The V8 Supercars championship used to be strictly a contest between Holden and Ford. But just as BMW crashed the Audi and Mercedes party in DTM, so has Nissan (and for that matter, Mercedes) pushed past the door into Australia's popular touring car series. And like BMW, Nissan hasn't waited long before notching its first victory.

Nissan claimed the checkered flag this weekend in the first of three races at Winton, the ninth stop on the calendar. And what a spectacular win it was: not only did Nissan take the checkered flag, they finished one-two. James Moffat drove his Altima to the finish line just ahead of teammate Michael Caruso. It was Caruso who lead the first half of the race after qualifying just behind defending champion (and current points leader) Jamie Whincup, who suffered a gearbox malfunction and retired on only the ninth lap.

Of course that's just one race out of 27 so far and 37 scheduled this season, so that won't be elevating Nissan or any of its drivers to the lead the same way that BMW did upon its return last season to DTM, but it's a good start and a cause to celebrate for Nissan. Mark Winterbottom (Ford) and James Courtney (Holden) won the following two rounds at Winton as Jamie Whincup (Holden) leads Will Davison (Ford) in the standings.


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      zizixx89
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully this is in forza 5
      GFB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why such interest in an Australian racing series? Because they put on a good show. FWD "stock" cars on tracks with fast and slow corners, left and right turns, downshifting and gear changes; what's not to like? I believe NASCAR can stop its popularity slide by holding more races - including a "Chase" race - on some of America's fantastic road courses. Road Atlanta, Road America and Circuit of the Americas are waiting and so are fans who prefer the shows at Sonoma and the Glen.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @GFB
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        GFB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @GFB
        Wow!! I meant RWD, of course. Sorry.
        jpcop35
        • 1 Year Ago
        @GFB
        Exactly. V8SC is the best touring car series IMHO. The cars are big mean, fast, loud, and they look fantastic. While the formula for building the cars is similar to NASCAR and DTM, I appreciate that they use production panels with real mirrors and headlights unlike NASCAR's ugly body shells with fake painted headlights. The race action is fantastic. Normally, with close racing with wheel to wheel and door to door banging from start to finish.
      StephenT
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now that SPEED has been killed to make room for that stupid Fox Sports 1, V8 Supercar coverage is one of the casualties. Yes it was two weeks or more after the races were run and it was condensed into a two hour time slot but at least it was something. Anyone know where U.S. viewers can catch the V8 Supercars series? Because I certainly don't want to miss Bathurst this year.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why are they racing the Altima, it's not RWD V8! Marketing folks marketing. To quote NASCAR "race on Sunday sell on Monday." Got the cash they will let you race.
        jpcop35
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        Why shouldn't they? They're not racing a production Altima. They're racing a V8SC Altima that's built V8SC competition. As you know, neither do Ford or Holden product street legal tube frame Commodores or Falcons.
      ImpulseGTO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nissan should not be allowed to race in that series!! There are no V8 powered Altimas. The other three manufactures all produce V8 sedans.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ImpulseGTO
        nissan produce V8 sedans you know them as infiniti in usa, but in japan they carry the name nissan.
          ImpulseGTO
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          Yes I can look at it like that. Both Ford and GM have V8 RWD platforms in Australia. Regardless of the size of the motor in regulation, the Altima still doesn't have a V8 RWD 4door platform in Australia. And so what if they do have the infinity. The fact is they decided not to use it! And we aren't talking abot Japanese racing. We are talking about Austrailian V8 Supercars which are V8 RWD sedans!
          me
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          Yes but not Altimas though
          ImpulseGTO
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          As far as I'm aware, and I could be wrong, but in Australia where the series is from and use cars that are sold there, there aren't any RWD V8 Altimas. It doesn't matter if there's a V8 Altima in Japan or wherever it may or may not be. It's an Australian series with Australian cars. Now if they sell the Infinity M there, then that's fine. They should have used that instead.
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ImpulseGTO
        .... or they could just rebody it as an Infiniti M (which they do sell in Australia, and I thought they should've done in the first place) and your argument would be moot.
          ImpulseGTO
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dwight Bynum Jr.
          Yea they could... And yes they should have if they are entering a series with V8s. But they didn't.
      Afty
      • 1 Year Ago
      Because when I think "V8 Supercar," the Altima immediately comes to mind.
      LW
      • 1 Year Ago
      why say a Nissan Altima won? These have nothing in common with the models they are made to look like. Does anyone ever say a Ford Fusion or Camary won such or such Nascar race? Even the DTM, it is always referred to as BMW, MB or Audi.
        jpcop35
        • 1 Year Ago
        @LW
        Why not? The race car itself is called Nissan Altima, that's why. Unlike in DTM and NASCAR, the V8SC racers are actually using the body panels of real production cars, with mirrors headlights and all. I'd disagree about NASCAR. People often name Camry and Fusion. As for DTM, it's their business. I don't care what they call those things in DTM.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @LW
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      lad
      • 1 Year Ago
      ASC, the DTM, and NASCAR events are all about the rules and parity. In the ASC series,the only thing about the cars that resemble street cars are the head and tail lights. All the panels are aftermarket mainly made from carbon fiber. There are three approved engines Nissan, Mercedes and a generic. The Chassis and Suspension are all the same. The difference is the driver and the team effort. When Nissan wins, it says nothing about the street car. It's just PR.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lad
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      sciasoul7
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's funny to see Volvo sponsoring a Nissan car! Unless you look closely, you can't tell its actually Volvo trucks not Volvo cars doing the sponsoring.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sciasoul7
        yea, but nissan and volvo go way back, volvo brought out nissan diesel in 2007, at a deal, even after that they were still using nissan name until 2010 they change to UD.
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