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Supercars completed its second consecutive week of racing in Sydney at last weekend’s ARMOR ALL Sydney SuperNight.

Anton De Pasquale continued his stellar run at the Eastern Creek venue, claiming victory in Race 24 and second in Race 25.

The Shell V-Power Racing Team ace started Race 23 from the rear of the grid due to a mechanical failure during qualifying, but climbed 14 places to finish 12th.

Shane van Gisbergen continued his march to the 2021 title with finishes of second and first. However, his lowly 23rd result in Race 25 dented his points lead.

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Teammate Jamie Whincup is a reduced 337 points behind, having won Sunday’s rain-soaked finale.

Track action will resume at Sydney Motorsport Park on Saturday for the BP Ultimate Sydney SuperSprint.

The event will host three races – one on Saturday and two on Sunday – across November 13-14.

Supercars.com breaks down the key storylines ahead of the tenth event of the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship.

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Weather

Rain at Sydney Motorsport Park last weekend delivered surprise results, brilliant action, and for the first time, wet night racing.

The BP Ultimate Sydney SuperSprint will feature day racing, but there is a 30 per cent chance of rain forecast for Saturday.

The UV index is set to reach very high for Saturday’s ARMOR ALL Qualifying, but temperatures will cool off for Race 26 at 4:45pm AEDT.

Expect sunny conditions to see lap times plummet and punish tyres. Strong winds are forecast for Sunday.

SVG versus Davison

A pair of Saturday run-ins with van Gisbergen left Will Davison frustrated at the ARMOR ALL Sydney SuperNight.

Van Gisbergen won the floodlit Race 23 ahead of Red Bull Ampol Racing teammate Jamie Whincup and Davison.

But it was an altercation early in the race that had Davison ruffled.

Race 23 saw van Gisbergen and Davison start third and fourth respectively and run side-by-side through Turn 1 on the opening lap.

The two cars made contact, and Davison ran wide across the ripple strip out of Turn 1.

Davison aired his frustrations towards the championship leader in his post-race interview.

Shortly after in the post-race press conference, van Gisbergen again earned Davison’s ire after comments regarding De Pasquale.

With Red Bull Ampol Racing and Shell V-Power Racing Team splitting the victories over the past two weekends in Sydney, expect this clash of titans to continue.

More career firsts for Brown?

The surprise packet of the past two weekends in Sydney has been Will Brown, who has dropped in strong performances in varying conditions.

He scored his maiden ARMOR ALL Pole Position last weekend, less than a week after he claimed his first career podium.

The only thing remaining for Brown is a race win. Considering his form, you can’t rule it out at any stage.

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Percat’s form

Nick Percat has remained the quiet achiever in Sydney; he claimed a podium in Race 21, and is in the top five in the Beaurepaires Sydney Cup standings.

Percat narrowly missed out on a second podium in as many weeks in Race 23 due to a hard-to-pass Davison.

He knows what it takes to win at Sydney Motorsport Park and is one to watch in both dry and wet conditions.

Sydney Cup fight

Van Gisbergen’s lead in the Beaurepaires Sydney Cup took a significant hit when he finished 23rd last Sunday.

His 42-point lead shrunk to 28 after an early off and later drive-through penalty in Race 25.

Six drivers are within 100 points of van Gisbergen; Davison (28 points behind), De Pasquale (45), Percat (58), Whincup (61), Brown (85) and Chaz Mostert (99).

With a race win worth 100 points, and with five points on offer for the driver who claims fastest lap honours, the Sydney Cup and $25,000 cash prize is far from wrapped up.

The 2021 Repco Supercars Championship will resume this weekend at the BP Ultimate Sydney SuperSprint.

Every session of the event will be broadcast live on Foxtel (Fox Sports 506) and streamed on Kayo.

This story originally appeared on Supercars.com and is reproduced with permission.

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This year’s Bathurst action has already delivered a host of monster crashes across a number of different categories, and Friday was no different.

First there was a crash in the GT World Challenge Australia before another huge shunt in the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia.

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In the afternoon’s Porsche category, Simon Fallon ran wide exiting the Cutting and battled for seventh position with Nick McBride over the next three corners. They went side-by-side in a narrow part of the track, with Fallon cutting in front of McBride only to be spun around and launched a metre up the wall.

The race was cut short by a safety car as ambulances attended to the drivers. A lengthy operation ensued to tow both cars away and remove the massive amounts of oil, coolant, and debris from the track.

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Earlier, the GT World Challenge Australia season finale at Mount Panorama saw a hard crash between Ben Porter and Theo Koundouris.

Porter went wide on the entry, causing a crash at Sulman Park as he hit a wall and took Koundouris along with him.

The safety car was brought out but Koundouris did well to keep his line and avoid crashing into the wall himself.

“He did a good job initially because quite often you can follow the car in front and can tend to follow them and drift wide and end in the wall yourself,” Chris Stubbs said in commentary.

“We’ve seen that happen multiple times at the top of the mountain. He kept his line well and wasn’t thrown off by the drifting Porter but just had nowhere to go.”

Meanwhile, Greg Rust later revealed Porter’s crew were looking into whether earlier contact may have sparked a slow deflation.

“I’ve just had a word to Ben Porter’s crew,” Rust said.

“They are question marking whether he may have had a little bit of contact, possibly, going up mountain straight which has triggered a slow deflation.

“They’re not sure about that. They have question marked that and ultimately whether it triggered that.”

Liam Talbot and co-driver Fraser Ross took out the victory, with Talbot getting around then-leading Stephen Grove with 20 minutes remaining to then hold on for the win.

Brett Hobson was his biggest challenger in the latter stages of the race.

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Ex-Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul finally comes good on tattoo bet with Daniel Ricciardo

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It was in August last year that Daniel Ricciardo revealed his bet with former Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul.

If the Australian finished on the podium for the French team in 2020, Abiteboul must get a permanent reminder of Ricciardo’s achievement on his body.

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Despite Abiteboul being able to choose the placement and size, it was a big risk as Ricciardo would choose the design.

Fast forward to October last year at the Eifel Grand Prix in Germany, and Abiteboul’s dream/nightmare became reality as Ricciardo finished third to end a two-and-a-half year drought from the podium.

Such was the momentous occasion of knowing his boss would now have to get a tattoo, Ricciardo forgot to celebrate the achievement in his traditional fashion of doing a shoey on the podium, although he did get around to it later in his trailer.

But as time went on after his third-place finish in Germany, the lack of ink of Abiteboul’s body began to draw some concern from Ricciardo and the F1 community as the Western Australian hoped their bet wouldn’t “drag on and become old news”.

Now, after more than a year since Ricciardo sprayed the champagne at the Nurburgring, Abiteboul has finally held up his end of the bet as the pair ventured out to a tattoo artist to seal the deal with the whole ordeal being posted on Ricciardo’s YouTube channel.

The former Renault boss, who is watching the 2021 F1 season from the sidelines having left the time after they rebranded as Alpine, presented a concept design that had half of an old Renault logo as well as a modern-style honey badger.

The original concept of the tattoo. Picture: YouTubeSource: YouTube

Given Ricciardo is somewhat of a tattoo veteran with the amount of ink on his body, Abiteboul could take comfort in his former driver’s expert wisdom on how the needle would feel on his clean skin.

Despite Red Bull boss Christian Horner claiming after the Eifel Grand Prix that Abiteboul should get the Red Bull logo “emblazoned on his derrière”, the right calf of Abiteboul was chosen as the destination for the tattoo, although he never seemed totally convinced as he lay flat on the table.

Of course, Ricciardo was lapping up every moment as his former boss winced in pain.

Ricciardo was having too much fun. Picture: YouTubeSource: YouTube
Not sure if Cyril is in pain or if he just ate a sour snake. Picture: YouTubeSource: YouTube

Slowly but surely, the tattoo artist made progress on the design as Abiteboul continued to look like he’d rather be anywhere else in the world but in the small studio.

Cyril is having the time of his life. Picture: YouTubeSource: YouTube

Eventually, Abiteboul was put out of his misery as the work on his calf was done and it was smiles all around for everyone.

The finished product. Picture: YouTubeSource: YouTube

While Ricciardo had plenty of fun with his former boss, his attention is now firmly focused on the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on December 6 with lights out scheduled for 4.30am (AEDT).

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The new era of the Repco Supercars Championship has arrived, with the two Gen3 prototypes unveiled in Bathurst.

The covers came off the Ford Mustang GT and General Motors Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 on the Friday morning of the Repco Bathurst 1000.

The Gen3 cars will make their racing debut in the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship.

The prototype Mustang and Camaro bare a closer visual connection between race and road vehicles than the current model race cars.

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The new cars will also feature a signature Gen3 V8 engine sound.

The Bathurst unveiling brings the project full circle, with the Gen3 ruleset revealed at the 2020 Great Race.

The last 12 months have been headlined by a painstaking effort by Supercars and the two homologation teams to bring the cars to life.

Dick Johnson Racing has been charged with the development of the Mustang, and Triple Eight Race Engineering the Camaro.

From roof to bonnet, doors to windows, Gen3 cars will share the same key dimensions as the road cars they are based on.

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The GEN3 Ford Performance Mustang is unveiled. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)
The GEN3 Ford Performance Mustang is unveiled. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
The GEN3 Ford Performance Mustang up close. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
The GEN3 Ford Performance Mustang and Chevrolet Racing Camaro. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
The Mostech engine for the GEN3 Ford Performance Mustang. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

Supercars CEO Sean Seamer was delighted to uncover the future of the Repco Supercars Championship.

“These are incredible looking race cars and it’s an historic occasion to be here today, unveiling them at the foot of Mount Panorama, our spiritual home of racing,” Seamer said.

“The motorsport and motoring worlds have been watching this announcement very closely as it is a massive opportunity for our sport to step up on several levels and attract a wider audience.

“Both the Mustang and Camaro give a nod to the Supercar of the past, with as much attention given to the design and appearance of the cars as the new technologies.

“With the work of the Gen3 Steering Committee, our manufacturers and the homologation teams, we truly believe these cars will create close racing with a more level playing field.

“The Ford Mustang and GM Camaro are the first chapter of our new era that will be cost-effective for our major stakeholders and teams but retain the very core of our success – terrific and exciting Supercar racing, which is what our fans have been asking us for.”

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It was also revealed at Friday’s launch that 2021 champion-elect and 2020 Bathurst winner Shane van Gisbergen will have the honour of turning the first laps of Mount Panorama in the Camaro.

Anton De Pasquale will drive the first lap of the Bathurst circuit in the Mustang.

The cars will be on display from Friday at the Repco Bathurst 1000. Demonstrations will be held at events in 2022.

Supercars will return to the track on Friday for Practice 3 at 10:40am AEDT. Click here to view the track schedule.

Every session of the event will be broadcast live on Foxtel (Fox Sports 503) and streamed on Kayo.

This article first appeared on supercars.comand was reproduced with permission.

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