The Supercars Championship has unveiled a provisional 2017 season calendar that will feature a street circuit round in the city of Newcastle, replacing the Sydney Olympic Park event.

Expected for several months, the new circuit – roughly 2.7 kilometres in length – will run counterclockwise through the city’s East End, taking in a number of its major landmarks such as Nobby’s Beach and Fort Scratchley.

Newcastle street circuit

The Newcastle street circuit layout

“The Coates Hire Newcastle 500 will be a spectacular event that will showcase Newcastle to a huge national and international audience and be a fitting finale to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship,” said Supercars CEO James Warburton at today’s announcement, which was attended by New South Wales Premier Mike Baird.

Aside from Newcastle replacing Sydney Olympic Park, the 2017 calendar schedule remains virtually unchanged from this year’s schedule. As expected, the planned visits to Thailand and Indonesia are delayed until at least 2018.

“Once again in 2017 we will travel to every state and territory in Australia with the exception of only the ACT and host some of Australia’s biggest sporting events including the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 from 5-8 October,” said Supercars Chief Executive James Warburton.

“We have also brought the final event in Newcastle forward to November [dated to be confirmed] in what we expect will be a massive grand finale to the season.”

Along with the Newcastle round, the non-championship Australian Grand Prix dates will not be officially known until the FIA World Motor Sport Council meets to ratify the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship season calendar.

2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Season Calendar
Date Event Location Format
02-05 Mar au Clipsal 500 Adelaide Adelaide street circuit, SA SuperStreet
TBA au Australian Grand Prix Albert Park Circuit, VIC Int’l SuperSprint
07-09 Apr au Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint Symmons Plains Raceway, TAS SuperSprint
21-23 Apr au WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint Phillip Island Circuit, VIC SuperSprint
05-07 May au Perth SuperSprint Barbagallo Raceway, WA SuperSprint
19-21 May au Winton SuperSprint Winton Raceway, VIC SuperSprint
16-18 Jun au CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown Hidden Valley Raceway, NT SuperSprint
07-09 Jul au Townsville 400 Townsville street circuit, QLD SuperStreet
28-30 Jul au Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint Queensland Raceway, QLD SuperSprint
18-20 Aug au Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW SuperSprint
15-17 Sep au Wilson Security Sandown 500 Sandown Raceway, VIC Enduro Cup
05-08 Oct au SuperCheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Mount Panorama, NSW Enduro Cup
20-22 Oct au Gold Coast 600 Surfers Paradise, QLD Enduro Cup
03-05 Nov nz ITM Auckland SuperSprint Pukekohe Park, NZL SuperSprint
TBA au Coates Hire Newcastle 500 Newcastle street circuit, NSW SuperStreet

Images via Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

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