Sydney Motorsport Park will now host three rounds of the 2020 Supercars Championship, with the venue replacing Winton Motor Raceway’s slot on the weekend of 18-19 July following a second wave of Coronavirus COVID-19 cases in Victoria.

With other state governments enacting stricter border controls to curb the spread of the virus from Victoria – which would essentially force non-Victorian teams into a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon their return – series organisers have been forced to postpone the Winton SuperSprint round.

Sydney Motorsport Park hosted a spectator-free return to racing for the Supercars Championship last weekend and will take over Winton’s no-vacant slot on the calendar.

With New South Wales having very few active virus cases, organisers have announced that the event – which will feature a night-time race under floodlights on Saturday and a pair of daytime races on Sunday – will allow spectators to attend, albeit with strict crowd limits and social distancing measures in place.

“Following discussions with all government health authorities on the new interstate restrictions, the practicable solution is to go back to Sydney Motorsport Park later this month,” said Supercars CEO Sean Seamer.

“Sydney Motorsport Park was a logical choice as we have a proven track record of completing a safe event there based on what we achieved last week.

“Following NSW state government guidance, we are thrilled that we will be able to accommodate fans each day of the July event.”

A number of logistical details are still to be ironed out, including what circuit layout will be used and whether series tyre supplier Dunlop will debut its much-anticipated mixed compound concept.

2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Season Calendar
Date Event Location Format
22-23 Feb au Adelaide 500 Adelaide street circuit, SA Two-race
Cancelled au Melbourne 400 Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, VIC Four-race
Cancelled au Auckland SuperSprint Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, NZ Two-race
27-28 Jun au Sydney SuperSprint Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW Three-race
Postponed au Winton SuperSprint Winton Motor Raceway, VIC Two-race
18-19 Jul au Sydney SuperNight Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW Three-race
08-09 Aug au Darwin Triple Crown Hidden Valley Raceway, NT Two-race
29-30 Aug au Townsville 400 Townsville street circuit, SA Two-race
Cancelled au The Bend 500 The Bend Motorsport Park, SA Endurance
19-20 Sep au Sandown 400 Sandown Raceway, VIC Two-race
11 Oct au Bathurst 1000 Mount Panorama Circuit, NSW Endurance
Cancelled au Gold Coast 600 Surfers Paradise street circuit, QLD Two-race
31-01 Nov au Perth SuperNight Wanneroo Raceway, WA Two-race
21-22 Nov au Tasmania SuperSprint Symmons Plains Raceway, TAS Two-race
Cancelled au Newcastle 500 Newcastle street circuit, NSW Two-race
12-13 Dec au Sydney SuperNight 500 Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW Two-race

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