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