V8SC | Red Bull Racing to run three cars in 2016

2015 V8 Supercars Championship | 2015 News Update

Article and Images by Rhys Vandersyde

With a sizeable break between rounds three four and five of the V8 Supercars Championship, a lot of talk this week has been centred around compressing the race calendar in 2016.

V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton made it clear he will be looking to have a round every two weeks in 2016 with a short mid-season break for teams to regroup, ideally bringing forward the season ending Sydney 500 to November from December.

MyDrive | V8SC in Sydney at the final round in 2014

MyDrive | V8SC in Sydney at the final round in 2014

Formula 1 has made a similar move by compressing their 2016 calendar with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne being moved to later in March at which the V8 Supercars are a key support category.

Further news regarding the 2016 championship, the series announced it intends to head back to Asia for a round next year with the category joining the KL City Grand Prix in Malaysia.

The event will see V8 Supercars take to the streets of Kuala Lumpur, racing past the Petronas Twin Towers. The V8 Supercars will be joined by eading Asian motorsport categories that include the Asian GT Championship and the Asian Porsche Carrera Cup.

In other news, Red Bull Racing Australia have won their bid for the 26th Racing Entitlements Contract in 2016. This will expand the championship powerhouse team to three cars allowing them to run an additional car for the recently signed Shane Van Gisbergen.

MyDrive | Red Bull Racing to run three cars in 2016

MyDrive | Red Bull Racing to run three cars in 2016

This move also opens up a very competitive seat at Tekno Autosports, Van Gisbergen’s current drive which has led to a number of discussion about driver movements for next year.

DJR Team Penske will use Friday’s practice sessions in Darwin to get Marcus Ambrose some much needed seat time and to get their high profile driver back in the car for later in the year.

Penske Racing President Tim Cindric had some simple instructions for Ambrose “Have fun out there!” when discussing his return to the seat of the #17 Ford Falcon.

MyDrive | DJR riding over the bumps

MyDrive | DJR riding over the bumps

Scott Pye will continue as the primary driver for the Penske Team for at least Darwin as they continue to assess and improve the car.

The final news item in the lead up to the next round, V8 Supercars have announced a change to the weekend’s proceedings in Darwin. In an effort to make Saturday’s sprint races more exciting, V8 Supercars have introduced an additional set of soft tyres for the second of the two sprint races in addition to the set of new hard set introduced for practice. .

V8 Supercars action kicks off on Friday at Hidden Valley Raceway, with practice, before qualifying and racing on Saturday.

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