The 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series was an FIA sanctioned international motor racing series for V8 Supercars. It was the twelfth V8 Supercar Championship Series and the fourteenth series in which V8 Supercars have contested the premier Australian touring car title. The championship began on 19 February in the Middle East at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit and concluded on 5 December at the Homebush Street Circuit. These events were held in all states of Australia and in the Northern Territory as well as in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and New Zealand. The 51st Australian Touring Car Championship title was awarded to the winner of the Drivers Championship by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport.
James Courtney won the Drivers Championship for Dick Johnson Racing by 65 points from Jamie Whincup in the final race of the season at the 2010 Sydney Telstra 500. Championship Team of the Year was awarded to Triple Eight Race Engineering and Champion Manufacturer of the Year to Holden.
The following teams and drivers contested the 2010 championship.
|Team||Vehicle||No.||Drivers||Rounds||Phillip Island/Bathurst||Gold Coast|
|Triple Eight Race Engineering||Holden VE Commodore||1||Jamie Whincup||All||Steve Owen|
|888||Craig Lowndes||All||Mark Skaife||Andy Priaulx|
|Holden Racing Team||Holden VE Commodore||2||Garth Tander||All||Cameron McConville|
|22||Will Davison||All||David Reynolds||Ryan Briscoe|
|Walkinshaw Racing||10||Andrew Thompson||All|| Nick Percat
|24||Fabian Coulthard||All||Craig Baird||David Reynolds|
|Tony D'Alberto Racing||Holden VE Commodore||3||Tony D'Alberto||All||Shane Price||Tiago Monteiro|
|Stone Brothers Racing||Ford FG Falcon||4||Alex Davison||All||David Brabham|
|James Rosenberg Racing||47||Tim Slade||All||Jack Perkins||Hélio Castroneves|
|Ford Performance Racing||Ford FG Falcon||5||Mark Winterbottom||All||Luke Youlden|
|6||Steven Richards||All||James Moffat||Will Power|
|Rod Nash Racing||55||Paul Dumbrell||All||Dean Canto||Jacques Villeneuve|
|Kelly Racing||Holden VE Commodore||7||Todd Kelly||All||Dale Wood||Scott Dixon|
|11||Jason Bargwanna||All||Glenn Seton||Alex Tagliani|
|15||Rick Kelly||All||Owen Kelly|
|16||Tony Ricciardello||All||Taz Douglas||Dale Wood|
|Brad Jones Racing||Holden VE Commodore||8||Jason Richards||1-12||Andrew Jones|
|14||Jason Bright||All||Alain Menu|
|Britek Motorsport||21||Karl Reindler||All||David Wall|
|Triple F Racing||Ford FG Falcon||12||Dean Fiore||All||Michael Patrizi||Gianni Morbidelli|
|Dick Johnson Racing||Ford FG Falcon||17||Steven Johnson||All||Marcus Marshall||Dario Franchitti|
|18||James Courtney||All||Warren Luff|
|Tekno Autosports||19||Jonathon Webb||All||David Russell||Sébastien Bourdais|
|Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||Holden VE Commodore||30||Daniel Gaunt||1-7||Mark Noske||Scott Pruett|
|Garry Rogers Motorsport||Holden VE Commodore||33||Lee Holdsworth||All||David Besnard||Greg Ritter|
|34||Michael Caruso||All||Greg Ritter||Patrick Long|
|Paul Morris Motorsport||Holden VE Commodore||39||Russell Ingall||All||Paul Morris||Jack Perkins|
|51||Paul Morris||1|| Tim Blanchard
|MW Motorsport||Ford BF Falcon||27||N/A||9-10|| Ant Pedersen
|Greg Murphy Racing||Holden VE Commodore||44||N/A||9-10|| Geoff Emery
Italics indicate driver did not take part in a race.
Full-time drivers were no longer allowed to partner one another for the endurance races at the L&H 500 at Phillip Island and the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama in an effort to make both the championship and the endurance races more competitive.
Following a failed attempt to get former champion Marcos Ambrose to make a one-off guest appearance at the 2009 Sydney Telstra 500, the V8 Supercars Executive Board approved plans to allow for one-off guest drives. The system would work in a similar fashion to the "Wildcard" entries that the series allows to drivers and teams from the Fujitsu Development Series to step up to the V8 Supercars during the endurance races. Ambrose had been earmarked as a target for such an appearance, with the series looking to allow international drivers to take part in the offshore races in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi at the start of the season.
The following events made up the 2010 series. The proposed event for Queensland Raceway in early May was cancelled in January after V8 Supercar and circuit operators were unable to agree to terms. The Ipswich venue was later restored to the calendar. Barbagallo Raceway was later removed with V8 Supercar citing workplace health and safety regulations.
Calendar is as follows:
|Race||Event||Circuit||City / state||Date||Winner||Team||Report|
|1||Yas V8 400||Yas Marina Circuit||Yas Island, United Arab Emirates||18-20 Feb||Jamie Whincup||Triple Eight Race Engineering||report|
|2||Jamie Whincup||Triple Eight Race Engineering|
|3||Desert 400||Bahrain International Circuit||Manama, Bahrain||25-27 Feb||Jamie Whincup||Triple Eight Race Engineering||report|
|4||Jamie Whincup||Triple Eight Race Engineering|
|5||Clipsal 500||Adelaide Street Circuit||Adelaide, South Australia||11-14 Mar||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team||report|
|6||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team|
|7||ITM Hamilton 400||Hamilton Street Circuit||Hamilton, New Zealand||16-18 Apr||Jamie Whincup||Triple Eight Race Engineering||report|
|8||Jamie Whincup||Triple Eight Race Engineering|
|9||City of Ipswich 300||Queensland Raceway||Ipswich, Queensland||30 Apr - 2 May||James Courtney||Dick Johnson Racing||report|
|10||James Courtney||Dick Johnson Racing|
|11||Winton Motor Raceway||Winton Motor Raceway||Benalla, Victoria||14-16 May||James Courtney||Dick Johnson Racing||report|
|12||James Courtney||Dick Johnson Racing|
|13||Skycity Triple Crown||Hidden Valley Raceway||Darwin, Northern Territory||18-20 Jun||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Performance Racing||report|
|14||Jamie Whincup||Triple Eight Race Engineering|
|15||Sucrogen Townsville 400||Townsville Street Circuit||Townsville, Queensland||9-11 Jul||Jamie Whincup||Triple Eight Race Engineering||report|
|16||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Performance Racing|
|17||L&H 500||Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit||Phillip Island, Victoria||10-12 Sep||Craig Lowndes
|Triple Eight Race Engineering||report|
|18||Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000||Mount Panorama Circuit||Bathurst, New South Wales||7-10 Oct||Craig Lowndes
|Triple Eight Race Engineering||report|
|19||Armor All Gold Coast 600||Surfers Paradise Street Circuit||Surfers Paradise, Queensland||21-24 Oct||Garth Tander
|Holden Racing Team||report|
|Triple Eight Race Engineering|
|21||Falken Tasmania Challenge||Symmons Plains Raceway||Launceston, Tasmania||12-14 Nov||Craig Lowndes||Triple Eight Race Engineering||report|
|22||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Performance Racing|
|23||Norton 360 Sandown Challenge||Sandown Raceway||Melbourne, Victoria||19-21 Nov||Paul Dumbrell||Rod Nash Racing||report|
|24||James Courtney||Dick Johnson Racing|
|25||Sydney Telstra 500||Homebush Street Circuit||Sydney, New South Wales||3-5 Dec||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||report|
|26||Lee Holdsworth||Garry Rogers Motorsport|
Immediately prior to the season start, V8 Supercar launched a new publicity campaign, centred around American singer Pink and her 2001 recording Get the Party Started. The advertising campaign is called "The Greatest Show on Wheels" and is the first of a three-year deal between V8 Supercar and Pink.
Points are awarded to the driver or drivers of a car that completes 75% of the race distance and is running at the completion of the final lap.
|L&H 500 Qual||50||46||43||40||37||34||32||30||28||26||24||23||22||21||20||19||18||17||16||15||14||13||12||11||10||9||8||7||6|
|L&H 500 Feature||200||184||172||160||148||136||128||120||112||104||96||92||88||84||80||76||72||68||64||60||56||52||48||44||40||36||32||28||24||20|
Std denotes all races except the L&H 500, Bathurst 1000, and Surfers Paradise. These three races have unique rules.
L&H 500: The Phillip Island event was split into two qualifying races and a 500 km feature race. The two drivers per team were grouped into separate qualifying races that counted towards drivers' individual point totals and towards the starting grid for the feature race. The two drivers then shared one car for the 500 km endurance race.
Bathurst: Two drivers shared one car for the race.
Armor All Gold Coast 600: Each V8 Supercar team was required to have an international driver included in its driver lineup for each 300 km race. The international driver was required to complete 30% of the race distance. The event was run under a National permit, allowing International licence holders to compete but not to score championship points. This differed from the Bathurst event which was run under an International permit.
Bold - Pole position
Bold - Pole position
Holden took out the Champion Manufacturer of the Year award, having clinched the title at the Gold Coast 600 event with its 14th race win of the year. The award is given to the manufacturer that scores the most race wins during the Championship season.