SUPERCARS has released a draft of its 2022 Supercars Championship calendar, featuring 13 rounds between March and November.
The line-up of events is as previously revealed by V8 Sleuth, including a Sydney Motorsport Park finale, one ‘To Be Confirmed’ slot in late July and a notable absence of The Bend.
After two years of COVID-19 pandemic-related interruptions, Supercars plans to welcome back a host of events next year, including what will now be the season-opener in Newcastle on March 4-6.
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Following that are Symmons Plains (March 26-27), Albert Park (April 7-10), Wanneroo (April 30-May 1, night racing), Winton (May 21-22), Hidden Valley (June 18-19) and Townsville (July 8-10).
The TBC on July 30-31 then leads into Sandown (August 19-21), Pukekohe (September 10-11), Bathurst (October 6-9), Gold Coast (October 28-30) and Sydney Motorsport Park (November 18-20).
The Symmons Plains, Winton, Sandown and Pukekohe rounds are listed as SuperSprint events, meaning there will still only be one endurance race and no 500-kilometre warm-up to Bathurst.
Sydney’s finale is listed as a ‘Beaurepaires Sydney Super600’, in line with expectations that it will host two 300km races, and is set to take place under lights.
Regarding the TBC, a statement from Supercars notes: “One event in July will be listed as TBC in the draft calendar as discussions continue with circuit providers on the event to be held on that date.
“Supercars is working closely with Tony Quinn at Queensland Raceway on preparations to return to racing at the Ipswich circuit in the future.”
As previously reported, The Bend is also a chance to fill the TBC if a deal can be struck, while there is hope of the Adelaide 500 making a comeback at year’s end, pending the SA election result in March.
Although there remains some uncertainty, Supercars CEO Sean Seamer expressed hope for a more normal 2022 after two years of interrupted schedules.
“The 2022 season will follow an unprecedented two years for Supercars in which the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in two revised calendars – a huge achievement given the nature of the sport,” he said.
“It has been fantastic to welcome fans back to events this year, and we will continue to ensure this is done safely and in line with national guidelines as we welcome more fans back in 2022.
“We are very pleased with the interest in Supercars growing continuously through large audiences watching our world-class broadcast and a significant growth of our presence online across the globe.”
The Newcastle, Perth, Townsville, Sandown, Bathurst and Sydney events will also feature the Dunlop Super2 Series.
Supercars’ Gen3 Mustang and Camaro will also feature at several events, cutting exhibition and testing laps ahead of the race debut of the new cars in 2023.
DRAFT CALENDAR: 2021 Repco Supercars Championship
|1||March 4-6||Newcastle||Repco Newcastle 500|
|2||March 26-27||Symmons Plains||Tasmania SuperSprint|
|3||April 7-10||Albert Park||Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix|
|4||April 30-May 1||Wanneroo||Bunnings Trade Perth SuperNight|
|5||May 21-22||Winton||Winton SuperSprint|
|6||June 18-19||Hidden Valley||Merlin Darwin Triple Crown|
|7||July 8-10||Reid Park||NTI Townsville 500|
|9||August 19-21||Sandown||Penrite Sandown SuperSprint|
|10||September 10-11||Pukekohe||ITM Auckland SuperSprint|
|11||October 6-9||Mount Panorama||Repco Bathurst 1000|
|12||October 28-30||Surfers Paradise||Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500|
|13||November 18-20||Sydney Motorsport Park||Beaurepaires Sydney Super600|