AMRS fans will be treated to some old-school Holden versus Ford battles at Winton Raceway this weekend, with the Victorian V8 Series – VicV8s – holding the third round of its 2022 series as part of the race meeting.
Formed in 2012 as an entry-level category for V8 enthusiasts, VicV8s initially started with a collection of predominantly ex-Commodore Cup cars, but has since grown into a class featuring much newer Holden and Ford vehicles, powered by large-capacity V8 motors.
While the body shells must be the same as the road-going versions of the cars on which VicV8s are based, the engine can be up to six litres in capacity, provided it is the same brand as the car. Competitors are also allowed to upgrade the brakes and differential; the gearbox can also be beefed up, as long as it remains in its original location and retains an H-pattern shift.
After the first two rounds of the season at Sandown and Winton, Brian Finn leads the series in his ex-Geoff Emery Commodore Cup car, which has been fitted with a 6.0L V8 engine and Hollinger gearbox. Finn has been the dominant performer, winning all the races so far.
Second in the standings is Gary Finemore (driving the Eddie Abelnica XB Falcon coupe) with David Radcliffe third in the standings, after finishing runner-up behind Finn at Winton last time out.
Other front-runners at Winton are likely to include Arthur Van Osrouw (VS Commodore), Peter Owen (EF Falcon) and Allan Argento in his XE Falcon, while club president Mark Kakouri should also be towards the pointy end in his ex-Commodore Cup car, formerly raced by the late Ashley Cooper.
“It’s great to be on the AMRS program this weekend – it fitted in well with our schedule, and it gives our competitors the opportunity to race at a national-level event and enjoy the benefits of TV and live-streaming exposure, which will increase awareness of the category,” Kakouri said.
This weekend’s VIC V8s action will consist of four 10-lap races.