Sandown Raceway has signed a three-year contract extension to remain on the Australian Supercars Championship calendar until at least the end of 2019.

The new contract extension, announced by Supercars CEO James Warburton ahead of today’s qualifying action for the Sandown 500 endurance race, is subject to sign-off by the FIA.

“This is one of the most historic events on our calendar and we are delighted to extend our partnership with Sandown,” Mr Warburton said.

“Our fans enjoy coming to Sandown and last year we had more than 61,000 people attend and an average television audience of nearly one million viewers across the event.

“This agreement provides certainty for the Wilson Security Sandown 500 and cements Supercars position in Victoria where we currently race four times a year, including the Australian Grand Prix.”

The new deal cements another event in Supercars’ 2017 championship calendar in the wake of the recent contract extension awarded to fellow Victorian venue Winton Raceway.

The full 2017 championship calendar will be unveiled ahead of next month’s Bathurst 1000.

The future of the event – one of the longest-standing in Australian touring car history – was the subject of much speculation amid expectations that venue’s owners, the Melbourne Racing Club, would sell the land to housing developers.

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