V8 Supercars Field Includes Only 25 Cars Due To Cost-Cutting
With just one seat to be officially confirmed, the V8 Supercars field "will be the smallest yet as even the top teams face a financial squeeze," according to Mark Fogarty of the BRISBANE TIMES. Two entries "have dropped out and another is doubtful, reducing the car count to 25." This V8 season, which starts with the March 1-2 Adelaide 500, "will be the first in recent years in which there hasn't been a full field of 28." A Racing Entitlement Contract "is required for each car entered by an owner and REC holders are entitled to a share of V8 racing's end-of-year profits." But because of the V8s' "poor two-year interim TV rights deal, there was no payout last year and this year is also likely to see the teams get little or nothing" (BRISBANE TIMES, 2/2).