Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: V8 Supercars | posted September 08, 2015 17:24
V8 Supercars to hold first international championship in Kuala Lumpur next year
The 2016 Australian V8 Supercars will not only take place in the Land Down Under as Kuala Lumpur will become a part of next year's season.
V8 Supercars Chief Executive Officer James Warburton said that the 2016 season will be “the most exciting the sport had seen and a major win for fans”.
“We have a taken a close look at the calendar and come up with something that will be great for the teams, drivers and fans across Australia. This more compact calendar delivers consistent and regular events throughout the season and expands the championship into Asia in what is a truly exciting development for the sport,” added Warburton.
V8 Supercars held a demonstration event last August in Malaysia to which the locals were treated to the sights and sounds of the championship. V8 Supercars is slated to return to Kuala Lumpur from August 12 – 14, 2016 for an official championship event.
“Malaysians were genuinely excited to see our five cars race through the streets of KL and we can only imagine their reaction when the full field is on the grid next year,” Warburton said.
The CEO added that he expects that about 10,000 Australians will travel to Malaysia on the event itself.
The 2016 V8 Supercars calendar as follows:
1.)March 3-6 – Clipsal 500 Adelaide SuperStreet
2.)March 18-20 – Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint
3.)March 31 – April 3 – 2016 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix (Non-Championship Event)
4.)April 15-17 – WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint
5.)May 6-8 – Perth SuperSprint
6.)May 20-22 – Winton SuperSprint
7.)June 17-19 – SkyCity Triple Crown Darwin
8.)July 8-10 – Castrol EDGE Townville 400
9.)July 22-24 – Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint
10.)Aug 12-14 – KL City Grand Prix
11.)Aug 26-28 – Sydney Motorsport Park SuperSprint
12.)Sept 16-18 – Wilson Security Sandown 500 Pirtek Enduro Cup
13.)Oct 6-9 – Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Pirtek Enduro Cup
14.)Oct 21-23 – Castol Gold Coast 600 Pirtek Enduro Cup
15.)Nov 4-6 – ITM Auckland SuperSprint
16.)Nov 25-27 – Coates Hire Sydney 500 SupeStreet