Supercars set to retain Australian GP slot

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It was announced earlier today that the second and third tier open wheel classes will race at Albert Park for the first time next year.

The announcement was made as part of a new engagement between Formula 1 and the Australian Grand Prix Corporation that will see F1 continue to race in Melbourne until at least 2035.

The addition of F2 and F3 to what is traditionally one of the busiest submaps will undoubtedly impact the local category pool vying for an AGP support slot.

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However, early indications are that Supercars are unlikely to lose their place on next year’s calendar.

UKTN understands informal assurances have been made by the AGPC that the top-flight touring car championship will join F1, F2 and F3 at Albert Park.

“We have a great long-term relationship with AGPC and F1 and we look forward to being part of the event again,” a Supercars spokesperson said.

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Supercars have been a staple of AGP since the days of Adelaide with only sporadic omissions over the years.

In recent years, Albert Park has been transformed from a non-championship event to a full round of point-paying Supercars thanks to the construction of a separate pit lane, directly behind the F1 pit lane.

The Carrera Cup is another staple of the AGP undercard and the one-make Porsche series could certainly face pressure given the new F2/F3.

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The same goes for S5000, which has been featured at the last two Albert Park events. However, dwindling networks left a wider question mark over the future of the V8-powered open-wheel series.

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