Sport Supercars heading for major overhaul

11:56  12 july  2018
11:56  12 july  2018 Source:   wwos.ninemsn.com.au

Lowndes to retire at the end of the 2018 Supercars season

  Lowndes to retire at the end of the 2018 Supercars season Craig Lowndes has confirmed he'll retire as a full-time Supercars driver at the end of the 2018 season. The veteran superstar will call time on a career that spans more than two decades and yielded three Australian Touring Car Championship titles, six Bathurst 1000 crowns, and 106 ATCC/Supercars race wins.Lowndes, who is contracted to Triple Eight until the end of the 2019 season, will carry on with the team as an endurance driver.He will also be part of the Supercars TV broadcast team.

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Supercars© Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images Supercars Supercars could make a radical switch to become a summer-based series, with the season running from September until April, according to reports.

Leading motorsport website autosport.com says paddock speculation at last week’s Townsville race revolved around the possibility of a complete overhaul of the schedule, which this year runs from March through until November.

The current schedule means much of the season clashes with the NRL and AFL.

A new TV deal is due to be negotiated for the 2021 season, with the possibility of more twilight races if the series runs through summer.

Lowndes not giving up on elusive fourth title

  Lowndes not giving up on elusive fourth title Craig Lowndes is not giving up on winning the fourth Supercars title that has so far eluded him. Lowndes, who has been stranded on three titles since 1999, now has just one more opportunity to add a fourth Supercars crown to his honour roll thanks to his plans to retire at the end of the current season.To make it happen he'll need to overcome what is currently a 413-point deficit to the in-form Scott McLaughlin.As daunting as that may seem, and statistically unlikely as it may be to win the title from that far back, Lowndes is holding out hope that he can still get it done.

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A switch to a September start could see the series begin with three marquee events, the Sandown 500, the Bathurst 1000 in its traditional October date, and the Gold Coast 600.

a truck that is driving down the road: There was carnage in the V8 Supercars stop in Townsville.© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd There was carnage in the V8 Supercars stop in Townsville. Any change to the schedule won’t take place before 2020, with the opening rounds of the 2019 season already confirmed.

According to Autosport, a Supercars spokesman could only confirm work is underway to finalise the 2019 calendar.

Running the series over the summer months could also pose an issue with some of the races in northern Australia. The Darwin and Townsville events are currently run in the drier, cooler winter months, making a switch to summer potentially problematic.

The Supercars series heads to Ipswich next week, with Ford driver Scott McLaughlin holding a 131 point lead over Shane van Gisbergen in the race for the championship.

Holden’s Jamie Whincup remains in the mix for a record eighth championship, currently sitting in fourth spot, 403 points behind McLaughlin.

Technical boss to depart Supercars .
Supercars will begin a worldwide search for a new Sporting and Technical Director following confirmation that David Stuart will leave the role at the end of the year. Stuart, who spent four years in the chief tech role, is set to move to the Confederation of Australian Motorsport as the Division Manager – Safety and Race Operations as of 2019.“David has made an invaluable contribution to our sport. He is deeply respected within our organisation, amongst the race teams and all key stakeholders within Supercars,” said Supercars CEO Sean Seamer.

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