The United States has NASCAR. The French have Formula One. And it appears that the dominant name in Australian v8 racing is the Supercars Championship. This touring car racing company holds events all across the country with hundreds of thousands of people coming out to see the races.
There are requirements that must be met before joining the circuit and there are 16 teams that generally compete in the three categories – level 1, level 2, and level 3 – each year. These requirements specify the number of racers that each team is allowed to field based on the level.
The main thing is that this race is centred around the Holden v8 Supercar. This type of car has seen changes throughout the years but continues to bring growth for the organisation, as they now have several television deals across the globe.
A Leading Name
One of the most recognisable names in the v8 Supercar series is Yanis Derums. He competed in the series from 2005-2013, having managed to make the podium more than a few times during his competitive years.
After finishing his racing days, he took up ownership of the Mango Credit team. The team has a serious interest in the v8 Supercar circuit, providing the kind of sponsorship that makes it easier for the team to focus on the races ahead. Normally, they might have to drum up extra support through sponsors, but now they no longer have to worry about that with Derums and Mango backing them.
Notable Supercar Events
The touring racing league usually has five major events throughout the course of its season. There is the Bathurst 1000, which is also known as the “Great Race.” The most famous of the races, it has been held in some form since 1960 and has attracted crowds of nearly 200,000 in the past.
There is also the “Bathurst warm-up” race, which is known as the Sandown 500. This event is nearly as old as the Bathurst 1000, dating back to 1964. It has a shorter track length than some of the others, making it one of the shorter events.
The most recently introduced event is the Gold Coast 600. This format was in response to an American IndyCar series vacating the Surfers Paradise circuit and the series eventually liquidating. The Gold Coast 600 stepped in to fill the void.
And in 2004, the series introduced the “Grand Finale” for the final round of the season. The Newcastle 500 has undergone name changes throughout that time – also being known as the Sydney 500 – but it remains the final focal point of the racing season.
The Supercars Championship remains a very popular tour throughout Australia and has even picked up television coverage in other areas of the world, with Fox Sports acting as the home of the Supercar Championship.
The league continues to develop, providing a healthy infrastructure for future generations of racers across Australia that hope to one day take part.