In addition to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship sessions the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 will play host to several support categories across the weekend.
Support categories compete during the times when the Supercars are not on the circuit. They generally have a practice, qualifying, race structure similar to the championship, however with shorter session durations.
Dunlop Super2 Series
The Dunlop Super2 Series always has spectators at the edge of their seats. The series remains the core breeding ground for future Supercar stars.
Mark Winterbottom, Lee Holdsworth, Michael Caruso, Scott McLaughlin, Tim Slade, David Reynolds, Cameron Waters, James Moffat and Chaz Mostert are all part of the elite group of past Dunlop Super2 Series drivers now competing in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
In 2017 the Dunlop Super2 Series remains pivotal in shaping the future of motorsport.
ECB V8 Ute Racing Series
The ECB V8 Ute Racing Series features home grown Aussie V8. Ryal “The Kid” Harris is the series’ first triple champion, toughing it out with rivals such as Kim “The Assassin” Jane and a stellar cast of racers.
Toyota 86 Racing Series
The Toyota 86 Racing Series, under the official banner of Toyota Racing Australia is running at five Supercars events for at least three years commencing in 2016.
As a one make category it gives developing grass roots talent the chance to race on even terms against select high profile drivers. Toyota 86 Racing Series cars compete with a strictly policed performance pack and run on Dunlop control tyres. With a $125,000 prize pool, large fields and Supercars talent scouts looking on, Toyota 86 drivers are set to turn on plenty of entertaining racing.
Touring Car Masters
Touring Car Masters delivers exactly what the name suggests: legendary cars and drivers from the history of motorsport going head to head, producing spectacular racing.
The grid includes racing legends like Jim Richards, John Bowe and Glenn Seton who race a host of other competitive drivers in a who’s who of classic muscle car machinery.
Here, Ford Mustang races Chevrolet Camaro, Holden Torana takes on Ford Falcon GT and other old rivals like the Charger, Javelin, Porsche 911 and more. TCM is loud, spectacular, exciting and old-school Touring Car racing.
Aussie Racing Cars
Always a crowd favourite, the Aussie Racing Cars will be on track at the event. Despite their small size these cars have a lot of power, boasting a 1.2 litre, 125bhp, twin-cam, 16 valve engine that revs to 11,500rpm.
Their favourable power to weight ratio brings fast-paced action with maximum speeds in excess of 200km/h. As one of Australia’s most popular motorsport categories, the Aussie Racing Cars are set to bring another exciting year of racing!