the facility as their nominated test track.
The ENZED Touring Car Masters is a series for historic touring cars from the period between 1964 and 1976. It attracts iconic muscle cars such as Ford Mustang and Falcon, Holden Monaro and Torana, Chevrolet Camaro and many others. It also attracts some of the most decorated drivers in Australian racing history, with legends like John Bowe, Jim Richards, Andrew Miedecke and Glenn Seton competing in the category.
Touring Car Masters appeared at last year’s Winton event, with Richards taking the round win from Bowe.
The Kerrick Sports Sedans are some of the most exciting tin-top race cars in Australia, featuring highly modified vehicles with lightweight panels and large capacity V8 or highly-tuned turbo or rotary motors. As a round of their national series, the Sports Sedans are expected to attract a quality field with front-runners such as Tony Ricciardello and Darren Hossack likely to battle for outright honours.
The Australian Sports Racer National Series features Le Mans prototype-style sports cars. They are powered by production-based motorcycle engines which rev up to 13,500rpm, and are designed for maximum aerodynamic efficiency and minimum weight. As a result, they are able to carry extremely high corner speeds and achieve scintillating lap times.
Winton Raceway CEO Brian Pearson says the venue is delighted to welcome such a diverse mixture of classes to support the main act.
“There will be something for everyone at this year’s Winton V8 Supercars meeting,” Mr Pearson said.
“At one end of the scale, the V8 Supercars are the main drawcard and some of the sport’s most talented young drivers will be looking to showcase their abilities in the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series.
“Then there will be the raw speed and power of the Sports Sedans, and fans of old-school muscle cars will be catered for by the Touring Car Masters, while those who enjoy more sophistication will love the Sports Racers.
“There will be some new initiatives for this year’s V8 Supercars event, including a new online ticketing system, which we look forward to announcing in the near future,” Mr Pearson concluded.