Fans who attend the 2018 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix will experience a Supercars Championship round for the first time in history.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren joined representatives of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Virgin Australia Supercars Championship and Supercar drivers in Albert Park today to announce that the Supercar race at next year’s Grand Prix will be a points round of the Championship calendar.
Supercars have previously competed at the Grand Prix as an exhibition event, with no Championship points on offer.
The introduction of a Supercars Championship round is another exciting addition to the action-packed race program, and will make for more competitive viewing.
The points race is expected to attract greater local and international interest – meaning more visitors and a further boost to local businesses.
The Supercars Championship is one of Australia’s largest sports, and is an important part of Victoria’s massive major events calendar.
That’s why the partnership and contractual agreement between the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and Supercars has also been extended for a further six years until 2023, meaning it’s here to stay.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren
“As of next year, some of the best Supercar drivers will have it all to play for right here at Albert Park.”
“The Supercars Championship will take the spectacle of competitive racing to a new level, ensuring the major event spotlight remains firmly on Melbourne.”
Quote attributable to Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott
“We continually listen to our fans and there has been a strong appetite for a Supercars Championship round, so we see the partnership as a highly beneficial one and we are excited to bring this opportunity to fruition.”
Quote attributable to Virgin Australia Supercars Championship CEO James Warburton
“A Championship round and the six-year contract extension through to 2023 will be warmly received by our fans and add a new dimension to the event.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020