The new 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship calendar released this week has confirmed the ITM Auckland SuperSprint will move to the ANZAC long weekend, coinciding with the 20th running of a Supercars Championship event in New Zealand.
Other changes in the 14 round 60th anniversary season include the Sydney Motorsport Park returning to the schedule as one of three events to be held under lights, joining the PIRTEK Perth SuperNight and rejuvenated Gold Coast 600.
Queensland’s Gold Coast and Townsville street races continue under new five-year deals also announced today.
In another key change revealed on Saturday, the PIRTEK Enduro Cup will open with a 500km race at The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia in September.
A new three-year deal following a commitment to safety upgrades keeps Sandown on the calendar in November, featuring a new 2x200km format that will be used at all SuperSprint events.
The change to the SuperSprint format means there’ll be more Supercars racing kilometres in 2020, despite moving from 15 to 14 events.
Phillip Island and Queensland Raceway have missed out on slots due to the return of Sydney and a desire to consolidate the calendar.
“It was important to us to increase the amount of Supercar racing for the fans at track and at home,” said Supercars CEO Sean Seamer.
“SuperSprint weekends are now full of Supercars racing on both days and we are really stepping up the entertainment value for fans and partners, on and off the track.
“We are also working hard on providing an improved offering for the fans with a more seamless experience from the time they buy a ticket to the time they leave the track, diverse food and beverage offerings including more modern options and additional entertainment.
Next year will have a regular flow of events every third weekend through the season, aside from a winter break for the Tokyo Olympics and two weeks between the final two events of the year.
“We believe events such as Auckland, Tailem Bend and Sandown are in even better times of year and we have been able to establish a more regular and consistent flow to all events, the teams have sufficient time between events to operate at the highest level,” Seamer said.
The season will start with a pre-season test at The Bend on February 18, two days before the Superloop Adelaide 500.
A seven-event Dunlop Super2 Series schedule has also been revealed, featuring two changes from 2019.
2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
|Pre-season test||The Bend Motorsport Park||18 February|
|1||Adelaide 500*||Adelaide Street Circuit||20-23 February|
|2||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park Street Circuit||12-15 March|
|3||Tasmania SuperSprint*||Symmons Plains Circuit||3-5 April|
|4||Auckland SuperSprint||Pukekohe Park||24-26 April|
|5||Perth SuperNight||Barbagallo Raceway||15-17 May|
|6||Winton SuperSprint||Winton Motor Raceway||5-7 June|
|7||Townsville 400*||Townsville Street Circuit||26-28 June|
|8||Darwin Triple Crown||Hidden Valley Raceway||17-19 July|
|9||Sydney SuperNight*||Sydney Motorsport Park||28-30 August|
|10||The Bend 5001||The Bend Motorsport Park||18-20 September|
|11||Bathurst 10001*||Mount Panorama||8-11 October|
|12||Gold Coast 6001||Surfers Paradise Street Circuit||30 October-1 November|
|13||Sandown 400*||Sandown Raceway||20-22 November|
|14||Newcastle 500*||Newcastle Street Circuit||4-6 December|
1 PIRTEK Enduro Cup