April Fools triggers flurry of V8 news

A clockwise run around Mount Panorama would create some unique sights

A clockwise run around Mount Panorama would create some unique sights

The V8 Supercars community embraced April Fools day this morning with a variety of fictitious news stories being spread by teams and media outlets.

Speedcafe.com’s story on plans for an Easter sprint meeting at Bathurst for 2015, with racing to run in the reverse direction, triggered a huge response both online and in social media.

The story, complete with a digital image of Mark Winterbottom’s FPR Falcon attacking the circuit, also featured on Network Seven’s Sunrise breakfast news program.

Today’s was the latest in Speedcafe.com’s series of April Fools pranks that have included a new the Car of the Future offering, a shock driver swap, prescription windscreens and a dramatic change to the Bathurst 1000’s format.

A Dick Johnson comeback was also touted

A Dick Johnson comeback was also touted

Elsewhere, V8 Supercars teams also got into the April Fools spirit this year with their own stories.

Dick Johnson Racing announced a special wildcard entry for Bathurst featuring a racing return for team owner Johnson.

The 68-year-old was said to be planning on linking with former team-mate and current DJR driver coach John Bowe for the comeback.

The HRT's truck, complete with floating device

The HRT’s truck, complete with floating device

The Holden Racing Team meanwhile circulated a story claiming its transporter had missed the boat back from Tasmania to the mainland.

The crisis had reportedly been solved, however, by a flotation kit allowing the truck to make the Bass Straight crossing on its own accord.

See below for links to Speedcafe.com’s previous April Fools stories.

2013

Dick Johnson Racing announces bold new future

2012

Food poisoning rules Garth Tander out of Sunday race

2011
Revolutionary windscreen design in V8s

2010
Bathurst 1000 to be split into two races?

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