The 2017 Pirtek Endurance Cup gets underway at the home of the traditional Bathurst precursor, Sandown International Raceway.
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The joint motorsport and horse-racing facility challenges drivers, with the two long straights testing horsepower and the fast sweeper at Dandenong Road testing drivers.
Sandown's pedigree is in endurance racing, having first hosted an international six-hour touring-car race, which eventually became the Sandown 500, in 1964. The circuit became the traditional lead-in race to the Bathurst 1000 over the following years and first ran to 500 kilometres in 1984.
The 500km enduro went to Queensland Raceway from 1999 to 2002 and Phillip Island from 2008 to 2011, though the Sandown 500 returned to the championship calendar in 2012.
Expect the unexpected at Sandown. It's the first endurance hit-out of the season and the need to compromise on car setup for straight-line speed and handling, plus variable weather, often results in varied results.
Just two of the last 30 Sandown races have been won by the car starting on pole – Craig Lowndes/Greg Murphy for the Holden Racing Team in 1996 and Jamie Whincup/ Paul Dumbrell for Triple Eight in 2014 – highlighting the unpredictability of the event.
Grid positions will once again be determined by two 60km qualifying races, one for the co-drivers and one for the main drivers. The finishing order for the latter sets the grid for the Sandown 500.
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