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Sportsnet Holidays V8 Supercars Travel Packages and Tours

At Sportsnet Holidays, we LOVE V8 Supercar Racing. Be there LIVE with Sportsnet Holidays to experience the roar of these incredible machines as they hurtle around the track at speeds topping 300km/h! Sportsnet offer travel packages to seven race rounds on the V8 Supercars calendar including: The Clipsal 500 Adelaide, the ITM 500 Auckland, the SkyCity Triple Crown Darwin 400, the Castrol Townsville 500, the iconic Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, the Armor All Gold Coast 600 and the season closing Sydney 500! We’re also going to the 2015 Austin 400! Whether you’re looking for that special sports tour experience or searching for a great corporate incentive solution for your employees or clientele, we have a package to suit your needs. Sportsnet’s V8 Supercar travel packages include: tickets, tours, accommodation, flights, transfers, access to exclusive functions and more!

If you’re interested in joining Sportsnet Holidays for one or all of the V8 Supercar Race Rounds, please register your interest by completing the Enquiry Form at the bottom of the Package that suits you. Otherwise, to speak to one of our experienced and helpful Travel Consultants, please FREE CALL 1300 888 858. Alternatively, you can send us an email at [email protected] if you have a special request or query.

V8 Supercar Facts

Race Formats

The Cars


V8 Supercars series racing has had a short but varied history. The concept of a formula based around V8 engined Fords and Holdens racing in the Australian Touring Car Championship was established in 1991. In 1993 the 5.0 litre V8 Group 3A Touring Cars (Fore-runner to the V8 Supercars) replaced the Group A category, effectively spelling the end of turbocharged cars in Australian touring car racing. In an effort to keep the manufacturers on an even-footing, a parity formula was introduced at this time. In 1996 the category was renamed V8 Supercars and two years later, the expansion of the series began with additional race circuits added including: Hidden Valley, Adelaide, Canberra and Pukekohe, NZ. In 2003, Project Blueprint was introduced to create fairer racing by eliminating most of the differences between the Holden and Ford cars. In 2010 the New Generation V8 Supercar (Car of The Future) concept was unveiled with the main objective of reducing costs per car through the use of control parts. This would help to allow other manufacturers to join the series. Since then, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo have joined the competition series.
V8 Supercars Teams
Over the years, the V8 Supercars series has had a number of different names:
- Australian Touring Car Championship (1960 – 1998)
- Shell Championship Series (1999 – 2001)
- V8 Supercar Championship Series (2001 – 2010)
- International V8 Supercars Championship (2011 – current)
The Drivers Championship is awarded to the driver who accumulates the most points over a season. At each championship event, there is a maximum of 300 points available should one driver win each race at the event. Depending on the number of races at each event, a different point scale is applied to achieve this result.
In order for Drivers to compete in the V8 Supercars Championship, they must hold a CAMS National Circuit Competition Licence, or one of an equivalent or higher level. In addition to this, each car must hold a Racing Entitlements Contract (REC) which is a contract between V8 Supercars and the team which the car is affiliated with. 28 RECs are currently held in alignment with V8 Supercars’ desire to limit the field to 28 cars. For the endurance races, a maximum of 6 additional wildcard entries are accepted.
The Dunlop Supercar Series is a second-tier series which is run as a support category to the main series at certain events. The series serves two purposes; the first being to develop young drivers before they compete in the main series, the second purpose is to give Endurance Cup co-drivers more racing experience prior to the endurance races. Teams competing in the Dunlop Series use V8 Supercars which were previously used in the main series.

The Super Sprint format features two fifteen-minute qualifying sessions on the Saturday which decide the grid for the two 100km races held the same day. A single twenty-minute qualifying session is held on Sunday morning to decide the grid for the 200km race held later that day. The exception to this is the ITM Auckland 500 which features an extra twenty-minute qualifying session on the Friday for an additional 100km race held on the same day.
V8 Supercars AGP
The Super Street event features two fifteen-minute qualifying sessions held on the Friday to decide the grid positions for two 125 km races held the following day. On Sunday, there is a twenty-minute qualifying session followed by a top ten shootout (top ten qualifiers complete a single flying lap each to determine starting grid position). This sets the grid for the single 250km race held later that day.
Endurance events require two drivers per car. Teams were previously able to pair full time drivers in one car, however in 2010, a rule change required that each full time driver remain in their own car and be joined by a co-driver not competing in the series. There are 3 Endurance Cup events (Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600), each utilising a different qualifying and race structure. The Sandown 500 features a single 500km race, the Bathurst 1000 features a single 1,000km race and the Gold Coast 600 features two 300km races held over two days.

Clipsal 500 Adelaide Super Street
Tyrepower Tasmania 400 Super Sprint
Winton 400 Super Sprint
ITM 500 Auckland Super Sprint
Perth 400 Super Sprint
SKYCITY Triple Crown Darwin Super Sprint
Castrol Townsville 500 Super Street
Coates Hire Ipswich 400 Super Sprint
Sydney Motorsport Park 400 Super Sprint
Wilson Security Sandown 500 Endurance Cup
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Endurance Cup
Gold Coast 600 Endurance Cup
Phillip Island 400 Super Sprint
Sydney 500 Super Street

The New Generation V8 Supercar regulations control a number of aspects of the cars to help ensure parity between the manufacturers.
Each manufacturer builds their car body around the same control chassis, with minor allowances made to ensure that the cars bear some resemblance to the production vehicles they are based on. To improve driver safety, the driver seat is positioned towards the centre of the car with extra reinforcement used on the roll cage on the driver’s side. All cars have an aerodynamics package consisting of a front spoiler and splitter, side skirts and a rear wing. The aerodynamics package for each manufacturer is designed to ensure that near-identical downforce and drag numbers are produced for each different car.
There is a minimum weight set for each car of 1,410kgs including the driver. Of this weight, the driver has to factor a minimum of 100kgs. However this consists of the driver in full race apparel, the seat and any ballast required to meet the weight requirement. In addition to this, there is a minimum load requirement of 750kgs over the front axle inclusive of the engine which has a minimum weight of 200kgs.
V8 Supercars Race Clipsal 500All cars in the V8 Supercars Championship must be rear wheel drive with a front mounted engine. Each car uses a 5.0 litre, naturally aspirated V8 engine capable of producing up to 485kW or 650bhp. Manufacturers are able to choose between using a generic engine provided by V8 Supercars or an engine based on one from their own line-up as long as it meets the above specifications. All engines are electronically limited to 7,500 rpm with a compression ratio of 10:1. The cars also run on E85; an 85% ethanol / 15% unleaded fuel blend to help reduce the environmental impact. As a result, carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by up to 50%.
All cars use 18-inch control wheels produced by Rimstock, with tyres supplied by Dunlop. Race teams are able to choose between a hard and soft compound slick tyre. Depending on the event, race teams may be required to use both compounds during the race. There is also a grooved tyre available for wet conditions.
The New Generation V8 Supercar (Car of The Future) regulations and inherit control parts are intended to reduce the cost of building a car (without engine) from approximately $450k to $250k. The cost to build an engine has also been estimated to reduce from $120k to $50k.

- 4 Drivers hold the record for the most Driver Championship titles:

  • Ian Geoghegan (1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969)
  • Dick Johnson (1981, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1989)
  • Mark Skaife (1992, 1994, 2000, 2001, 2002)
  • Jamie Whincup (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013)

- Craig Lowndes holds the title for the most race wins with 97
- Craig Lowndes holds the record for the most race wins in a single season, with 16 wins in 1996 – his first championship season.
- Russell Ingall holds the title for the most race starts with 563
- Allan Moffat and Mark Skaife are tied for the record for the most consecutive wins, each with 6.
- Mark Skaife holds the record for most wins at the same track, with 15 at Oran Park Raceway, Sydney.
- Greg Murphy has the record for the most race wins without winning a Driver Championship, with 28.
V8 Supercars Winton- Peter Brock holds the record for the most pole positions, with 57.
- Peter Brock holds the title for most wins at Bathurst, with 9.
- Holden Racing Team holds the record for the most Team race wins, with 174.
- Holden holds the record for the most Manufacturer wins, with 466.
- Ford has accumulated 315 Manufacturer wins.
- Since the Manufacturers Championship commencement in 2000, Holden have won 9 championships and Ford have won 5.


  • Clipsal 500 2015Clipsal 2012 V8 Supercars
    From: $949 AUD per person
    Date: 26 Feb, 2015 - 01 Mar, 2015
    It’s been described as “the best touring car event in the world”, and with good reason! The Clipsal 500 is four days of roaring V8 Supercar action. With nightly concerts, air displays and fireworks, you’re guaranteed a weekend of excitement and entertainment. Australia’s largest domestic motorsport event, the Clipsal 500 draws massive crowds in excess ...
  • Perth 400 20152014 V8 Supercars Perth 400 tickets packages by Sportsnet Holidays
    Date: 17 Apr, 2015 - 19 Apr, 2015
    In 2014, Barbagallo Raceway once again staged another awesome weekend of V8 Supercars racing with an incredible six different drivers standing atop the podium over the three races! One of the biggest events in Western Australia in any given year, the Perth 400 never fails to deliver a buzzing atmosphere to go with the two 100km ...
  • Darwin 400 2015Sportsnet clients at the 2013 V8 Supercars Hidden Valley round in Darwin All eyes will be on Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin as the V8 Supercars roar in & take over the town for an action packed, ground shaking, adrenaline pumping 3 days! However, our packages are more than just a ticket to Hidden Valley Raceway and accommodation… we offer you the ultimate V8 Supercars Darwin 400 experience including the most fierce and competitive ...
  • Townsville 500 2015Townsville V8
    Date: 10 Jul, 2015 - 12 Jul, 2015
    At the 2014 Castrol Townsville 500 5-time Championship winner, Jamie Whincup reminded us all why he’s the best in the game with a series of outstanding drives! Producing results of 1st, 10th (a valiant effort considering he was plagued by mechanical issues in Race 2!) and then 1st again in third and final race of the round ...
  • Bathurst 1000 2015Bathurst
    Date: 08 Oct, 2015 - 11 Oct, 2015
    2015 Bathurst 1000 Packages coming soon – Register Now! Be there LIVE for the most iconic Australian motorsport event in 2015 – the Bathurst 1000! Hearing the V8′s roar around Mt Panorama 161 times is something that every sports fan – let alone motorsport fan – should experience at least once in a lifetime! The incredible atmosphere in ...
  • Bathurst 1000 Race Guide2015 Bathurst 1000 packages by Sportsnet Holidays
    Date: 08 Oct, 2015 - 11 Oct, 0201
    BATHURST 1000 FACTS WHAT IS IT? The Bathurst 1000 (Currently called the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000) is a 1,000 km race held at the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales. The Great Race – as it is known – is a part of the V8 Supercar Championship Series and is considered by many ...
  • Gold Coast 600 20152014 Gold Coast 600 tickets packages by Sportsnet Holidays
    Date: 23 Oct, 2015 - 25 Oct, 2015
    The 2013 edition of the Gold Coast 600 was no exception to the drama and action that we’ve come to expect from this incredible event and already we can’t wait to see what’s going to unfold (including some obligatory spectacular smashes) in 2014! Can another rookie rise to the challenge and hold the famous surfboard ...
  • ITM 500 Auckland 20152013 ITM 400 Auckland
    Date: 06 Nov, 2015 - 08 Nov, 2015
    Excitement is set to erupt at the ITM 500 Auckland in April as V8 Supercars brings the ultimate sporting rivalry to the racetrack over the ANZAC weekend. Australia and New Zealand will go head to head in a passionate action-filled battle which will have the Kiwis eager for domination on home soil at Pukekohe Park Raceway! ...
  • Sydney 500 2014Sydney 500 V8 Supercars
    From: $999 AUD per person
    Date: 05 Dec, 2014 - 07 Dec, 2014
    At the penultimate race of the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship, the 2013 Sydney 500, reigning champion Jamie Whincup secured a record-equalling 5th championship title in style – finishing 1st in Race 1 and then 3rd in the second race. Adding to the excitement of a great weekend of thrilling V8 racing was the first ever twilight finish at ...
  • 2014 CalendarV8 Supercars 2014 Dates
    Date: 15 Feb, 2014 - 07 Dec, 2014
    Contracted races for 2014: Date Event Circuit City / State February 15 V8 Supercars Test Day  Sydney Motorsport Park Sydney, New South Wales February 27 – March 2 Clipsal 500, Adelaide Adelaide Street Circuit Adelaide South, Australia March 13 – 16 2014 F1 Australian Grand Prix Albert Park Melbourne, VIctoria March 28 – 30 ...
  • 2015 CalendarV8 Supercars climbing Mount Panorama at Bathurst 1000
    Date: 07 Feb, 2015 - 06 Dec, 2015
    Scheduled races for 2015: Date Event Circuit Race Format City / State Feb 7 – 8 SYDNEY.COM V8 SUPERCARS TEST DAY  Sydney Motorsport Park Super Test Sydney, NSW Feb 26 – Mar 1 CLIPSAL 500 ADELAIDE Adelaide Street Circuit Super Street Adelaide, SA Mar 12 – 15 2015 FORMULA 1 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX Albert Park International Super ...
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