Dunlop V8 Supercar Series

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Dunlop V8 Supercar Series
Dunlop series logo.jpg
Category Touring car racing
Country Australia
Inaugural season 2000
Drivers 30
Teams 17
Constructors 2
Engine suppliers 5.0 litre pushrod V8
Tyre suppliers Dunlop
Drivers' champion Australia Dale Wood
Teams' champion MW Motorsport
Official website v8supercar.com.au
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The Dunlop V8 Supercar Series is an Australian touring car racing competition, specifically the second tier series for V8 Supercars competitors. Competing vehicles are older than those utilised in the V8 Supercars Championship series and are run by smaller teams with lower budgets. Approximately half the teams are for 'gentleman racers', while some team owners will put a young emerging driver into the car and team they own. The series runs half the number of events that the V8 Supercars Championship runs.

The series was first held in 2000 as the 2000 Konica V8 Lites Series and this inaugural contest was won by Dean Canto. Towards the end of the season Stone Brothers Racing entered a car for David Besnard as preparation for the long distance races, in the main V8 Supercar series, the Queensland 500 and the Bathurst 1000, which unlike the other races require two drivers for each competing vehicle. Since then main series teams have used the series to help get their endurance co-drivers up-to-speed, or have employed drivers competing for other Fujitsu Series teams. While originally Fujitsu Series teams were allowed to enter main series events, this has since been discontinued as all main series events are limited to those teams carrying valid franchise slots for the main series, although in limited circumstances Fujitsu series teams have been able to lease entries from main series teams.

The 2007 champion, Tony D'Alberto, drove for the Tony D'Alberto Racing team, and like many of his predecessors, graduated to the V8 Supercar series in 2008, again with the family team.

For the 2009 series onward there will be no stand alone Fujitsu Series events, instead the whole series will be a support series for the top tier V8 Supercar Championship Series.

This series carries the colloquial title of 'Development Series' which was the name given to the series by V8 Supercar Australia between the 2004 and 2005 seasons. The colloquial title is referred to in many conversations, even though there has never been a Development Series race because a naming rights sponsor was found before the start of the 2005 season.

Champions[edit]

The Holden VZ Commodore of Marcus Zukanovic at the Adelaide Parklands Circuit for the opening round of the 2010 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series.
The Ford BF Falcon of John McIntyre at the Adelaide Parklands Circuit for the opening round of the 2010 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series.
Season Series Name Series Winner Car Team
2000 Konica V8 Lites Series Australia Dean Canto Ford EL Falcon Dean Canto Racing
2001 Konica V8 Supercar Series New Zealand Simon Wills Holden VT Commodore Team Dynamik
2002 Konica V8 Supercar Series Australia Paul Dumbrell Holden VX Commodore Independent Race Cars Australia
2003 Konica V8 Supercar Series Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford AU Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
2004 Konica Minolta V8 Supercar Series Australia Andrew Jones Ford AU Falcon Brad Jones Racing
2005 HPDC V8 Supercar Series Australia Dean Canto Ford BA Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2006 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series Australia Adam Macrow Ford BA Falcon Howard Racing
2007 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series Australia Tony D'Alberto Holden VZ Commodore Tony D'Alberto Racing
2008 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series Australia Steve Owen Holden VZ Commodore Scott Loadsman Racing
2009 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series Australia Jonathon Webb Ford BF Falcon MW Motorsport
2010 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series Australia Steve Owen Holden VE Commodore Greg Murphy Racing
2011 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series Australia Andrew Thompson Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering
2012 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series New Zealand Scott McLaughlin Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
Matt Stone Racing
2013 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series Australia Dale Wood Ford FG Falcon MW Motorsport


Records[edit]

Driver championships Driver starts Driver round wins Driver race wins Team round wins
Pos. Driver Titles Pos. Driver Starts Pos. Driver Wins Pos. Driver Wins Pos. Team Wins
1 Dean Canto 2 1 Aaron McGill 67 1 Steve Owen 10 1 Dean Canto 21 1 Howard Racing 11
Steve Owen 2 2 Geoff Emery 54 2 Dean Canto 9 2 Steve Owen 20 MW Motorsport 11
3 10 drivers with single championships 3 Marcus Zukanovic 52 3 Andrew Thompson 8 3 Paul Dumbrell 19 3 Dick Johnson Racing 9
4 Mark Howard 39 4 Adam Macrow 7 4 Andrew Thompson 16 4 Stone Brothers Racing 7
Drew Russell 39 Paul Dumbrell 7 5 Owen Kelly 13 Triple Eight Race Engineering 7
Note: bold text indicates active drivers and teams.
* Figures accurate to Round 5 of 2014 season.

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