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Thursday, Oct 11 03:19pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Revealed: Auckland SuperSprint moved to September for 2019

Organisers of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship have revealed the 2019 calendar, which features several key changes.

 

The ITM Auckland SuperSprint at Pukekohe Park will now be held in mid-September. The only international event on the calendar will run as the final round of the title race before the PIRTEK Enduro Cup

 

The Perth round of the championship will now be run as one of the SuperNight formats. Th event will be held on May 2–4, from Thursday to Saturday.

 

Despite a successful debut at Sydney Motorsport Park earlier this year, the circuit will not return next year. Supercars confirmed the circuit will return in 2020 with a focus on a summer series-style calendar.

 

Perhaps one of the most significant changes is the decision to run the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 as the opening round of the PIRTEK Enduro Cup. The race will retain its October date.

 

The Gold Coast 600 will now be known as the Vodafone Gold Coast 500, which will take place in late October. As the name suggests, just one 500km race will be held.

 

Finally, the Sandown 500 will be run as the last round of the endurance season in early November for the season finale at Newcastle later that month.

 

The removal of the Sydney SuperNight reduces the calendar from 16 to 15 events in total.

 

Symmons Plains and Phillip Island will be run as back-to-back events. Pukekohe and Sandown effectively swap dates.

 

Pre-season testing will be held on February 13–14 at Phillip Island and Queensland Raceway, before the already-announced season opener in Adelaide on February 28– March 3.

 

Plans are underway to reduce the Winton round of the calendar to a two-day event for the Supercars paddock, with support classes running on Friday.

 

“We're really happy with how it's turned out," Supercars CEO Sean Seamer told Supercars.com.

 

“We've been able to get some events into better windows, which was a key priority from a ticketing point of view.

 

“We've found better opportunities to get clear air from a broadcast point of view as well.

 

“If you look at where Sandown's sitting, that gets us away from the NRL and AFL finals in September.

 

“In general, we're really happy with the overlay, where the events sit but also the flow between the events, which means teams can navigate the country a little bit easier.

 

“And where necessary we've added some innovation around going back-to-back with Tasmania and Phillip Island.”

 

Adelaide, Perth, Townsville, Queensland Raceway, Bathurst, Sandown and Newcastle will also host Dunlop Super2 Series rounds.

 

2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship calendar:

 

Pre-season test, Phillip Is. or Qld. Raceway Feb 13-14
Adelaide 500 Feb 28-Mar 3
Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park Mar 14-17
Tasmania, Symmons Plains Apr 5-7
Phillip Island Apr 12-14
Perth, Barbagallo Raceway May 2-4
Winton May 24-26
Darwin, Hidden Valley Raceway Jun 14-16
Townsville Jul 5-7
Ipswich, Queensland Raceway Jul 26-28
Tailem Bend, The Bend Motorsport Park Aug 23-25
Pukekohe Raceway Sep 13-15
Bathurst 1000 Oct 10-13
Gold Coast Oct 25-27
Sandown 500 Nov 8-10
Newcastle 500 Nov 22-24

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