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2015 V8 Supercars Championship | Gold Coast 600

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The V8 Supercars championship heads to the sun, sand and surf of Gold Coast for the final round of the Pirtek Enduro Cup for 2015. While it’s final round of that we’ll see co-drivers in 2015 its 11th round of 14 for the V8 Supercars Championship title, leaving a lot to win and lose on the concrete lined track.

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News Update

Prodrive Racing Australia has confirmed that Chaz Mostert will sit out the rest of the season after the injuries he sustained at Mt Panorama. Mostert was transferred from Orange Hospital to Brisbane this week where he’ll continue his recovery.

Russell Ingall moves from the Holden Racing Team (previously filling in for James Courtney) to line up alongside Cam Waters in the No. 6 Pepsi Max Crew Ford Falcon for the Gold Coast 600. While not confirmed, it is expected that Waters will fill in for Mostert for the remaining rounds of the 2015 season.

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James Courtney has been given the all clear to resume his driving responsibilities at Holden Racing Team after sitting out the last two rounds of the championship due to injury. Courtney will slot back in with Jack Perkins in the No. 22 Holden Commodore on the Gold Coast.

The injury news continues with Scott Pye at DJR Team Penske. Pye was knocked out briefly in his crash at the top of Mt Panorama in the closing stages at the Bathurst 1000. The team doctor has been given the all clear to race this weekend however he will be nursing a broken rib when he takes to the Gold Coast.

Sticking with the DJR Team Penske news, they have confirmed they will be expanding to a two car operation in 2016. Scott Pye will continue with the team next year, while Fabian Coulthard will move across from Brad Jones Racing to fill the second seat. It is expected that Tim Slade will move to fill the seat in the Freightliner backed car at Brad Jones Racing.

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In more 2016 news, V8 Supercars have confirmed that all 26 Racing Entitlement’s Contracts (REC’s) have been entered for the 2016 championship. The additional REC purchased by Triple 8 Racing, will be used to run a Caltex backed car for Craig Lowndes, leaving Shane Van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup to run the two cars with Red Bull backing.

Pirtek Enduro Cup Standings

The Pirtek Enduro Cup, for the best performing driver combination during the three endurance events, will be awarded after Sunday’s race on the Gold Coast. Saturday’s and Sunday’s races have 150 points each up for grabs for the winners, leaving the competition wide open.

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With two second place finishes Bathurst and Sandown, Mark Winterbottom and Steve Owen lead the Pirtek Enduro Cup standings in the No. 5 Pepsi Max Crew Ford Falcon with 576 points. While a couple of consistent results for Garth Tander and Warren Luff in No. 2 Holden Racing Team Commodore see them in second place in the standings on 498 points.

The Tekno Autosports (Team Darrell Lea) pairing of Shane Van Gisbergen and Jonathon Webb slot into third with 438 points. With the win at Mt Panorama for the Red Bull Racing duo of Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards (No. 888) moves them into fourth with 432 points.

Championship Standings

With just four rounds left in the 2015 championship, the 2015 title fight will be down to Mark Winterbottom (Pepsi Max Crew) on 2491 points, Craig Lowndes (Red Bull Racing Australia) on 2092 points and David Reynolds (Bottle-O Racing) 2059 points.

Chaz Mostert’s is not likely to take any further part in the 2015 championship, while he is on the road to recovery. While Fabian Coulthard (Freightliner Racing) and Garth Tander (Holden Racing Team) both remain within a mathematical shot at the championship, but it would take catastrophic chain of events to stop the three at the top.

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V8 Supercars action kicks off tomorrow on the Gold Coast with practice, before two 300 kilometre races over the weekend.

Championship Coverage

The V8 Supercars Championship continues tomorrow on the streets of the Gold Coast in Queensland with the final round of the Pirtek Enduro Cup.

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