Fujitsu V8 Supercars Series

Fujitsu V8 Supercars Series

The Fujitsu V8 Supercars Series is an Australian touring car competition, specifically the second tier series for V8 Supercar competitors. Competing vehicles are older than those utilised in the V8 Supercar Championship series and a run by smaller teams with lower budgets. Approximately half the teams are for 'gentleman racers', while some team owners will put a young emerging driver into the car and team they own. The series runs half the number of events that the V8 Supercar Championship runs. More than half the current series rounds are held on the support program of main series events, but some rounds retain a stand alone status. These rounds are generally held at smaller, more remote circuits than are used in the main series.

The series was first held in 2000, known originally as the Konica V8 Lites Series. The first winner of the series was former Garry Rogers Motorsport driver, Dean Canto.

The present reigning champion is Tony D'Alberto who won the 2007 Fujitsu V8 Supercars Series for the Tony D'Alberto Racing team. Like most of his predecessors, D'Alberto will graduate to the V8 Supercar Championship, driving for the Rod Nash Racing entry.

Towards the end of the original season Stone Brothers Racing entered a car for David Besnard as preparation for the long distance races, in the main V8Supercar series, the Queensland 500 and the Bathurst 1000, which unlike the other races require two drivers for each competing vehicle. Since then main series teams have used the series to help get their endurance co-drivers up-to-speed, or have employed drivers competing for other Fujitsu Series teams. While originally Fujitsu series teams were allowed to enter main series events, this has since been discontinued as all main series events are limited to those teams carrying valid franchise slots for the main series, although in limited circumstances Fujitsu series teams have been able to lease entries from main series teams.

For the 2009 series onward there will be no stand alone Fujitsu Series events instead the whole series will be a support series for the top tier V8 Supercar series. There is some mention of select Fujitsu teams to be allowed entry into the Phillip Island 500 & Bathurst 1000 from 2009 onwards. [ [ : Motorsport News : ] ]



External links

* [ Fujitsu V8 Supercars Website]

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