The Supercars Championship will continue to make its annual visit across the Bass Strait, with series organisers confirming it had negotiated a four-year agreement with the Tasmanian government to keep Symmons Plains Raceway on the calendar.
The high-speed circuit, located south of Launceston, staged its first Australian touring car championship event in 1969 and has largely been a fixture on the tin-top calendar. With its existing five-year agreement running out after last month’s Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint round, the new contract will come with a $7 million injection from the state government.
This includes a $5.6 million payment to Supercars for hosting rights, as well as a further $1.75 million with Motorsports Tasmania in the form of safety and facilities improvements at the venue. Tyre retailer Tyrepower has already confirmed it will be the event’s naming rights sponsor in 2020.
The Tasmanian round is one of the state’s biggest drawcards each year, attracting in excess of 55,000 fans which include over 7,500 interstate visitors.
“The Supercars are a major drawcard on Tasmania’s events calendar,” said state premier Will Hodgman.
“It brings thousands of people to Tasmania who get to enjoy our world class hospitality and showcases our state to over 1.2 million viewers around Australia [and the] interstate visitors … inject about $6.4 million annually into Tasmania’s visitor economy.
“The Tasmanian Government has been committed to developing a broad ranging events calendar to encourage visitors to explore every region of Tasmania, and the Supercars’ round shows off the north of our state like no other.”
“The ongoing support of the Hodgman Government for Tasmania’s largest annual event ensures we keep coming back to what is a great event,” added Supercars CEO Sean Seamer.
“Supercars and motorsport have a rich history in Tasmania with some of the most knowledgeable, passionate and devoted fans in the country. It is fantastic to be able to confirm to them today that Supercars will continue to race live at Symmons Plains.”
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