With this weekend’s Wilson Security Sandown 500 set to be one of the season’s most exciting races, there are plenty of ways for fans to follow.
The first PIRTEK Enduro Cup event, seeing main series drivers share duties with co-drivers, will see the new generation V8 Supercars run the longest distance so far this season.
Many of the pairings have been strong talking points – Greg Murphy returning to V8 Supercars with in-form, recent race winner James Courtney; Steven Johnson driving outside of his family team in a Mercedes-Benz with rookie Maro Engel; and a handful of international drivers who will not get a taste of their V8 Supercars until the event.
Five-time ‘500’ winner Mark Skaife – who has won at all three venues that have recently hosted the Bathurst lead-in race – tipped Craig Lowndes as the hot favourite for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. But the Red Bull Racing Australia great, who with current co-driver Warren Luff won the Sandown 500 last year, surely is a shot this weekend as well.
The Championship is as close at it has ever been with a record 12 winners so far this season and less than one race’s allocation of points separating the top nine drivers.
Ensure you don’t miss a second, with plenty of ways to follow this weekend’s Wilson Security Sandown 500.
Watch it LIVE
Why not come down this weekend? Tickets are still available trackside and for grandstand seating and Sandown Raceway is approximately 30km from the Melbourne CBD. Find more information about getting to the circuit here.
Alternatively, you can save 30 percent buying the PIRTEK Enduro Cup Pass, granting access to all three of the endurance races.
Paddock passes are available across the weekend and there are plenty of interactive activities such as autograph sessions, the Disney-Pixar Fun Zone and a range of support categories to keep you entertained.
All states will receive coverage of the 500 live.
Sydney and Brisbane fans need to tune in to Channel Seven from 1.30pm Saturday to catch V8 EXTRA, and the Qualifying sessions and races.
A 20-minute session (with a time set by either driver) will determine starting positions for a 20-lap co-driver race. Those finishing positions will dictate the grid for a 20-lap main series driver race, and the final result will determine where each car starts the following day.
The races are not for points and after adopting the qualifying format at Sandown last year, the races proved so exciting they were the inspiration for this year’s 60/60 Super Sprint races.
TV times are the same for Melbourne viewers, though coverage will be aired on SevenMate.
Adelaide fans can tune in from 1pm and Perth supporters from 11.30am on SevenMate.
Sunday’s race is on the same channel for each state, with the Eastern States beginning coverage at 12pm, Adelaide 11.30am and Perth 10am.
The sport’s own live, uninterrupted stream will air all the race action as well as Practice Four on Saturday morning at 10.18am AEST, making it the first place to see the V8 Supercars, some with revised liveries, for the event.
V8 SuperView is hosted by Riana Crehan and offers expert commentary from the Channel Seven on-air line-up during the race action.
The recently launched subscription service offers fans worldwide the opportunity to watch through an internet browser.
A Championship Pass is available for purchase for the remainder of the season, as well a $14.95 option for the PIRTEK Enduro Cup, the three long distance races on the calendar.
There is also a bundle pack for those who follow the Dunlop Series (the second-tier series is not running at Sandown, but will be on-track for next event the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000).
V8 Supercars 2013 Official App
Displaying live timing, lap-by-lap insider information and news as it breaks, the V8 Supercars 2013 Official App is handy to have, whether you’re at the race and planning to watch away from a big screen; or if you want additional information watching from the comfort of your own home.
Instant notifications will alert you to new available news stories and you can download a package of each session once it’s completed.
Want to know what the drivers and teams had to say about their performance on Twitter? It’s all linked up – so don’t miss a beat with the V8 Supercars Official App, available for both Apple and Android.
Twitter and Facebook will run the usual updates, as well as alerting you to current news on V8Supercars.com.au and giving you a place to interact with other viewers.
In fact, prior to the event, on Thursday at 4.30pm Craig Lowndes will be taking control of V8 Supercars’ Twitter account, running wild on social media to answer fans’ questions. Make sure you follow @V8Supercars and use #Lowndestakeover to ensure your tweet gets to the former Champion.
As always, V8supercars.com.au will give you the latest breaking official news with regular updates over the weekend, throughout the PIRTEK Enduro Cup and for the remainder of the Championship season.
Looking for circuit information, Supplementary Regulations, schedule, the Engineer Preview or Fast Facts? Head to the event page for all you need to know about the Wilson Security Sandown 500.
The lap-by-lap articles will run across the weekend as usual, and of course it is the place to visit for official results, race wraps and driver comments.
We now head into the grueling, challenging but most rewarding part of the season. Who will take the first big win? Who will lead the Championship points after this weekend? Which co-drivers will prove invaluable and who will crumble under the pressure?
With so much to unfold, follow the V8 Supercars Wilson Security Sandown 500 any – and every – way you can.