History at Phillip Island
History will be made at Phillip Island this weekend with the 500th round of Australian Touring Car/V8 Supercars Championship. The WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint from April 15-17 will be the first Championship event in Victoria for 2016.
The first Championship event was held at Gnoo-Blas near Orange in February 1960. This weekend’s round will be the 27th at Phillip Island since the first round was held there in 1976.
Chris Pither had his debut with Super Black Racing at Phillip Island last year and is excited to get back to the circuit for the second time. “Given the last couple of rounds, I will be looking forward to a smooth run this weekend. Its been a hard few weeks I will be putting everything I have into making sure this a good one” says Chris.
It promises to an exciting weekend of racing after a dramatic start to the season at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide and the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint. Five races this season have so far produced five different winners.
The V8 Supercars Dunlop Series will return to Phillip Island for the first time since 2007, bringing with it a double-dose of V8 action. Also featuring over the weekend will be the Aussie Racing Cars, V8 Utes Series and the CAMS Australian Formula 4 Championship.
Race fans can pitch their tent trackside for a budget-friendly $70 per person for the weekend. The campground is just a short stroll from the track, offers great facilities and breathtaking views of Bass Strait. The very popular Park and View option returns this weekend too, giving fans the chance to park their car trackside just like the old days.
V8 Supercars practice begins at the WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint on Friday at 1.55pm local time, with the event broadcast live on SKY Sport and FOX SPORT across the weekend.