Scott McLaughlin, the defending drivers' champion

The 2013 V8SuperTourer season is a motor racing championship for touring cars held in New Zealand. The season started on 16 February at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park and ended on 8 December at Pukekohe Park Raceway after seven rounds. All cars used a chassis built by Paul Ceprnich of Pace Innovations in Australia, and were powered by a Chevrolet LS7 7-litre engine.

While the chassis and engines are the same (to provide a level playing field and hopefully allow the best drivers to succeed due to talent, not equipment), the cars can 'wear' body panels from any suitable model. So far, cars have appeared as either the Ford Falcon or Holden Commodore, but the chassis has a generic enough shape that a manufacturer such as Toyota or BMW could likely fit their bodywork to a Supertourer chassis and race as Lexus or 5 Series model.

There were to be 24 cars on the grid in Round 1 at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park with talks that there also may be a Hyundai on the grid as well. It was confirmed that New Zealand Business BNT Automotive would be the official sponsor of the V8SuperTourer.

Scott McLaughlin started the season as the defending drivers' champion.

Calendar

The 2013 V8SuperTourer season consisted of seven rounds, although only six were confirmed. The dates for round 6 were set for 9 and 10 November:[1]

Details
Rnd. Event Circuit City / state Date
1 The Rock Rumble Hampton Downs Motorsport Park North Waikato, New Zealand 15–17 February
2 Mike Pero Need for Speed Powerbuilt Tools Raceway Christchurch, New Zealand 9–10 March
3 Brother 350 Pukekohe Park Raceway Pukekohe, New Zealand 25–26 May
4 Gull 250 Ricoh Taupo Motorsport Park Taupo, New Zealand 31 Aug–1 Sept
5 Aegis Oils Waikato 400 Hampton Downs Motorsport Park North Waikato, New Zealand 28–29 September
6 Hampton 400 Hampton Downs Motorsport Park North Waikato, New Zealand 19–20 October
7 Mike Pero 500 Pukekohe Park Raceway Pukekohe, New Zealand 29 Nov–1 Dec

Key:

  Race forms part of the V8 SuperTourers Championship.
  Race forms part of the V8 SuperTourers Championship and the Endurance Series.

Teams and drivers

Greg Murphy's Championship winning Commodore at the Pukekohe 500
Richard Moore's Holden Commodore which finished fourth overall in 2013
Andre Heimgartner's MPC Motorsport Commodore which finished seventh overall in 2013

The following teams and drivers competed during the 2013 V8SuperTourer season.

Team No. Driver Vehicle Rounds
Scott McLaughlin Racing 1 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin[1] Holden VE Commodore All
Angus Fogg Racing 3 New Zealand Angus Fogg Holden VE Commodore All
Edgell Performance Racing 8 New Zealand Tim Edgell[2] Holden VE Commodore All
iSport Racing 9 New Zealand Dominic Storey Ford FG Falcon All
M3 Racing 10 New Zealand Richard Moore[3] Holden VE Commodore All
15 New Zealand Paul Manuell[3]
51 New Zealand Greg Murphy[3]
Farmer Racing Services 11 New Zealand Simon Evans Holden VE Commodore All
MPC Motorsport 12 Australia Ashley Walsh Holden VE Commodore 1–4
Australia Garry Jacobson 5–7
22 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner All
97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen[4] Ford FG Falcon
AV8 Motorsport 23 New Zealand Andy Booth Holden VE Commodore All
M2 Racing 26 New Zealand Simon McLennan[5] Holden VE Commodore 1–3, 7
PSR Racing 27 New Zealand Craig Baird Ford FG Falcon 1–2, 5–7
New Zealand Kayne Scott 3
New Zealand Daniel Gaunt 4
Tasman Motorsports Group 31 New Zealand Daniel Gaunt[6] Ford FG Falcon 1–3, 5–7[7]
New Zealand Andrew Waite 4[7]
Cunningham Racing 32 New Zealand Mitch Cunningham Ford FG Falcon All
John McIntyre Racing 47 New Zealand John McIntyre Ford FG Falcon All
Eddie Bell Racing 69 New Zealand Eddie Bell Ford FG Falcon All
International Motorsport 96 New Zealand Ant Pedersen Ford FG Falcon All

Results

The season started at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park and finished at Pukekohe Park Raceway for the annual Pukekohe 500.

Round Date Circuit Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Round winner(s)
1 R1 17 February Hampton Downs Motorsport Park New Zealand Ant Pedersen New Zealand Greg Murphy New Zealand Greg Murphy M3 Racing New Zealand Greg Murphy
R2 New Zealand Richard Moore New Zealand Greg Murphy M3 Racing
R3 New Zealand Greg Murphy New Zealand Greg Murphy M3 Racing
2 R1 10 March Powerbuilt Tools Raceway New Zealand Ant Pedersen New Zealand Scott McLaughlin New Zealand Daniel Gaunt Tasman Motorsports New Zealand Daniel Gaunt
R2 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin New Zealand Daniel Gaunt Tasman Motorsports
R3 New Zealand Ant Pedersen New Zealand Ant Pedersen International Motorsport
3 R1 26 March Pukekohe Park Raceway New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen MPC Motorsport New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen
R2 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen MPC Motorsport
R3 New Zealand Greg Murphy New Zealand Greg Murphy M3 Racing
4 R1 7 September Ricoh Taupo Motorsport Park New Zealand Scott McLaughlin New Zealand Andre Heimgartner New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen MPC Motorsport New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen
R2 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin New Zealand Ant Pedersen New Zealand Ant Pedersen International Motorsport
R3 New Zealand Andy Booth New Zealand Andy Booth AV8 Motorsport
5 R1 29 September Hampton Downs Motorsport Park Australia Tim Slade Australia Lee Holdsworth New Zealand Greg Murphy
Australia Jack Perkins
M3 Racing New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen
Australia Alex Davison
R2 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Australia Lee Holdsworth Australia Lee Holdsworth
New Zealand Tim Edgell
Edgell Performance Racing
R3 Australia Lee Holdsworth New Zealand Ant Pedersen
Australia Chaz Mostert
International Motorsport
6 R1 20 October Hampton Downs Motorsport Park New Zealand Richard Moore Australia Tim Slade New Zealand Greg Murphy
Australia Jack Perkins
M3 Racing New Zealand Ant Pedersen
Australia Chaz Mostert
R2 Australia Tim Slade Australia Tim Slade New Zealand Richard Moore
Australia Tim Slade
M3 Racing
R3 New Zealand Ant Pedersen New Zealand Ant Pedersen
Australia Chaz Mostert
International Motorsport
7 R1 1 December Pukekohe Park Raceway New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen
Australia Alex Davison
MPC Motorsport New Zealand Scott McLaughlin
Australia James Moffat
R2 Australia Lee Holdsworth Australia Lee Holdsworth Australia Lee Holdsworth
New Zealand Tim Edgell
Edgell Performance Racing
R3 New Zealand Greg Murphy New Zealand Scott McLaughlin
Australia James Moffat
Scott McLaughlin Racing

Event summaries

The Rock Rumble

Greg Murphy won all three of the races at the season opener at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park continuing his great form at the North Waikato Track. Ant Pedersen also shone at the season opener claiming Pole Position and two second placings, a great result for the young driver from International Motorsport. The event also saw Front Running Kiwi V8 Supercar Driver Shane van Gisbergen join the series, in one of the MPC Motorsport Cars; he would eventually finish third for the round.

Mike Pero Need for Speed

Round 2 of the Series at Ruapuna saw Ant Pedersen claim another Pole Position, this time over Shane van Gisbergen. But Ant Pedersen wasn't the only Ford driver with speed, Tasman Motorsports driver Daniel Gaunt managed to claim the first two races then finishing Race 3 in second giving the Ford driver the Round Victory. Championship Leader Greg Murphy finished second in the first two races but had car troubles in the final giving him a DNF and dropping him to 6th in the Round.

Brother 350

Round 3 of the Series was held at the home of New Zealand Motorsport Pukekohe Park Raceway, where everyone thought hometown hero Greg Murphy would clean up, which wasn't the case. Shane van Gisbergen dominated the weekend claiming Pole then the first two races before Greg Murphy snatched the last race but because of the two victories Shane held on for the Round Victory. Resigning Champion Scott McLaughlin returned to the podium for the first time in 2013 claiming two-thirds and a fourth.

Gull 250

Round 4 of the Series was the final Sprint Series Round which was held in Taupo, where the fight was between Greg Murphy and Ant Pedersen for the Sprint Series Crown. Scott McLaughlin showed fantastic speed all weekend claiming both Pole Positions, but sadly had rotten luck in the races including a big start line crash in Race 3. Shane van Gisbergen eventually won the round over Andy Booth (who won Race 3) and Ant Pedersen (who won Race 2), but sadly for Ant he didn't get the points he needed to stop Greg Murphy from winning the 2013 Sprint Series Championship.

Aegis Oils Waikato 400

Round 5 of the season was the first Endurance Season round with many Australian Drivers making the trip to come over. The weekend saw different race winners for each race with Hampton Downs King Greg Murphy taking out Race 1 with 2012 co-driver Jack Perkins, Race 2 saw Tim Edgell and Lee Holdsworth claim their first race wins in V8SuperTourer. Then in Race 3 the International Motorsport duo of Ant Pedersen and Chaz Mostert managed to win. Because of great consistency Shane van Gisbergen and Alex Davison managed to win the round, the third round win in a row for Shane.

Hampton 400

Round 6 of the season saw many of the same results as Round 6 with Greg Murphy taking out Race 1 with Jack Perkins, Race 2 saw Richard Moore and Tim Slade claim their first race wins in V8SuperTourer. Then in Race 3 the International Motorsport duo of Ant Pedersen and Chaz Mostert managed to win the final race again just like Round 5, but this team the Ford drivers of Ant and Chaz also claimed the round, giving Ant Pedersen the overall Series lead over Greg Murphy going into the final round.

Mike Pero 500

The Mike Pero 500 was the 7th and final round of the 2013 V8 SuperTourer Championship which ended up coming down between Ant Pedersen, Greg Murphy and Shane van Gisbergen. The first race saw Shane van Gisbergen take the first strike at the title winning Race 1 with Alex Davison before having car troubles putting them out of Race 2 and 3 and ending his hopes at the title leaving it between Greg Murphy and Ant Pedersen. After the first race Greg Murphy managed to take over the Series lead after finishing second; then in Race 2 Ant Pedersen retook the lead of the Series by 45 points. Then in the final race Greg Murphy managed to finish second with Ant Pedersen finishing 5th giving Murphy the 2013 Crown. The weekend also saw Scott McLaughlin return to the winners' circle claiming his first and only race win of the season with James Moffat alongside him.

Championship leader table
Round Championship leader Lead
The Rock Rumble New Zealand Greg Murphy 197
Mike Pero Need for Speed 59
Brother 350 208
Gull 250 174
Aegis Oils Waikato 400 74
Hampton 400 New Zealand Ant Pedersen 90
Mike Pero 500 New Zealand Greg Murphy 28

Championship standings

Drivers' Championship

Pos Driver HAM RUA PUK TAU HAM HAM PUK Pts.
R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3
1 New Zealand Greg Murphy 1st 1st 1st 2nd 2nd Ret 2nd 2nd 1st 7th 4th 10th 1st Ret 3rd 1st 10th 2nd 2nd 5th 2nd 3559
2 New Zealand Ant Pedersen 2nd 2nd 6th 8th 6th 1st 4th 3rd 4th 9th 1st 11th 16th 3rd 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 4th 3rd 5th 3531
3 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen 8th 4th 2nd 15th Ret 12th 1st 1st 2nd 1st 7th 2nd 5th 4th 4th 3rd 12th 5th 1st Ret DNS 3066
4 New Zealand Richard Moore 3rd 3rd 7th 5th 9th 5th 7th Ret Ret 17th 5th 5th 2nd 10th 2nd Ret 1st 3rd 3rd 4th 3rd 2878
5 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin Ret Ret Ret 17th 7th Ret 3rd 4th 3rd 2nd 9th Ret 4th 2nd Ret Ret 3rd 6th 5th 2nd 1st 2744
6 New Zealand Daniel Gaunt 10th 7th 12th 1st 1st 2nd 9th 6th 7th 6th 8th Ret 3rd 5th Ret 6th 6th 10th 8th 9th Ret 2412
7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner 11th 14th 11th 3rd 4th 10th 6th 7th 5th 3rd 6th 8th 8th 8th 7th 12th 15th 9th 12th 6th 12th 2237
8 New Zealand Tim Edgell 5th 12th 14th 13th 15th 9th 5th Ret 8th 15th 17th 7th 6th 1st 15th 8th Ret 4th 16th 1st 4th 1931
9 Australia Chaz Mostert 16th 3rd 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 4th 3rd 5th 1899
10 New Zealand Paul Manuell 4th 6th 10th 9th 12th 7th 10th 12th 6th 13th 12th 4th 9th DNS 10th 5th 7th 7th 11th Ret 10th 1871
11 Australia Tim Slade 2nd 10th 2nd Ret 1st 3rd 3rd 4th 3rd 1718
12 New Zealand Craig Baird Ret 15th 4th 4th 3rd 4th Ret 6th 5th 7th 5th 8th 15th 12th Ret 1710
13 New Zealand Andy Booth Ret 9th 9th 16th 14th 8th Ret DNS DNS 11th 3rd 1st 7th Ret 8th 10th Ret Ret 9th 8th 11th 1701
14 Australia Jack Perkins 1st Ret 3rd 1st 10th 2nd 2nd 5th 2nd 1696
15 New Zealand John McIntyre 12th 5th 3rd 7th 16th 6th 13th 5th Ret 4th 2nd Ret 15th 14th DNS 13th Ret 14th Ret 7th 6th 1667
16 New Zealand Simon Evans 6th 11th Ret 10th 8th Ret Ret 8th Ret 8th 14th 3rd 14th 7th 14th 4th 4th Ret 18th 10th Ret 1548
17 New Zealand Eddie Bell Ret Ret 8th DNS DNS DNS 8th Ret 10th 16th 13th 9th 12th 13th 9th 9th 9th 11th 10th Ret 9th 1270
18 Australia Alex Davison 5th 4th 4th 3rd 12th 5th 1st Ret DNS 1232
19 Australia Lee Holdsworth 6th 1st 15th 8th Ret 4th 16th 1st 4th 1232
20 New Zealand Angus Fogg Ret 13th 13th 12th 10th 11th Ret 13th Ret 14th 11th 6th Ret 9th 11th 14th 11th 12th 17th 11th 7th 1203
21 New Zealand Andrew Waite 18th 16th 12th 3rd 5th Ret 6th 6th 10th 8th 9th Ret 1141
22 New Zealand Dominic Storey Ret 10th 15th 11th 11th Ret Ret 9th 9th 12th 10th Ret 11th 12th 13th Ret 13th 15th 14th 14th 13th 1019
23 Australia Paul Morris 8th 8th 7th 12th 15th 9th 12th 6th 12th 968
24 Australia Ashley Walsh Ret 8th 5th 6th 5th 3rd Ret DNS DNS 5th Ret Ret 961
25 New Zealand Matt Lockwood Ret 6th 5th 7th 5th 8th 15th 12th Ret 960
26 Australia Gary Jacobson 10th 11th 6th 11th 8th Ret 13th 13th 8th 947
27 New Zealand Mitch Cunningham 9th 17th Ret 14th 13th Ret Ret 11th 11th 10th 15th Ret 13th Ret 12th 15th 14th 13th 7th 15th Ret 929
28 Australia Jonathon Webb 4th 2nd Ret Ret 3rd 6th 836
29 Australia James Moffat 5th 2nd 1st 711
30 New Zealand Jonny Reid 14th 7th 14th 4th 4th Ret 18th 10th Ret 700
31 Australia Shae Davies 7th Ret 8th 10th Ret Ret 9th 8th 11th 660
32 Australia Geoff Emery 10th 11th 6th 13th 13th 8th 629
33 Australia Dale Wood Ret 9th 11th 14th 11th 12th 17th 11th 7th 605
34 Australia Steve Owen 9th 9th 11th 10th Ret 9th 502
35 Australia Nick Percat 5th 7th 7th 11th Ret 10th 478
36 New Zealand Mark Gibson 11th 12th 13th Ret 13th 15th 14th 14th 13th 383
37 Australia Tony D'Alberto 15th 14th 13th 7th 15th Ret 383
38 New Zealand Simon McLennan 7th 16th 16th Ret 17th DNS 12th Ret DNS 6th 16th Ret 374
39 Australia Drew Russell 11th 8th Ret 318
40 Australia Nick McBride 12th 13th 9th 277
41 Australia Warren Luff Ret 7th 6th 236
42 New Zealand Kayne Scott 11th 10th 12th 219
43 New Zealand Jono Lester 15th 14th DNS 13th Ret 14th 217
44 New Zealand John Penny 9th DNS 10th 202
45 New Zealand Wade Cunningham 13th Ret 12th 150
46 Australia Cameron Waters 6th 16th Ret 80
Pos Driver Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Pts.
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver Second place
Bronze Third place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Excluded (EX)

Endurance Series standings

Pos. Drivers No. HAM
1
HAM
2
HAM
3
HAM2
1
HAM2
2
HAM2
3
PUK
1
PUK
2
Pen. Pts.
1 New Zealand Ant Pedersen
Australia Chaz Mostert
96 16th 3rd 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 0 1313
2 New Zealand Richard Moore
Australia Tim Slade
10 2nd 10th 2nd Ret 1st 3rd 0 1094
3 New Zealand Greg Murphy
Australia Jack Perkins
51 1st Ret 3rd 1st 10th 2nd 0 1049
4 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen
Australia Alex Davison
97 5th 4th 4th 3rd 12th 5th 0 1022
5 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin
Australia Jonathon Webb
1 4th 2nd Ret Ret 3rd 6th 0 836
6 New Zealand Craig Baird
New Zealand Matt Lockwood
27 Ret 6th 5th 7th 5th 8th 0 820
7 New Zealand Daniel Gaunt
New Zealand Andrew Waite
31 3rd 5th Ret 6th 6th 10th 0 770
8 New Zealand Tim Edgell
Australia Lee Holdsworth
8 6th 1st 15th 8th Ret 4th 50 762
9 Australia Gary Jacobson
Australia Drew Russell
Australia Geoff Emery
12 10th 11th 6th 11th 8th Ret 0 677
10 New Zealand Paul Manuell
Australia Nick Percat
New Zealand John Penny
15 9th DNS 10th 5th 7th 7th 0 651
11 New Zealand Simon Evans
New Zealand Jonny Reid
11 14th 7th 14th 4th 4th Ret 0 651
12 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner
Australia Paul Morris
22 8th 8th 7th 12th 15th 9th 0 634
13 New Zealand Eddie Bell
Australia Steve Owen
Australia Nick McBride
69 12th 13th 9th 9th 9th 11th 0 586
14 New Zealand Angus Fogg
Australia Dale Wood
3 Ret 9th 11th 14th 11th 12th 25 420
15 New Zealand Dominic Storey
New Zealand Mark Gibson
9 11th 12th 13th Ret 13th 15th 25 371
16 New Zealand Mitch Cunningham
Australia Tony D'Alberto
New Zealand Wade Cunningham
32 13th Ret 12th 15th 14th 13th 0 358
17 New Zealand Andy Booth
Australia Shae Davies
23 7th Ret 8th 10th Ret Ret 0 326
18 New Zealand John McIntyre
New Zealand Jono Lester
47 15th 14th DNS 13th Ret 14th 0 217
Pos. Drivers No. HAM
1
HAM
2
HAM
3
HAM2
1
HAM2
2
HAM2
3
PUK
1
PUK
2
Pen. Pts.
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver Second place
Bronze Third place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Excluded (EX)

Bold - Pole position
Italics - Fastest lap

See also

V8SuperTourer

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