The V8 Supercars Championship will remain at Tasmania’s Symmons Plains Raceway for a further five years until the 2019 season, series organisers have confirmed.

The deal – believed to be worth a little over $6 million – will include the state government investing $2 million into upgrades into the Launceston circuit, which has played host to a round of Australia’s national touring car championship every year (bar two) since 1969.

“This five-year contract will ensure Tasmania retains the economic benefits of the biggest annual event in the state and, critically, includes long overdue circuit upgrades which creates a legacy for all motorsport,” V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton said.

“It’s vitally important that V8 Supercars plays its’ part in working with Government and CAMS (Confederation of Australian Motorsport) to ensure modern permanent facilities are provided for all levels of motorsport.”

Next year’s visit to the circuit is expected to occur in late March, following the traditional season-opening Clipsal 500 on the streets of Adelaide and the support-category races at the Australian Grand Prix. The latter is tipped to become a championship-level round next year.

Images via V8 Supercars Media

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