A fan favourite, the Coates Hire Supercars Challenge, returns for 2017 with a new qualifying format which will see four sessions which set the order for all four of their races. Qualifying 1 sets the order for Race 1, Qualifying 2 sets the order for Race 2 and so on.
Garth Tander returns to his roots heading to Garry Rogers Motorsport, after Holden Racing Team (HRT) ends its long-term sponsorship with Holden. Holden’s factory support status moves onto the dominant Champion team Red Bull Racing for 2017. Reigning 2016 Supercars Championship winner Shane van Gisbergen is also the reigning “Albert Park” event Champion and will again be battling with 7 times Supercars Champion and team mate Jamie Whincup.
Upcoming New Zealander Scott McLaughlin will bid farewell to Garry Rogers Motorsport as well as Volvo as he makes the switch to DJR Team Penske to drive the legendary No. 17 Ford. Driving his team boss Dick Johnsons historic competition number should help boost him on the next big step in his career.
Notable new entry is Simona de Silvestro (first full time female driver in the Supercars Championship) from Switzerland; ex Sauber Formula 1 test driver, last raced in the FIA Formula E Championship and competed at the 2016 Bathurst Supercars round in an all-girl duo with Renee Gracie.
The Supercars Pit paddock is a part of the general admission area with free access for all General Admission patrons and is definitely a place to visit at the event. An opportunity to get up close and personal with your favourite Supercars driver, check out the amazing colour of the team transporters, purchase your favourite team merchandise and get a behind-the-scenes view of the team garages.