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V8 festival join expanded SpeedSeries calendar

SpeedSeries organizers have confirmed the addition of a V8-themed event at Winton Motor Raceway to the 2023 calendar.

The round in regional Victoria will take place on King’s Birthday weekend, June 9-11, with an event focused firmly on contemporary and historic V8 thunder.

The event will be headlined by the Trans Am muscle cars and S5000 single-seaters.

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Joining them will be Touring Car Masters and the new-look V8 Touring Cars, which will be open to all Supercars up to the ‘Car of the Future’ specification.

Further support categories will be announced in due course with the TCR Australia Series expected to feature too.

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Event organizers have confirmed nightly, track-side entertainment with a “true country” feel.

The TCR World Tour has already confirmed an event at Mount Panorama as part of the Bathurst International program.

All SpeedSeries events will be broadcast live and ad-free on Stan Sport, with an expanded, live, free-to-air and highlights package on the Nine Network.

“It is exciting for the SpeedSeries to expand up to the current eight events, the most we have ever run in a calendar year,” said Australian Racing Group chief operating officer Liam Curkpatrick.

“We are thrilled to bring Winton back to the SpeedSeries calendar. We have not been there since 2019, and even in our inaugural year, Winton was very popular with the teams and fans.

“The V8 theme is perfect for Winton too. The four categories that we are bringing are fan favorites and we know there is going to be a lot of support from the fans in the rural areas for this kind of racing.”

It’s expected the SpeedSeries will expand even further with a potential ninth event in the works.

The recently-announced TCR World Tour has indicated plans to host a second event in Australia.

“The only key piece left to finalize is the potential inclusion of the second global round of the WSC TCR World Tour which will be broadcast to over 53 countries, and we are working to finalize the location and timing with both WSC and local promoters,” said Curkpatrick.

“We can’t wait to kick the season off at Race Tasmania which is a fantastic opportunity to take the family and see the best that Tasmania has to offer in the summer and enjoy some great racing and opportunity to get up close with the cars and drivers.”

The 2023 season gets underway with Race Tasmania at Symmons Plains on February 24-26, headlined by the TCR Australia Series.

Another piece of the SpeedSeries calendar is still to be confirmed, that being the TBC event listed to take place in Victoria.

A new date has also been confirmed for Sandown, set for September 8-10, after a calendar clash with Supercars.

2023 SpeedSeries Calendar (Provisional):

Round 1: Race Tasmania, Symmons Plains – February 24-26

Round 2: Bathurst 6 Hour – April 7-9

Round 3: TBC – TBC

Round 4: Winton Raceway – June 9-11

Round 5: Sydney Motorsport Park – June 23-25

Round 6: Queensland Raceway – August 11-13

Round 7: Sandown International Raceway – September 8-10

Round 8: Bathurst International (TCR World Tour) – November 10-12

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