V8 Supercar has announced its calendar for the 2016 season with the main headline being the confirmation of the first ever Malaysian round.

The KL City Grand Prix which takes place on 12-14th of August will be the 9th round of a 16 round championship which spans from the 1st weekend in March to the last weekend in November.

The confirmation of the Malaysian round comes after a demonstration last month on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, V8 Supercars Chief Executive James Warburton believes next year will be even more exciting with a full field.

“Malaysians were genuinely excited to see our five cars race through the streets of KL and we can only imagine their reaction when the full field is on the grid next year,” Warburton said.

“We expect up to 10,000 Australians to travel to Kuala Lumpur for the event which will also build exposure for V8 Supercars across Asia.”

The other noticeable change is the move of the Phillip Island SuperSprint from November to April, becoming the third championship event of the season.

V8 Supercars officials have also shortened the gaps, with only a four-week winter break creating a more compressed calendar for teams, drivers and fans alike.

“We have a taken a close look at the calendar and come up with something that will be great for the teams, drivers and fans across Australia,” Warburton said.

“This more compact calendar delivers consistent and regular events throughout the season and expands the championship into Asia in what is a truly exciting development for the sport.

The 2016 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix is a non-championship event. The full calendar is below and remains subject to final FIA approval.

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