VSR V8 Trophy
|Constructors||Chevrolet, Ford, Pontiac|
|Drivers' champion||Colin White|
|Official website||VSR V8 Trophy|
VSR V8 Trophy was a stock car racing series that raced at circuits around the UK, with a date in northern France at Croix en Ternois. The series has now become part of the European Late Model Series, racing in Belgium and the UK.
The series went multiple revisions since its inaugural year in 2001:
From 2001 to 2003 the series was known as ASCAR. In 2003 the series took on the additional name of "Days of Thunder" after the film of the same name. This was done as a marketing tool as starting in this year they promoted the series as a day out for all the family and had appearances from bands such as Busted and The Darkness. The series was still officially known as ASCAR.
In 2004 the ASCAR label was dropped completely and the series was labelled as the "Days of Thunder Racing Series".
2005 saw the series renamed "Stock Car Speed Association" (SCSA) after a link-up with the American Speed Association and incorporated the Pickup Truck Racing Series under the same banner, which had accompanied the races since 2003.
In 2006 the SCSA and Pickup Truck Racing ran at Rockingham as part of the Thunder Sundays package organised by the BRSCC.
The SCSA name remained for 2007; as part of a new sponsorship deal competitors will be competing for the 'SCSA MAC Tools V8 Trophy'. On Wednesday 5 September, British Motorsport publication Motorsport News reported that the SCSA would come to an end after the final race of this season.
However, the teams, and the organisers of the Mac Tools V8 Trophy vowed to continue in 2008, whether as a MSA Sanctioned championship, or just as a "series".
2008 heralded new direction for the series with a focus on road courses due to a lack of dates offered by the oval tracks. The cars ran as part of the VSR Series, with the stock cars known as the VSR V8 Trophy.
In 2009 the series joined with CAMSO V8 to form the new European Late Model Series
Between 2004 and 2007 all of the SCSA's races were held at Rockingham. They have also raced at Eurospeedway in Germany but have not been there since 2003 due to the costs involved and the projected grid numbers of cars willing to make the journey.
The 2008 race dates were:
- 30 March ... Snetterton
- 12 Apr ... Cadwell Park
- 31 May ... Lydden
- 15 Jun ... Brands Hatch
- 26/27 Jul ... Croix en Ternois
- 25 Aug ... Snetterton
- 06/07 Sep ... Pembrey
- 28 Sep ... Mallory Park
- 25/26 Oct ... Brands Hatch
- 01/02 Nov ... Snetterton