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Feature: The battles to watch in 2020

The 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship will resume at Sydney Motorsport Park on June 27; the restart of a season that’s just two races old. SupercarXtra Magazine issue #116 looks at the battles to watch in 2020.

18 May 2020

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The departure of Nissan means Supercars reverted back to Ford versus Holden in 2020. And with the Holden brand being retired at the end of 2020, it shapes as the last Ford versus Holden battle.

Ford dominated in 2019 and gained two extra cars with Kelly Racing joining its ranks, though Holden retained numerical advantage of 16 cars to Ford’s eight.

Holden teams would love nothing more than to give the brand a championship and Bathurst 1000-winning farewell in 2020, but they must overcome a formidable opponent in Ford’s Mustang. 

The biggest storyline of last season’s championship was the ongoing parity battle that ignited with the introduction of the Mustang. The multiple parity changes in between rounds became a bit of a soap opera that rumbled on throughout the season.

For 2020, Supercars engaged in rigorous VCAT testing with both DJR Team Penske and Triple Eight Race Engineering to ensure the two car shapes have ultimate aerodynamic parity, in order to prevent a repeat of last year.

The two titans of the field take to the track for another season to continue their battle that has defined the current era of Supercars. With the brightest minds in the paddock, four of the best drivers and a burning desire to be the best, DJR Team Penske and Triple Eight Race Engineering set the standard for the rest.

Following a controversial 2019, Triple Eight Race Engineering will be looking to challenge on a more consistent basis, buoyed by a more level-playing field in terms of parity, while DJR Team Penske will want to prove its dominant run last season was a result of its own hard work. 

The rescheduled 2020 Supercars calendar:

“¢ Sydney Motorsport Park – 27-28 June
“¢ Truck Assist Winton – 18-19 July
“¢ BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown – 8-9 August
“¢ Townsville – 29-30 August
“¢ OTR The Bend – 19-20 September
“¢ Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – 8-11 October
“¢ PIRTEK Perth – 31 Oct. ““ 1 Nov.
“¢ Tyrepower Tasmania – 21-22 November
“¢ Penrite Oil Sandown – 12-13 December
“¢ ITM Auckland – 9-10 January 2021
“¢ Bathurst – 5-7 February 2021

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