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S5000 to race at Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix

Tom Howard

Tuesday 17th September, 2019 - 12:00pm

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S5000 will race at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix

The all-new S5000 Series will host its 2020 opening round at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

Event organisers, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) have today confirmed the new V8 open wheel series will join a bumper support bill for the F1 season opener (March 12-15) that includes Supercars, TCR Australia and Porsche Carrera Cup Australia.

The Australian Racing Group, promoters of both S5000 and TCR Australia, had been in talks to also secure the former a spot at the Albert Park event with those discussions coming to fruition.

Today’s announcement comes in the week of the category’s maiden event at Sandown which will feature 11-time F1 race winner Rubens Barrichello.

It is expected that the S5000 class will feature a number of experienced open wheel stars from Australia and around the world, as well as a crop of next generation racing stars.

“There is always such a strong appetite from our fans for exciting on-track activity, so having the exciting S5000 class at our event is the perfect fit,” said AGPC CEO Andrew Westacott.

“AGPC is always looking to inspire the next generation of drivers and being able to showcase a new Australian motorsport category not just nationally, but globally, is such a fantastic opportunity for all involved.”

S5000 owners ARG are confident the new 560 horsepower single seaters will provide an added spectacle for fans at Albert Park.

“The Australian Racing Group is extremely pleased to confirm that S5000 will be on the grid at the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020,” said ARG’s Managing Director Matt Braid.

“These S5000 cars are going to be right at home on the Albert Park street circuit, and we look forward to providing the best racing for the fans.”

The length of the agreement with AGPC and race formats are yet to be confirmed.

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