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Supercars sets 2024 dates for Townsville, Gold Coast

ANOTHER couple of slots on the 2024 Repco Supercars Championship calendar have been cemented, with dates announced for anniversary Townsville and Gold Coast rounds.

Next year will mark 15 years since the inaugural Townsville Supercars event, with the traditional July 5-7 weekend locked in – and confirmed as a stop on the 2024 Dunlop Series schedule too.

It’ll also be a familiar time of year for the other Queensland street race, which will be held on October 25-27.

Next year marks the 30th anniversary of the V8 category’s first run at the Surfers Paradise circuit, which came in a non-championship appearance supporting the IndyCar event.

Those are the second and third event dates officially publicised for next season, following the new ITM Taupo SuperSprint being slated for April 19-21.

The remainder of the Supercars calendar is close to being finalised, with an additional Bathurst round (February 23-25) approved to open the season in Newcastle’s absence.

Beyond that, Supercars’ continued presence at Albert Park hasn’t been formally announced yet but is essentially a certainty, and the 2024 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix is set for March 22-24.

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On Townsville and Gold Coast, Queensland Tourism and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe celebrated their milestone renewals.

“The streets of Townsville and the Gold Coast will again next year be buzzing with the high-octane energy the Supercars bring to town, alone with their legions of dedicated fans,” he said.

“The events combined, inject an estimated $90 million into our visitor economy, supporting good Queensland jobs and our tourism and hospitality operators.

“Congratulations to Supercars on reaching two important milestones next year. It’s been terrific to be on the journey with you as we race headlong into another action-packed championship series in 2024.”

Supercars CEO Shane Howard added: “Both the Townsville and Gold Coast rounds have become key events on our annual calendar and are favourites of fans and the drivers alike, with door-to-door racing and live music acts providing something for everyone.

“The Gold Coast street circuit is one of the longest running street races in world motorsport and every year more than 20,000 fans travel from around Australia to join our biggest party of the year.

“We’re proud to celebrate 15 years of delivering North Queensland’s biggest annual sporting event and we know fans are already planning their winter getaways to be a part of the 2024 event.”

Cam Waters attacks the Surfers Paradise kerbs. Pic: Supplied/Mark Horsburgh
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