Sydney Olympic Park was forced to reshuffle its schedules and reschedule the V8 Supercars Grand Finale, the Sydney 500, a week later to accommodate for the Stereosonic Music Festival.
The new dates of December 6-8 were confirmed today after the venue realised it had double booked the Park, an awkward situation for the administrators if there is ever one!
The move means there will be an extra weekend break between the Sydney 500 and the Phillip Island event, perhaps giving teams a little extra time to prepare for their final opportunity to pick up championship points.
Olympic Park will have these two huge events on consecutive weekends, making it an interesting logistical challenge, but V8 Supercars CEO, Shane Howard, thinks it is worth it.
“It became quite clear that the venue could not support both major events on the same weekend. We have a fantastic relationship with Sydney Olympic Park so agreed a position that would best suit both events,” he said.
The Sydney 500, as yet without a naming rights sponsor, attracted over 150,000 spectators in 2012 and saw Craig Lowndes and Will Davison take the top spot on the podium for Races 29 and 30 respectively.
The updated 2013 championship calendar now looks like this:
The new calendar now looks like this:
|16 FEB||Official Pre-Season Test Session||Sydney Motorsport Park, Sydney|
|01-03 MAR||Clipsal 500 Adelaide||Adelaide street circuit, Adelaide|
|14-17 MAR||Australian Grand Prix*||Albert Park, Melbourne|
|05-07 APR||Falken Tasmania Challenge||Symmons Plains, Launceston|
|12-14 APR||Auckland 400||Pukekohe Raceway, Auckland|
|03-05 MAY||Perth Challenge||Barbagallo Raceway, Perth|
|17-19 MAY||Texas 400||Circuit of the Americas, Austin|
|14-16 JUN||SkyCity Triple Crown||Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin|
|05-07 JUL||Sucrogen Townsville 400||Reid Park Circuit, Townsville|
|27-28 JUL||Coates Hire Ipswich 300||Queensland Raceway, Ipswich|
|23-25 AUG||Winton||Winton Motor Raceway, Winton|
|13-15 SEP||Sandown 500||Sandown Raceway, Melbourne|
|10-13 OCT||SuperCheap Auto Bathurst 1000||Mt Panorama, Bathurst|
|25-27 OCT||ArmorAll Gold Coast 600||Surfers Paradise street circuit|
|23-24 NOV||Phillip Island 400||Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit|
|29-01 DEC||Sydney 500||Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney|
* Denotes non-championship event