For the first time in over 20 years, the V8 Supercars Series will formally recognise its highest performing endurance racer.
The highest cumulative points scorer over the endurance events of Bathurst 1000, Sandown 500 and the Goldie (Gold Coast 600) will be awarded the ‘Endurance Cup’ title.
This confirms – as we speculated yesterday – the end of the international co-driver racing format that was seen at the ArmorAll Gold Coast 600 event for the past three years. Local co-drivers will also be competing for the title, along with the international co-drivers, if so chosen by teams.
The international co-driver format did provide the audience with some level of excitement given some big-name stars such as Mika Salo, Sebastien Bourdais and Will Power regularly made the trip ‘Down Under’.
However, incidents such as the multi-car pile-ups seen at the start of last year’s GC600 races implied perhaps some change was necessary.
With the new format, drivers may be given more time to prepare and train for the endurance events.
“The Endurance Cup means that teams can choose one driver as their co-driver for all three events which allows them to train and plan for the longer stints,” V8 Supercars Commission Chairman Mark Skaife said.
Given the change in race format many of the international drivers were dealing with, the difficulty is understandable. Nonetheless, the new ruling should allow for a more truly competitive endurance field, particularly for the Armor All GC600 which will take place as the endurance ‘Grand Final’.
“The Endurance Cup is about enhancing fan experience by creating high quality and competitive racing along with a variety of off track activities for the family, party goer and die-hard fans.” said V8 Supercars CEO David Malone.
What do you think? Is getting rid of the international co-driver format the way to go, and will the Endurance Cup be an exciting addition to the Silverware cupboard? Post your comments below…
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