The Sandown 400 is truly racing at its best.
The legacy that is Sandown near the heart of Melbourne Australia continues to live on.
This venue still hosts motor car races as it has since the 1960s.
The permanent race track is now limited to how many races it can have yearly.
The five motor races that they continue to have include V8 supercars, which run in early November.
You will find that three of the five are run in the month of November, while the rest take place in March and July.
The events host some of the most famous drivers of Europe today.
The Midas 400 was held in June of 2008 and boasted the V8 Supercar Championships. The race was done with three races of 120km. It typically has well known teams such as Ford and Holden going against each other. The point system is used in scoring, and the compilation of the three days scores is what determines the overall winner. The action comes fast and furious as the cars speed past the spectators in an effort to take home the prize.
The races at Sandown have been won by some of the most famous drivers. The Castrol 500 that was run in 1984 seems to be the time that Sandown really came into its own. This event was the first endurance event and demanded that there must be more than one driver. Peter Brock and Larry Perkins with a little help from their Holden VK Commodore took the top honours that year. There have been many different cars that have had the chance to drive the winners. In successive years BMW, Nissan, Lamborghini and Porsche are just a few of the cars that have been driven to fame by the greatest names in racing; Jim Richards and Tony Longhurst, George Fury and Glenn Seton and in 2002 Paul Stokell and Anthony Tratt, the latter two drivers emerging as victors by a three second lead.
The 2005 event saw Craig Lowndes battle the odds to win in a heart stopping battle to the end. There were three laps to go when Craig Lowndes, a favourite at Sandown streaked past competitor Mark Skaife to a victory, the crowd literally standing on their feet for the thrilling finish. Craigs partner that year was Yvan Miller and he proved himself a worthy co driver. 2006 proved to be another fight to the finish, with only 0.158 seconds separating the first and second place winners. Jason Bright and Mark Winterbottom out manoeuvred the Kelley brothers to get the chequered flag.
The history at Sandown continues to be made with each passing year.
The cars and drivers seem to get better every year.
You can follow the races at the track and witness all the thrill of the roar of the engines or you can watch the events on the television.
The reasonable pricing for the races is one of the reasons that they usually play to sold out crowds.
So save yourself from any regrets and make sure you get in in time.
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