The championship calendar for the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship has been confirmed today, with the events at Barbagallo Raceway and Queensland Raceway securing sign-off to remain on the championship calendar.
Both rounds had been slated provisionally when the first cut of the calendar was revealed in September, but now both have been confirmed as occurring on the weekends of May 17-18 and August 2-3 respectively.
However, Queensland Raceway will still have to undergo a complete safety audit following the recent death of Porsche Supercup driver Sean Edwards, who was killed in a customer driving day at the Ipswich cirucit three weeks ago.
The finalised calendar will see the season open with its traditional event in Adelaide, the Clipsal 500, continuing to crisscross the country before finishing with the Sydney 500 on the first weekend of December.
Aside from some reordering of the events, the major change compared to the 2013 calendar is the dumping of the Austin Texas 400 at the Circuit of the Americas, which will be replaced by a round at the Sydney Motorsport Park.
Several of the Saturday-timed races will be staged during twilight conditions in order to boost TV audience numbers, although the exact details of which events will have this scheduling are still not yet know.
|FEB 15||Open Test Day||Sydney Motorsport Park|
|MAR 01-02||Clipsal 500 Adelaide||Adelaide street circuit||SuperStreet|
|MAR 14-16||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park Circuit||Non C’ship|
|MAR 28-30||Tasmania 400||Symmons Plains Raceway||SuperSprint|
|APR 05-06||Winton 400||Winton Motor Raceway||SuperSprint|
|APR 25-27||ITM 500 Auckland||Pukekohe Park Raceway||SuperSprint|
|MAY 17-18||Perth 400 Challenge||Barbagallo Raceway||SuperSprint|
|JUN 21-22||SkyCity Triple Crown 400||Hidden Valley Raceway||SuperSprint|
|JUL 05-06||Townsville 500||Townsville street circuit||SuperStreet|
|AUG 02-03||Coates Hire Ipswich 400||Queensland Raceway||SuperSprint|
|AUG 23-24||Sydney Motorsport Park 400||Sydney Motorsport Park||SuperSprint|
|SEP 13-14||Wilson Security Sandown 500||Sandown Raceway||Enduro Cup|
|OCT 10-12||SuperCheap Auto Bathurst 1000||Mount Panorama Circuit||Enduro Cup|
|OCT 25-26||ArmorAll Gold Coast 600||Surfers Paradise street circuit||Enduro Cup|
|NOV 15-16||Phillip Island 400||Phillip Island GP Circuit||SuperSprint|
|DEC 06-07||Sydney 500||Sydney Olympic Park||SuperStreet|
SuperSprint events: held at all of the road course circuits, the format will feature two separate 100-kilometre races on Saturday and a 200-kilometre race on Sunday;
SuperStreet events: held on all of the street circuit rounds, separate 250-kilometre races held on Saturday and Sunday;
PIRTEK Endurance Cup: the Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600 events