Race preview: OTR Super Sprint at The Bend Motorsport Park | PHOTOS

Holden driver Shane van Gisbergen and Ford’s Scott McLaughlin are among the favourites for an achievement that will last forever: victory in the inaugural Supercars Championship race at The Bend Motorsport Park.

Van Gisbergen has finished in the top two in seven of the past eight races for the Red Bull Racing Team, while Shell V-Power Racing Team's McLaughlin leads the championship.

Race one will be staged over 24 laps from 4.20pm on Saturday, while the 41-lap race two will begin at 1.40pm on Sunday.

Seven-time Supercars champion Jamie Whincup, who took laps at The Bend in a Mercedes in April, told Supercars.com its five-kilometre international circuit would offer a unique challenge.

"I normally pick up tracks very quickly but this one's ultra-technical," he said.

"Nothing's really similar to any other corner in the country.

"They've done a great job with bringing new corners into the design of the circuit and it had a fantastic flow.

"It's going to be a challenge for all of the drivers to work out the best way to go around each corner."

Shell V-Power Racing managing director Ryan Story told the website he expected an interesting weekend at the new venue.

"It levels the playing field, for sure, and presents its own challenges," he said.

"You do the best you can to prepare.

"It's going to be a fast track with a couple of really challenging corners in the back half."

Aside from the headline discipline, The Bend will host formula Ford, V8 touring cars, Aussie racing cars, the Porsche Carrera Cup and the Toyota 86 Racing Series over Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Go-karts will be available for hire, a four-wheel-drive adventure paddock and a Supercars paddock will be open, an outdoor cinema will screen films including Rush and Mad Max: Fury Road, and there will be demonstrations of aerobatics, a jet car, drifting, classic formula one cars and Team Army's "Armygeddon".

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