Plans to change next year’s Gold Coast endurance round into a single 500-kilometre race have been shelved by Supercars, which confirmed the current format of twin 300-kilometre races will be retained next year.

The series had announced plans to change the format of the Surfers Paradise street round to mirror the existing format of the Sandown 500 when it unveiled its 2019 calendar.

The switch was part of a mooted tie-up with Supercars and the American NASCAR series or even a return of the IndyCar Series, but with no deal forthcoming series officials have backtracked on the idea for now.

“At the most recent Commission meeting before Newcastle it was decided to remain with the successful and proven format of two 300-kilometre races, one each day,” Supercars CEO Sean Seamer said.

“The format will allow for us to continue to explore an international presence at the event.”

In other news, the Phillip Island round will revert to a traditional SuperSprint format next year, with a 120-kilometre race on Saturday followed by a 200-kilometre race on Sunday. The event had previously been staged as two 250-kilometre races over the weekend in 2017 and 2018.

2019 Australian Supercars Championship Season Calendar
Date Event Location Format
02-03 MAR au Adelaide 500 Adelaide Street Circuit, Adelaide SuperStreet
15-17 MAR au Melbourne 400 Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne Grand Prix
06-07 APR au Tasmania SuperSprint Symmons Plains Raceway, Launceston SuperSprint
13-14 APR au Phillip Island SuperSprint Phillip Island Circuit, Phillip Island
03-04 MAY au Perth SuperNight Barbagallo Raceway, Pinjar SuperNight
25-26 MAY au Winton SuperSprint Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla SuperSprint
15-16 JUN au Darwin Triple Crown Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin
06-07 JUL au Townsville 400 Townsville Street Circuit, Townsville SuperStreet
27-28 JUL au Ipswich SuperSprint Queensland Raceway, Ipswich SuperSprint
24-25 AUG au The Bend SuperSprint The Bend Motorsport Park, Tailem Bend
14-15 SEP nz Auckland SuperSprint Pukukohe Park Raceway, Auckland
13 OCT au Bathurst 1000 Mount Panorama Circuit, Bathurst Enduro Cup
26-27 OCT au Gold Coast 600 Surfers Paradise Street Circuit, Gold Coast
Enduro Cup
10 NOV au Sandown 500 Sandown Raceway, Melbourne Enduro Cup
23-24 NOV au Newcastle 500 Newcastle Street Circuit, Newcastle SuperStreet

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