V8 Supercars, one of the most viewed motorsports in the world next to Formula One and NASCAR, is in talks with local agencies to host a race event at the Clark International Speedway at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. Martin Whitaker, V8 Supercars CEO, confirmed that they are interested in holding a race event for the 2013 season.
Toleman Motorsports Management is slated to head up the organizational and operational requirements for the proposed Philippine V8 Supercars race. To motorsports afficionados, Ted Toleman was Ayrton Senna's first F1 team boss back in the early 1980's.
The V8 Supercars series is Australia's premiere motorsports league. The series uses heavily modified Ford Falcons and Holden (General Motors) Commodores with 5.0 liter pushrod V8 engines that develop upwards of 650 horsepower.
The Clark International Speedway features a 1.2 kilometer long main straight, elevation changes, hairpins and other challenging features. To host the V8 Supercars race, the facility would need to complete its pit facilities, spectator stands and beef up the barriers for the higher speeds that the series will be attaining.
If the deal pushes through, the V8 Supercars will be the highest tier of professional motorsports to ever race in the Philippines.
SOURCES: Philippine Daily Inquirer, V8Supercars.com.au