Fans of the V8 Supercars Championship were treated to three action-packed races over the weekend at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway, with three different drivers emerging victorious in another closely-contested weekend.
While there was certainly plenty of on-track action to keep the drivers, mechanics, panelbeaters and officialdom busy, surprisingly few post-race penalties were issued despite some rather rough driving on the odd occasion.
Incredibly, just two points penalties were handed out, both of which came after the 60/60 SuperSprint races on Saturday. For his part in an incident with Tim Sale and Jonathon Webb in the race’s opening leg, GRM Holden driver Alexandre Premat was slapped with a 15-point penalty.
And despite ruining the second-leg races for Garth Tander and Will Davison when he clobbered them on the opening lap, Craig Lowndes copped a very light 15-point penalty as well.
Sunday’s races saw more panel damage – including that spectacular multi-car pile-up on the opening lap of the final race – and after lengthy deliberations, the stewards ruled it as a racing incident, despite many pointing the finger at GRM driver Scott McLaughlin for triggering it all.
Also escaping sanction were Dick Johnson Ford driver Chaz Mostert and Nissan Motorsport’s Todd Kelly, who spent several corners trying to run each other off the road in the closing laps of the final race, which ultimately resulted in Kelly being fired off into the kitty litter at the final corner.
The adjusted Drivers’ Championship standings can be viewed by clicking here.
With the Volvo-GRM rumours all but true, here’s a hint at how a S60 challenger could look in the colours of GRM’s title sponsor, Fujitsu. Personally, we prefer the Polestar blue… © Tim Pattinson Design
The other big news we’re all awaiting today is the confirmation that Garry Rogers Motorsport will become Volvo’s official works team when the Swedish carmaker’s racing arm, Polestar, confirms it will field a pair of S60 challengers in next year’s championship season.
We reported the news last week, and the announcement will be made in conjunction with the launch of a limited release Polestar-engineered S60 road car, which will go on sale in Australia.
The deal will be a multi-year, multi-million-dollar commitment from the carmaker, which will see Polestar – whose racing operation runs Volvo’s Scandinavian Touring Car Championship campaign – provide technical and engineering support to GRM.
Polestar managing director Christian Dahl was spotted in the Darwin paddock over the weekend as a guest of GRM – all but confirming the much-denied deal is locked in – but the Swede was refusing to engage with any media over the weekend.
The gossip was a regular talking point of the weekend’s V8 Supercars coverage, with the Channel Seven commentators doing an appalling job of trying not to reveal the news ahead of time.
We will provide a full report of the Volvo-GRM announcement today.