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Trevor Collett | Feb, 06 2015 | 2 Comments

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation has today locked in the on-track support categories for next month’s Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix.

As expected, the support categories will be headed by Australia’s V8 Supercar category, which will contest the non-championship MSS Security Challenge.

Last year’s event saw the Volvo team break a 17-year drought in Australian touring car racing when driver Scott McLaughlin took the then-new S60 Polestar to victory in Sunday’s race.

The teams will have already contested the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide ahead of the Grand Prix meeting, and drivers like Marcos Ambrose will have had seat time to learn their new teams and cars.

Porsche 911 GT3 Carrera Cup cars will return to Albert Park this year, and more on-track action will come via the Heritage Touring Cars series.

The ‘Ultimate Speed Comparison’ also returns for 2015, where a Mercedes-AMG A 45 road car takes on a Red Bull Racing Australia V8 Supercar and the Swisse Australian Grand Prix two-seater Formula 1 racer in a one-lap handicap spectacular.

"To have Australia's top two motorsport categories - the MSS V8 Supercars Challenge and the Porsche Carrera Cup - complemented by the Ultimate Speed Comparison and now the Heritage Touring Cars is a fantastic coup for the event," Australian Grand Prix Corporation’s Craig Fletcher said.

At a more controlled pace, the Shannons Demonstration will see historic racers take to the track for parade laps over the race weekend, and a group of 30 Ferraris will celebrate the Prancing Horse’s motorsport achievements over the years.

These vehicles will be also be available to view in the ‘Action Zone’ precinct when not on track.

A notable absentee from this year’s event will be the celebrity challenge, which was fought out last year by 19 well-known faces in a fleet of Mazda3s.

The 2015 Australian F1 Grand Prix is scheduled to run from March 12-15 at the Albert Park street circuit in Melbourne.

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