Mar 23, 2015
PREVIEW: DIAL BEFORE YOU DIG SUPER SIX TOURING CARS
DIAL BEFORE YOU DIG AUSTRALIAN SUPER SIX TOURING CARS
The popular Ford verse Holden six cylinder series is one of the five core group members of the Australian National Motor Racing Championships when it started in 2006 and underwent a name change last year, becoming the Australian Super Six Touring Car Series.
It started with Ford Falcon EAs and Holden Commodore VNs, and progressed to AUs and VTs respectively. This year will see Gen3 with Falcon BAs and Commodore VYs introduced. Unfortunately due to some parts delays, the new models will trickle in from Winton onwards.
The Dial Before You Dig series has its stalwarts but has had seen several progress through to other classes, particularly V8 Touring Cars. With the closeness of competition and the tribal allegiances, Super Sixes has brought on some classic cut-and-thrust battles.
ROUNDS + FORMAT:
Sandown, Winton (May), Sydney Motorsport Park (July), Queensland Raceway (August), Phillip Island (September) and Wakefield Park (November).
Apart from the Winton, the race formats provide for three 20-minute races over two days. For the rural Victorian circuit, there will be a top ten shootout and two 30-minute races – with a compulsory pitstop. The round also carries double points as will the series finale.
After winning the series twice, Simon Tabinor moved to V8 Touring Cars. But before season’s end he was back for the final two rounds. He cited the general comraderies, the competitiveness and the hinted that repair bills were becoming prohibitive.
But as he found out the competition had stepped up. Fellow Holden drivers like Gavin Ross who won the title, his major adversary Travis Lindorff as well as rookies Ben Grice and Jason Leoncini had lifted the competition bar. Meanwhile Kane Baxter-Smith flew the Ford flag, mixing it with the best Holdens.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
Expect Super Sixes to go up a gear or three when the new models impact. Whilst the Holden is more or less a panel upgrade, it has to be a VY not an updated VT. The Fords will get an independent rear end and should put it on equal terms as far as power-down and wet weather handling.
The big improvement will be the introduction of the Tremec gearbox – as is used the V8 Ute Series. For far too long, gearboxes have been the Achilles Heel of the category with several being replaced after any given session. These woes should now be a thing of the past.
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