V8 Supercars eyes Bathurst Grid Expansion with Dunlop Series wildcards

Dunlop Series teams eligible for Bathurst 1000 wild cards
Dunlop Series teams with new generation V8 Supercars eligible for Bathurst 1000 wildcards. Photo: Rhys Vandersyde

Dunlop Series teams are being offered automatic entry to the 2015 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 as a wild card if they purchase a New Generation V8 Supercar this season..

With the Dunlop Series rules opening up to allow the New Generation cars from 2016, V8 Supercars is looking to expand the grid at Mount Panorama after the smallest field in history lined up on the grid in 2014, with only 25 cars making the start.

“There is a two-year phase in for the new generation cars – so it is not compulsory to upgrade for next season – but if teams get in early and purchase a new gen car soon, they will be granted permission to run as a wild card at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 this October.” read a statement from V8 Supercars.

In recent years wildcard entries have performed well with the Super Black Racing team finishing 11th last year and X-Box One Racing saluting the chequered flag in tenth in 2013.

With the Dunlop Series set to celebrate its 100th round in the Perth, V8 Supercars is focusing on the developing and improving the Development Series package as a vessel to nurture the next generation of drivers and personnel.

There was increased interest from Dunlop Series teams last year in entering the event, but due to differences in specification, V8 Supercars opted instead to create the 250 kilometre endurance race. However, if teams have the appropriate equipment this year, they will be entitled to race in the Bathurst 1000 as well as running their current DVS car in the 250 kilometre race.

As the current specification of Dunlop Series cars prepares to be phased out over the next two years, Kumho V8 Touring Car Series competitors are also being offered wildcards to race in the 250 kilometre Bathurst race should they opt to purchase a current Dunlop (development) Series chassis.

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