A calendar bungle has forced Sydney Olympic Park to request a rescheduling of the Sydney 500 finale

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:

Date Event Venue
16 FEB AUS Official Pre-Season Test Session Sydney Motorsport Park, Sydney
01-03 MAR AUS Clipsal 500 Adelaide Adelaide street circuit, Adelaide
14-17 MAR AUS Australian Grand Prix* Albert Park, Melbourne
05-07 APR AUS Falken Tasmania Challenge Symmons Plains, Launceston
12-14 APR NZL Auckland 400 Pukekohe Raceway, Auckland
03-05 MAY AUS Perth Challenge Barbagallo Raceway, Perth
17-19 MAY USA Texas 400 Circuit of the Americas, Austin
14-16 JUN AUS SkyCity Triple Crown Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin
05-07 JUL AUS Sucrogen Townsville 400 Reid Park Circuit, Townsville
27-28 JUL AUS Coates Hire Ipswich 300 Queensland Raceway, Ipswich
23-25 AUG AUS Winton Winton Motor Raceway, Winton
13-15 SEP AUS Sandown 500 Sandown Raceway, Melbourne
10-13 OCT AUS SuperCheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Mt Panorama, Bathurst
25-27 OCT AUS ArmorAll Gold Coast 600 Surfers Paradise street circuit
23-24 NOV AUS Phillip Island 400 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
29-01 DEC AUS Sydney 500 Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney

* Denotes non-championship event

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.