Albert Park to create Supercars history

Supercars 1000th race

History will be made at the Beaurepaires Supercars Melbourne 400 on Saturday as the 1000th race of the Australian Touring Car Championship/Virgin Australia Supercars Championship takes place.

The iconic Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit will play host to the milestone event, which comes more than 59 years after the series first begun.

David McKay won the first championship race in 1960 when there was only one event per season.

Things have changed dramatically in the years since, though, with the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship consisting of 30 races in 15 events across two countries.

In the 999 completed races, current driver Jamie Whincup sits on top of the tree for most victories.

The Red Bull Holden Racing driver has won 113 races, six ahead of Craig Lowndes, who retired at the end of the 2018 season.

Mark Winterbottom (38 race wins) and Shane van Gisbergen (31) are the only other current drivers in the top 10.

Triple Eight Race Engineering boast the most race wins as a team, with 184, just ahead of Holden Racing Team/Walkinshaw Andretti United (180).

Holden cars have won 548 Supercars races but the early indications are that the Fords are the cars to beat in 2019.

Scott McLaughlin – driving the new Ford Mustang for Shell V-Power Racing – has won all three races so far this year.

That haul includes a double at the Superloop Adelaide 500 and the Melbourne opener on Friday.

In fact, the first five cars to cross the line in Friday’s first Beaurepaires Supercars Melbourne 400 race were Ford Mustangs.

McLaughlin will start from pole in the milestone 1000th race, to be run over 70km from 12.50pm.

Supercheap Auto Racing’s Chaz Mostert, who stormed from 22nd to fifth in Race 1 in Melbourne, will join McLaughlin on the front row of the grid.

Whincup and Monster Energy Racing’s Waters will be just behind them with all drivers undoubtedly keen to be the man to win what will be an historic Supercars event.

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