The Supercars Championship’s double-header in Darwin will be delayed by a week after the Northern Territory government suddenly imposed a mandatory quarantine period for all personnel travelling across the border from Queensland.

Local health officials declared Brisbane a COVID-19 Coronavirus hotspot after a number of new cases cropped up in the city.  The area is a base to a number of teams, drivers and key Supercars figures – any who declare to have been in the city will be required to self-isolate for over a week upon entering the Northern Territory.

Several teams’ transporters and crew were held at the state border while clarity was sought.

This all but forced Supercars’ hand to delay the Darwin Triple Crown and Darwin SuperSprint rounds, which were to have run over consecutive weekends on August 8-9 and August 15-16 respectively.

The Triple Crown will now run on the August 15-16 weekend, with the following SuperSprint round potentially taking place anytime in the two weeks that follow before the field returns to Queensland at the end of the month for the Townsville 400 round.

“Following intensive discussions over recent days and at the direction of the NT Government and the relevant health authority, the decision has been made to postpone this weekend’s event for seven days,” Supercars CEO Sean Seamer explained.

“This decision has been made to ensure we protect the health and wellbeing of all of our people and the wider community in the Northern Territory ahead of the BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown.

“We would like to thank the NT Government and health authorities on working with Supercars on developing a plan that allows us to move forward with the northern leg of our championship.

“I would also like to thank our teams and fans for their ongoing flexibility to accommodate this year’s championship. This is a decision Supercars supports to ensure the health and wellbeing of all Territorians.

“This announcement will have no bearing on our plans for any future events including the Townsville SuperSprint.”

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
15-16 Aug au Darwin Triple Crown Hidden Valley Raceway, NT Two-race
TBA 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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