BAHRAIN is out, Perth is back in and the mid-season break has been dropped from next year’s V8 Supercar Series calendar. V8 Supercars Australia also announced a new agreement to continue to compete at Queensland Raceway. Bahrain was dropped because of ‘‘congestion of the circuit’s international racing calendar’’. However, the season will begin in the Middle East on February 10-12 at Abu Dhabi. Adelaide and Sydney will again start and end the Australian rounds in March and December. The Gold Coast round remains in October, but won’t clash with a Formula One race, allowing more ex-F1 racers to compete. Next year’s V8 Supercar calendar: Feb 10-12: Yas V8 400, Abu Dhabi Mar 17-20: Clipsal 500, Adelaide (F) Mar 24-27: Australian GP, Melbourne* April 15-17: Hamilton, NZ May 6-8: Barbagallo, Perth (F) May 20-22: Winton, Victoria June 17-19: Hidden Valley, Darwin July 8-10: Townsville 400 (F) Aug 19-21: Queensland Raceway, Ipswich (F) Sep 16-18: L&H 500, Phillip Island Oct 6-9: Bathurst 1000 (F) Oct 21-23: Gold Coast 600 Nov 11-13: Symmons Plains, Tas Nov 18-20: Sandown Challenge, Melbourne (F) Dec 2-4: Telstra 500, Sydney (F) Jan 29: Pre-Season Test Day, Eastern Creek, Sydney *Denotes non-championship event. (F) Denotes Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series
AMERICAN riders continue to dominate in the Australian Super X series. Justin Brayton, Josh Hansen and Kevin Windham again claimed all podium positions in round three at Launceston. Brayton won three of the four seven-lap sprints with Hansen winning the third race and remaining on top in the standings. Top Australians were Yamaha rider Jay Marmont, fourth, and Suzuki’s Jake Moss who had the fastest lap time of the night and finished fifth. The next round is in Auckland on November 13.
Karts in Vegas
AUSTRALIA’S top kart racers are heading to Las Vegas to compete in one of the world’s biggest karting events, the SuperNationals. Winner of this year’s CIK Stars of Karting Series, Matthew Wall, of Victoria, received funding towards the trip. He will be accompanied on the 40-kart international grid by second-placed Kel Treseder of Bundaberg. They will race in the main event that last year attracted seven-time world Formula One Champion Michael Schumacher and world karting champions Marco Ardigo, Bas Lammers, David Fore and Jonathan Thonon.
JOHN Bowe is in a race against time to have his classic 1969 Ford Mustang repaired for his home event at Symmons Plains, Tasmania, next week. A major engine failure sidelined him from the Bathurst round of the Touring Car Masters.