Great news for Sydney-based fans of the V8 Supercars championship, with series officials today announcing that the championship will return to the Eastern Creek Raceway this year.
The addition of the championship round has force a reshuffle in the V8 Supercars calendar, with the Winton round losing its 24-26 August berth for Eastern Creek and being shuffled back in the calendar to a mid-November slot.
The calendar released at the start of the season included a ‘TBA’ fixture for November 9-11, just one week after the round at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
The timing of the event could have only meant it would have been another Middle Eastern round – most likely Bahrain or Qatar – and it would appear that series officials were unable to secure a deal, and instead opted for ‘Plan B’ of a return to Sydney’s western suburbs.
It will be the first time since 2008 that the championship has raced at the anticlockwise circuit, which is currently undergoing an $11 million upgrade to improve track facilities and extend its circuit layout. The upgrade is being jointly funded by the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club (the circuit’s licensee) and the New South Wales state government, however the race will be solely promoted by the ARDC.
The revised calendar now reads as follows:
|01-04 MAR||Clipsal 500 Adelaide||Adelaide street circuit|
|30-01 APR||Falken Tasmania Challenge||Symmons Plains|
|20-22 APR||ITM Hamilton 400||Hamilton street circuit|
|04-06 MAY||Trading Post Perth Challenge||Barbagallo Raceway|
|18-20 MAY||Phillip Island||Phillip Island|
|15-17 JUN||SkyCity Triple Crown||Hidden Valley Raceway|
|06-08 JUL||Sucrogen Townsville 400||Townsville street circuit|
|03-05 AUG||Coates Hire Ipswich 300||Queensland Raceway|
|24-26 AUG||TBA||Eastern Creek Raceway|
|14-16 SEP||Sandown 500||Sandown Raceway|
|04-07 OCT||SuperCheap Auto Bathurst 1000||Mt Panorama|
|19-21 OCT||ArmorAll Gold Coast 600||Surfers Paradise street circuit|
|02-04 NOV||Yas V8 400||Yas Marina|
|16-18 NOV||Winton 300||Winton Raceway|
|30-02 DEC||Sydney Telstra 500||Homebush Olympic Park street circuit|