The Supercars Championship has today announced two major additions to the racing calendar next year which will see the category expand in rounds.
After months of deliberation, it was confirmed today that The Bent Motorsport Park will make its major racing debut in late August next year, playing host to the Supercars in the form of a SuperSprint round.
Located at Tailem Bend in South Australia, around 100km away from Adelaide, the circuit itself will be 4.95km long and is based on the old Mitsubishi Motors test track which the manufacturer utilised until it was taken over in mid-2015.
The second major addition to the calendar is the confirmation of a night race to be held at Sydney Motorsport Park, the first such event since the opening round at Calder Park in 1997.
After interest increased due to a test in August before the SuperSprint round, Supercars have stated the category’s first night race in over 20 years will take place on August 3rd next year.
Contested as a 300km sprint, the race will start at 7pm and finish around 10pm, which may leave some fans annoyed given the clash with the local rugby league games as well as being bitterly cold as it will be held in the middle of winter.
While a night race is being seen by some as a fresh change to a stagnant series, some have accused the move as being a gimmick for the lowest common denominator; whichever way, the ratings and seats filled will show whether the race is a success next year.
The remainder of the season will likely remain largely unchanged as the calendar is going to be finalised over the coming weeks.
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