2010 V8 Supercar season

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2010 V8 Supercar season
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The 2010 V8 Supercar season was the fourteenth series in which V8Supercars have contested the senior Australian touring car series. It was the 51st year of touring car racing in Australia since the first runnings of the Australian Touring Car Championship, known today as the V8 Supercar Championship Series, and the fore-runner of the present day Bathurst 1000, the Armstrong 500.

The season began on 18 February at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi and finished on 5 December at the Homebush Street Circuit. 2010 featured the twelfth V8 Supercar Championship Series, consisting of 14 events covering five states and the Northern Territory of Australia as well as events in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and New Zealand. There was also a stand-alone event supporting the 2010 Australian Grand Prix. It also featured the eleventh second-tier Development Series, this year referred to as the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series. It was a seven-round series. A third third-tier series was run, the Shannons V8 Touring Car National Series. Its five-round series was held on Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships events.

Season review[edit]

The first title to be decided saw Tony Evangelou dominate Shannons V8 Touring Car National Series, wrapping up the series a round early at Eastern Creek on 12 September.

Steve Owen clinched the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series with a race to spare, and eventually won the championship by over 300 points, taking four of the seven round victories over the course of the season, and a total of eight race wins. Tim Blanchard finished as season runner-up, taking a round victory at Townsville where he won his only race of the season. Consistent finishing helped James Moffat and Nick Percat – neither won a race – finish in third and fourth places respectively, ahead of David Russell, who won the round at Bathurst. Cameron McConville took the other round win, in a single appearance at Winton, while Taz Douglas, Jack Perkins and Paul Morris each took race victories.

The main V8 Supercar Championship Series was last to be decided, with the championship not being decided until the final race in Homebush on 5 December. James Courtney won his first championship, finishing every race en route to a 65-point title-winning margin over two-time defending champion Jamie Whincup. Courtney's championship was the first for Dick Johnson Racing since John Bowe won the title in 1995.[1] Courtney took five race wins to Whincup's nine, but retirements for the latter at Ipswich and Homebush denied him the opportunity of matching Mark Skaife as a three-time successive champion. Mark Winterbottom finished third in the championship, winning races at Hidden Valley, Townsville and Symmons Plains, as he finished 60 points over Whincup's team-mate Craig Lowndes. Lowndes won the endurance rounds at Phillip Island and Bathurst with Skaife, as well as a solo win at Symmons Plains. Holden Racing Team's Garth Tander rounded out the top five in the drivers' championship, recovering from a poor beginning to the season, taking a double victory in Adelaide, a win (with Cameron McConville) in Surfers Paradise, as well as a victory in the non-championship BRC IMPCO V8 Supercars GP Challenge for V8 Supercar Championship Series competitors.

Other race victories were taken by Lee Holdsworth, Paul Dumbrell, Jonathon Webb and Steve Owen (partnering Whincup in Surfers Paradise), which were the first victories for each driver with the exception of Holdsworth. Triple Eight Race Engineering won the Teams' Championship via the top four championship placings of Whincup and Lowndes.

Race calendar[edit]

Dates sourced from:[2][3]

Race Title Circuit City / State Round Date Winner Team Report
United Arab Emirates Yas V8 400 Yas Marina Circuit Yas Island
United Arab Emirates
VSC 1
VSC 2
18–20 February Jamie Whincup
Jamie Whincup
Triple Eight Race Engineering
Triple Eight Race Engineering
report
Bahrain Desert 400 Bahrain International Circuit Manama
Bahrain
VSC 3
VSC 4
25–27 February Jamie Whincup
Jamie Whincup
Triple Eight Race Engineering
Triple Eight Race Engineering
report
South Australia Clipsal 500 Adelaide Street Circuit Adelaide
South Australia
VSC 5
VSC 6
11–14 March Garth Tander
Garth Tander
Holden Racing Team
Holden Racing Team
report
FVS 1 Steve Owen Greg Murphy Racing
Victoria (Australia) BRC IMPCO V8 Supercars
GP Challenge
Albert Park Melbourne
Victoria
26–28 March Garth Tander Holden Racing Team report
Tasmania Launceston Symmons Plains Raceway Launceston
Tasmania
SVTC 1 10–11 April Terry Wyhoon Image Racing
New Zealand ITM Hamilton 400 Hamilton Street Circuit Hamilton
New Zealand
VSC 7
VSC 8
16–18 April Jamie Whincup
Jamie Whincup
Triple Eight Race Engineering
Triple Eight Race Engineering
report
Queensland Ipswich 300 Queensland Raceway Ipswich
Queensland
VSC 9
VSC 10
30 April - 2 May James Courtney
James Courtney
Dick Johnson Racing
Dick Johnson Racing
report
FVS 2 Steve Owen Greg Murphy Racing
Victoria (Australia) Winton Winton Motor Raceway Benalla
Victoria
VSC 11
VSC 12
14–16 May James Courtney
James Courtney
Dick Johnson Racing
Dick Johnson Racing
report
FVS 3 Cameron McConville Eggleston Motorsport
South Australia Mallala Mallala Motor Sport Park Mallala
South Australia
SVTC 2 29–30 May Tony Evangelou A.N.T. Racing
Northern Territory Skycity Triple Crown Hidden Valley Raceway Darwin
Northern Territory
VSC 13
VSC 14
18–20 June Mark Winterbottom
Jamie Whincup
Ford Performance Racing
Triple Eight Race Engineering
report
Victoria (Australia) Winton Winton Motor Raceway Benalla
Victoria
SVTC 3 26–27 June Tony Evangelou A.N.T. Racing
Queensland Sucrogen Townsville 400 Townsville Street Circuit Townsville
Queensland
VSC 15
VSC 16
9–11 July Jamie Whincup
Mark Winterbottom
Triple Eight Race Engineering
Ford Performance Racing
report
FVS 4 Tim Blanchard Sonic Motor Racing Services
Victoria (Australia) L & H 500 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Phillip Island
Victoria
VSC 17 10–12 September Craig Lowndes
Mark Skaife
Triple Eight Race Engineering report
New South Wales Eastern Creek Eastern Creek Raceway Sydney
New South Wales
SVTC 4 11–12 September Tony Evangelou A.N.T. Racing
New South Wales Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Mount Panorama Circuit Bathurst
New South Wales
VSC 18 7–10 October Craig Lowndes
Mark Skaife
Triple Eight Race Engineering report
FVS 5 David Russell MW Motorsport
Queensland Armor All Gold Coast 600 Surfers Paradise Street Circuit Surfers Paradise
Queensland
VSC 19

VSC 20
21–24 October Garth Tander
Cameron McConville
Jamie Whincup
Steve Owen
Holden Racing Team

Triple Eight Race Engineering
report
Victoria (Australia) Sandown Sandown Raceway Melbourne
Victoria
SVTC 5 23–24 October Tony Evangelou A.N.T. Racing
Tasmania Falken Tasmania Challenge Symmons Plains Raceway Launceston
Tasmania
VSC 21
VSC 22
12–14 November Craig Lowndes
Mark Winterbottom
Triple Eight Race Engineering
Ford Performance Racing
report
Victoria (Australia) Norton 360 Sandown Challenge Sandown Raceway Melbourne
Victoria
VSC 23
VSC 24
19–21 November Paul Dumbrell
James Courtney
Rod Nash Racing
Dick Johnson Racing
FVS 6 Steve Owen Greg Murphy Racing
New South Wales Sydney Telstra 500 Homebush Street Circuit Sydney
New South Wales
VSC 25
VSC 26
3–5 December Jonathon Webb
Lee Holdsworth
Tekno Autosports
Garry Rogers Motorsport
FVS 7 Steve Owen Greg Murphy Racing
  • VSC - V8 Supercar Championship Series
  • SVTC - Shannons V8 Touring Car Series
  • FVS - Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series

V8 Supercar Championship Series[edit]

Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series[edit]

BRC IMPCO V8 Supercars GP Challenge[edit]

Shannons V8 Touring Car National Series[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "James Courtney wins V8 Supercar title". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times. Australian Associated Press. 5 December 2010. Archived from the original on 31 December 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Allan Edwards (13 September 2009). "2010 V8 Supercar calendar announced". Official site of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  3. ^ [1]

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