Have you ever wondered what happened to all of the old Aussie V8 championship cars from Bahrain?
Like UKV8S, the Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series (AV8TC) offers a place for the ex-V8 Supercars to play. Established in 2008, the AV8TC was originally designed for the Falcon AU and Commodore VT/VX models that were no longer eligible for the Aussie V8 Series; however in recent years it has developed into a race where popular historic V8's can join to form an interesting grid.
The series has also developed into a stepping stone for young drivers that have their sights set on competing within the Aussie V8 Supercars, combined with drivers who just want a taste of what is like to race one of these ultimate machines.
The vehicles maintain their technical specification from the original V8 Supercar regulations, with some vehicles displaying their original decals.
Every car in the field has a significant history and numbers have steadily increased since its inception in 2008 and is continuing to gain momentum and grow.
In a similar fashion like to the AV8TC series, our cars here at UKV8S also have a history. They were originally used in Bahrain in the WGA Chevrolet Supercars Championship. Established in 2006; the series was born following a unique partnership between Bahrain International Circuit and Chevrolet Motorsport. The original series featured full grids of Chevrolet V8 Supercars, consisting of the SC06 models and later adding the SC09's into the mix. It ran for over 6 years and proved to be very popular within the middle east and in 2010 it supported the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. The championship also supported the race line up for the first round of the Aussie V8 Supercars.
This is somewhat our aim here at the UKV8S; to create a level field in which competitors from all walks of life can race together and enjoy the atmosphere similar to the Australian V8 Supercars.
We had three up and running over the 2015 season gauging interest and putting the cars through their paces; wherever these cars go there is always significant interest from everyone. The sound is just phenomenal, everyone loves a V8!
The remaining vehicles have now been transferred to the UK; where they await a rebuild for the new UK V8 Supercar Championship in 2016.