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Star drivers to be split in 2010 enduros

Teams will not be able to pair their big name drivers in next season's two V8 Supercar endurance races, under a new ruling issued by series organisers.
Pairing a V8 Supercar team's two leading drivers for the annual trips to Bathurst and Philip Island will become a thing of the past from next season, after series organisers outlawed the tactic with immediate effect.

The revised ruling will forbid any driver running the entire season for one entrant – with each car operating under a Racing Entitlement Contract in similar franchise fashion to NASCAR – from appearing in a second car during the same calendar year.

Although series organiser V8 Supercars Australia, which contains representation from the teams, reserves the right to waive the ruling in extreme cases, it hopes that the move will not only provide greater track time for the championship's full-time drivers, as teams favour them over their part-time or less experienced colleagues, but will also give the fans a chance to see more of the stars go head-to-head in the big events.

“If there are eight cars with 16 top drivers, you've got eight top drivers sitting in the garage at the end of the race - and I think anyone would agree it would be good to have 16 good drivers racing at the end rather than eight,” FPR team principal admitted.

“From the feedback we have had from the press and the public, they believe it is best for the sport. It is good for the sport, [although] not necessarily good for all the teams. Of course, I would like to put 'Richo' and 'Frosty' together, but you can't always think about your own team. Sometimes you have to put the sport first, and that's obviously what the majority of the teams thought.

“We knew it would be a contentious decision, which is why all of the teams were asked, and the majority said it would be good that drivers stay in their own cars.”

The move will, however, increase the demand for talented team-mates for the star names, and could open the door for more Fujitsu Series drivers to appear on the big stage – even if regular pilots feel it a little unfair that a stand-in could claim victory at Mount Panorama.

Reigning Bathurst champion Garth Tander – who won both endurance events in 2009 with HRT team-mate Will Davison - called the decision 'ridiculous', while GRM's Michael Caruso was among those who questioned the wisdom of splitting the big names, particularly if teams had worked to pair pilots of similar physical stature.

“I think it's an absolutely stupid rule," Tander told Australia's AAP, "I can't see the reasoning behind it. All I can see it doing is increasing the costs for everyone involved because what's going to have to happen is all the good, experienced co-drivers, that aren't full-time, will be able to demand a premium price because their services all of a sudden become far more valuable.



Tagged as: Garth Tander , Bathurst

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Sydney Motorsport Park
Eastern Creek, Sydney
New South Wales
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V8 Supercars Australia
Event 9 Sydney Motorsport Park 360, Races 18 & 19
Sydney Motorsport Park
Eastern Creek, Sydney
New South Wales
Aust
Garth Tander (Aust) #2 Toll HRT Commodore

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Event 9 Sydney Motorsport Park 360, Races 18 & 19
Sydney Motorsport Park
Eastern Creek, Sydney
New South Wales
Aust
Garth Tander (Aust) #2 Toll HRT Commodore

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Event 9 Sydney Motorsport Park 360, Races 18 & 19
Sydney Motorsport Park
Eastern Creek, Sydney
New South Wales
Aust
Garth Tander (Aust) #2 Toll HRT Commodore

V8 Supercars Australia
Event 9 Sydney Motorsport Park 360, Races 18 & 19
Sydney Motorsport Park
Eastern Creek, Sydney
New South Wales
Aust
Garth Tander (Aust) #2 Toll HRT Commodore

V8 Supercars Australia
Event 9 Sydney Motorsport Park 360, Races 18 & 19
Sydney Motorsport Park
Eastern Creek, Sydney
New South Wales
Aust
Garth Tander (Aust) #2 Toll HRT Commodore

V8 Supercars Australia
Event 9 Sydney Motorsport Park 360, Races 18 & 19
Sydney Motorsport Park
Eastern Creek, Sydney
New South Wales
Aust
Garth Tander (Aust) #2 Toll HRT Commodore

V8 Supercars Australia
Event 9 Sydney Motorsport Park 360, Races 18 & 19
Sydney Motorsport Park
Eastern Creek, Sydney
New South Wales
Aust
Garth Tander (Aust) #2 Toll HRT Commodore

V8 Supercars Australia
Event 9 Sydney Motorsport Park 360, Races 18 & 19
Sydney Motorsport Park
Eastern Creek, Sydney
New South Wales
Aust
Garth Tander (Aust) #2 Toll HRT Commodore

V8 Supercars Australia
Event 9 Sydney Motorsport Park 360, Races 18 & 19
Sydney Motorsport Park
Eastern Creek, Sydney
New South Wales
Aust

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Bjorn - Unregistered

December 12, 2009 10:10 AM

I am fine with it. Being a SBR supporter I have had to watch the two main drivers split up year after year. With the exception for two years. POOR old HRT complaining yet again

Ray Watson - Unregistered

December 13, 2009 4:16 AM

Tony, Just trying to follow NASCAR, not an original thought in his head, and CAMS just follow like senseless puppy dogs. V8SuperTourers has always been promoteted fully as a Falcon or Commadore, but the fact is it is now only the outside shapes the look like the doner cars. Underneath is a hand crafted chassis, with all the same stuff on it as each other (rules). The base motors are not very common in Oz cars. Only Aussies would enjoy it as they don't know better, and they are told this is the best competition "in the World". Sorry this just seems like more control of the situation. Take away the rules, let them run head to head, and which ever team (TEAM) has worked the hardest wins.



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