This weekend sees the V8's playing second fiddle to the F1 circus in Melbourne, however last year saw the Polestar Volvo team score their first ever win in the V8's at this non championship event. Since then more trophies and some enthralling on track battles have ensued for the Volvo team confirming that V8 powered bewinged Volvo S60's are my new favourite race cars! The team are obviously very keen to repeat last years win, with Kiwi driver Scott McLaughlin saying he's aiming for the win again, his co driver this weekend is another Kiwi Chris Pither who's sitting in for an injured David Wall. I'll be sure to tune in to see if the boys can do it.
Not since my 90's childhood watching the British touring car championship (BTCC) had I seen racing Volvo's. They are a welcome addition and I hope that Volvo although with an eye towards safety and efficiency rather than racing will not turn their back on the V8 series. With the big Holden's and Fords slated for retirement in 2017 too, I certainly hope that podiums keep coming so that the lovely directors' at Volvo keep funding the team and hopefully in the process entice some more European manufacturers into the empty grid boxes. It could be just like a 90's BTCC grid again, except with bigger rear wings and more burnouts, I rather like Australian car culture.