V8X Top 10

V8X magazine has produced a top 10 drivers in V8 Supercars.  The ‘Best Ever’, as long as you only count since 1993.

10. Rick Kelly
9. Russell Ingall
8. John Bowe
7. Greg Murphy
6. Glenn Seton
5. Garth Tander
4. Jamie Whincup
3. Craig Lowndes
2. Mark Skaife
1. Marcos Ambrose

Good list?  Well, pretty boring list really.

A very quick analysis shows that it includes the 9 drivers who have won a championship since 1993 and Greg Murphy.  It was probably harder choosing Murphy than the rest of the 10.

The list is a bit of a dis-service of the older drivers in Seton and Bowe, whom I believe should be higher on the list.  Glenn Seton, especially, as for a long while he was the most successful driver of the era.

Greg Murphy in 7th is a strange position.  He hasn’t won any championships but has had some good runs at Bathurst (not to mention, ‘that lap’). But if Bathurst wins was the criteria, where is Larry Perkins as he’s had 3 wins in this period.  10th for Murphy I could understand but 7th seems a touch too high.

What about Jason Bright (Bathurst and bad luck)? Steven Richards (back to back in Ford and Holden)? Jim Richards (always quick)?

From V8X’s website, it states the list comes from the following: “the drivers from one to 10 that you would hunt out for your team if your life depended on a race’s outcome.”

Using that, rather than general perfomance (and assuming Bathurst was quite likely the race in question), I’d make this list:

10. Glenn Seton
9. Larry Perkins
8. Garth Tander
7. Jamie Whincup
6. Greg Murphy
5. John Bowe
4. Russell Ingall
3. Jim Richards
2. Mark Skaife
1. Craig Lowndes

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