Name = Sandown International Raceway | Location =
Owner = Melbourne Racing Club
V8 Supercars, Easternats
Length_km = 3.1
Length_mi = 1.94
Turns = 13
Direction = anti-clockwise
Record_time = 1:08.3559
Record_driver = Simon Wills
Record_team = Reynard 94D
Record_year = 1999
Sandown International Raceway is a motor racing circuit in
Melbourne, Victoria, approximately convert|25|km|mi|0 south east of the city centre.
Sandown Racecoursewas first built as a horse racing facility, dating back into the 19th century, but closed in the 1930s in a government run rationalisation program. Redevelopment began not long after World War II. A bitumen motor racing circuit was built around the outside of the proposed horse track (which was not completed until 1965) and was first opened in 1962and held the race which became the Sandown 500for the first time in 1964. This race was one of the 'endurance' races in the V8 Supercarcalendar.
When Sandown first opened in 1962 it held the Sandown International Cup, which featured world-famous drivers such as
Stirling Mossand Bruce McLaren. Throughout the 1960s and 70s the race meetings continued to attract international stars along with the best of Australia's drivers.
Holden/ Fordrivalry really surfaced at the track in the late 1960s and through the 1970s until Peter Brockwon seven meetings in a row, out of a total of nine.
1984 saw the first appearance of
Group Atouring cars and an extension of the track to convert|3.9|km|mi|1. It also saw the first 500 km race, named the Castrol 500. In 1989 the track reverted back to convert|3.1|km|mi|1.
The 1990, 1993 and 1994 events had no major sponsor and were underwritten by Jon Davison.
With the creation of the
V8 Supercarsseries, they included the Sandown 500event as part of their calendar until 1998. The race was then held as a sprint round until 2000, then as three 150 km races with pit stops in 2001 and 2002. The event was won by Todd Kellyin 2001 and by Marcos Ambrosein 2002. They returned to the 500 km format in 2003 with a sponsorship deal with Betta Electricaland have been a large part of the series since. The 2003 event was won by Mark Skaifeand Todd Kellyfor the Holden Racing Team. In 2004 it was won by Marcos Ambroseand Greg Ritterin a Pirtek-backed Stone Brothers RacingFalcon. In 2005, it was won by Craig Lowndesand Frenchman Yvan Mullerin a Betta Electrical backed Falcon. In 2006, Ford Performance Racing got its maiden endurance victory with Mark Winterbottomand Jason Bright. In 2007, the major sponsor of the Sandown 500 is Just-Car Insurance and the event is called the Just Car Insurance 500, and was won by Craig Lowndes, his fourth victory, and Jamie Whincup.
For the 2008 season, the 500 kilometre endurance race has been moved to the Phillip Island. Sandown remains on the calendar, but will host a regular sprint race format. The 2008 event from 7th to 9th June was known as the Midas 400.
Easternats is a car festival held at the race track annually. It attracts a large number of entrants for the show'n'shine and various other events. It comprises usually a turn out of 750 entered vehicles.
* [http://www.sandown.net.au Sandown Raceway]
* [http://www.easternats.com.au Easternats]
* [http://www.sandown400.com/ Sandown 400]
* [http://www.v8supercar.com.au/circuits/circuitmfcts.asp?vid=114&ind=M V8 Supercar's info of Sandown Raceway]
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