Featured: 'Australian Motorsport Images (V8 Supercars)' by Luckypenguin

Luckypenguin

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Last weekend I had a chance to attend the V8 Supercar event at the Gold Caost, Australia courtesy of my sister and her working relationship with an event sponsor. The V8 Supercars are an Australian form of Touring Cars that evolved from the international Group A category that was diminishing in popularity in the early 1990s. In the beginning of V8 Supercars the category was limited to production based racecar versions of the Australian made Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore, but in the last few years it has changed to allow entry from any manufacturer who can source a four door sedan and a production based V8 engine. Nissan, Volvo, and AMG Mercedes now bring the number of manufacturers to five, albeit with the latter not enjoying any factory backing.

The photos below were taken on the Saturday of the race meet which includes a qualifying session, a Top Ten shootout, and the first of two 300km races through the streets of Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. As at pretty much every racetrack now, access to shoot the racetrack through the safety fencing is strictly limited to the press photographers so no shots of the cars jumping kerbs or rubbing panels I'm afraid. The images below were taken of the cars in the pitlane during qualifying and during a gridwalk prior to the race.



1. Holden Commodore

OEM5-PA251345-PR Olympus OM-D E-M5 V8 Supercars Castrol Edge 600 Gold Coast Australia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr



2. The Nissan V8

OEM5-PA251351-PR Olympus OM-D E-M5 V8 Supercars Castrol Edge 600 Gold Coast Australia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr



3. Dunlop intermediate tyre (not required on this sunny weekend!)

OEM5-PA251353-PR Olympus OM-D E-M5 V8 Supercars Castrol Edge 600 Gold Coast Australia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr



4. The eventual race winning Holden Commodore

OEM5-PA251356-PR Olympus OM-D E-M5 V8 Supercars Castrol Edge 600 Gold Coast Australia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr



5. Cars lined up in the pits prior to qualifying

OEM1-PA250459-PR Olympus OM-D E-M1 V8 Supercars Castrol Edge 600 Gold Coast Australia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr



6. Holden Commodore

OEM1-PA250466-PR Olympus OM-D E-M1 V8 Supercars Castrol Edge 600 Gold Coast Australia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr



7. Ford Falcon

OEM5-PA251358-PR Olympus OM-D E-M5 V8 Supercars Castrol Edge 600 Gold Coast Australia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr



8. Ford Falcon

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9. Volvo S60

OEM5-PA251362-PR Olympus OM-D E-M5 V8 Supercars Castrol Edge 600 Gold Coast Australia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr



10. Holden Commodore

OEM5-PA251364-PR Olympus OM-D E-M5 V8 Supercars Castrol Edge 600 Gold Coast Australia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr



11. Royal Australian Air Force Roulettes

OEM1-PA250470-PR Olympus OM-D E-M1 V8 Supercars Castrol Edge 600 Gold Coast Australia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr



12. Volvo S60

OEM1-PA250485-PR Olympus OM-D E-M1 V8 Supercars Castrol Edge 600 Gold Coast Australia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr



13. Back end of a Holden Commodore

OEM1-PA250486-PR Olympus OM-D E-M1 V8 Supercars Castrol Edge 600 Gold Coast Australia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr



14. Grid girls

OEM1-PA250492-PR Olympus OM-D E-M1 V8 Supercars Castrol Edge 600 Gold Coast Australia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr



15. Front tyre of a Holden Commodore plus the back end of a...no, I'll stop there

OEM1-PA250487-PR Olympus OM-D E-M1 V8 Supercars Castrol Edge 600 Gold Coast Australia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr



16. Rear wing of an AMG Mercedes

OEM1-PA250493-PR Olympus OM-D E-M1 V8 Supercars Castrol Edge 600 Gold Coast Australia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr



17. Back end of a Nissan Altima

OEM1-PA250496-PR Olympus OM-D E-M1 V8 Supercars Castrol Edge 600 Gold Coast Australia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr



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20. Holden Commodore

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OEM1-PA250505-PR Olympus OM-D E-M1 V8 Supercars Castrol Edge 600 Gold Coast Australia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr



24. Fire Marshall: friend of racing drivers everywhere

OEM1-PA250510-PR Olympus OM-D E-M1 V8 Supercars Castrol Edge 600 Gold Coast Australia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr
 

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