Details of next year’s V8 Supercars Championship calendar have been revealed today, with series organisers unveiling a substantially reordered schedule of events, with a record 15 championship rounds.
Among the most obvious changes to the calendar are the return of the traditional Sandown 500 in September and Tasmania’s Symmons Plains event will also move, from November to late March/early April.
Phillips Island, which has traditionally played host to the pre-Bathurst endurance race with its own 500-kilometre race, will now take up a May date, on the back of Sandown Raceway now reclaiming the honours of hosting the first endurance race of the season.
The calendar’s first offshore event, the ITM400 in the New Zealand city of Hamilton, will be the last to be staged on the street circuit after V8SA and the city’s council agreed to terminate the contract early.
Another change is the move of the YAS V8 400 at Abu Dhabi to a November slot, where the event will be a support to the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The event – the season-opening round this year – has been a proverbial white elephant for V8SA, suffering from appalling attendance figures.
At least this time around there will be some people watching it…
Just a week after Abu Dhabi, there is a ‘TBA’ slot with details of the venue not yet revealed. Given it occurs the week after the Abu Dhabi round, expect this to be an event in the Middle East – Qatar’s impressive Losail circuit could be a possible venue.
2012 V8 Supercars Championship Calendar:
|01-04 MAR||Clipsal 500||Adelaide street circuit|
|15-18 MAR||Australian Grand Prix*||Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne|
|30 MAR – 01 APR||Falken Tasmanian Challenge||Symmons Plains, Launceston|
|20-22 APR||ITM Hamilton 400||Hamilton, New Zealand|
|04-06 MAY||Trading Post Perth Challenge||Barbagallo Raceway, Perth|
|18-20 MAY||Phillip Island||Phillip Island GP Circuit|
|15-17 JUN||Sky City Triple Crown||Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin|
|06-08 JUL||Sucrogen Townsville 400||Townsville street circuit|
|03-05 AUG||Coates Hire Ipswich 300||Queensland Raceway, Ipswich|
|24-26 AUG||Winton 300||Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla|
|14-16 SEP||Sandown 500||Sandown Raceway, Melbourne|
|04-07 OCT||Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000||Mt Panorama Circuit, Bathurst|
|19-21 OCT||Armor All Gold Coast 600||Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast|
|02-04 NOV||Yas V8 400||Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi|
|30 NOV – 02 DEC||Sydney Telstra 500||Homebush street circuit, Sydney|
* Denotes non-championship round
[Image via V8 Supercars Australia]