Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway will stage back-to-back rounds of the 2020 Supercars Championship season, with series organisers adding a second round to occur on the weekend after the Darwin Triple Crown event.

The move is aimed to add extra racing to the schedule while the Victoria-based teams continue their out-of-state exile in the wake of a massive spike in COVID-19 Coronavirus cases in the state which has led to other states closing their borders.

After this weekend’s second Sydney SuperSprint round – itself added to the schedule at short notice following the COVID-induced postponement of the Winton SuperSprint round – the teams will cross the border to Queensland before heading to the Northern Territory.

The two rounds in Darwin will occur in front of spectators, with 4500 tickets on offer for all four days of racing.  The region has been free of community-transmitted Coronavirus cases for over two months and currently has just two active cases which were both imported.

“This is an incredible opportunity for the Territory. Darwin has never hosted more than one weekend of Supercars racing per year, and to have two on the calendar is great news,” said Northern Territory Major Events CEO Tim Watsford.

“With limited tickets available to the BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown this year due to COVID-19 precautions, the Darwin SuperSprint means there are more chances for Territorians to see their heroes in action.

“It also means great exposure for the Territory, with the Supercars teams in town for longer than usual, and the Territory beamed across the motorsports world two weekends in a row.

“We are the safest place in Australia right now, and one of the safest in the world. This doubleheader of Supercars racing is testament to that.”

Supercars CEO Sean Seamer added: “We’re thrilled to have locked in this double-header with the Northern Territory Government for two weeks of racing in August.

“I would like to thank Chief Minister Michael Gunner and NT Health for working with Supercars on this concept, which allows for us to make the most out of our key Northern legs of this year’s championship.

“Darwin is such a special event for the championship and a real favourite of the teams, drivers and fans.”

2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Season Calendar (Updated)
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 I Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW Three-race
Postponed au Winton SuperSprint Winton Motor Raceway, VIC Two-race
18-19 Jul au Sydney SuperSprint II Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW Three-race
08-09 Aug au Darwin Triple Crown Hidden Valley Raceway, NT Two-race
15-16 Aug au Darwin SuperSprint 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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