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Historic circuit set for national motorsport comeback

NATIONAL level motorsport will return to Baskerville Raceway as part of a new two-year deal for the annual Race Tasmania event.

Race Tasmania has become the regular season-opener for the Australian Racing Group’s suite of categories and will do so again next month on February 24-26.

That will unfold exclusively at Symmons Plains Raceway, south of Launceston, although next year a double-header returns as was seen at the inaugural 2021 edition.

On that occasion, Baskerville hosted exhibition races for TCR Australia, Touring Car Masters and Trans Am, plus S5000 demonstration laps.

Although exact dates and details are yet to be confirmed for the 2024 event, Baskerville will have some level of presence.

The 2.01km circuit is located in Old Beach, 25km north of the Hobart CBD, and is described as “Australia’s oldest continuously operating permanent circuit” having opened in 1958.

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ARG co-owner Barry Rogers spoke with excitement about the extension through 2025 for Race Tasmania as a whole.

“It’s been a great show of faith by the Tasmanian Government to extend Race Tasmania for a further two years,” he said.

“We are very excited as we approach the third edition of Race Tasmania at Symmons Plains on February 24-26.

“2024 will see a return to Baskerville in a double-header weekend of top level national motorsport.

“We and in particular my Dad, Garry, are extremely motivated to offer the motorsport fans of Tasmania the best value car racing experience possible.

“There is no better place in Australia during the summer period than Tasmania and we would like to thank Events Tasmania and Discover Tasmania for their support of Race Tasmania.”

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