The Australian V8 Supercars championship is a racing category that enjoys a high level of popularity in Australia, comparable to F1. Originally called the Australian Touring Car Championship, it started out as a fierce competition between local automakers, but in 1993, became a battleground for cars equipped with V8 engines, and thus was renamed the V8 Supercar Series in 1997.
This season, a total of 15 races will decide the championship. The season is comprised of both sprint and endurance races, with no pit stops required in the sprint races, and two to four races held over a weekend. The season closer is an endurance race of more than 500kms, while the biggest event of the season is the Bathurst 1000 endurance race held every October, and one of the most famous sporting events in Australia.