The state of this year’s Auckland SuperSprint is braced to take a significant blow, with cabinet expected to announce a decision on the status of the trans-Tasman bubble today.
Cabinet ministers met last night via a virtual meeting to discuss Australia’s worsening outbreak of Covid-19.
Currently, quarantine-free travel is paused to three Australian states – New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
Yesterday, NSW recorded its highest number of cases since the latest Delta outbreak began, while half of Australia’s population are now in some form of lockdown.
New Zealanders will learn the results of the cabinet meeting sometime this afternoon, with a full pause on the trans-Tasman bubble the expected outcome.
Given the increasing number of recorded cases across the ditch, a full pause may be in effect for a long time.
With a full pause in place, it will be impossible for Supercars teams and officials to travel to New Zealand.
The 2021 Auckland SuperSprint is not scheduled to be held until early November.
However, any suspension on the travel bubble could be in place for several months as Australia struggles to grapple with its latest outbreak of cases.
Currently, travel from Queensland is the only real route to Auckland for the series.
That complicates matters for teams based outside Queensland, namely NSW and Victoria, which have closed their borders to each other.
Before yesterday’s cabinet meeting, the New Zealand government were poised to extend their pause to states wrestling with Covid-19.