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Return of Newcastle 500 confirmed for 2023

THE Newcastle 500 has been confirmed on the Repco Supercars Championship calendar for 2023.

Supercars tentatively announced in July that the event would return as next year’s season opener, pending approval from the local council – which voted in favour of resuming the event in August – and approval from Heritage NSW, which has now been received.

The race will take place on March 10-12, 2023, with tickets for the event going on sale from 2pm AEDT on Thursday.

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“We’re thrilled that the dates are now locked in for our return to Newcastle and the debut of the Gen3 Camaro and Mustang,” Shane Howard, Supercars CEO, said.

“The Newcastle 500 is a world-class motorsport event, and we look forward to attracting the attention of motorsport enthusiasts and, once again, stage an event which sees flow-on benefits for the city’s hotels, bars, restaurants and retailers.”

“We’ve waited three years for our return, and we want to make sure Newcastle 2023 is an event to remember for years to come.”

Absent from the schedule since the onset of COVID-19, the event was meant to return as the 2022 season opener but was again postponed due to concerns over the number of virus cases in the local community in January.

“Newcastle and the Hunter enjoy a huge racing supporter base and I’m confident they will love to attend the season opener,” Nuatali Nelmes, City of Newcastle Lord Mayor, said.

“Local tourism and accommodation providers that have been heavily impacted by COVID-19 will be looking forward to and benefit from the economic stimulus provided by the Newcastle 500’s return.”

Per a media release from Supercars, tickets purchased for the 2022 Newcastle 500 originally scheduled in March will be valid for the 2023 event.

Anyone who purchased and requested a refund should be aware their tickets will no longer be valid. If fans purchased a Grandstand ticket, they will soon receive an email from Ticketek.

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