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SA Great adelaide EDITOR: Stefan Bartholomaeus ART DIRECTOR: Steven Neumann DESIGN: Kirstie Fuentes SALES/MARKETING: Leisa Emberson PARTNERS: Armor All Castrol Edge Coates Hire Crimsafe Finance Ezi IRWIN Pirtek

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As discussed at length elsewhere in this Race Guide, the sheer number of unknowns heading into the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship makes for an exciting prospect. Adding new rules and new marques to the usual off-season team/driver/ engineer/sponsor line-up changes means there’s more intrigue than ever ahead of this weekend’s opening round. It’s worth taking a moment, then, to savour the fact that this momentous occasion will take place in front of a packed house at the history-laden Adelaide street circuit. Not only is the Clipsal 500 a highlight of the V8 Supercars calendar, it sits up there as one of the greatest domestic motor racing events on Earth. In terms of attendance per capita, local media coverage and general community engagement evident around the city in race week, it’s far and away the best of V8 Supercars’ four remaining street events. Looking at raw crowd figures, it compares favourably with anything outside of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, which has the inherit advantage of an enormous home population. Germany’s DTM attracts a larger average event crowd across the season than the V8 Supercars, but its marquee races, such as at the Hockenheimring (road course) and Norisring (street circuit), only rate at half the Clipsal 500’s weekend attendance figure, which is again expected to push 300,000 this year. Likewise, Japan’s popular SuperGT series boasts no event that comes close to Clipsal’s attendance. A lack of any street events admittedly doesn’t help the category’s cause, but it puts the Adelaide event’s success in perspective, regardless. It’s almost unthinkable that, just two years ago, the V8 Supercars Championship season began in front of empty grandstands at Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi. With all the effort that has gone into getting 28 of these Car of the Future specification vehicles on the grid for the opening race, it’s only fitting that they debut on a such a grand and welcoming stage.

Stefan Bartholomaeus

Journalist, Speedcafe.com Editor, Speedcafe Race Guides

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Races 1/2 - Adelaide I Cover Story

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Triple Eight versus FPR The change to the Car of the Future regulations has paved the way for some exciting new entries into the V8 Supercars Championship in 2013, but don’t expect recent pace-setters Triple Eight Race Engineering and Ford Performance Racing to have lost their edge over the off-season. The two teams utterly dominated last year, winning all 30 championship races between them. They both enjoy strong

budgets, immense engineering depth and two of the most imposing driver line-ups in the category - three factors that remain the same year-on-year. Not surprisingly, Triple Eight and FPR were the first two teams to put their new-generation

cars on track in 2012, and had been heavily involved in the formulation of the categorywide technical package from the outset. All Holden teams have had to deal with the late introduction of the VF model Commodore bodywork, but its on-track

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FPR also has new commercial backing in Pepsi Max, but their other changes introducing a fourth car for Alex Davison, restructuring its engineering department and a move from Prodrive to private ownership - do have some potential to upset the applecart.

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Regardless, it’ll take a very impressive effort for anyone to come out of the blocks faster than these two this weekend. It’ll be even more surprising if anyone can beat the Jamie Whincup/Craig Lowndes/Mark Winterbottom/ Will Davison quartet to the title. Parity Having drifted out of the day-to-day V8 Supercars vernacular over the last four years, parity will likely be one of the key talking points all season thanks to the new rules. The category has tried its best to prepare for the new Nissan Altima and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG entries, but balancing the desires of four parties will clearly be more difficult than two.

There is the potential for angst, too, between Nissan and AMG themselves, with the permitted specifications of their respective engines having seemingly been framed around how much time the two teams had to ready their new steeds, rather than a clear and openly discussed single rulebook. Some of the technologies in the E63s at the Sydney test certainly raised eyebrows... Both new brands will start off a little underdone in the horsepower department, but it shouldn’t take them long to catch-up and, potentially, surpass the Ford and Holden units. That’s when the fun will really start.

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characteristics were surely of no surprise to Triple Eight, whose technical director Ludo Lacroix designed the aerodynamic package. The other major change at Triple Eight, moving from Vodafone to Red Bull backing, should only add more pep to the team’s step.

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First and foremost, the fact that the two new brands are both entering with single team representation is a notable departure from the landscape in which previous Ford versus Holden parity wars were waged. Neither Kelly Racing nor Stone Brothers Racing have been consistent winners in recent years, so expect plenty of snide remarks and finger pointing in the paddock if they start picking up too many trophies in their new guises. On the technical front, engines loom as the biggest bone of contention, with V8 Supercars having to equalise the double-overhead-cam powerplants of the new players with the pushrod utilising incumbents.

Fuel economy meanwhile is the biggest unknown. While the majority of the calendar has been changed to reduce the emphasis on frugal consumption, the some of the biggest events - such as the Bathurst 1000 could well be decided by fuel numbers. All-In-One Security

Things should be quieter on the aerodynamic front, although the relatively archaic nature of the category’s open-air testing procedures and the ‘now or never’ pressure of the final aero thanks to the lateness of the E63’s availability do leave some room for arguments further down the road.


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Reliability Like parity, the question of reliability largely went away in the latter years of the previous generation rule package thanks to a full 20 years of mechanical refinement. The number of unknowns with the new car, however, is immense, and no amount of testing at Queensland Raceway, Winton or Sydney Motorsport Park will have been able to prepare the cars for the punishment they’ll endure during two 250km legs around the streets of Adelaide.

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In truth, everything from the new doubleoverhead-cam Nissan and Mercedes engines to the control 18-inch wheels will be put under the microscope in Adelaide. The ability of the cars, particularly the new Independent Rear Suspension set-up, to deal with car-to-car and car-to-wall contact is also currently unclear.

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Engel heads to the Clipsal 500 after just two brief tests in his new SP Tools-backed Mercedes, and will be doing well to keep his team-mates within sight around the streets of Adelaide. Like the Mercedes package, it’s likely that we won’t see the best of Engel for some time yet.

Additionally, the Holden, Nissan and most likely Mercedes teams will all need to be wary of their spare parts supplies throughout the weekend, particularly in the bodywork department. Those unable to keep their cars away from the walls in the lead-up sessions may not even get to see the grid on Sunday. Rookies Four drivers will make their debuts as full-time V8 Supercars Championship drivers this season, headlined by Erebus Motorsport’s left-field recruit Maro Engel. The amiable German arrives into the championship with a wealth of experience in the British Formula 3 Championship, the DTM and various FIA GT3 events. His DTM results weren’t exactly stellar, but by the same token, he was never given the chance to compete with a current generation car.

Three rookies of the remaining rookies- Tim Blanchard, Scott McLaughlin and Scott Pye - are Dunlop Series graduates, while Jonny Reid joins Dick Johnson Racing after two impressive seasons in the Carrera Cup. Blanchard has the most experiencein V8 Supercars after contesting the final six rounds of the last year’s main game with Kelly Racing, but like Reid, has jumped into a less than prepared DJR outfit for the new season, and could struggle. McLaughlin and Pye join Garry Rogers Motorsport and Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport respectively after taking the top two places in last year’s Dunlop Series, and appear capable of pushing the top 20 from the outset. Although Pye is armed with a Triple Eight built-car, one must remember that he only ran one season in the second-tier series compared to the three of McLaughlin. Patience will be key for all five rookies in Adelaide.

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Races 1/2 - Adelaide I Circuit Info

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Adelaide Parklands Street Circuit sreCircuit ntraOverview p munitalp duorp ruO Length: 3.22-kilometres Direction: Clockwise Average speed: 150km/h+ Maximum speed: 250km/h+ Fastest Point: Peter Brock Straight Slowest Point: Turn 9, end of Brabham Straight ™

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Circuit Description The former Formula One venue is renowned for being one of the best street circuits in the world. Shortened from its Grand Prix length by 700 metres, the circuit is very busy from inside the cockpit and, apart from the run down the back straight, gives rivers very few opportunities to relax. The circuit featured major resurfacing work for 2009 as well as new pit lane facilities. The Clipsal 500 Adelaide was first held in 1999 (under the name Sensational Adelaide 500), while the GP-length circuit hosted an American Le Mans Series race on New Years’ Eve in 2000.

Event Format: Friday: Practice will comprise four 30 minutes practice sessions. These are followed by a 20-minute qualifying session and a Top Ten Shootout to decide the grid for Saturday’s first race. Saturday: A 20-minute warm-up in the morning prior to the first 250km race of the weekend in the afternoon. Sunday: A single 20-minute qualifying session determines the grid for the afternoon’s second 250km race of the weekend. Tyre Format: A total of 32 hard compound tyres will be supplied to each entry this weekend. Teams may also bring 12 pre-marked tyres per entry to use in Friday practice.

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ith the debut of all-new ‘Car of the Future’specification machines in the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship, a total of 28 brand new race cars will all be making their racing debut at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide. This is the first time in Australian Touring Car Championship/ V8 Supercars Championship history that an entire field of new cars will be making their racing debut on the one weekend. The breakdown for this season sees 15 of Holden’s Commodore VF take on six Ford Falcon FGs, four Nissan Altimas and three Mercedes-Benz E63 AMGs. Of the 15 Commodores, six have been produced by Triple Eight Race Engineering (for themselves, Tekno Autosports and Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport), four by Walkinshaw Racing (for themselves and Tony D’Alberto Racing), three by Brad Jones Racing and two by Garry Rogers Motorsport.

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he 2013 Clipsal 500 is a history-making event in many ways for Dick Johnson Racing and the Johnson family, although it’s not quite the kind of history that would have been hoping for. With Steven Johnson stepping down from full-time driving duties with Dick Johnson Racing and focusing on his role as General Manager, this year’s Clipsal 500 will be the first time since the final round of the 1980 ATCC at Oran Park that there has not been a member of the Johnson family competing in an ATCC/V8SC event. Since the beginning of the 1981 season there has been a Johnson - whether it be Dick, Steven or both - on the grid for 351 consecutive ATCC/V8SC events, spanning 33 seasons. From the 1999 Queensland 500 onwards, Johnson Jnr has competed in 178 ATCC/V8SC consecutive events. This year will be the first time that a Johnson has not competed in the Clipsal 500 given Dick raced in the inaugural event in 1999 and Steven has driven the team’s #17 entry since 2000.

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On that day - Sunday June 21, 1992 - a young Mark Skaife drove his GT-R to two race wins, the round win and his first of five ATCC/V8SC crowns. Outside of Ford and Holden, Nissan have the most race wins by a manufacturer in the ATCC/V8SC - 28. In a similar vein, the debut of Erebus Motorsport V8 and its three Mercedes-Benz E63 AMGs marks the first time a Mercedes-Benz has competed in an ATCC/V8SC event since 1990. The date was July 16, 1990 at the final round of the Australian Touring Car Championship at Oran Park in Sydney and Phil Ward (who later founded the Aussie Racing Cars category) drove his Mercedes-Benz 190E to 13th overall after qualifying 23rd.

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our-time Clipsal 500 winner and reigning V8 Supercar Champion Jamie Whincup has made the streets of Adelaide his second home. He has led laps in the last 11 races straight in Adelaide. The last time he didn’t lead a lap in a Clipsal race was way back in the Sunday race in 2007! All up he’s led 375 laps of the Clipsal 500 since joining Triple Eight in 2006. That’s a total of 1207.5-kilometres at the front of the pack - or the equivalent of nearly five Clipsal races from start to finish! Whincup sits above all other drivers with four Clipsal 500 wins, four Clipsal pole positions and seven individual race wins at the event.

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hile he may not have won a race at the Clipsal 500 since 2006 and not won the event overall since the first in 1999, Craig Lowndes could create history in Adelaide this weekend. With 89 ATCC/V8SC race wins, he sits one short of record-holder Mark Skaife. One more win will tie Skaife; while two more will give Lowndes the all-time ATCC/V8SC race wins record.

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Races 1/2 - Adelaide I Team Profiles

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The Bagman says... The rule changes heading into the new season ensure that picking a winner in Adelaide is no easy feat. Despite the category-wide upheaval, Triple Eight Race Engineering - under its new guise as Red Bull Racing Australia - and Ford Performance Racing will more than likely remain the teams to beat. In short, it’s hard to look past the reigning champions. Jamie Whincup has won 50 percent of the races he has contested in Adelaide since joining Eight in 2006, with last year’s Saturday performance perhaps his greatest drive ever. The now four-time V8 Supercars Champion was appeared relatively quiet at Sydney’s pre-season test, although it was worth noting that he ended the day as the highest placed man not to run soft tyres. Team-mate Craig Lowndes could well to

trump Whincup this weekend, although he has not won in Adelaide since 2005. Qualifying, and hence pit position, could be vital in this battle. Like Triple Eight, FPR has enjoyed large amount of track time with its Car of the Future offerings ahead of Adelaide, where a victory for Will Davison or Mark Winterbottom would be no great surprise. This team was far from convincing in Sydney though, indicating their tremendous qualifying speed from 2012 should not be assumed. The Holden Racing Team was also outgunned in Sydney, although James Courtney’s morning pace indicated the team’s potential. Garth Tander has traditionally been very strong in Adelaide with HRT, but whether that form will transfer across to the new generation cars remains to be seen. Either way, anything

less than top fives will be disappointing. Of the rest, Brad Jones Racing are likely to come out of the blocks hard, with both Jason Bright and Fabian Coulthard capable of threatening the big guns. The Tekno Holdens of Shane van Gisbergen and Jonathan Webb are also looking stout, with the Kiwi a particularly exciting prospect in his new Triple Eight-sourced equipment. Getting cars to the finish of the gruelling 250km races will be an achievement for all teams, but especially Nissan Motorsport and Erebus Motorsport. Rick Kelly is probably the best chance of seeing either a Nissan or Mercedes in the top 10 by the chequered flag, although that may rely on the unreliability of others. Qualifying will likely be a struggle for all seven newbies, as it will for the largely untested Dick Johnson Racing Falcons.

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Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Holden Commodore VF

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Garth Tander

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VF

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Tony D’Alberto

Tony D’Alberto Racing

Holden Commodore VF

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Lee Holdsworth

Erebus Motorsport

Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG W212

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Mark Winterbottom

Ford Performance Racing

Ford Falcon FG

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Will Davison

Ford Performance Racing

Ford Falcon FG

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Todd Kelly

Nissan Motorsport

Nissan Altima

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Jason Bright

Brad Jones Racing

Holden Commodore VF

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Maro Engel

Erebus Motorsport

Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG W212

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Jonny Reid

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon FG

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Fabian Coulthard

Brad Jones Racing

Holden Commodore VF

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Rick Kelly

Nissan Motorsport

Nissan Altima L33

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Tim Blanchard

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon FG

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Alex Davison

Ford Performance Racing

Ford Falcon FG

Tekno Autosports

Holden Commodore VF

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Brad Jones Racing

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James Courtney

Holden Racing Team

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Scott McLaughlin

Garry Rogers Motorsport

Holden Commodore VF

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Alexandre Premat

Garry Rogers Motorsport

Holden Commodore VF

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Michael Caruso

Nissan Motorsport

Nissan Altima L33

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Tim Slade

Erebus Motorsport

Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG W212

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David Reynolds

Ford Performance Racing

Ford Falcon FG

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Russell Ingall

Walkinshaw Racing

Holden Commodore VF

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Scott Pye

Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport

Holden Commodore VF

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Dean Fiore

Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport

Holden Commodore VF

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Shane van Gisbergen

Tekno Autosports

Holden Commodore VF

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James Moffat

Nissan Motorsport

Nissan Altima L33

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Craig Lowndes

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Holden Commodore VF

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Races 1/2 - Adelaide I Driver Profiles

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Triple Eight Race Engineering Car: Holden Commodore VF Chassis: Triple Eight Race Engineering Engines: KRE Base: Banyo, Queensland Team principal: Roland Dane Team manager: Adrian Burgess Race engineer #1: Mark Dutton Race engineer #888: Jeromy Moore Championships: 4 (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012)

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Team: Red Bull Racing Australia Date of Birth: 6 February 1983 Born: Melbourne, Victoria Lives: Gold Coast, Queensland V8SC debut: Queensland, 2002 V8SC race wins: 64 Best championship finish: 1st (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012) Other career highlights: 1st 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2012 Bathurst 1000, 1st 2007 Sandown 500, 2002 Australian Formula Ford Champion Twitter: @jamiewhincup

Team: Red Bull Racing Australia Born: 21 June 1974 Born: Melbourne, Victoria Lives: Wamuran, Queensland V8SC debut: Calder Park, 1996 V8SC race wins: 89 Best Championship finish: 1st (1996, 1998, 1999) Other career highlights: 1996, 1998 & 1999 V8 Supercars Champion, 1st 1996, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010 Bathurst 1000, 1993 Australian Formula Ford Champion Twitter: @craiglowndes888

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Walkinshaw Racing Car: Holden Commodore VF Chassis: Walkinshaw Racing Engines: Walkinshaw Racing Base: Clayton, Victoria Team principal: Steve Hallam Performance director: Tony Dowe Race engineers #2: Scott Sinclair/Jason Bush Race engineers #22: Rob Starr/Alastair McVean Race engineers #66: Rob Starr/Bryce Seals Championships: 6 (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007)

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Team: Holden Racing Team Date of Birth: March 31, 2977 Born: Perth, Western Australia Lives: Melbourne Victoria V8SC debut: Phillip Island, 1998 V8SC race wins: 50 Best championship finish: 1st (2007) Other career highlights: 1st 2000, 2009 & 2011 Bathurst 1000, 1997 Australian Formula Ford Champion Twitter: @garthtander

Team: Holden Racing Team Date of Birth: June 29, 1980 Born: Penrith, New South Wales Lives: Gold Coast, Queensland V8SC debut: Sandown, 2005 V8SC race wins: 9 Best Championship finish: 1st (2010) Other career highlights: 2001 British Formula Ford Champion, 2002 Jaguar F1 test driver, 2000 British Formula Ford Champion Twitter: @JCourtney01

Garth Tander

James Courtney

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Tony D’Alberto Racing Car: Holden Commodore VF Chassis: Walkinshaw Racing Engines: Walkinshaw Racing Base: Ringwood, Victoria Team principal: Al D’Alberto Team manager: Dylan Napier Race engineer #3: Joe Sasso/Terry Kerr Championships: 0

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Team: Supercheap Auto Racing Date of Birth: February 24, 1964 Born: London, England Lives: Gold Coast, Queensland V8SC debut: Calder, 1996 V8SC race wins: 27 Best Championship finish: 1st (2005) Other career highlights: 1st 1995 & 1997 Bathurst 1000,1st 1998 Sandown 500 & 1999 Queensland 500, 1993 British Formula Ford Champion Twitter: @russellingall

Team: Team Hiflex Date of Birth: December 9, 1985 Born: Melbourne, Victoria Lives: Melbourne, Victoria V8SC debut: Sandown, 2005 V8SC race wins: 0 Best Championship finish: 20th (2010) Other career highlights: 1st 2007 V8 Supercars Development Series, 6th 2007 Bathurst 1000, 5th 2005 V8 Supercars Development Series, 9th 2011 Bathurst 1000 Twitter: @TonyDalberto

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Erebus Motorsport Car: Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Chassis: Erebus/AMG Customer Sports Engines: Erebus/ AMG Customer Sports Base: Yatala, Queensland Team principal: Betty Klimenko Team manager: David Stuart Race engineer #4: Brad Wischusen Race engineer #9: Chris Stuckey Race engineer #47: Wes McDougall Championships: 3 (2003, 2004, 2005) All titles won as Stone Brothers Racing

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Team: IRWIN Racing Date of Birth: February 2, 1983 Born: Brisbane, Queensland Lives: Gold Coast, Queensland V8SC debut: Sandown, 2004 V8SC race wins: 2 Best championship finish: 7th (2010) Other career highlights: 1st 2010 V8 Supercars Race 26 (Sydney), 1st 2007 V8 Supercars Round 8 (Oran Park), 3rd 2009 Bathurst 1000, 8th 2012 V8 Supercars Championship Twitter: @LeeHoldsworth

Team: SP Tools Racing Date of Birth: August 27, 1985 Born: Munich, Germany Lives: Gold Coast, Queensland/Monaco V8SC debut: Adelaide, 2013 V8SC race wins: N/A Best championship finish: N/A Career Highlights: 2nd 2007 British Formula 3 Championship, 5th 2006 British Formula 3 Championship, 12th 2009 DTM season, 6th 2009 DTM Hockenheim Twitter: @MaroEngel

Lee Holdsworth

Maro Engel

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Tim Slade Team: HHA Racing Date of Birth: August 3, 1985 Born: Hornsby, New South Wales Lives: Gold Coast, Queensland V8SC debut: Adelaide, 2009 V8SC race wins: 0 Best Championship finish: 5th (2012) Other career highlights: Pole Position Race 30 2012 V8 Supercars Championship, 2nd 2005 Australian Formula Ford Championship, 7th 2008 V8 Supercars Development Series Twitter: @timslade47

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Ford Performance Racing Car: Ford Falcon FG Chassis: Ford Performance Racing Engines: Ford Performance Racing Base: Campbellfield, Victoria Team principal: Tim Edwards Team manager: Chris O’Toole Race engineer #5: James Small Race engineer #6: Grant McPherson Race engineer #18: Campbell Little Race engineer #55: Nathaniel Osborne Championships: 0

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Team: Pepsi Max Crew FPR Date of Birth: May 20, 1981 Born: Sydney, New South Wales Lives: Melbourne, Victoria V8SC debut: Sandown, 2003 V8SC race wins: 21 Best championship finish: 2nd (2008) Other career highlights: 1st 2006 Sandown 500, 1st 2003 V8 Supercars Development Series , 2nd 2008 V8 Supercars Championship, 2nd 2002 Australian Formula Ford Championship Twitter: @MWinterbottom

Team: Pepsi Max Crew FPR Date of Birth: August 30, 1982 Born: Melbourne, Victoria Lives: Melbourne, Victoria V8SC debut: Winton, 2004 V8SC race wins:14 Best Championship finish: 2nd (2009) Other career highlights: 1st 2009 Bathurst 1000, 1st 2009 Phillip Island 500, 2nd 2009 V8 Supercars Championship, 2001 Australian Formula Ford Champion Twitter: @Will_Davison

Mark Winterbottom

Will Davison

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Team: Team Jeld-Wen Date of Birth: November 3, 1979 Born: Melbourne, Victoria Lives: Gold Coast, Queensland V8SC debut: Sandown, 2004 V8SC race wins: 0 Best championship finish: 11th (2011) Other career highlights: 2004 Australian Carrera Cup Champion, 2nd 2006 & 2007 Australian Carrera Cup Championship, 3rd 1999 Australian Formula Ford Championship Twitter: @alexdavison79

Team: The Bottle-O Racing Date of Birth: July 3, 1985 Born: Albury, NSW Lives: Melbourne, Victoria V8SC debut: Sandown, 2007 V8SC race wins: 0 Best championship finish: 9th (2012) Other career highlights: 2007 Australian Carrera Cup Champion, 2004 Australian Formula Ford Champion, 4th 2008 V8 Supercars Development Series Twitter: @daffidreynolds

Alex Davison

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David Reynolds

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Nissan Motorsport Car: Nissan Altima L33 Chassis: Nissan Motorsport Engines: Nissan Motorsport Base: Braeside, Victoria Team principals: Todd and Rick Kelly Team manager: Rob Crawford Race engineer #7: Perry Kapper Race engineer #15: Erik Pender Race engineer #36: Steven Todkill Race engineer #360: Alex Somerset Championships: 0

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Team: Jack Daniel’s Racing Date of Birth: October 9, 1979 Born: Mildura, Victoria Lives: Melbourne, Victoria V8SC debut: Eastern Creek, 1999 V8SC race wins: 19 Best championship finish: 5th (2005) Other career highlights: 1st 2005 Bathurst 1000, 1st 2003 Sandown 500, 2nd 1998 Australian Drivers’ Championship, 2nd 2006 Bathurst 1000, 2nd 2006 Bathurst 1000 Twitter: -

Team: Jack Daniel’s Racing Date of Birth: January 17, 1983 Born: Mildura, Victoria Lives: Melbourne, Victoria V8SC debut: Queensland, 2001 V8SC race wins: 12 Best championship finish: 9th (2012) Other career highlights: 2006 V8 Supercars Champion, 1st 2003 & 2004 Bathurst 1000 , 2001 Australian Drivers’ Champion, 2nd 2000 Australian Formula Ford Championship Twitter: @rickkelly

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Team: Norton 360 Racing Date of Birth: May 25, 1983 Born: Sydney, New South Wales Lives: Melbourne, Victoria V8SC debut: Bathurst, 2006 V8SC race wins: 1 Best championship finish: 11th (2009, 2010) Other career highlights: 2003 Australian Formula 3 Champion, 3rd 2009 Bathurst 1000, 1st 2009 V8 Supercars Race 10 (Hidden Valley), 2nd 2007 V8 Supercars Development Series Twitter: @michaelcarus0

Team: Norton 360 Racing Date of Birth: June 18, 1984 Born: Melbourne, Victoria Lives: Melbourne Victoria V8SC debut: Phillip Island, 2010 V8SC race wins: 0 Best championship finish: 21st (2012) Other career highlights: 2nd 2009 V8 Development Series, 3rd 2008 Australian Carrera Cup Championship, 3rd 2007 Australian Formula Ford Championship Twitter: @J_Moffat

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Brad Jones Racing Car: Holden Commodore VF Chassis: Brad Jones Racing Engines: Noonan Race Engineering Base: Albury, Victoria Team principals: Brad and Kim Jones Team manager: Chris Clark Race engineer #8: Andrew Edwards Race engineer #14: Phil Keed Race engineer #21: TBA Championships: 0

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Team: Team BOC Date of Birth: March 7, 1973 Born: Moe, Victoria Lives: Melbourne, Victoria V8SC debut: Symmons Plains, 1997 V8SC race wins: 30 Best Championship finish: 3rd (2001, 2004) Other career highlights: 1st 1998 Bathurst 1000, 1995 Australian Formula Ford Champion, 1997 Australian Drivers’ Champion, 1st 2006 Sandown 500 Twitter: @iJasonBright

Team: Lockwood Racing Date of Birth: July 28, 1982 Born: Burnley, England Lives: Melbourne, Victoria V8SC debut: Oran Park, 2004 V8SC race wins: 0 Best championship finish: 11th (2012) Other career highlights: 2005 Australian Carrera Cup Champion, 2001 NZ Formula Ford Champion, 3rd 2004 Australian Carrera Cup, 4th 2000 NZ Formula Ford Championship Twitter: @FabianCoulthard

Jason Bright

Fabian Coulthard

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David Wall Team: Wilson Security Racing Date of Birth: January 1, 1983 Born: Sydney, NSW Lives: Sydney, NSW V8SC debut: Sandown, 2009 V8SC race wins: 0 Best championship finish: 25th (2012) Other career highlights: 2009 & 2010 Australian GT Champion, 3rd 2007 Australian GT Championship, 11th 2011 V8 Supercars Development Series Twitter: -

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Dick Johnson Racing Car: Ford Falcon FG Chassis: Pace Innovations/FPR Engines: InnoV8 Race Engines Base: Yatala, Queensland Team principal: Dick Johnson Team manager: TBA Race engineer #12: TBA Race engineer #17: TBA Championships: 7 (1981, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1995, 2010)

#12

#17

Team: Dick Johnson Racing Date of Birth: October 18, 1983 Born: Auckland, New Zealand Lives: V8SC debut: Bathurst, 2003 V8SC race wins: TBA Best championship finish: 58th Other career highlights: 2nd 2010 & 2011 Australian Carrera Cup Championship, 2002/03 New Zealand Formula Ford Champion, 7 x A1 GP race wins Twitter: @jonnyreidracing

Team: Dick Johnson Racing Date of Birth: June 30, 1987 Born: Melbourne, Victoria Lives: Melbourne, Victoria V8SC debut: Phillip Island, 2010 V8SC race wins: 0 Best championship finish: 32nd (2012) Other career highlights: 1st 2007 Australian Formula Ford Championship, 2nd 2008 British Formula Ford Championship, 5th 2011 V8 Development Series Twitter: @TimBlanchard3

Jonny Reid

Tim Blanchard

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Tekno Autosports Car: Holden Commodore VF Chassis: Triple Eight Engines: KRE Base: Stapylton, Queensland Team principal: Jonathon Webb Team manager: Bruce Jenkins Race engineer #19: Dr Geoff Slater Race engineer #97: Blake Smith Championships: 0

#19

#97

Team: Tekno Autosports Date of Birth: December 10, 1983 Born: Castle Hill, New South Wales Lives: Gold Coast, Queensland V8SC debut: Sandown, 2006 V8SC race wins: 1 Best championship finish: 12th (2012) Other career highlights: 1st 2009 V8 Supercars Development Series, 3rd 2005 Australian Carrera Cup Championship, 2010 V8 Supercars Race 26 winner Twitter: @JonathonWebb

Team: VIP Petfoods Racing Date of Birth: May 9, 1989 Born: Auckland, New Zealand Lives: Gold Coast, Queensland V8SC debut: Oran Park, 2007 V8SC race wins: 2 Best championship finish: 6th (2012) Other career highlights: 1st 2011 ITM400 Hamilton (Race 6), 1st 2011 Skycity Triple Crown (Race 12), 2005/06 NZ FFord Champion, 2nd 2006/07 Toyota Racing Series Twitter: @shanevg91

Jonathon Webb

Shane van Gisbergen

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Garry Rogers Motorsport Car: Holden Commodore VF Chassis: Garry Rogers Motorsport Engines: Walkinshaw Racing Base: Knoxfield, Victoria Team principal: Garry Rogers Team manager: Dean Cowling Race engineer #33: Race engineer #34: Championships: 0

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#34

Team: Fujitsu Racing Date of Birth: June 10, 1993 Born: Christchurch, New Zealand Lives: Melbourne, Victoria V8SC debut: Sandown, 2012 V8SC race wins: 0 Best championship finish: 33rd (2012) Other career highlights: 1st 2012 V8 Supercars Development Series, 1st 2012 New Zealand V8 SuperTourer Series, 4th 2011 V8 Supercars Development Series Twitter: @smclaughlin93

Team: Fujitsu Racing Date of Birth: April 5, 1982 Born: Juvisy-sur-Orge, France Lives: Melbourne, Victoria V8SC debut: Adelaide, 2012 V8SC race wins: 0 Best championship finish: 27th (2012) Other career highlights: 2008 Le Mans Series Champion, 1st 2005-06 A1 GP Series (Team France), 1st 2004 Macau Grand Prix, 1st 2004 Masters of Formula 3 Twitter: @AlexandrePremat

Scott McLaughlin

Alexandre Premat

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Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Car: Holden Commodore VF Chassis: Triple Eight Engines: KRE Base: Nunawading, Victoria Team principal: Lucas Dumbrell Team manager: TBA Race engineer #80: Brendan Hogan Race engineer #88: David Cauchi Championships: 0

#80

#88

Team: Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Date of Birth: January 1990 Born: Mount Gambier, South Australia Lives: Melbourne, Victoria V8SC debut: Sandown, 2012 V8SC race wins: 0 Best championship finish: 56th (2012) Other career highlights: 2nd 2012 V8 Supercars Development Series 2010 British Formula Ford Champion, 3rd 2009 Australian Formula Ford Championship Twitter: @scottpye19

Team: Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Date of Birth: December 1, 1983 Born: Kalgoorlie, Western Australia Lives: Gold Coast, Queensland V8SC debut: Adelaide, 2009 V8SC race wins: 0 Best championship finish: 19th (2012) Other career highlights: 2nd 2008 Australian Carrera Cup Championship, 4th 2005 Australian Formula Ford Championship, 5th 2007 Australian Carrera Cup Championship Twitter: @deanfiore

Scott Pye

Dean Fiore

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Races 1/2 - Adelaide I Race Stats

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Past Clipsal 500 Race Winners Year

Driver

Team

Car

1999

Craig Lowndes

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VT

Craig Lowndes

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VT

Craig Lowndes

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VT

Mark Skaife

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VT

Craig Lowndes

Gibson Motorsport

Ford Falcon AU

Jason Bright

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VX

Mark Skaife

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VX

Mark Skaife

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VX

Marcos Ambrose

Stone Brothers Racing

Ford Falcon BA

Mark Skaife

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VY

Marcos Ambrose

Stone Brothers Racing

Ford Falcon BA

Marcos Ambrose

Stone Brothers Racing

Ford Falcon BA

Marcos Ambrose

Stone Brothers Racing

Ford Falcon BA

Marcos Ambrose

Stone Brothers Racing

Ford Falcon BA

Craig Lowndes

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon BA

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon BA

Todd Kelly

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VE

Rick Kelly

HSV Dealer Team

Holden Commodore VE

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon BF

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon BF

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon FG

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon FG

Garth Tander

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VE

Garth Tander

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VE

Garth Tander

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VE

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Holden Commodore VE

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Holden Commodore VE

Will Davison

Ford Performance Racing

Ford Falcon FG

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

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Recent ATCC/V8SC Champions Year

Driver

Team

Car

1980

Peter Brock

Marlboro Holden Dealer Team

Holden Commodore VB

1981

Dick Johnson

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon XD

1982

Dick Johnson

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon XD

1983

Allan Moffat

Peter Stuyvesant Racing

Mazda RX-7

1984

Dick Johnson

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford XE Falcon

1985

Jim Richards

JPS Team BMW

BMW 635CSi

1986

Robbie Francevic

Volvo Dealer Team

Volvo 240T

1987

Jim Richards

JPS Team BMW

BMW M3 E30

1988

Dick Johnson

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Sierra RS500

1989

Dick Johnson

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Sierra RS500

1990

Jim Richards

Gibson Motor Sport

Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R, R32 GT-R

1991

Jim Richards

Gibson Motor Sport

Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R

1992

Mark Skaife

Winfield Team Nissan

Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R

1993

Glenn Seton

Glenn Seton Racing

Ford Falcon EB

1994

Mark Skaife

Gibson Motor Sport

Holden Commodore VP

1995

John Bowe

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon EF

1996

Craig Lowndes

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VR

1997

Glenn Seton

Glenn Seton Racing

Ford Falcon EL

1998

Craig Lowndes

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VS/VT

1999

Craig Lowndes

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VS/VT

2000

Mark Skaife

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VT

2001

Mark Skaife

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VX

2002

Mark Skaife

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VX

2003

Marcos Ambrose

Stone Brothers Racing

Ford Falcon BA

2004

Marcos Ambrose

Stone Brothers Racing

Ford Falcon BA

2005

Russell Ingall

Stone Brothers Racing

Ford Falcon BA

2006

Rick Kelly

Toll HSV Dealer Team

Holden Commodore VZ

2007

Garth Tander

Toll HSV Dealer Team

Holden Commodore VE

2008

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon BF

2009

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon FG

2010

James Courtney

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon FG

2011

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Holden Commodore VE

2012

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Holden Commodore VE

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Races 1/2 - Adelaide I Event Schedule

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Schedule of Events Thursday Start 0810 0840 0910 0945 1050 1120 1155 1230 1305 1340 1410 1445 1535 1610

Finish 0825 0855 0930 1030 1105 1140 1215 1250 1325 1400 1425 1515 1555

Category Entertainment Session Aussie Racing Cars Carrera Cup Dunlop Series Entertainment Session Australian GT V8 Ute Series Carrera Cup Aussie Racing Cars Australian GT Entertainment Session Dunlop Series V8 Ute Series V8 Supercars

Duration 15 minutes 15 minutes 20 minutes 45 minutes 15 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 15 minutes 30 minutes 20 minutes

1610 1645 1715 1755

1630 1700 1735 1815

Carrera Cup Aussie Racing Cars Australian GT Dunlop Series

20 minutes 15 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes

Saturday Session Ken Block practice Practice 1 Practice 1 Practice 1 Ken Block Practice 1 Practice 1 Practice 2 Qualifying Practice 2 Ken Block Practice 2 Practice 2 Competitors’ Team Managers Briefing Qualifying Race 1 (7 laps) Qualifying Meeting Rides

Friday Start 0750 0830 0905 0955 1040 1115 1200 1230 1315 1345 1430 1505 1540 1610 1655 1735 1740 1745 1835

Finish

0850 0935 1025 1055 1145 1215 1300 1330 1415 1450 1525 1555 1640 1715

1855

Category Dunlop Series V8 Ute Series V8 Supercars Dunlop Series Entertainment Session V8 Supercars Aussie Racing Cars V8 Supercars Entertainment Session V8 Supercars Carrera Cup V8 Supercars Entertainment Session V8 Supercars V8 Ute Series Dunlop Series Dunlop Series Dunlop Series V8 Supercars

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30 minutes 20 minutes

Session Competitors and Drivers Briefing Qualifying Practice – Part 1 Qualifying Ken Block Practice – Part 2 Race 2 (7 laps) Practice – Part 3 Ken Block Practice – Part 4 Race 1 (12 laps) Qualifying Drag Demonstration Top Ten Shootout Race 1 (8 laps) Pit Exit open Pit Exit close Race 1 (20 laps) Meeting Rides

Start 0845 0920 0950 1025 1100 1130 1200 1235 1240 1245

Finish 0905 0935 1010 1045 1115 1145 1215

1340 1400 1405 1410 1420 1450

1355

Category V8 Supercars Aussie Racing Cars Carrera Cup V8 Ute Series Entertainment Session Entertainment Session Entertainment Session Dunlop Series Dunlop Series Dunlop Series Dunlop Series

Duration 20 minutes 15 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 15 minutes 15 minutes 15 minutes

35 minutes

Entertainment Session 15 minutes V8 Supercars V8 Supercars 45 minute V8 Supercars V8 Supercars V8 Supercars V8 Supercars

1730

1830

Australian GT Murray Walker Trophy

Start 0845 0915 0945

Finish 0900 0930 1015

Category Aussie Racing Cars Entertainment Session Australian GT

1030 1105 1140 1215 1240 1310 1345 1400 1405 1410 1420 1435

1045 1125 1200 1230 1300 1330 1400

Entertainment Session V8 Supercars V8 Ute Series Entertainment Session Drivers Parade & Photo Carrera Cup Entertainment Session V8 Supercars V8 Supercars 30 minute V8 Supercars V8 Supercars V8 Supercars

Session Warm up Race 3 (7 laps) Race 2 (12 laps) Race 2 (8 laps) Ken Block Drag Demonstration Clipsal Demonstration Pit Exit open Pit Exit close Race 2 (23 laps) Podium Ken Block Fuel check signal Pit Exit Open Pit Exit Closed Race 1 (78 laps or 1710 + 1 lap) Podium

58 minutes + Race 1 1 lap

Sunday

1650

Duration 15 minutes 15 minutes 29 minutes + 1 lap 15 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 15 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 15 minutes

Session Race 4 (7 laps) Drag Demonstration Race 2

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