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Australia's Heartland Sport - V8 Supercars

 

 

Over the past four years, V8 Supercars have enjoyed enormous success both on and off the track.

The V8 Supercar Championship Series is an extraordinary success. It has earned the enviable reputation of being an extremely competitive category of motor racing for Australias elite teams and drivers, and provides quality entertainment for its fans through the closely contested racing between Ford and Holden V8 Supercars.

The Series has grown to become a truly national competition, consisting of thirteen rounds from March through to November - twelve rounds across all mainland states of Australia and one international round hosted in New Zealand. 

In addition, V8 Supercars make a special appearance at the Formula 1 Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne as the major support category.

Heading into the 2002 Season, the teams and drivers stand to make history, when V8 Supercars join the Cart Series in a double header at the Gold Coasts premier sporting event the Honda Indy 300.

For the first time the Indy event will be included as round eleven of the V8 Supercars Championship and fans can expect to see drivers working overtime to control their V8 Supercars on the tight, demanding 4.49km street circuit in the two 100km races.

This is a significant step forward for our category, further cementing V8 Supercars position on the worlds motorsport stage.

Modified race formats and compulsory pit stops - a strategy similar to that used in Formula 1 further strengthens the competition among teams by focusing on driver performance over race distance and teamwork.

Add into the mix the vibrant street circuits in the nations capital to the Party Adelaide, that showcase the diversity and excitement of the category and you can easily see why V8 Supercars is an unparallel Australian success story. 

Sit back and enjoy the action as Season 2002 unfolds.

 

Konica V8 Supercar Series - Building Tomorrow's Stars

 

 

The Konica V8 Supercar Series continues to move from strength to strength, producing some of Australias future motorsport talent. The new V8 Supercar breeding ground fosters the talent of young drivers and helps them prepare to make the transition to the next level of competition. Some of the success stories so far include David Besnard, Simon Wills and Dean Canto.

The Konica Series runs as a separate entity to the main V8 Supercar Championship Series, with a select number of entrants eligible to compete in endurance events such as the Queensland 500 and Bathurst.

The Series has a dedicated television package with each round receiving delayed coverage on Network Tens highly successful Trackside motorsport program.

Boasting exciting action and competition, this years Konica V8 Supercar Series includes five rounds and a special support 30 lap race at the V8 Supercar 1000, Bathurst.

Catch some of Australias brightest talents at a round near you this season.

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Holden


With motor racing playing such a significant part in its heritage, it seemed quite appropriate that 2001 proved to be a record year for Holden both in the showrooms and on the track.

Comfortably winning the sales race, Holdens performance on the racetrack and beyond was like never before, with the highlights including four national championships, two manufacturers crowns, the gruelling Australian Safari and the two biggest V8 races of the year.

In the V8 Supercar Series, the Holden VX Commodore continued the dominating trend of its predecessors, winning more than double the rounds of its arch-rival, the Ford Falcon AU, while Commodore drivers also claimed positions 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 10 in the top 10 point standing for the season.

Holden Racing Teams Mark Skaife backed up his 2000 Shell Championship win by again taking the series for Holden the fourth victory in succession for Commodore and the sixth in nine years of the V8 Supercar era securing the title with a win with Tony Longhurst in the V8 Supercar 1000 at Bathurst.

That win was Holdens 21st at Mount Panorama Holdens unwavering commitment to motor racing over 34 years reflected by its success in Australias great race.

As a direct consequence, Holden owners have benefited over the years with the motor racing program being used as a test bed for engineering improvements, particularly in the areas of brakes, suspensions and aerodynamics.

In 2002 Holdens commitment is even stronger with further emphasis being on its various racing programs, all designed to continue the Holden tradition of winning on the track and in the showrooms.

Drive on.

V8 Supercar Championship Series

 


Holden Commodore VX

 

This is the specification of Holden Commodore VS built by the Holden Racing Team and many vary slightly from cars built by other teams.


Team: 

Holden Racing Team

Vehicle:

VX Holden Commodore

Engine: 

Holden Motorsport 5.0 L fuel injected V8 with HRT developed cylinder heads, intake manifold, exhaust system, and Motec engine management system

Estimated Power: 

480Kw(620bhp) at 7500rpm

Gearbox: 

Hollinger 6 speed

Differential:

HRT developed assembly utilising a 9-inch crown wheel and pinion with fixed ratios of 3.25:1, 3.5:1, 3.7:1.

Suspension:

Front HRT developed McPherson strut with adjustable damper and cockpit adjustable front anti roll bar.

 

Rear 4 link rear suspension with adjustable watts link, coil over adjustable rear dampers with cockpit adjustable rear anti roll bar.

Brakes:

Front AP 6 piston monoblock with 375mm disc.
Rear AP 4 piston monoblock with 340mm disc.
With adjustable front and rear brake bias.

Wheels: 

Speedline 17 x 11 inch

Tyres:

 Dunlop control tyre

Fuel Capacity:

120L

Vehicle Weight:

1350 (category minimum)

Top Speed:

300kph (185mph)

 

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Ford Motor Company

Ford Racing


Ford Racing Australia will mount its largest and most professional assault on the 2002 V8 Supercar Series with 13 factory-supported teams consisting of 18 top-line drivers from Australia, New Zealand and Brazil.

Ford Racing Australias policy of supporting a group of leading teams and not simply having a factory-supported outfit is sure to provide rewards in 2002.

2001 was a solid year for the Blue Oval improving from the pervious years one round win to four overall victories as well as improving pole positions from two to six.

Theres no doubt that last year all the Ford Racing teams made some great strides against the opposition, said General Manager of Ford Racing Australia Howard Marsden.

For 2002 we are aiming to take another step up and truly challenge for the V8 title and return to the winners lists at Australias most important motor race Bathurst.

Theres a true sense of enthusiasm amongst our teams and drivers. This is all important in what is without doubt the closest circuit racing competition anywhere in the world.

From a Ford Racing point of view we will continue to provide financial and the much needed technical assistance to provide our teams with the best opportunity.

Ford Racing Australia will continue to support feeder categories of racing, with the priorities being the Ford Racing Australia Formula Ford Championship and the Ford KartStars Series.

Formula Ford has been the breeding ground for racing drivers in this country and around the world since the 1960s, said Marsden.

Almost everyone on the V8 grid has raced Formula Ford, with a great number of them taking the title.

With Formula Ford and now KartStars going into its third year, Ford Racing Australia is further developing the next generation of Australian V8 heroes.

The success of Formula Ford is already there and will be further on show at the endurance events in Queensland and Bathurst, when the current crop of young guns get their chance alongside todays V8 heroes.

The Ford Racing Australia support for V8s will be backed-up with a determined marketing and public relations strategy, which is sure to benefit not only the Ford Motor Company but also the many sponsors that support the Falcon teams as well as the V8 Championship Series itself.

The benefits of the racing program are not only welcomed by the Ford Motor Company, there is also the great promotional benefit presented to the wide range of corporate sponsors who support our teams, said Marsden.

Ford will promote its drivers through a wide range of commercial and dealer-based programs, with the aim of making the drivers heroes to not only the motor sport fans but more importantly the wider general public.

Amongst our Ford Racing drivers we have some of the most charismatic and popular people in all of Australian sport.

We want the Australian public to embrace these stars like Olympic and football heroes the best way we can do this is have success on the track and market that success to the general public.

2002 is sure to be a challenging year for Ford Racing Australia, but we have now got the ingredients together and we are confident that this year will be a successful one.

Ford Racing Australias 2002 V8 Line-Up
#00 Craig Lowndes, Gibson Motorsport 
#27 Neil Crompton, Gibson Motorsport
#4 Marcos Ambrose, Pirtek Racing
#5 Glenn Seton, Ford Credit Racing
#7 Rodney Forbes, Rodney Forbes Racing
#9 David Besnard, Caltex Havoline Racing
#36 Wayne Gardner, Caltex Havoline Racing
#10 Mark Larkham, Orrcon Streel Racing
#17 Steve Johnson, Shell Helix Racing
#18 Paul Radisich, Shell Helix Racing
#21 Brad Jones, OzEmail Internet Racing
#888 John Bowe, OzEmail Internet Racing
#31 Steve Ellery, Super Cheap Auto Racing
#40 Cameron McLean, Paragon Motorsport
#43 Paul Weel, K & J Thermal Products Racing
#65 Tony Longhurst, Beta Electrical Racing 
#66 Max Wilson, Beta Electrical Racing
#600 Simon Wills, Cat Racing

 

V8 Supercar Championship Series

 

 


Ford Falcon AUXR8

 

 

This is the specification of Stone Brothers Racing and may vary slightly from cars built by other teams.


Team:

Stone Brothers Racing 

Vehicle:

AU Ford Falcon

Engine:

Ford Motorsport 5.0 L fuel injected V8 with SBR developed cylinder heads, intake manifold, exhaust system, and Motec engine management system

Estimated Power: 

480Kw(620bhp) at 7500rpm

Gearbox:

Hollinger 6 speed

Differential: 

SBR developed assembly utilising a 9-inch crown wheel and pinion with fixed ratios of 3.25:1, 3.5:1, 3.7:1.

Suspension:

Front SBR developed Double wishbone suspension with adjustable damper and cockpit adjustable front anti roll bar.

 

Rear 4 link rear suspension with adjustable watts link, coil over adjustable rear dampers with cockpit adjustable rear anti roll bar.

Brakes:

Front AP 6 piston monoblock with 375mm disc.
Rear AP 4 piston monoblock with 340mm disc.
With adjustable front and rear brake bias.

Wheels:

Speedline 17 x 11 inch

Tyres:

Dunlop control tyre

Fuel Capacity:

120L

Vehicle Weight: 

1350 (category minimum)

Top Speed: 

300kph (185mph)