|2015 V8 Supercars Season Highlights|
|DVD, 180 minutes|
|© 2015, Distributed by Beyond Home Entertainment|
Strap yourself in and relive all the drama from a supercharged 2015 V8 Supercars Championship series that saw Jamie Whincup’s stranglehold on the title finally broken, history made on the Mountain as Craig Lowndes etched his name into folklore by racking up an incredible sixth ‘King of the Mountain’ Crown, and one of the tightest Drivers’ Championship finishes in recent memory reach a spectacular conclusion, with no less than six drivers vying for the title going into the final rounds.
The 2015 V8 Supercars Championship once again delivered pulsating drama and re-affirmed its status as one of the world’s premier motorsport categories and the Season Highlights DVD aims to capture the best of the on-track action over the course of the season.
As one of the closest seasons in recent memory entered the final stages all eyes shifted to the top of the leader board, where Prodrive’s Mark Winterbottom had set the pace all season and held a narrow lead heading into the final rounds.
But ‘Frosty’ faced the likes of Craig Lowndes, David Reynolds, Garth Tander and Fabian Coulthard along the way, and his quest for a maiden title was anything but a forgone conclusion where the slightest mistake could mean the difference between elation or devastation.
Let’s not forget the challenge from within his own camp, with teammate Chaz Mostert ruled out of title contention after his sickening accident in qualifying at Bathurst.
Not to be excluded from the conversation was last year’s runner up Shane van Gisbergen and his Kiwi compatriot Scott McLaughlin, who both experienced mixed results after their breakout years in 2014 and were easily capable of putting together multiple podium finishes and pressuring the leaders when the cards fell their way.
The 2015 V8 Supercars Season Highlights DVD celebrates the highs and lows of the season over three hours of excellently-produced, well-edited highlights, including the best on-track action from all rounds of the championship.
A big plus on this year’s edition was the amount of on-track action focused on the SuperStreet events at Adelaide, Townsville and Sydney Olympic Park – as well as the thrilling Bathurst and Gold Coast Enduro Cup rounds. These segments feature major chunks of the races to help fans relive the incident and excitement of some of the year’s best touring car action.
That, however, means that the year’s SuperSprint events – as well as, curiously, the Sandown 500 Enduro opener – are given rather scant attention at barely five minutes of DVD time apiece. While most are worth relatively less championship points, the races in venues such as Perth, Auckland, Winton and Darwin still played a significant part in defining the championship year.
Unlike its 2013 and 2014 predecessors, there’s also barely any focus on a number of the interesting off-track stories that happened between the rounds, such as a number of headline-grabbing seat-swapping moves in the field.
So on balance, it feels imbalanced. The DVD is heavily skewed towards selected rounds rather than delivering a more complete picture of one of the most fascinating seasons in V8 Supercars history, but it still delivers plenty of bang for its buck.
The 2015 V8 Supercars Season Highlights DVD is now available at major DVD and sports retailers. Our review copy was kindly provided to us by Beyond Home Entertainment.