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The Mercury Cars Guide : December 5th 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---23 CHAMPION: Current V8 Supercar champion Jamie Whincup only needs 19 points from two races to retain his title. Whincup edges closer to victory with JAMES BRESNEHAN Another 19 points from his next two races and Jamie Whincup will be crowned king of the V* Supercars for another year. James Bresnehan reports D EFENDING champion Jamie Whincup needs only 19 points --- the equivalent of a 28th-place finish in either of the races at the Sydney Telstra 500 this weekend --- to clinch his second consecutive V8 Supercar championship. If he succeeds, Whincup will become the first driver to claim back-to-back titles since Tas- manian Marcos Ambrose did the double in 2003 and 2004. ''It will be a very special event for us. We are not only shooting for back-to-back champion- ships but also for the accolade of being the first to win this flagship event,'' Whincup said. ''We have worked hard all season to build a lead and there won't be any holding back this weekend.'' If he wins the title, Whincup would also achieve the rare feat of having led the championship from the first race at the Clipsal 500 in March right through to the finish of the last race in Sydney in December. The last time a driver led the whole championship was in 2002 when Mark Skaife led all year for the Holden Racing Team. Whincup's winning rate has been more impressive this year, winning 11 of the 24 races held so far (45.8%), compared to last year when he won 15 of 37 (40.5%) across the season. Sydney Olympic Park becomes the 29th circuit to have hosted an Australian Touring Car/V8 Supercar Championship Series event. A completely unique scenario will unfold not only will the 2009 championship end with a brand new circuit - the first time the series has had its finale on a brand new track - but the 2010 title chase will begin on another new circuit in Abu Dhabi in the Middle East. V8 Supercar leaderboard 2009 Points Standings after Race 24 of 26 1. Jamie Whincup 3175 2. Will Davison 2894 3. Garth Tander 2766 4. Craig Lowndes 2544 5. Steven Johnson 2177 6. Mark Winterbottom 2147 7. Rick Kelly 2078 8. James Courtney 1988 9. Lee Holdsworth 1886 10. Russell Ingall 1871 Motorsport fans set to burn rubber MARK HINCHLIFFE Set for next season M OTORING fans are in for a super-super season next year with four V8 Supercar events also hosting rounds of the Australian Superbike Championships. Bikes and cars had not competed at the same event for several years until a trial at this year's Phillip Island event. It proved so popular that V8 Supercars organisers Avesco wel- comed the bikes back for four rounds next year, including one at Queens- land Raceway, Ipswich, on April 30-May2. The other super double events are at Darwin (June 18-20), Philip Island (September 10-12) and Simmons Plains (November 6-7). Avesco's calendar lists races at Ipswich and Perth (June 4-6) as provisional because of disputes over track facilities. Queensland Raceway owner John Tetley said he had put an offer on the table to Avesco to ''dry hire the track and run the event as they do at Phillip Island, Sandown, Townsville, Laun- ceston and Bathurst''. ''To me it makes sense that they run the event themselves,'' he said. ''They haven't discussed it with me yet, but the deal is on the table to look at. ''My feeling is that our business has gone off in a different direction - more grassroots motor racing - and they (Avesco) are better at organising the bigger events. ''The V8 Supercars are all tied up this weekend with the grand final in Sydney and we expect them to come back to us next week.'' The 2010 V8 Supercar season begins with a double-header in the Middle East with a race on February 20 at the Yas Marina Circuit, in Abu Dhabi, and teams staying on for the Desert 400 the following weekend at the Bahrain International Circuit. The 16-round season then returns to Australia for the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide on March 11-14 and finishes again with the Sydney grand final on December 3-5. Races will be held every two weeks, except for a four-week break between the endurance rounds at Phillip Island (September 10-12) and Bathurst (October 7-10), with a nine-week mid- season break after the Townsville round on July 9-11. The Superbike calendar includes a race in Darwin in June and a return to the Broadford circuit in Victoria in July, although it is also marked as provisional. The season begins in February as support categories for the opening round of the World Superbikes. Need for speed V8 Supercars Rd 1: February 18-20, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi Rd 2: February 25-27, Desert 400, Bahrain International Circuit Rd 3: March 11-14, Clipsal 500, Adelaide Parklands Rd 4: March 26-28, Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne Rd 5: April 16-18, Hamilton 400, NZ Rd 6: April 30-May 2, Queensland Raceway, Ipswich Rd 7: May 14-16, Winton, Vic Rd 8: June 4-6, Barbagallo, WA Rd 9: June 18-20, Hidden Valley, NT Rd 10: July 9-11, Townsville 400, Qld MID SEASON BREAK Rd 11: Sept 10-12, Phillip Island, Vic Rd 12: Oct 7-10, Bathurst 1000, NSW Rd 13: Oct 21-24, Surfers, Qld Rd 14: Nov 5-7, Symmons Plains, Tas Rd 15: Nov 19-21, Sandown, Vic Rd 16: Dec 3-5, Sydney 500, NSW Superbikes Rd 1: Feb 26-28, Phillip Island (also World Superbikes) Rd 2: March 12-14, Tasmania Rd 3: April 16-18, Queensland Raceway Rd 4: May 1-2 Queensland Raceway (V8) Rd 5: June 18-20, Northern Territory (V8) Rd 6: July 16-18, Broadford# Rd 7: August 20-22, Queensland Raceway# Rd 8: September 10-12, Philip Island (V8) Rd 9: November 6-7, Tasmania (V8) (# Possible venue change.) 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