The city of Newcastle is all but set to join the Australian Supercars championship calendar as a replacement for the season-ending Sydney 500.
The industrial city, located 160 kilometres north of Sydney, is the second most populated in New South Wales and has been an often-rumoured contender to join the championship calendar.
Reports in the Newcastle Herald newspaper have confirmed that the city’s council formally signed off on a five-year agreement with Destination NSW to allow the event to go ahead.
Proposed track layouts will then be shortlisted; one layout under consideration is a waterfront circuit that navigates through the city’s scenic esplanade area (pictured).
The news comes hot on the heels of contract extensions for two of the championship’s other major street circuit events at Townsville and Surfers Paradise.
Images via Newcastle Herald and Port of Newcastle