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V8 Supercars: Austin 400 – Whincup takes Race 14 pole

 Photo: Chris Smith/GonzoGeek Media Inc. Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Racing Australia, Holden) took his sixth pole of the season and 44th of his career in qualifying for Race 14, the second race of the Austin 400 at Circuit of the Americas, with a time of 1:32.0311. Teammate Craig Lowndes was 0.2598 sec back. Race 13 pole winner Fabian Coulthard (Lockwood Racing, Holden) took P3 with a time of 1:32.3257, some 0.27 sec faster than his pole winning time in the previous qualifying session. Starti...

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V8 Supercars: Austin 400 – Coulthard tops Race 13 qualifying

Photo: Chris Smith/GonzoGeek Media Inc. Limited tire supplies for the US trip placed a premium on getting the fastest lap possible as quickly as possible in qualifying for the first race of the Austin 400, Race 13 of the V8 Supercars season Fabian Coulthard (Lockwood Racing, Holden) took the pole with a time of 1:32.5934, more than 0.3 sec faster than the fastest time set in practice (Craig Lowndes, Red Bull Racing Australia, Holden 1:32.5934). Lowndes teammate Jamie Whincup was second quick...

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V8 Supercars: Austin 400 – Practice 4, Lowndes drops the hammer

Craig Lowndes (Red Bull Racing Australia, Holden), who after the first couple of practices wondered if teams would use new tires to try to post better times, threw some on his ride and blew Scott McLaughlin’s (Fujitsu Racing GRM, Holden) then-best practice time of 1:34.2269 away, posting a 1:32.9042. A number of other teams followed suit, with the Top 10 fastest times all in the 1:33s. Will Davison (Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford) was second quickest, 0.3361 sec off Lowndes pace. Garth Tander (...

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V8 Supercars: Austin 400 – Van Gisbergen tops Practice 3; tire wear comes into play

Shane van Gisbergen (TEKNO Team VIP, Holden) continued to shine in practice for V8 Supercars Austin 400 at Circuit of the Americas, topping Practice 3 after being third quickest in Practice 1 and second in Practice 2. Van Gisbergen’s time of 1:34.5358 was roughly 0.31 sec off the fastest practice time of the two earlier sessions, posted by Scott McLaughlin (Fujitsu Racing GRM, Holden) in the second session. Fabian Coulthard (Lockwood Racing, Holden), the fastest driver in Practice 1, was ...

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V8 Supercars: Austin 400 – McLaughlin fastest Practices 1 and 2

Friday morning’s Practice 1 saw the Australian V8 Supercars take to Circuit of the Americas with a purpose for the first time. Lapping, car tweaking, and general race prep all taking place in equal measure. Fabian Coulthard (Lockwood Racing, Holden) was fastest in the morning at 1:34.3492, with James Moffat (Norton 360 Racing, Nissan) 0.47 sec behind. The Holdens of Shane Van Gisbergen (TEKNO Team VIP) and Jason Bright (Team BOC) were next quickest. Will Davison (Pepsi Max Crew FPR) was ...

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Pirelli World Challenge: Circuit of the Americas ride-along

Photo: Chris Smith/GonzoGeek Media Inc. I’ve been a racing fan for as long as I can remember. It and music enthralled me from the first time I laid eyes and ears on them. My first favorite drivers were Johnny Rutherford, Nicki Lauda, and Jody Scheckter. My favorite cars were the Martini Porsche 936s that dominated sports car racing at the time. Given all this, I’ve long tried to imagine what it would be like to go around a world-class road course in an actual race car. Thanks to...

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Australian V8 Supercars: Whincup rules Perth

Three-time V8 Supercar Champion Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Racing Australia, Holden) won both Sunday races at the Chill Perth 360, reinforcing the championship lead he took Saturday. He won the first race of the day over Team BOC's Jason Bright (Holden) and Pepsi Max Crew's Mark Winterbottom (Ford). He scored the double in by beating teammate Craig Lowndes with Bright third. Whincup’s focus now turns to the series US debut at the Circuit of the Americas, May 17-19. "Going to Texas is going t...

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Australian V8 Supercars: Kurt Busch, James Courtney swap rides

Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Kurt Busch and ex-Australian V8 Supercar Champion James Courtney swapped cars at the Circuit of The Americas. The circuit will host the Austin 400 stop of the V8 Supercar Championship May 17-19, when the series visits US soil for the first time. In a prelude to the event, Busch (the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion) and Courtney (the 2010 Australian V8 Supercar Champion) drove each other’s cars around the Texas venue. The Australian V8 Supercar is 40...

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Australian V8 Supercars: Bright shines in Auckland

APP, with additional reporting by Chris Smith Jason Bright (Holden) took the Jason Richards Memorial Trophy as best overall driver of the weekend home to Brad Jones Racing after winning the fourth and final race of V8 Supercars ITM 400 Auckland. The trophy is named in honor of the Kiwi V8 driver who died from cancer in 2011. Bright was a close friend and former teammate of Richards at BJR and was choked with emotion after stepping out of his Commodore. Richards’ wife, Charlotte, presente...

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Australian V8 Supercars: Circuit of the Americas May 17-19

Photo: VUE Images / Red Bull Content Pool Australian V8 Supercars will debut at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin May 17-19. The series’ first US race, the V8 Supercars Austin 400, will feature 4 x 100 km races rune on COTA’s shorter 2.3 mile circuit, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. A qualifying session will be held each morning. Former Aussie Champion and NASCAR stalwart Marcos Ambrose said the short track was ideally suited to his former category and he looked forward to w...

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