The running date and circuit layout for the inaugural Newcastle 500 round of the Australian Supercars Championship has been confirmed by series officials.

The maiden running of the event, which replaces Sydney’s Olympic Park round as the season’s curtain-closer next year, will take place on the weekend of November 24-26.

The waterfront street circuit’s layout has been revised to 2.6 kilometres in length, with the updated configuration shorter and theoretically faster in average speeds than the original concept layout that was revealed when the event was first announced.

The anticlockwise circuit will run through a portion of Newcastle’s central business district, while also passing local highlights that include Nobby’s Beach, the Harbour Foreshore and Fort Scratchley.

Newcastle 500 street circuit layout

The Newcastle 500 street circuit layout has been slightly revised to a shorter and faster 2.6-kilometre configuration.

“This is a world-class circuit that will make for exciting racing for the people of Newcastle,” Supercars CEO James Warburton said.

“We can’t wait to come to Newcastle and deliver great entertainment on and off the track and showcase the city to the rest of Australia and the world.”

City officials have committed to work with local residents and businesses to minimise potential disruptions to those affected by the location of the circuit.

“Supercars has adjusted the design of the circuit to minimise disruption while still capturing everything that is spectacular about Newcastle including its famous coastline,” added Newcastle’s Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes.

“We know locals are excited about Supercars coming to Newcastle and we want to ensure this event is an outstanding success.

“With the date and track now locked in we can look forward to planning the next 11 months before the Supercars take to the streets showcasing Newcastle on a global stage.”

2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Season Calendar
Date Event Location Format
02-05 Mar au Clipsal 500 Adelaide Adelaide street circuit, SA SuperStreet
23-26 Mar 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
24-26 Nov au Coates Hire Newcastle 500 Newcastle street circuit, NSW SuperStreet

Images via Australian Supercars Championship and Destination NSW

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